Nuisance birds are a real problem for many homes and businesses across the UK. Unlike the control of rodents or insects, which can be done with poisons, traps or pesticides, killing or harming wild birds is illegal in the UK. This means more creative management and prevention methods need to be applied. We take a look at three top tips for dealing with nuisance birds.
Identifying the bird is the first step to working out how to deal with it. Depending on what bird it is, your course of action will differ wildly. The most common form of bird pests are of course pigeons, which few of us need help identifying, followed by gulls, which are also easy to spot. Lesser-known species, however, include crows, sparrows, starlings and grackles. The RSPB website is a useful point of reference to identify a bird or bird population.
The next best tip for nuisance bird management is putting deterrents in place. Deterrents range from netting that prevents birds from nesting or perching on a roof to bird spikes, which will prevent them from sitting on the ledges. Another answer is to simply deter them by removing food sources such as bins from the area. Deterrents can also be as simple as a scarecrow – so effective that they have been used by farmers for over four millennia and are still in use today all over the world. Further options include noise deterrents which can emit sounds that scare birds such as loud bangs or imitation bird calls.
Call in a Professional
Once you have done all you can, the next step is call in a professional. Professional companies such as vvenv nuisance bird management services have years of experience in dealing with these problems and will know all the tried and tested approaches. They will be armed with the all the legal information on what you can and can’t do and will also understand the problem in a wider context.
Managing nuisance birds can seem a major headache, but it can be much easier with these three simple tips. Firstly, identify the bird and then deter the population as much as you can on your own. If it gets worse, then it’s time to call a professional in to help you deal with the problem effectively.