Bird Control

Bird Control Gloucestershire

Unfortunately, birds can sometimes become an annoyance when they begin nesting and roosting on and around properties. Their droppings can contain diseases as well as be extremely unsightly.

Our hawks and falcons are trained in nuisance bird management and can perform in a number of different environments. Their job is to interrupt the normal behavioural patterns of birds, such as pigeons and gulls, and encourage them to move onto a more suitable area.

Our birds are fully responsive to our trainers and do not become easily affected by surrounding distractions, such as moving vehicles, aircraft and loud noises.

Using birds of prey is a humane and environmentally friendly approach to pest control. Our birds have been trained not to catch or harm the pests; instead their presence alone will scare the birds off.

  • Gulls – The UK urban Gull population is on the increase and Gloucestershire is no exception, in fact Gloucester has been described as the Gull capital of the UK. The main protagonists are Herring Gulls (Larus argentus) and Lesser Black Backed Gulls (Larus fuscus). Like all pests Gulls are great opportunists, they are highly intelligent and very resilient.  A readily available food supply is prevalent inland, the lack of natural predators, warmth and light of inner city areas and large flat roofs for nesting sites all make up a unique set of circumstances that make our urban environment ideal for these birds.

    The growth in the Gull population causes many problems for businesses and residential properties alike, the cacophony of noise generated by these birds especially during the breeding season can be very unsettling and stressful.  Gull carcasses, droppings and nesting material can all lead to gutter and drain blockages, flooding, damage to roofs and stonework as well as posing a general Health and Safety hazard.

    During the breeding season Gulls can also become very aggressive to humans, the number of reported incidents of this is on the increase.  This issue posses a plethora of problems for schools, factories and business premises, shopping centres, hospitals and residential areas.
  • Control Methods – There are a few critical factors that must be considered when it comes to managing nuisance Gulls.  Firstly the law, Natural England issues a number of general licences that allows pest controllers to legally carry out control methods that would otherwise be unlawful under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  An in depth understanding of the bird’s behaviour and habits, the most appropriate control method for the circumstances and customer, also timing and frequency are crucial.  Once we have gained a full understanding following our free survey we can advise on the most effective program of control that meets value in the eyes of the customer.  Falconry programs, Proofing (spikes, netting) are just a few of the options we can offer.     
  • Feral Pigeons – Columba livia, it is a proven fact these birds can and do transmit diseases to humans, the public health risks are real.  So how exactly do we come into contact with microorganisms associated with feral pigeons?  The main route of exposure is via aerosolisation, airborne particles from pigeon excreta (guano) are inhaled by people.

    Diseases caused by Pigeon Guano – Cryptococcosis is a fungal disease associated with droppings, it also grows in soil.  It is unlikely that healthy people will become ill if infected even if the exposure level is high.

    Histoplasmosis – is caused by a fungus by the name of Histoplasmosis capsulatum which grows in Pigeon droppings.

    Psittacosis – is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, it is a type of bacteria that can be found in Pigeon droppings.  When the guano is dry, if disturbed and untreated the particles become airbourne and can be inhaled.

    We provide services such as bird proofing (spikes, netting, wire) guano (droppings) disinfection and removal, falconry and other methods to control the roosting, nesting and feeding of these birds.

Please contact us for more information on our Bird Control services.