It might not be immediately apparent, but your domestic or commercial premises could be the ideal habitat for birds that are classifiable as pests. Seagulls and pigeons have learnt the means for surviving in most environments. They scavenge our food waste and require only the smallest amount of shelter in order to make their nests.
Urban gulls and pigeons use what would seem to us to be inhospitable areas of tall buildings and flat roofs on which to construct nests. Guttering, chimney stacks, ledges, balconies and culverts are favoured by these pest birds. While gulls have the tendency to flock together on flat roofs, pigeons prefer roof spaces in which to roost. They can shift loose or damaged roofing tiles to obtain entry. Indeed, any gap exceeding 25mm that will allow access to your building is a potential point of entry for pigeons.
Remember – pigeons are gregarious and fairly ‘sociable’: they live in flocks of anywhere between 50 and 500 individuals. Therefore a small problem has the potential to turn into a much larger one down the line.
Signs of a pigeon of seagull infestation include:
- Continuous bird cries, especially from young chicks
- Concentrations of droppings found in areas where the birds roost
- Quite simply, birds settling on your roofs of ledges
- Materials from nests strewn about your domestic or commercial premises
- Materials from nests and feathers. These may block drainage systems and guttering, which could potentially lead to damp damage
Getting Rid of Birds
Pest birds such as pigeons and seagulls can cause serious problems for any business. Yes, their presence can result in a terrible mess, but they can also be a health hazard. In addition, pest birds can be aggressive if they are threatened and feel the need to defend their nests
Gulls and pigeons are the usual suspects in a case of urban bird infestation. The removal of these birds is a task made more difficult by the following factors:
- Gulls tend to return to the same nesting site year after year. Consequently, once they have established themselves, they’re very hard to get rid of.
- The seagull can live up to 40 years and during its lifetime it can breed continuously
- While seeds and grain is the natural food source for pigeons, they tend to adapt to the urban environment by scavenging our processed food from dustbins and from discarded takeaway containers.
- When pigeons find sufficient food, they will breed all year round, peaking between March and July
Removing Pest Birds
The best way to discourage them is to remove their food sources. In busy urban environments, however, this is not a practical course of action. A good method of ridding your premises of pest birds is by removing access to nesting sites. This might be achieved by installing barriers over window ledges. It is advisable that food sources of any sort be well concealed and hidden. It is best to ensure that bin lids are secure and that bags of rubbish are not left out in the open – gulls can pierce bin bags with their sharp beaks.
If you suspect a problem with pest birds – gulls and pigeons – contact Pestcotek. We’re always happy to help.