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Bird Control Service

Pigeons and seagulls act as major urban pests and can cause a great amount of damage to any type of business. Direct365 offer professional and cost-friendly Bird Control services to keep your company free from problem birds. From flapping to fouling, we can handle your bird problem with hassle-free and cost-effective Intelligent Pest Management.

Feral pests can spread diseases, especially around food preparation areas or ventilation systems, putting employee Duty of Care at risk and posing a threat to customers. Acidic droppings damage cars, buildings and outdoor spaces and birds also cause noise and smell problems, become aggressive and house parasites in nests.

Our bird control experts have access to a whole range of tools to offer practical bird proofing solutions for long term protection. Strategies include netting, ledge protection (blunt spikes), repellent wire systems, Avishock deterrent, nest and egg removal and hygiene services. We use approaches adapted to changes in pest control legislation, so our methods keep your business compliant. Avoid an infestation, call today for a free and instant quote. 

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All About Bird Control

About Pigeons

"There’s an estimated 18 million feral pigeons in Britain, and almost all of them live in city centres."

Feral pigeons can be found in almost every town and city around the world. Their widespread population and success is often due to the amount of waste food left in outdoor areas for them to find, and as a result of people feeding them.

The pigeon is among the cleverest birds in the animal kingdom and one of only two non-mammals able to recognise itself in a mirror, the other being the Eurasian magpie. It's this intelligence that has led to pigeons being trained and used for all sorts of purposes, from racing to helping find lost ships at sea.

But as helpful as pigeons can be, the feral pigeons commonly found in city centres are vermin and can be a serious nuisance if they are not controlled. Not only do pigeons have a habit for defacing and damaging structures and cars with unsightly faeces, but they can spread a number of diseases such as Salmonella, Histoplasmosis, Ornithonis and Cryptococcosis.

The Solution

Our commercial pest control experts have over 40 years of experience. We only use the most innovative, proven and bespoke methods of control and deterrent so you can rest assured that we’ll always find the best solution for your pest problem.

  • Bird Netting – One of the most widely used and effective methods of bird control. Nets can be used on virtually any part of any size building to deter birds from settling.
  • Post and Wire – A stainless steel post, wire and spring system is fitted to ledges to prevent birds from landing and settling. This is one of our most popular deterrents due to its discreet efficiency.
  • Trapping – This is often thought to be the most humane way of removal. Pigeons are lured into open traps over a number of days then humanely culled. Culling takes place by one of our senior technicians when the site is least occupied.
  • Spikes – A popular method of deterrent to stop pigeons landing and settling. Small spikes are fixed to your premises, usually in coving, window ledges and other places where pigeons like to land.
  • Egg and Nest Removal – One of the best ways to reduce flock size.
  • Optical Gel Repellent – An innovative new method of bird repellent. Small dishes are glued, magnetised, or hung around the premises. The gel emits ultraviolet light which looks like fire to the birds, causing them to steer well clear of it.
  • Harris Hawks – We use these when the pigeons have taken up residence in large or awkward shaped buildings, such as football stadia. The hawks are natural predators of pigeons and just one is enough scare the pests off for good.


Dangers & signs of infestation

A pigeon infestation can cause serious problems and lasting damage to your business. If you think you’ve got an infestation look out for:

  • Nesting material strewn about your premises
  • Live birds and cries
  • Damaged stock from pecking and fouling
  • Excretion, concentrated underneath nesting sites

The damage caused by nesting pigeons is not only aggravating, but they pose a potential hazard to your colleagues and visitors and can:

  • Damage vehicles with their acidic droppings
  • Encourage secondary infestation from other pests
  • Spread diseases such as Salmonella and Histoplasmosis
  • Deface buildings and walkways

About Gulls

"A small claw halfway up their lower leg enables gulls to roost on high ledges without being blown off"

Seagulls, like pigeons, have become well adapted to living in our coastal towns and cities because of the amount of waste food available to them, and also deliberate feeding of them by tourists. The urban gulls found in towns and cities across the country are intelligent and often unafraid of humans when it comes to finding food, often becoming aggressive and even attack humans near their nesting sites.

Although they are not nearly as common as pigeons, gulls are larger animals and can be a serious problem for a business, even posing a health risk if they aren't dealt with properly. Seagull droppings, or guano, is acidic, meaning it can damage structures and cars, and can lead to health problems if it gets into food preparation areas or ventilation systems. The gulls themselves are also known carriers of a number of virulent diseases including salmonella and E. coli.

The Solution

We use only the most innovative and proven methods of bird control and deterrents to get your premises back to business as usual as quickly as possible. All of our commercial pest control technicians are experts with decades of experience in the business, so you can rest assured we'll always choose the most effective method for the problem at hand.

  • Bird Netting – One of the most widely used and effective methods of bird control. Nets can be used on virtually any part of any size building to deter gulls from settling.
  • Post and Wire – A stainless steel post, wire and spring system is fitted to ledges to prevent birds from landing and settling. This is one of our most popular deterrents due to its discreet efficiency.
  • Trapping – This is often thought to be the most humane way of removal. Gulls are lured into open traps over a number of days then humanely culled. Culling takes place by one of our senior technicians when the site is least occupied.
  • Spikes – A popular and simple method of deterrent. Small spikes are fixed to your premises, usually in coving, window ledges and other favourite bird hangouts, which prevent birds from landing and settling.
  • Egg and Nest Removal – One of the best ways to reduce flock size, our technicians will quickly and discretely remove all egg and nest matter in and around your business.
  • Optical Gel Repellent – Our innovative new method of bird repellent. Small dishes are glued, magnetised, or hung around the premises. The gel emits ultraviolet light which, to the birds, looks like a fire and causes them to steer well clear from it. This is really popular among our catering clients, who have outdoor seating areas where gulls can swoop down and annoy their patrons. 
  • Harris Hawks – The Harris Hawk is a natural predator of gulls and we use them when the pests set up home in extremely large or awkward shaped buildings such as churches or football stadia. If a gull sees just one hawk it's often enough to scare them away for good.

Dangers & signs of infestation

Gulls can damage your business and facilities in all sorts of ways, first and foremost with their acidic droppings which deface and damage cars and buildings. When there is food around or if they have a nest nearby, gulls can become very aggressive and will even swoop down and attack people, which is more than enough to seriously upset and even harm your customers.

Not only this, gulls have the dirty habit of feeding and roosting near or on refuse sites, causing them to come into contact with diseases such as Botulism and Salmonella which they can spread to humans if they land in food preparation and catering areas.

Aside from spotting them or hearing the awful noise that a group of gulls make, sure signs of a gull problem include guano markings around rooftops and on cars, and guttering and drainage blocked by their nests.

A revolutionary development in the fight against bird pests

"Birds can see in colour exactly as humans do, except they also can see ultra-violet light as well"

This non-lethal and perfectly safe answer to bird problems is an ingenious development in the battle against nuisance birds. Bird Free Optical Bird Gel looks like small dishes of lemon curd to the human eye; yet to a bird's eye, they look like dishes of burning flame.

What is it?
Bird Free is a natural, eco-friendly and totally humane bird repellent. The food grade natural oils used in its production not only remain unaffected by weather extremes, but they also have a water proof film which prevents them from evaporating. This method of deterrent has been particularly well received from our clients in the catering businesses. They're small, discreet and will put an end to birds swooping down towards your customers to steal food.

How does it work?
Bird Free is formulated to deter all species of birds away from your premises. The gel emits ultraviolet light which the birds perceive to be fire, causing them to stay well clear of it. Natural oils which are repugnant to a birds heightened senses of taste and smell are added, which further deters the birds from flying or settling nearby.

The dishes cause no damage to buildings, and are often considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices of bird deterrent. They can be hung, magnetised or glued to surfaces depending on your personal preference and needs.

How is it installed?
Our fully trained and accredited engineers will visit your premises and perform a deep hygiene clean to remove all excrement. The site will be prepared by removing all debris and remaining nests, and then we’ll dispense 15g of Bird Free into each dish.

FAQs

I have a domestic infestation, can you help?

Our services have been designed for commercial and corporate clients. As such, we don't tend to offer our services to the domestic market. 

How do you get rid of my bird infestation?

We’ll use whatever method is most suitable for you and your building. We can perform a bird cull to reduce flock size and affix deterrents to stop more birds coming back. Your technician will discuss this when they visit.

My bird infestation is causing real damage to my premises, when can you arrive?

Give us a call and we'll be with you as soon as possible.

How do you cull the birds?

Birds are discretely culled by a senior technician when the site is least occupied.