It often feels as if there are just as many pigeons as people present in London. Pigeons are everywhere, and we mean everywhere.
These scavenging pests can nest in the hardest to reach places and cause innumerable problems for surrounding residences and businesses. Dealing with a bird infestation is complicated by legislation. If you suspect a bird infestation, you need a professional pest control service to deal with it.
What Problems Can Birds Cause?
Birds can cause a range of issues when they build their nests in or around your property. Both residences and places of business throughout London need to be vigilant in looking out for the signs of nesting birds in the local area.
Damage To Property
Birds are a common sight around London. Pigeons are the scourge of many Londoners’ lives, and, being on the bank of the Thames, London also attracts its fair share of seagulls. Both of these birds can cause serious problems for both people and property. It isn’t just the mess they leave, although that is a problem in itself. Birds can also cause damages to both homes and businesses in several ways.
Birds will build their nests wherever they can. But many of their favourite spots create issues for people. For example, bird nests can easily clog up drains and down piping on homes and businesses. While this might not sound like a particularly serious problem, it can soon lead to real structural damage. Clogged drains and pipes are prone to flooding, causing damage to roofs.
Birds can also damage roofs by dislodging loose tiles. For businesses, this damage makes their whole company look less professional. For residences, fixing this damage is just one more unnecessary expense.
Even worse than birds landing on your roof is birds nesting in your roof. Often, a roof nest will be perfectly harmless, but having birds living in your home means you and your family will be exposed to their mess, and any diseases they might carry.
Among the diseases that birds can spread are:
- Salmonella: The salmonella bacteria is carried by pigeons and gulls, and can lead to salmonellosis and Paratyphoid fever, both of which are potentially lethal diseases.
- Psittacosis: This disease is caused by handling bird feathers or inhaling a bacteria found in their dry droppings.
- Fowl: This is another disease caused by exposure to bird droppings.
- E. Coli: Mostly spread by seagulls, E. Coli can lead to gastroenteritis and septicemia.
Other health issues birds can cause include fungal infections and attract numerous insects, such as bird mites and fleas. If you have birds nesting on your property or around your business, all of these diseases are a risk.
Attack People and Pets
Fortunately, bird attacks are relatively rare, despite the number of birds present in London. However, they do occur and can be more severe than you might think. Both people and pets, especially small children, can be seriously harmed by bird attacks. If a child inadvertently disturbs a birds nest with eggs in it, they might trigger an angry response from the parents. Like any animal, birds will act to protect their offspring.
What Are The Signs Of A Bird Infestation?
The presence of birds can be problematic for both homes and businesses. Fortunately, if you know what to look out for, you can identify an infestation early and deal with the problem promptly.
The most obvious sign that you have a bird problem is the presence of the birds themselves. If you frequently see birds perched on roofs and ledges around your property or you can hear their calls throughout the day, this is a clear indication. If you can hear their offspring chirping, you know for sure that you have an active nest on your hands.
Birds will also leave debris strewn about your property from the construction of their nests. They will use foliage and other scraps to build their nests. You might even be able to see the nests themselves, although some birds are better than others at concealing their nests during construction. Debris from birds nests and feathers can clog up your gutters and prevent proper drainage throughout your property.
As with any pest, birds will leave their droppings around the areas where they are present. These droppings will be concentrated mostly around the areas they are nesting but might be found all around infested premises.
How To Prevent Bird Infestations
Birds can present a significant problem for homes and businesses throughout London. Not only do they leave behind a mess, but they can cause damage to properties in a variety of ways and have been known to be aggressive towards people and animals. Once birds have established themselves around your home or business, getting rid of them is complicated by the legal protection that applies to every species of bird in the UK. This legislation also protects their nests and eggs and requires you to hold the relevant license to remove birds from your property.
In cities like London, pigeons and gulls are the main culprits, causing serious issues for business and residential properties throughout the capital. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to limit the presence of birds on your property and discourage them from establishing themselves.
Pigeons breed the whole year-round, but their peak breeding season is between March and July. As long as they have access to food, they will continue to nest and breed. Their natural diet consists of grain and seed, but there are very adaptive birds and are adept at scavenging for food in urban environments. Ensuring that wild birds don’t have access to copious amounts of food will discourage them from nesting and breeding on your property.
If you can deny birds access to the food and shelter they need to breed and build their nests, they will be forced to relocate and build their nests elsewhere.
You might want to consider removing birdbaths and similar features from your garden, as these will provide them with a water supply. Alternatively, you can use saltwater instead of freshwater in any water features. Birds will smell saltwater before they reach it and will fly away.
Pigeons are fearless, especially those that live in urban environments. Unlike other pests, who will actively avoid people, pigeons will have no problem making their presence known and will continue to construct nests regardless of the presence of people.
What To Do If You Suspect An Infestation
If you suspect you have birds nesting in or around a property, it is essential to call a professional pest control service like Bon Accord. There are some pest infestations that you can deal with on your own. However, birds are a unique case because they are protected by law. Only a licensed pest control professional can remove a birds’ nest.
Every bird’s nest is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It doesn’t matter what species of bird you have nesting around your property; only a licensed pest control professional may remove a birds nest. If birds are causing problems on your property, you must seek the advice of a licensed pest control professional who holds the relevant license to deal with the issue. Bon Accord is able to handle most bird infestations in London. If the birds we find nesting in and around your property aren’t covered by the license we hold, we can advise you further on what steps to take next.
If you suspect you have birds nesting on your property, you must contact a professional pest control service to deal with the issue. If you attempt to deal with it yourself, you risk legal repercussions, including an unlimited fine and prosecution of anyone involved. Bon Accord is licensed to deal with the vast majority of birds found nesting in London.
How Can Bon Accord Help You?
Bon Accord’s professional pest control experts can help you to rid your property of any bird infestations by removing nests and providing the advice you need to keep your property bird-free in the future. Our technicians have years of experience in removing birds and other pests from homes and businesses; we guarantee complete removal every time.
If you suspect that you have birds nesting around your property and you need them gone, contact us today to discuss your needs and arrange an assessment. A qualified pest control expert will visit your property to assess the situation and decide on the best course of action. Before we can remove any birds or nests from a property, we need to identify what species of bird it is and check whether it is covered under the licenses we hold. If our license doesn’t cover the species of bird, we can apply for the relevant license on your behalf, or we can advise you on what to do next.
We understand how damaging birds can be to both business and residential properties and will act swiftly to clear any infestations we find. You don’t want to risk the legal complications that come with disturbing or damaging a birds nest without a license. Contact us straight away to handle the problem instead.
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