Pest birds are a potential source of disease. If left to roam free, they can cause serious health and safety issues. They are a potential source of disease and bird-mite transmission, as well as defacement of buildings, both internally and externally.
Certain birds are considered pests due to the mess they create, the serious health issues that they can pose, and also the fact that they can damage property by obstructing guttering and dislodging tiles on roofs.
Pigeons reproduce very quickly, especially during the summer and spring period. Unlike most birds, they do not migrate and prefer establishing homes in cities. Pigeons have an acute sense of smell and hearing as in World War I and II, they were used to carry messages far to where the home bases situated.
Common pest bird questions:
What problems do they cause?
Even if pigeons and seagulls may seem relatively harmless, they can actually cause a whole host of problems such as the following:
- They are carriers for illnesses like salmonella, E. coli, and ornithosis.
- They soil buildings, cars, pavements and entrances with their droppings, making surfaces slippery to walk on.
- Bird mites, fleas, and textile beetles to infest gravitate to pigeon roosting sites and nests.
- They are fire hazards when in close contact with wires, lights or other electrical equipment.
- They can contaminate products and equipment if located near food factories/warehouses
For those who own businesses, more problems arise from birds hanging around the storefront, like:
- Damage caused by birds nesting and soiling building facades
- Customer complaints
- Poor public image
- Health risks such as Respiratory Bacterial Infections (caused by pathogens in droppings)
- Bird mites
- Damage to vehicles from acidic bird droppings
- Structural safety concerns
- Slip hazards caused by bird droppings
How can I avoid them?
- Ensure lids on bins and garbage compactors are securely closed to prevent access by birds.
- Pet foods should not be left out in open areas which can attract birds (particularly indian mynas).
- Staff eating areas should be kept free of food scraps which provide a ready food source for birds.
- External/internal doors into food production/packaging/warehousing areas should be kept closed whenever possible.
- Vegetation and weeds should be kept to a minimum so as not to encourage nesting by birds.
- Loading docks, awnings and other structural buildings attachments often provide roosting and nesting sites for feral birds. Netting is often the only permanent, reliable method of excluding birds from these areas.
Flick Anticimex Solution
Flick Anticimex offers a variety of solutions to the pest bird problems at your workplace.Our Pest Bird Feeding and Trapping Programs are recognised by the S.P.C.A., Parks and Wildlife and Dept. of Agriculture as an acceptable and humane method of feral pigeon control. Pigeons are an introduced bird species and are considered a pest, especially in built-up areas. Other solutions include Netting, Shock Track, Eagle Eye and Bird Spiking.