While they may not be at the top of the most problematic pests you encounter in and around your property, birds do have the potential to cause damage to your garden.
When birds decide to make your garden, garage, or property their home, they can be fairly difficult to get rid of. They’re not only unsightly but their excrement – especially pigeon’s – can devastate garden furniture, greenhouses, patio enclosures, and tiles.
Today, we’re going to be talking about bird control, specifically looking at 5 of the most effective ways to help deter birds from nesting on your property. Of course, it must be understood that if you’re looking to deter a certain type of bird (pigeons, for example) and retain other nesting birds (doves, sparrows, starlings etc) these deterrents will likely repel them all.
- Use Bird Netting
Bird netting is arguably the most common and effective way of deterring birds from nesting. The netting provides a virtually invisible barrier which birds cannot fly through or pass under. Additionally, bird netting is one repellent that is completely harmless, as it simply serves as a barrier, causing the birds to find another place to nest.
Bird netting is particularly effective if you have a large bird infestation, as it’s able to cover large commercial properties if required.
- Bird Spikes
In a similar fashion to bird netting, bird spikes offer a harmless repellent option for those looking to deter birds from their property. Bird spikes are simple, effective, and virtually invisible. They can be placed anywhere around your property but are primarily positioned in areas where birds nest. Examples are:
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Bird spikes are installed by pest control professionals and offer a long-term solution to bird problems.
Trapping is effective if you’re looking to trap birds and safely relocate them. The important thing to remember if you’re going to use a trapping method is knowing what to do with the birds afterwards. However, while this trapping and relocating may work for some birds, for pigeons the success rate is very low. This is because pigeons have a fantastic homing instinct, meaning even if you drove miles away from your property, where the pigeon has nested, it will have no problem finding its way back again.
If you are intending to trap pigeons, be sure to dispose of them in the most humane way possible. This can be done by pest control professionals euthanising them.
- Decoys (Bird of Prey Statue)
Another deterrent becoming particularly popular in gardens is decoys. These are simple and effective ways to deter birds from nesting in your garden. Decoys are usually statues resembling larger birds of prey (falcons, eagles, hawks etc), which scare other birds away, meaning they won’t attempt to nest in or around your garden. Some decoys also have sound systems, which are thought to further deter birds from entering your garden, but these are optional.
- Bio Acoustic Systems
If you’re looking to invest in a more technical bird repellent option, bio-acoustic systems might be the way forward for you. They work by using loudspeakers which emanate high pitched sounds, triggering the flight reflex of birds. These systems were originally used in airports to scatter any birds that were nesting or occupying airspace. These systems again, are humane and offer a solution which is neither invasive or difficult to assemble.
Bio-acoustic systems are backed and used by civil and military airports and remain at the cutting edge of bird repellent systems.
Remember, do Your Research!
Before you start investing in ways to prevent birds from nesting in your garden, make sure you know what you’re doing! Read up on local bird protection laws to ensure that you aren’t breaking any laws, as almost every species of bird will be protected from harm. It’s also important to understand what types of birds are nesting in your garden and why. Knowing this information is vital, as you don’t want to be installing bird repellents if they aren’t appropriate to the bird problem you’re having!
If you do have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact your local bird control company.