Birds - FAQ

Bird Control

Urban birds such as pigeons, gulls and crows are great opportunists.  With a ready made food source and sheltered nesting sites, numbers can grow rapidly and what started as a few birds can soon become a thriving colony.

Although there are a number of species that are classed as a nuisance pest the two most common are the feral pigeon and gulls.

Feral pigeons are highly sociable birds and live in high numbers in all manner of habitats.  Adults will breed whenever there is warmth in the weather and can often have up to five broods in a year.

Gulls, especially Herring Gulls, are becoming increasingly common inland.  Versatile breeding habitats, changes in temperatures and feeding on inland refuse sites have led to a population increase.  This in turn has caused strain on natural breeding grounds.  This appears to be the main reason for increased nesting sites in and around town and city buildings.  

Signs of a bird problem

The obvious sign of a bird problem is actually seeing the birds on and around the property.  Bird fouling may also be present along window ledges, wall sides and pathways beneath nests and roosting sites.  Nests and nesting materials may also be evident in areas where suitable nesting sites are located.  Noise can also be an indicator of a bird problem, gulls are well known for their loud wailing and aggressiveness during the breeding season.

Why do I have a bird problem?

It may not be evident but your property may be the ideal habitat for pest birds.  Pigeons and Gulls have learnt how to adapt and survive in most environments.  With nearby food sources for scavenging and shelter to build their nests, bird problems are becoming very common.  Balconies, ledges, chimney stacks, guttering and culverts are the favoured sites of Gulls.  Pigeons prefer roof spaces for roosting and can move loose or damaged tiles to gain entry.  Any gap larger than 25mm that allows access to the property is a potential entry point.

How serious is a bird problem?

Birds carry a range of diseases that can be transmitted to humans, not only via their droppings but also from the bird themselves.  These diseases include Listeria, E-Coliand Psittacosis.   Feral pigeons live in such high numbers that they can very quickly cover a building with droppings.  These not only look and smell unpleasant but when dry become airborne in small particles which can lead to respiratory complaints.  Bird droppings are acidic and can corrode/erode metals and masonry.  Nesting materials can block chimneys, flues and guttering.  This can cause possible issues with carbon monoxide and water damage from blocked guttering.

Buildings covered in fouling not only looks and smells unpleasant but also projects a poor business image, potentially ruining an organisations reputation.

Also linked to bird activity are parasites including mites ticksfleas and beetleswhich if left untreated can lead to a parasite infestation.

Can I resolve a bird problem myself?

For any kind of bird control it is highly recommended that a professional pest control company is contacted.  Bird prevention, proofing and control is a highly specialised skill requiring specialist equipment and tools.  Here at Bradford Pest Control our technicians are highly trained, knowledgeable and have access to professional use products and tools to ensure that bird control is carried out safely.

Our bird control treatment

  • Upon making contact with our professional pest control team, an appointment will be made at your convenience to visit your home or business premises.
  • Our professional pest control technician will examine your property and identify the problem.
  • On completion of the inspection and an assessment of the situation, the technician will recommend the best cause of action to control birds.
  • Our technician will use the best tools and professional use products to resolve the bird problem safely, ensuring peace of mind for you and your family or business.
  • Our professional technician will offer advice and solutions to prevent further bird problems from re-occurring.

Do I need to do anything before bird control treatment?

No, you don't need to do anything at all.  Our professional technician will ensure that our service is carried quickly and safely.