Effective Ways To Keep Birds Off Your Premises

25 Nov 2021 | Apex Environmental Services (UK) Ltd

Seeing birds soar and hearing them sing can be refreshing. It’s easy to feel at peace, but it’s a whole different story when they’ve invaded your home.

For one, birds around your premises will invariably be a health code violation. Birds themselves, their nesting materials, and their droppings can carry over 60 different diseases and parasites. The Animal and Plant Health Agency notes that the most common disease in The UK is Avian Influenza. Just one of the many reasons to keep birds off your buildings!

It can feel tiresome and hopeless when fighting with birds’ corrosive droppings, their tendency to ruin harvests, or disrupting territorial nesting behaviour.

The mess that birds leave behind can be unsightly. Plus, the cost of constantly having to clean up can be expensive. Bird nests can pose a fire risk or can block drains if they fall to the ground.

The good news is just so much that you can do to keep birds away. Here are some of the best tips on how to keep birds away from your property.

Implement Bird Roosting Spikes

Bird spikes are long, needle-like rods used for bird control. They are made of tin or plastic cans and placed in the dirt or attached with wire to window sills and overhangs. You can also make your spikes by hammering nails into wood.

Roosting spikes are not designed to severely injure the birds, but instead to provide no flat area to land.

A simple poke from the spike as the bird attempts to settle will prompt it to fly away to find another location to perch or nest. This is a great alternative if there are lots of ledges on a building. Birds will find these spikes uncomfortable and won’t land on them, keeping them away from your premises for good.

Install a Bird Repelling Flying Kite

To detract birds from laying a single feather on your property, you’ll want to install something that will scare them away from a distance.

A bird repelling flying kite is an effective way of keeping birds away. You can set it up on a windy day, and it will soar over your property. The befeathered pests would not dare risk flying anywhere remotely close to your property with such a large and strange flying thing standing guard.

If you would like to keep birds off the fence, away from the car, or off the mailbox without needing to install anything on them, this is the best option you have. Additionally, with the kite flying high above, birds won’t soar overhead and drop their poop into your property and belongings. This will go a long way to prevent all the damages that birds can cause to your home.

Using Scarecrows

If you would like to keep birds off your premises, one of the best ways is to make them think your property is a dangerous place for them to stay. If they think that a predator lives in your home, you can be sure they’ll steer clear of it.

Speaking of predators, birds have many natural predators, including cats, owls, and larger birds of prey. Placing objects in the shape of these predators around areas frequented by nuisance birds can deter them from nesting or landing near them. These objects can be made of wood, metal, or any other material that can withstand the outdoor environment.

For example, owls are public enemy number 1 for bird species, so a scarecrow owl decoy works best. Because owls can also fly, bird species are more afraid of them than they are of land animal predators.

Make sure to move these objects around every few days or the birds will get acclimated to them and begin to ignore them.

Shock Tape or Shock Track

Another effective way to stop birds from roosting is to install common perching surfaces with bird shock tape or a shock track. A shock tape is installed similar to the double-sided tape used in the office. Just unroll, peel off the paper covering the adhesive, and smooth onto the surface.

You must also have a bird shock tape charger to keep the tape powered at all times. The tape gets electricity from the charger. When birds land on it, they experience a sudden, mild shock that sends them flying away instantly.

Similarly, a shock track can be fitted to almost any surface and will conform to the shape of the surface that you attach it to. Also, powered by electricity, it will give a small non-deadly shock to any bird that lands on it, effectively scaring them away.

If perching birds are a problem in your premises, a shock track or tape is the simplest solution for bird control and can be used to protect gutters, signs, and window ledges from bird damage.

Applying Liquid Bird Repellent

Birds can be such a nuisance at home. If you’re desperate to find out how to keep birds away from the parts of your home where you and your family like to hang out, then a non-toxic liquid bird repellent is an option you ought to consider.

The spray makes use of natural substances that give off smells birds don’t like. The most common ingredient is methyl anthranilate, a bitter and pungent substance extracted from concord grapes. To humans, it smells like grape juice, but it’s bothersome to the trigeminal system of birds.

It can be sprayed directly on commercially-grown crops to repel birds. The wide use of this naturally-derived product is a testament to its safety.

Always check the labels of these sprays to avoid hurting birds, as it is a punishable offence. Under the UK Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure, or take any wild bird for whatever reason.

Contact Professionals

The easiest and most effective way to get rid of birds is to call in professionals. It may not always be the cheapest option, but you get bang for your buck.

Professional wildlife control companies can properly identify the birds infesting in your home and customize their bird control strategy according to that species’ specific feeding habits, nesting tendencies, and general behaviour.

You can reach out to us for the best bird control Services. We have qualified personnel at your beck and call you to get you through a bird infestation nightmare and prevent any future infestation around your premises.

Additionally, all work undertaken by Apex is strictly in line with the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, which aims to conserve wild birds and preserve air safety.

For a no-obligation chat, contact our team today on 01256 578025 or email us at info@apexbirdcontrol.uk.

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