Pigeon cleaning and removal service in Bracknell
Posted on 13th October 2019 at 10:41
Feral pigeons are causing problems in Bracknell with their waste, noise and the damage done to buildings - we can offer you a solution to your problem.
Feral pigeons are a common site in towns like Bracknell; open spaces like parks and areas around shops all have pigeons as frequent visitors, have you ever wondered why you don’t see feral pigeons in gardens or on bird feeders?
These birds were once domesticated and used as a food source; there is eveide3nce of pigeon bones in the pyramids where it is thought they were eaten as a funerary meal. The old and new testaments of the Bible also refer to pigeons as a sacrificial animal showing their relationship with mankind.
Feral pigeons are used to man and relatively unafraid, as you walk through modern shopping centres, you’ll see how they interact with us – because we still feed these birds. Pigeons eat almost exclusively the leftovers and food deliberately put out for them by us, that’s why you’ll never see one in a back garden.
Feral pigeons are very successful, and it is estimated that across Europe the number of these birds tops out at about 15 million and Bracknell has a large resident population which is increasing year on year. The only natural predators of feral pigeons are raptors like the peregrine falcon – and mankind.
Having encouraged and bred the birds to be partly dependant on us their now an inconvenience and a nuisance as they’re rapidly increasing population are coming into conflict with us. Feral pigeon populations are nothing new and the sale of bird feed in Trafalgar Square, London was banned in 2001 by the Mayor of London to combat the environmental damage done by the pigeon droppings.
Pigeons produce a large amount of waste; known as guano and this build of matter is extremely acidic eating away at all the surfaces that its deposited on. Paintwork will blister and peel away exposing the surface beneath to corrosion, the guano leaches minerals and salts out of stone and concrete making the surfaces brittle and flaky, this allows water to penetrate and when it freezes the outer layers are ‘blown’ meaning that it breaks up very quickly.
The acid is guano will eat into wood reducing the working life of surfaces like balcony decks; the increased moisture levels also encourage wood eating fungus further breaking down the structure and shortening the life even more.
What’s more, the guano is nutrient rich and a home to different types of fungus and some of this can be dangerous if the spores are breathed in. Along with the fungus there are bacteria and viruses all of which can be dangerous when exposed to. Finally, to top of the list of horrible items the guano will be packed with insects and some of these like bird mites are blood suckers – if or when the birds decide to leave the area, the only source of food maybe you!
This is a major problem when pigeons are inside a building or on an outdoor area like a balcony or a roof top garden, the noise, the smell of all the waste matter and the very presence of the birds themselves becomes a health hazard meaning the birds have to go.
The best method is to void the area by denying the birds either space to perch or prevent them from flying in and landing; when birds perch they like to be able to move about so spikes can be installed to prevent that level of movement. Likewise metal posts can be installed and a tensioned metal rope strung out from one end to the other; this method is particularly good on long stretches of brickwork or stone ledges.
If the pigeon population is extremely high or they have been settled in the area for a long period of time, spiking will fail. The birds will defecate into the crown of spikes and drop twigs and pieces of rubbish in, slowly building up a raised bed of guano / rubbish and then they will nest on that bed; all we’ve really done is make the ideal sub-base for the nest.
The most effective method of preventing birds from accessing any area is to place a tensioned net across the span and seal the edges thoroughly so they can’t slip past. When done correctly this technique doesn’t harm any of the birds and when pulled tight it acts like a drumskin so if birds fly into it, they just bounce off.
People often ask if it would be better to cull the flock and the answer is no. For one we are killing the animals unnecessarily; without suitable nest sites the numbers will decrease naturally over time and secondly culling any species is counterproductive.
Research has shown that when a cull takes place, the surplus of food and territories means the remaining population increases to take advantages of the vacuum, with feral pigeons the population would be expected to rise an additional 15 to 30% within months, culling is expensive and proven to fail.
The only effective, humane solution to a feral pigeon problem is proofing followed by a professional clean up of the area. Cleaning pigeon waste is a natural part of our work as pest controllers; attention to detail combined with a sensible approach to health and safety is something we have in abundance.
We provide a professional bird clearance and control service in Bracknell and throughout the south east working on a small one bedroom flat or a large rooftop plant area that requires proofing and cleaning. As a family run business we work on a personal basis and we are competitive in our pricing, if you would like a no obligation quote to get rid of your pigeon problem get in touch.
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