Bird Netting in Bracknell and Ascot
Professional bird netting solutions in Bracknell and Ascot from a local company – say goodbye to pigeons.
Recently pigeons have become a big problem in towns like Bracknell and Ascot and these places are no different to other places across Berkshire, with large flocks of these birds making their home on top of our houses and businesses.
The reason for this is that the feral pigeon population is rising all the time due to a unique set of habits that these birds have and as the population rises, then so does competition for the best nesting sites.
Once the pick of the sites has been taken, the birds are forced to move to otherwise untouched areas or to sites that aren’t as suitable and for many people, this is when they encounter the problem of feral pigeons for the first time.
The bird that we call the feral pigeon is the domesticated cousin of the wild rock dove and going back as far as Egyptian times, we kept and bred these birds for their meat and this is the main reason that they are happy to live alongside us.
Why do we have pigeons nesting on our property?
Pigeons are a social species of bird and they will actively seek out other pigeons to associate with, you’ll often see one pigeon on its own quickly surrounded by others as they flock together. Resting, preening, feeding and of course nesting will all be done together, and these flock sizes can range from a small number of around a dozen or so, up to hundreds of birds.
Pigeons are one bird that is extremely successful in the urban environment, they are known as ‘flying rats’ because they scavenge on just about any food stuff that they can find, and this allows them to breed all year long. Most birds will have a breeding period based on the seasons; because the pigeon can live on our buildings and feed from our leftovers, they do not have a set breeding period, in this case, breeding depends on the level of protection they have over the top of their nest.
The correct deterrent is essential to pigeon control
This is one of the reasons that you’ll suddenly find yourself with a flock of pigeons, the constant rise in numbers means that suitable nesting sites are taken, and younger birds need to find their own. People living in flats with balconies are likely to find themselves with a pair of birds sitting on two eggs if the balcony is not used for just a couple of weeks. Likewise, the introduction of roof top solar panels has become an excellent place for the birds to nest under as they will build their nests on the support bars that hold the panels on the roof.
These birds’ mate for life and this behaviour forms a strong bond that makes pigeons exceptional parents, once that they have started nesting, they will be very difficult to dislodge, taking the eggs will not stop the birds from returning and laying more. At this stage a proper deterrent is required to keep the birds off your property.
Effective pigeon control from a local company.
If you have had enough of the mess and the disturbance, then the most effective way to stop pigeons from nesting and roosting on your property is through the installation of bird netting.
This forms a physical barrier that prevents the birds from flying into the nesting site or the roost, without access to the area the birds will have to move off as the urge for nesting is so strong.
There is a widespread lack of understanding of correct pigeon management, these birds are highly intelligent and operate on a pressure system.
Low pressure is where they are perching and deterrents in this situation will not work in high pressure areas such as where they are nesting.
How to keep pigeons off your property for good
Pigeons are a large bird and so look for overhead cover to keep the wind and rain off their nest and will use any roof projection, or a space under roof top machinery and even a protected corner of a large ledge will do, on which to nest. When you have a building with any of the features, you’ve got all the right conditions to house a flock of pigeons and the best way to prevent this is by voiding off these areas with bird netting.
We often see the incorrect deterrent used in completely the wrong area, bird spikes will be installed in areas that are wholly unsuitable, for example: an area with overhead cover, so a highly desirable nesting site. The result here will end up with the pigeons dropping nesting material into the open crown of the spikes and building a nest on that base.
Where can bird nets be erected?
We can install bird netting on just about any building, there is a wide range of fixings available that enable us to create a wire frame from which the net is attached, and this frame can take on any size or shape both vertically and horizontally.
In places where we cannot build a frame using the existing structure we also use free standing supports that can make a frame to cover areas like rooftops, but usually we will see the demand for nets on features like the open face of domestic balconies where the pigeons have taken over.
Other common uses for bird nets are when we fit them to the undersides of loading bays where the birds are resting on the steel supports, here they defecate all over the vehicles and the floor below creating a hazardous working environment.
Bird netting comes in different colours and sizes: black, translucent, and stone, and we can use the different colours for specific jobs. For example, covering the entire face of a building with a stone-coloured net to prevent the birds from sitting on decorative features and window ledges. This is useful on older period buildings where pigeon guano causes a great deal of damage to the building fabric and bird spiking has failed.
Bird netting the ultimate pigeon solution in Bracknell and Ascot.
Living with pigeons is difficult, these birds create a great deal of mess and a lot of noise, they are not good neighbours. All species of birds are active from dawn to dusk so when you have pigeons living on your property you can expect the noise to start as soon as the sun rises.
The mess created by these birds is phenomenal; an adult pigeon produces around a kilogram of poo every month and most of this will be deposited where they live. What isn’t dropped there will be discarded in flight and usually when the birds take off, so you’ll have a constant rain of bird droppings that discolour walls, cover patios and washing and land on cars, damaging paintwork.
The other types of mess created will be old nesting material that is dragged out of the roost, usually this will also be covered in bird faeces so another hazard, shed feathers will litter the area along with eggs and eggshells. Male birds without a partner and sometimes females looking to take over a nest will chuck eggs out of a nest and these will add to the mess. Lastly, if this lot was not enough, you will find the occasional dead bird laying around and these attract other pests like carrion flies in turn.
What damage do pigeons do to the building?
One of the main issues with pigeons is their waste material, which is highly acidic and this mass will slowly eating away at any surface sits that it covers. Even just a couple of birds soon deposit enough waste to cause lasting damage to just about any building.
No matter if this is a modern brick and concrete construction, pigeon guano slowly dissolves the minerals and salts out of the surfaces that it covers, allowing water penetration which breaks down the material. Concrete, stone and brick will all undergo a slow corrosion that eventually will lead to expensive repairs. Metal, paint and wood corrode more quickly, and these materials will lead to lower repair costs but more frequently.
The other problem with pigeon guano is that it builds up and ends up blocking roof valleys, gutters and rainwater hoppers meaning that in heavy rain, the water cannot escape the roof properly leading to water ingress and even collapsing gutters under the weight.
The problem of pigeon guano is remedied through the installation of bird netting and we also offer a full bird cleaning service for both domestic and commercial customers.
A bird net will last for around ten years and we guarantee all our installations as long as the net isn’t cut by contractors, to avoid problems when contractors cut through the nets, access into the void is made with the use of zips and we create ‘doors’ to allow entry, this is particularly useful when covering roof top machinery that will require regular servicing.
We have over 19 years’ experience in general pest control and providing bird control services throughout Berkshire and parts of West London, our technicians are fully trained, and they hold IPAF qualifications to hire and use hydraulic access equipment for safe access to difficult to reach areas.
If you want a no obligation quote for pigeon control in Bracknell and throughout Berkshire and right across the South East then get in touch with us. Our site surveys are free, and we can talk you through the problem and the correct solution.
Got a problem with pigeons in Bracknell?
Don’t delay phone us on 01344 534 311 as we have the solution for you.