Pigeon control in Basingstoke and Hook
Give pigeons the bird – professional bird solutions in Basingstoke and Hook
The towns of Basingstoke and Hook have a sizable pigeon problem and here at Bracknell Pest Control we are a local family run firm that are experts in delivering the ultimate in pigeon solutions – high quality net installations that are guaranteed to resolve your bird problem for good.
Pigeon problems and the ultimate solution
Feral pigeons are a very social species of bird and where you get one, then you’ll be bound to get a lot more in a short space of time. When the pigeon population rises, this is when the problems set in. Pigeons are also large birds, and each one produces around a kilogram of droppings or bird guano to use the correct term, every month, and its this sheer amount of guano that creates the biggest problem.
All animal faeces are a hazard, but pigeon guano is one of the worst, this matter is highly toxic, and the guano forms a dense mat of moist, nutrient rich organic matter which becomes a breeding ground for some very nasty bacteria, fungus and viruses.
Contamination from pigeon guano can lead to some serious health issues and when this problem is in the workplace, it can lead to staff refusing to work in any contaminated areas and managers and business owners face being in breach of health and safety legislation.
The toxic nature of pigeon guano is not just the only problem, as well as being toxic, this semi-liquid mass is highly acidic and where it sits on the building structure, the acid is slowly eating away those surfaces. This leads to a slow but long-term degradation to the structure which will end up with costly maintenance bills.
If these two problems weren’t enough, the sheer amount of guano being deposited builds up and blocks rainwater collection and runoff systems. This means after heavy rain that hoppers become blocked, guttering fills up and can then become detached under the combined weight and roof valleys fill up. Most roof valleys are out of sight and when they become blocked with guano, water can then seep into the internal roof space causing further damage.
Netting the best deterrent for keeping pigeons off a building in Basingstoke and Hook
Bird netting is the best deterrent for preventing pigeons from nesting on your property, when installed a fitted bird net forms an almost invisible, solid barrier which prevents the birds from landing or accessing all of the areas that are now protected by the net.
Successful control of pigeons depends on the correct choice of bird deterrent; pigeons are highly intelligent birds and successful control does not work on a one size fits all approach. There are some misconceptions within the pest control industry and we often see bird spikes fitted in areas that are wholly inappropriate, the outcome being that the installation has only made things worse.
These birds are able to breed all through the year, unlike other species they do not have a defined season and as long as they can find protection from wind and rain, then they will continue to nest. It is in these areas where bird netting cannot be beaten.
On a domestic setting such as the many blocks of flats found in Slough, we find that balconies have become a favourite spot for pigeons to nest on and it is a simple operation to fit a net across the open face of the balcony to keep these birds away.
Other spaces that make ideal nest sites for pigeons are found on commercial buildings, many of these have roof top plant machinery such as air conditioning plant and fans for smoke vents. This machinery sits on flat roofs of these buildings and the birds will nest on any ledges created and even within the frame of the actual machinery.
When it comes to roof top machinery, we can install nets either using the natural contours of the building to help us build a frame or we can use free standing supports and build a cage around the plant without the need to drill or puncture roof membranes.
The advantages of having a bird net installed rather than other deterrents are:
The best and most cost-effective solution for high level infestations.
Bird netting is versatile as it can be used vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
Fixings used to frame the net are of the highest standard.
We are experts in the industry with over 19 years of experience of bird control.
Bird netting does not cause any harm to the birds.
We are trained in working at height and hold mobile access qualifications from IPAF for the hire and use of hydraulic access equipment.
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Long lasting protection from pigeons with a bird net from Bracknell Pest Control
There are a wide range of bird deterrent systems on the market to choose from, some of these can prevent pigeons from nesting on your building and some will just not work. Visual deterrents that scare the birds off will fail in a short space of time, these birds can recognise their own face so a plastic owl will just not work.
Bird spikes, bird coil and post and rails systems work well however they are designed for long rows like ledges and parapets, where there is overhead cover, pigeons will use these to mount their nests on. They drop debris down into the area using the installed system to hold that together, then they defecate into it gluing the entire mass together and they have created a new nest.
A bird net installed from Bracknell Pest Control will last for well over ten years and we guarantee our installations for first two years from installation. As long as the net isn’t cut, it will go on working keeping the pigeons off the area, day after day. To avoid cutting the net, we will install access zips and create doors using removable clips to allow contractors access into the interior of the void. This access is particularly useful when covering roof top machinery and we can also use translucent nets so that they do not stand out and mask the building.
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, 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 Basingstoke or Hook?
Don’t delay phone us on 01344 534 311 as we have the solution for you.