Pest bird proofing deterrents – the options

People commonly associate problem birds with pigeons and gulls. Did you know though, there is a wide range of birds that can cause costly damage to your premises? Crows, ravens, magpies and jackdaws are just some of the other species that can nest on ledges, roofs and air conditioning units, causing havoc.  Other species include sparrows and starlings.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, wild birds, their nests and eggs are protected, which means destroying or removing them yourself could lead to prosecution.

Fortunately, at Safeguard, we have experience of dealing with pests such as pigeons, gulls and other birds; professionally and safely. There are a number of methods we use as pest bird proofing deterrents.


Using netting is a safe, humane and adaptable way of preventing pest birds roosting on or around your commercial premises. Netting can be cut or tailored to your specific requirements, which means both small nooks or large expansive areas can be covered.

The netting excludes birds from flying into particular areas, such as courtyards and canopies. They are available in a range of neutral colours, including green, black and transparent, as well as different gauges, depending on the type of birds you are dealing with.

The nets can also be secured to a wide range of surfaces including masonry, wood and metal.


Spring wire system

This method of bird deterrent is used on flat surfaces and prevents gulls and pigeons from flying onto, resting or roosting on your building.

The system is commonly used for window sills and cornices and because the wires are nearly transparent, it is a popular preventative measure for commercial buildings where a discreet solution is important.  Large shopping centres, cinemas and office blocks will have these installed because they are virtually undetectable by people on the ground.


Anti-perch spikes
Depending on the size of bird you are trying to discourage from landing on your property or commercial premises, anti-perch spikes are an effective preventative method.

Used mostly for larger pests such as pigeons and seagulls, the small, thin spikes humanely deter birds from perching on ledges, pipes and other surfaces. You will often see them above ground level where they are used to stop birds resting above people or customers. They are also an effective way of preventing damage caused by bird droppings.

These methods of pest bird proofing deterrents are versatile and can be installed easily. However, we recommend you seek professional advice from a company such as Safeguard to identify the type of pest you may have and the most suitable preventative method.


For your free bird control survey, contact Safeguard today or call now on 0800 328 4931 and find out the best way to bird proof your property.

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