Bird wires work by using a high tension wire system that is placed on buildings to stop and control birds from landing and nesting. They’re discrete and virtually invisible which means they don’t spoil the external look of a building. Most birds wire systems use spring tensioned wire which is fixed to the building using steel posts, or if this method of securing the wire is not possible, a super strength style glue can also be used.
The wire is versatile and durable. With a wide variety of fixing pins available the bird control system can be fixed to metal structures, as well as concrete ones, and even roof ridges. The wires are typically placed at varying heights to make landing and roosting uncomfortable, if not impossible, for the birds.
The longevity of bird control wire makes it a cost-effective solution. It’s environmentally safe and is used predominately for deterring feral pigeons and seagulls. Smaller birds are able to land and nest on the wires, depending on the spacing widths.
This form of bird control is also known as ‘Trip Wire’ or ‘Pin and Wire’ systems and it causes very little damage to buildings. Should it need to be removed, any minimal damage caused by the steel pins can be repaired with mortar, which reduces any further damage to the structure.
Due to bird wire being virtually undetectable to the naked eye many people prefer the aesthetic looks of wire compared with bird spikes; which due to their constructive nature look far less humane. The only drawback to wires is that they can’t be placed on top of lamp-posts, for example, in the same way spikes can.
Bird wire is an extremely effective deterrent for pigeons and seagulls; it is less effective for smaller birds. However, you will need to contact a professional bird pest controller to have it installed properly, as the wires need to be positioned and tensioned correctly for the system to be effective.