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Bird control

Why do you need bird control? When you think about birds, there's a good chance you don't think of them as pests. People generally think of birds as pretty, pleasant, and even keep them as pets. However, there are birds that are pests because of their nesting habits, ability to swarm in huge numbers, aggressiveness to people, and because their droppings bring numerous health problems.

You may not think about bird pest control until you suddenly find that there is damage to your home or property or find bird droppings are all over your home.

Rentokil has professionals who know how to effectively perform bird control and bird removal. We get rid of the problems and then install bird control devices that will prevent them from returning.

Bird Fact: Starlings are not native to North America, but were deliberately introduced in the 1890s by a group called the American Acclimatization Society located in England.

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The problem with birds

What kind of damage can birds do? Birds have been known to cause the following:

  • Roof damage - roof tiles and other areas around eaves can be damaged by birds when they nest.
  • Gutter damage - house sparrows got their name because of their preference for nesting around homes and because they use any nook or cranny, including gutters. This can lead to gutters becoming clogged and water damage. They can also block vents, such as dryer vents, which is a potential fire hazard.
  • Droppings - bird droppings can be corrosive to building materials. Droppings can eat away the paint, damage metal and other materials, and also remove the paint off cars. Plus, lots of droppings can bring risks of slipping and falling and when droppings dry out, can turn into dust that can cause breathing problems if inhaled or affect people with lung problems like asthma.

Bird health risks

Bird pests are well known to carry a range of diseases and are hosts to other insect pests. Humans can also develop symptoms similar to influenza from the spores from bird droppings.

Professional bird control is not only critical to avoid damage to your property but also to minimize the health risks posed by the presence of certain birds.

Pigeons, for example, are hosts to parasitic pests such as pigeon ticks, fleas and bird mites, which can spread to people. The pest insects live on the birds, their droppings and nesting materials. The parasites can invade buildings in search of a new food source.

Birds carry health risks in addition to those with droppings. Such as:

  • Aggressiveness - some species are known to become aggressive toward people, particularly during mating season. 
  • Pests and parasites - birds can carry fleas, ticks and mites that can bite humans. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases from birds to humans such as St. Louis Encephalitis. 
  • E.Coli - some birds like to peck at things like cow dung and that can cause them to transmit e. coli, which can be very dangerous to humans. 
  • Salmonella - or food poisoning which is a bacteria found in bird droppings that can end up in food.
  • Avian flu - a potentially fatal illness that is borne by birds and is one of the main reasons people should never try to handle wild birds on their own.
  • Psittacosis - also called Ornithosis or pigeon fancier's lung. This infection can be transmitted by inhaling the bacteria from dried droppings or handling feathers of infected pigeons or seagulls.
  • Fowl pest - known also as fowl plague or Newcastle disease. This virus can be transmitted to people when they’re exposed to fecal matter faecal and other excretions from infected pigeon birds.
  • Fungal infections - include Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis and are carried within bird droppings from seagulls.
  • Bird mites - often found in nests and roosting places. They feed mainly on bird blood but will also bite humans.

Types of birds

There are a few species of birds that are generally thought of as pests including:

Experts in reliable bird control

At Rentokil we are experts in helping you find solutions for dealing with bird problems. We use the latest methods of bird removal and talk to you to come up with a solution. We use methods that are as discreet as possible to stop birds from choosing your home as their nesting site. These methods include:

  • Bird netting
  • Bird spikes
  • Electronic bird deterrents

Bird prevention advice

We also have the expertise to study your home and the surrounding area to figure out why birds are finding your home or property so appealing. We offer advice on what you can do to help prevent further bird infestations. Including:

  • Covering vents and openings birds prefer for nesting with screens

  • Keeping food locked up tight in bins with strong lids

  • Removing as much nesting material from your property as possible

Pigeon control

Feral pigeons are the number one pest bird in urban areas. Descendants of European homing pigeons, feral pigeons are not afraid of people and will live in close proximity.

Pigeons can be a real nuisance to businesses. The pest birds are attracted to food sources, including garbage, which is why they are often found near bars and restaurants and landfill sites.

Pigeons like to shelter in seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings. They will make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, guttering and loft spaces in particular, as they are capable of lifting damaged or loose roof coverings to force entry.

Your property could be providing an ideal habitat for pigeons. If they are already nesting on your building, there is a risk they will attract other pigeons too, turning a small problem into a much larger one.

Pigeon control for your business

Bird control Technicians at Rentokil provide expert pigeon control solutions to protect your business and customers from these pest birds.

Although a pigeon's natural food source is grain and seeds, they survive in towns and cities by scavenging processed food matter, such as the remains of takeaways and food waste from trash cans.

Look out for the following pigeon infestation signs on your property, which may indicate a problem that requires professional help.

Danger Signs:

  • Flocks of pigeons – if you regularly notice flocks of pigeons around your property
  • Nesting materials – twigs, grass and sticks are usually used to make a nest
  • Pigeon droppings – large amounts of droppings found near your building could mean pigeons are roosting on your property

Potential harm from pigeons

The presence of feral pigeons and their feces (or guano) represents a potential health hazard to people.

  • Serious diseases - pigeons are carriers of diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis (commonly known as pigeon fancier's lung)

  • Pigeon droppings - droppings provide the ideal environment for organisms causing diseases such as listeriosis, cryptococcis and aspergillosis to thrive.

  • Other pests - pigeons are also hosts to fleas and other parasites such as ticks and bird mites. These pests can be spread to other hosts including people.

Pigeon droppings

Pigeon droppings and pigeon debris not only look unpleasant but they can directly damage the structure of a building, due to the concentration of uric acid found in droppings.

Pigeon droppings can:

  • Erode metal
  • Stain wood
  • Discolor paint
  • Damage stone and brickwork - tar based roofing materials are particularly vulnerable to this type of erosion.

Risks to your business poised by pigeons

  • Health & safety hazard - droppings can sometimes make sidewalks very slippery

  • Loss of customers - large quantities of droppings and presence of pigeons on your property could put customers off from entering your store

  • Loss of productivity - the diseases pigeons are known to carry could impact on your co-workers leading to illness and time off work

  • Drainage problems - nest debris and feathers can also block gutters and rainwater drainage systems, potentially leading to damage to your business from water penetration.

Steps to take for pigeon control

One of the most successful long term measures for pigeon control is their food source removal, however in busy urban areas this is not always practical.

There is a range of pigeon deterrent solutions available for commercial properties, which could help to prevent pigeons from roosting and nesting on your property, including:


  • Bird netting – available in various sizes and strategically installed for total pigeon exclusion.

  • Wire deterrent systems – discrete product used to protect exposed ledges from pigeons and other pest birds.

  • Bird control solutions – our full range of specialist bird proofing methods are installed by our bird control Technicians.

Seagull control

Seagulls such as Herring gulls and Black-backed gulls have become well adapted to living in our coastal towns and cities.

If your business is located near to the coast, your property may be at greater risk of a problem with gulls and effective seagull control may be necessary for protection.

Many modern buildings with flat roofs and straight sides are similar to the sort of cliffs these seagulls are used to nesting on in the wild.

The modern urban environment offers the gulls easy living with landfill sites, street litter near bars and restaurants and household garbage providing an abundant and easy food source.

Need seagull control advice? Schedule a FREE property inspection today with a local Rentokil bird control expert by calling 1-877-690-2115 or contacting us online.

Seagull control for your business

Our bird deterrent solutions offer professional services for seagull control, removing problems swiftly with minimal fuss.

Potential Harm from Seagulls
The close association of seagulls and people can lead to the spread of bird-transmitted diseases. As gulls feed from polluted sources such as garbage dumps and bring germs directly to public areas in towns and cities.

  • Disease – seagulls are known to spread diseases like Salmonella
  • Aggressive birds – seagulls can become very territorial and aggressive towards people, when they are rearing their young.

Risks to your business

Seagulls can cause problems scavenging for food all year round, but particularly during the summer months when mating and rearing their young, which is when they could be a greater problem for your business.

  • Financial loss - your business may lose customers, who could be put off from entering your store due to the presence of these pest birds

  • Health hazard - seagulls are known to spread disease, which could impact your co-workers if the problem is left unresolved

  • Droppings - if people get too close to their nesting sites, seagulls will often defecate and vomit on people to protect their young chicks

  • Cleaning costs - maintenance and cleaning costs could be very high for a business to cover if there is a big problem with droppings on your property

Steps to take for seagull control

There are a wide range of bird proofing methods which can help to protect your business from seagulls.

Preventing defacement of buildings due to nesting and roosting will reduce maintenance and cleaning costs. Noise, smell and the risk of infection will also be eliminated, improving the overall health and safety of your business.

  • Removal of food sources - ensure lids are kept secure on bins and trash bags are not left in the open (as gulls can rip open trash bags easily).

  • Removal of attractive nesting sites - in an urban area is an effective way to help prevent a seagull problem in the first place.

  • Bird netting – nets are available in various sizes to prevent roosting on your property.

  • Overhead grid systems - these stainless steel wires are strategically installed in a checkerboard pattern over ponds, pools, rooftops and courtyard areas of your property.

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