Bird Hazards and Controlled Measures

Bear a thought BIRDS cause chaos and in the worst cases can even KILL!!!

We are environmental specialists managing all aspects of pest control measures resulting in a clean and healthy environment.

But it cannot be ignored many customers think our work is “heroic” as we tackle pests in all situations.

Our services discretely perform to protect and prevent disease including any danger to living animals, insects and plants.

Without trying to over elaborate the point of the importance of pest control and treating pest problems seriously, recent study highlights how pigeon poo (guano) is an attributing factor in the risk to human health.

The diseases and bacteria spread by “Pests” are rare but the risk is ever present and can easily be reduced through good pest control, personal hygiene and property cleaning regimes.

This is where we come in. Pigeons and seagulls are the most common type of UK birds which may be considered pests.

This doesn’t mean that all pigeons or seagulls are pests as there are many instances where they live without causing any problems whatsoever. They are part of the UK Eco System and have the right to roam freely without any interference from control and preventive measures. However, in the built-up environment of a town pigeons (and seagulls) are not just a nuisance, they pose a hazard to public health!

What health problems can birds cause?

Birds – and in particular pigeons – are linked with various potential diseases and is a danger to infection from the droppings.

The infection is spread through the inhalation of the fungal spores as the aging or drying of the droppings does’t reduce infection.

The infections from both diseases affect the lungs/respiratory systems with mild symptoms being most common.

In extreme circumstances these infections cause complications with some patients and in extreme circumstances can lead to death.


Are All Birds Pests…?

Most birds can be considered a “pest” in certain given situation. However there are limits on the solutions you can implement depending on bird species.

Some species are fully protected and others can only be dealt with at certain times of the year.

This does pose some complications if you have a bird nuisance problem.

The most common birds that cause the most challenges to a pest controller are pigeons and sea gulls.


Bird Problems…

Birds can cause a number of problems that lead customers to call out a professional pest controller including;

  • Noise – particularly when mating, nesting and roosting. The noise can very strong and off putting
  • Aggressive – once birds start nesting and have chicks the parents are very protective.

Seagulls are a big problem in coastal locations. Little can be done until the chicks have flown the nest

  • Additional “pests” – Nesting birds can bring additional problems like mites and parasites
  • Nuisance to occupants and / or customers
    – seagulls are particularly bad when searching for food
  • Droppings – particularly bad around nesting and roosting areas
  • Shop closures – we get many call outs from retail shops that have had a bird enter the store causing problems to staff and customers alike

Prevention better than Cure

As with so many things in life Prevention is better than Cure.

With the various limitations in managing a bird problem (infestation) it is best to try and put prevention measures in place.

There are various non-intrusive and humane bird control measures that can prevent a problem in the first place or help quickly reduce a growing problem.

Significant risks associated with birds and the associated fouling/droppings can occur, so if birds are a problem call us for advice.

When birds aren’t a nuisance they can be left alone.

Neil Townsend, your Local and Trusted Expert will be there to help.


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Know your gulls

Common gull species

The Kittiwake Gull (Rissa tridiactyla)

The killiwake is a medium size and has a grey back and a while underneath. Its bill is yellow and short and its legs are short and black. Kittiwakes also have a black lip to their tail.



Common Gull (Latus canus)

Similar in appearance to the herring gull, the common gull ls seen less in Inland areas but is seen frequenting urban areas in winter. With a light. grey bock and black wing tips, the common gull is greenish legs and a yellow bill



Herring Gull (Larus Argentatus)

The herring gull has a light grey back and has a white underneath. The herring gull has black wing tips and their legs are pink with webbed feet Their bill ls large with a slight hook that has a red spot. The herring gull is very noisy and is present in the UK all year round.



Lesser Black Backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

The Lesser black backed gull has a dark grey to black back and wings with a white underneath. It has a yellow bill and legs and is indigenous to Europe, with 40 of the population based in the UK. It has an ‘Amber’ status In the UK due to concerns of a decline in the UK.



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