Pest Control News

Friday, 11 January 2019

Common Pests- Birds


Birds can be pests all year round. Not only are they noisy, their droppings cause mess and over time can be damaging. Their nesting habits can also be damaging. Below are just some of the birds that cause such issues and a little advice on how you can deal with them.

Pigeons
Pigeons are extremely common in the UK and can be found all over the country. Although they do not make as much noise as other pest birds, they can still be a nuisance in other ways. Pigeons are carriers of many insects and diseases so their nests are also a cause for concern. Their droppings and nests are actually public health concerns.

Gulls
Gulls are typically large birds that can be seen usually near the sea. However, now they can be found across the UK inland too as there is ample food sources and better shelter options. Gulls have loud distress calls to one another so are quite the noise pest! When they are nesting, they will do so by blocking gutters and pecking at roofs which in turn can cause some damage. Interestingly, they will return to a good nesting site year after year after breeding to raise their young. 

Sparrow
Sparrows are small birds and live in the UK. They can be found all over the country. They are most common around any consistent food source. They can even make nests in factories, and surprisingly may never leave providing they have all the food and water they need to survive. Like any living creature that sets up camp so to speak in a food production environment, there is strong potential for contamination which if course is bad for business and in turn public health. 

Starling
The starling is a small bird and lives in the UK all year round. Interestingly the UK is used as a winter home for many starlings migrating from Northern Europe. Starlings are typically noisy birds which can be a pain. They are especially loud when they are roosting. Like all birds, they leave large amounts of droppings which are not only unsightly but can cause damage. 

What can you do?
Best practice for prevention is to check your roof and guttering regularly for signs of nesting behaviour or any damage. As previously mentioned, some birds like to return to the same nesting spot each time so systematic checking is important. If your bird problems persist, please give us and call and we would be more than happy to help.