Comprehensive Bird Pest Removal

Residential & Commercial Bird Control

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We’re happy to deal with small and large scale problems. We combine all the modern methods of bird control with traditional methods learnt over the years. We’ve specialist skills and qualifications in bird control too, as well as years of experience of bird behaviour.

Our bird control offers the complete bird proofing service; from cleaning bird soiled areas; through to installing nets, bird spikes or wire systems that will protect the key areas of your site to prevent any further bird contaminations of your premises.

Common species of pest birds include Feral Pigeons, Herring Gulls, Starlings and House Sparrows.

We can help with bird prevention systems such as:

  • Bird netting
  • Pin and wire systems
  • Bird spikes
  • Shooting and trapping
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Commercial Bird Pest Control

East Anglian Pest Control has gained many years experience in supplying and installing all types of bird netting to many, varied locations across East Anglia whilst maintaining all health and safety practices and providing a full safety data report on completion of every bird proofing project.

All of the pest control methods provided by East Anglian Pest Control are humane solutions including; bird netting, bird Spikes, AVI-Strand Wire, bird trapping, bird Culling and foul cleaning.

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BIRD SPIKES

Bird spikes are discreet and if installed correctly should be hard to see from a few meters away. We have undertaken both large and small jobs where bird spiking systems have been successful. The system does not harm the birds but does prevent them from landing.

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BIRD NETTING

Bird Netting is one of the more popular methods of Bird control. A correctly installed system is very difficult to see from a distance, making bird netting an aesthetically pleasing method of bird control.

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PIN AND WIRE SYSTEMS

The system can be used on buildings (window sills, pipes, signs, beams, ledges, gutters and roof ridges) to protect against medium to light populations of gulls and pigeons. It requires no on-going maintenance after installation.

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BIRD REPELLENT GEL

Bird repellent gel, or ‘fire gel’ as some UK bird control companies call it, is a relatively new addition to the bird pest controller armoury. Birds see in the ultra violet spectrum and the gels, which are applied in small pots, appear to them as little balls of fire and they steer clear of them.

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Bird Dropping

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East Anglian Pest Control specialist bird proofing team are regularly called upon to clean up after urban pest birds. Feral pigeons create an unbelievable amount of droppings, one pigeon can produce 12Kg of poo a year!

The droppings are smelly, can cause slip hazards, permanently stain and attack surfaces. Insects can breed in the droppings, 22 insects species are closely associated with birds. 110 species of micro-organisms including bacteria and fungi with the potential to cause disease in humans can be found in bird droppings, including E.Coli, Campylobacter and Lysteria.

We can assist with cleaning up this mess and preventing it in the future.

Some of The Common UK Bird Pests

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FERAL PIGEON

The Feral pigeon is wide spread throughout the country and can be a serious pest in towns and cities. Nesting on buildings and ledges, they cause large amounts of fouling and damage to buildings and vehicles. Droppings can also make pavements, steps and external fire escapes slippery.

The presence of pigeons or their droppings (particularly when wet) can also contribute to pedestrian and driver accidents on pavements and roads.

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GULLS

Gulls scavenge on litter, rubbish tips and sewage outfall pipes. They can pick-up and transmit E.Coli & other harmful organisms to humans through contact with their droppings

Gulls build large nests and like to use vents and chimneys to support the weight of their nests. This presents a unique hazard of poisonous gas build-up in the building as they often completely bock vents used by gas appliances.

The number of gulls breeding on rooftops in the UK is increasing by 30% a year. Eggs are laid in May, hatching in June. The most aggressive behaviour occurs in July & August.

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HOUSE SPARROW

One of the most common of the garden birds, the House sparrow is found throughout our towns and cities. Their droppings can contaminate foodstuffs and their presence often leads to the introduction of insect pests such as Dermestid beetles.

These birds may become major pests of food manufacturing sites and supermarkets, where they enter the premises through open doors and windows, often finding suitable nesting sites indoors.

Common Problems Caused by Birds:

Health hazards to humans as most wild birds carry diseases such as Listeria, Salmonellosis, Ornithosis, Histoplasmosis and dust containing micro-organisms. Ideal harborages are created by birds nests for insects such as flies, fleas, lice, beetles and textile pests such as carpet beetles and clothes moths can cause damage to fabric materials.

Bird Fouling can cause staining to building surfaces, unpleasant smells, and slippery surfaces that will cause ill-feeling if staff are exposed to these unpleasant working conditions.

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No job too big, or small

Efficient and cost-effective solution to your bird problem.

East Anglian Pest Control will analyse the bird problem at hand to determine whether it is heavy pressure, medium pressure or low pressure. From this information, our pest control specialists can provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution to your bird problem. All of the bird deterrents provided by us are long term and are installed by experienced pest control technicians using the best stainless steel fixings which come with at least 10 years warranty.

East Anglian Pest Control has fitted many bird proofing systems that we have guaranteed for at least 6 months. East Anglian Pest Control will always go the extra mile to give a good honest service that is second to none, producing quality workmanship based on years of experience gained within the pest control industry.

We conduct all health & safety checks as well as risk assessment before work is carried out. We are IPAF accredited.

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Comprehensive Bird Pest Control

If you require any of the above domestic and commercial pest control services and are located within the Suffolk and East Anglia areas then please do not hesitate to contact us as one of our professional pest control technicians will be more than happy to help.

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You can call or book online to request a quote. We'll need to visit the property to carry out a survey. It's quick and we can typically come on the same day.

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Describe your pest problem

Drawing on 34 years of pest control experience, we'll be able to identify the solution to your pest problem, and provide detailed information.

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Get our advice, and a no-obligation quote for our services.

We'll provide a full quotation for the work required and ensure you have a clear understanding of our findings and the options available.

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Pest Control Information

East Anglian Pest Control has over 34 years of experience in the pest solution industry. We like to keep our clients up to date with pest information. Below are our latest articles related to bird pest control.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there pigeons on my roof?

The feral pigeon is a common bird across the UK, and is known to make its home in both rural and urban landscapes. Pigeons have evolved to be relatively unafraid of humans, and are therefore comfortable using both commercial and residential property as a place to perch and nest. Buildings with flat roofs, or extensive open space, such as office blocks or train stations provide ideal high, safe nesting sites for birds in urban environments. In addition to this, these birds are often found on windowsills, in attics, and between air conditioning units.

Pigeons perch on roofs and other suitable architecture for a majority of reasons – the first, and most common being that there is a food source nearby. Whether this is a central location with access to human food, or a rural garden with access to seeds and fruit bearing trees, pigeons will nest and perch close to accessible food sources. The second major cause of perching on roofs is proximity to a nearby nesting or shelter site. If this building, or a site nearby, has holes or access points allowing entry to attic spaces or similar, the pigeons seen perching on the roof are most likely nesting inside, and will be causing significant problems with the waste they produce.

How can I stop pigeons from perching on my property?

The best way to stop pigeons perching on property is to remove or minimise access to food sources and shelter. This can be done by sealing any points of entry to attic spaces or lofts, capping chimneys, and removing any bird feeders or fruit bearing fauna nearby.

It is important to note that the conditions created by pigeons and their droppings are unsanitary, and slippery, meaning the best course of action is to hire a professional pest controller, who will arrive properly equipped to deal with these conditions. Pest controllers commonly employ solutions such as bird netting, bird wire (or ‘anti-pigeon’ wire), bird spikes, or shooting and trapping in order to ensure the removal or pigeons from the property, and to prevent re-entry.

Do pigeons carry diseases?

Feral pigeons carry a number of diseases and pathogens, which are spread through their droppings. The most common of these are e-coli, histoplasmosis, and salmonellosis (also known as ‘food poisoning’). The conditions created in their chosen roosting spots are often highly unsanitary and unsafe as a result the build-up of droppings. For this reason, the best course of action when considering the removal of pigeons from a property, is to hire a professional pest controller, who will arrive properly equipped to deal with these conditions.

Are pigeons protected?

Feral pigeons, their nests, and their eggs, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This act applies to all wild birds in the UK, and prevents the removal of nests in the majority of cases. The control of birds in the UK is permitted, but is governed by ‘General Licences’. This control may only be completed where the presence of birds is a threat to public safety, or in conflict with conservation.

As a result of this act, attempting to remove pigeons without consulting a professional may result in a fine or prosecution, meaning contacting a professional well-versed in the legality of bird control is the best course of action. Professional pest controllers, such as East Anglian Pest Control, will use a number of different methods to ensure pigeons are discouraged from returning from the property, or removed in qualifying cases.

How long do pigeons nest for?

Feral pigeons are known to be loyal to their nest sites, and will often spend their whole lives (up to six years) in one area, returning to nest sites to breed. Nests usually consist of branches and plant matter. If their nest is moved, the pigeons will often return to the same site up to six times per year, and lay eggs on different surfaces – even objects such as TV aerials. In cases such as this, the installation of bird-proofing, or preventative pest control measures may be a suitable solution.

How long do pigeons live for?

The lifespan of a feral pigeon is, on average, six years. This can be influenced by access to a food supply, and the extent to which the bird is exposed to natural predators, such as sparrowhawks. It is also worth noting that human interference and control factor into this number, particularly in urban areas, where pigeons are most often seen as pests.

Though the lifespan of a feral pigeon is relatively short, they are able to reproduce quickly, with mated pairs laying up to six times per year, and eggs hatching within nineteen days.

Why are there gulls on my roof?

The pigeon is a common bird across the UK and frequently spotted in gardens, around our city streets and unfortunately, on buildings. The birds are relatively unafraid of people, which means over time, they have become accustomed to using office blocks, commercial sites, houses and any other building as a place to land and nest.

Offices and commercial premises such as shopping centres, factories or train stations are ideal for pigeons as they provide high, flat spaces for them to live safely. They are regularly found on window ledges, balconies, roofs and even external air conditioning units.

Pigeons perch on roofs and other suitable architecture for a majority of reasons – the first, and most common being that there is a food source nearby. Whether this is a central location with access to human food, or a rural garden with access to seeds and fruit bearing trees, pigeons will nest and perch close to accessible food sources. The second major cause of perching on roofs is proximity to a nearby nesting or shelter site. If this building, or a site nearby, has holes or access points allowing entry to attic spaces or similar, the pigeons seen perching on the roof are most likely nesting inside, and will be causing significant problems with the waste they produce.

How do I get rid of gulls on my property?

Deterrents and preventative measures are the primary methods of gull ‘removal’. As the literal removal of gulls or nests is difficult to navigate legally, the easiest ‘DIY’ methods of dissuading gull nesting rely on preventing nesting before it occurs

Gulls are expert scavengers, and will make use of any readily available food source. In order to discourage nesting, bins must be secured, with black bags left exposed for as little time as possible. General cleanliness will further assist with this, including the removal of any litter.

Gulls are not as likely as pigeons to enter indoor spaces such as attics, instead choosing to nest on high, flat spaces, or using chimneys to support their heavy nests. Bird-proofing may be required in order to prevent access to these spaces. It is worth noting that gulls will return to the same nesting spot every year unless it is obstructed.
If a removal is required, or an area requires bird proofing, contacting professional pest controllers is always the best course of action. They will arrive fully equipped to deal with the issue, and will be suitably informed on the legality of wild bird removal.

Are gulls protected?

Gulls, their nests, and their eggs, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This act applies to all wild birds in the UK, and prevents the removal of nests in the majority of cases. The control of birds in the UK is permitted, but is governed by ‘General Licences’. This control may only be completed where the presence of birds is a threat to public safety, or in conflict with conservation.

As a result of this act, attempting to remove gulls or their nests without consulting a professional may result in a fine or prosecution, meaning contacting a professional well-versed in the legality of bird control is the best course of action. Professional pest controllers, such as East Anglian Pest Control, will use a number of different methods to ensure gulls are discouraged from returning from the property, or removed in qualifying cases.

Can you scare away gulls?

In spaces in which gulls are an issue are easily accessible, decoy predators such as owls, or reflective objects are often placed, with varying degrees of success. Gulls are often easily spooked by their own reflection, or by the blinding effect caused by reflective surfaces, meaning spinning wind chimes and reflective tape are popular choices for those pursuing the scare method.

Motion activated speakers playing pre-recorded predatory bird sounds, or seagull distress calls can also be effective. Though these methods are reported to have worked well in some cases, the best way to prevent gull nesting is through professional intervention and bird-proofing.

When do gulls stop nesting?

The gull breeding and nesting season lasts approximately from March to September. Gulls tend to be particularly noisy and aggressive during this time period, and will often nest on rooftops and windowsills in urban areas, causing issues for residents and property owners. Once breeding season finishes in September, the gulls will leave the nest, but will return during the breeding season of the following year unless the site is not accessible. This is why bird-proofing and preventative pest control are so important.

What can I do about gull noise?

Gulls are particularly noisy during the breeding and nesting season, from March to September. Although this is irritating for those living or working near a nesting site, there is no legislation that allows individuals, or pest control professionals, to deal with this noise directly. The presence of eggs and chicks means that the installation of deterrents or gull-proofing must be delayed until the end of breeding season. This will ensure that the gulls do not return to the same spot to breed in the following year (without intervention, they will do this).

Why are gulls so aggressive?

Gulls tend to be more aggressive during the breeding and nesting season, between March and September. This behaviour is protective in nature, and includes diving and swooping. Due to the combined factors of gull aggression, and the presence of eggs or chicks, this issue cannot be dealt with until the end of the breeding season. After the breeding season, preventative measures may be put in place in order to prevent the gulls from returning.

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