Keeping Birds Under Control
A new guide from the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) includes strategies for preventing corrosion and nuisance caused by birds occupying buildings, and public health advice.
BPCA’s guide to birds also highlights the risk of secondary insect infections, as well as the issue of unprovoked attacks from gulls during breeding season.
The advice features seven signs birds are becoming a problem at your home or business and methods to tackle bird infestations including netting, spikes, audible scares, laser deterrents and even the use of birds of prey.
Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA Technical Manager, explains: “Unfortunately, a few species of birds come into direct conflict with humans when they take roost in or around our homes or businesses. These birds can cause real problems, including excessive nuisance and public health concerns.
“In the UK, allowing birds to infest a food business violates the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995, and could result in prosecution of the food company. If you don’t address health and safety hazards, you could be putting your staff and customers at risk. Pigeons, gulls, house sparrows and starlings have the potential to carry food-borne diseases – it is therefore essential to keep them away from food manufacturers and distributors.
“When dry, pigeon droppings can become airborne in small particles which can lead to respiratory complaints. Bird droppings can also be slippery and can cause a serious risk on pavements, particularly under roosting birds. They also make businesses appear unclean and imply a state of disrepair.
“Bird prevention, proofing and control are highly specialised skills, requiring specialist equipment and tools. Birds are only killed as a last resort, and we are all required to try reasonably practicable non-lethal bird control methods before we look at culling.
“All wild birds, their eggs and their nests are protected by law, so we strongly recommend that you don’t try to control or manage birds yourself as technicians who have received proper bird control training will have access to a range of professional use products and tools which are not available to the public.”
Visit https://bpca.org.uk/birds (the association also maintains a database of current members for readers in the UK who require assistance with on-going pest infestations).