Wicklow Bird Control Services
Our bird control team in Wicklow can help solve most common pest bird issues you have. We provide efficient bird control services for commercial properties for all pest birds including pigeons and seagulls, using a wide range of bird proofing and bird deterrent methods. Wicklow Pest Control work in compliance with the CRRU Act regarding wildlife. If you are having pest bird problems, then contact us today to arrange a free risk assessment site survey.
Reduction in numbers by one of the approved methods, shooting, trapping etc will provide only short-term relief. This method should only provide temporary relief until proofing work is complete, or to clear derelict buildings of pest bids prior to demolition.
Management of pest birds can be divided into three distinct categories:
- Reduction / removal of food sources
The number of birds in an area will be directly influenced by the food source available. Therefore, good waste management and discouraging members of the public from feeding the birds (mainly feral pigeons) will naturally reduce the bird numbers over a period of time.
- Removal of roosting sites
Design of new buildings should take into consideration ledges, windowsills and any other feature that might provide roosting sites for birds. An angle of 45 degrees or more will prevent birds from roosting. Maintenance of existing buildings should be carried out to remove potential ingress points for feral pigeons. These would include missing rooftiles, broken windows and areas where maintenance work has been carried out and holes left in the fabric of the building.Roofs should be designed and detailed specifically to exclude birds by keeping all gaps and openings below 20mm
- Proofing against bird nesting and roosting
Proofing measures such as netting, bird wiring and bird free gel can be used to deter birds from roosting on buildings.Netting mesh sizes or bird proofing will vary according to the species of bird. As a guide, the following mesh sizes are recommended:
- Sparow and similar size birds – 9mm mesh size
- Starlings – 28-30mm mesh size
- Pigeons – 50mm mesh size
- Gulls – 75mm mesh size
Bird wiring systems will deter birds from roosting on ledges that cannot be made inaccessible by netting. They should be fixed in a manner that will ensure that the ledge is adequately covered by the wiring.
Bird proofing is specialist work. An experienced, fully licensed, and insured installer should be consulted for advice and proofing strategies.
Urban pest bird control is a complex subject and requires an integrated approach which will include waste management regimes to minimise roosting and nesting sites and proofing strategies that will exclude pest birds from priorities areas.