Is your architecture going to the birds?
They are called ‘nuisance pigeons’ because they need only a small amount of shelter, and nest high up on buildings, small ledge areas and platforms in high traffic areas where they can find leftover food. There are eco-friendly ways to discourage such nesting, but it is best to call an expert to determine the size of the flock and to determine if they have become resilient to earlier deterrent methods.
1 - Sound Deterrent and Robotic Scare Systems
There are sound deterrent systems which are a good solution and emit sounds to disorient, confuse and scare the birds away from the potential roosting place. Pigeons are the most despised species of bird, and their predatory nature in cities largely stems from the easy foraging for food. New robotics can emulate falcons and these devices imitate the wing flapping of birds of prey. Pigeons are driven elsewhere by these convincing technologies.
2 - Pigeon Spikes
There are many spike barriers that serve to stop pigeons from roosting and nesting on your building. While the spikes can be stainless steel or other lightweight materials, they are designed to be invisible from a distance and are a definite intimidation to any bird or flock that has become a problem.
They can be fastened to ledges, windowsills, parapets, cornices, lights, towers antennas, HVAC installations and other areas where pigeons find it comfortable to roost. Commercial solutions require a knowledgeable pest management company to determine the problem spots and to apply the proper solution.
The spikes do not harm the birds - they merely make roosting uncomfortable. Best of all they do not require any power supply!
3 - Bird Netting
Netting is used in zero tolerance areas, such as rooftop atriums, patios and outdoor dining areas on commercial hotel buildings and condominiums. Netting will protect the entire area without compromising your gardens, furniture, and even swimming areas. Over 60 transmissible diseases can come from bird droppings, including the dust from dried fecal matter. It is important to have a yearly inspection not only for solutions to the migration season but to clean up any area with a dropping infestation from a random nesting.
Lessening the risk of a lawsuit is imperative, especially if you have surfaces that carry pollution from the droppings. Improper cleaning and sanitation can contaminate the human food chain, and cause other illnesses and complications. Also, the damage to the surfaces of your building or landscape aggregates can cost thousands of dollars to replace or sanitize. Call Harlow Pest Control in Edmonton, Alberta for a full inspection and solution maintenance remedy at (780)-757-2999 or toll-free at 1.855.757.2999.