An information request carried out by the BBC on bird control shows London councils to be the top spenders on pigeon and gull control in the UK and Ireland.
Investment in Bird Control Doubles
The results of the survey that collated information from 103 UK authorities showed spending on bird control almost doubled from £452,000 in 2013-2014 to £830,000 in 2015-2016. Southwark council has invested a massive £393,000 since 2013, with Hackney the Greater London Area in second and third place.
Stoke-on-Trent was the highest spender outside of the London area, dedicating £75,000 to bird control. Scotland’s spend topped this at £950,000, yet Wales and Northern Ireland spent just £43,000 and £9519 respectively.
The British Pest Control Association is accrediting the rise in bird control expenditure to raised awareness about the health risks associated with pigeons. E-coli and listeria are just two of the harmful diseases that can be transmitted via the birds themselves or their droppings. Guano, as pigeon dropping are officially called, can spread infection and disease throughout a building, especially if they enter the air conditioning or water systems. Not only this, they can lead to structural corrosion due to their acidic properties. Moves to control gulls come following reports of attacks on people and animals as gulls get increasingly braver and more aggressive.
Bird Control Measures
Measures used by London pest control to deal with large numbers of birds can include deterring the birds from an area, removing dead birds or cleaning up harmful droppings.
Bird proofing measures can include the use of netting, spikes, sprung wire and non-toxic gel discs. See our London Bird Proofing page for more information.
Dee Ward-Thompson, technical manager at the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) comments that land and property owners are often found to be working together when it comes to pigeons and gull control. If just one building owner implements bird proofing, the birds are likely to simply move to an adjacent building. However, if several people work together, the birds are more likely to move further afield.
Humane London Bird Control
Contrary to the belief that London pest control companies will simply go out and shoot birds that are causing a nuisance, in almost all cases, pest controllers actually try to use humane methods and save the birds. Not least because of various laws and regulations surrounding the protection of birds in the UK.
The RSPCA say that deterrents are the most popular methods, the simplest being to restrict sources of food and shelter. Ensuring waste is correctly disposed of and rubbish bins are fitted with tight-fitting lids are effective step to limiting the birds’ food supply. This, together with equipment such as netting and spikes, will discourage pigeons and gulls and they will eventually move on.
Top Dog Pest Control has the experience, knowledge and latest equipment to deal with any size of London bird control issue.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provide London bird proofing services.