Feed the birds, tuppence a bag… we’ve all heard the endearing song from Mary Poppins, but pigeons are becoming more and more of a problem throughout London and the rest of the UK.
Top Dog Pest Control receives regular requests from businesses and homes alike that are in need of pest proofing measures to prevent pigeons from resting on their buildings, or worse, from clients who have a pigeon that has gained access to their building.
Pigeons at Wimbledon
Precautions against pigeons are taken very seriously at Wimbledon every year to ensure that the prestigious annual tennis tournament is not disrupted.
Amongst routine precautions that certainly will include bird proofing spike strips and netting, as well as continuous waste control, Wimbledon has also used Rufus the Hawk for the past 9 years. Rufus circling over and around the stadium in the morning before matches commence keeps other birds such as pigeons away. Rufus will not be alone this year as he is now flying with his apprentice, Pollux. Making an expert pest control team, Rufus weaves in and out of girders, while Pollux soars above centre court surveying the overall view.
Birds of prey are an excellent form of deterrent in this situation and becoming an asset that in are high demand.
Risks of Pigeons
Pigeons are sometimes referred to as the rats of the sky, given that they have become accustomed to feeding off waste food and are seen as a risk to human health. Carrying diseases such as E-Coli, Psittacosis and Salmonella, pigeons can cause a significant threat, as well as being an unsightly nuisance.
Having pigeons congregating around your London business is not only off-putting to customers, but can lead to penalisation from the health and safety authorities.
Pigeon Proofing with Top Dog Pest Control
Top Dog Pest Control offers precautionary pigeon proofing to both London residential and commercial buildings. Measures that can be taken include:
- installing spike strips along any ledges pigeons could use to rest on
- erecting netting
- blocking up entry points that pigeons could use to acces buildings
Given that pigeons only need a ledge of 25mm to rest on, whatever type of London building you live or work in, they will find a place perch.
In the event that pigeons have accessed your property, Top Dog Pest Control is licensed to use the correct firearm to humanely deal with the problem, followed by a Biocide cleanse to ensure your building is left in a sanitary state.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provides bird and pigeon proofing in London.