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Pest Bird Deterrents

Acoustic deterrents

Speaker systems – There are a lot of different systems out there, but they all work with the same principal. These generate alarm calls of the pest bird species being controlled or the sound of a predator relevant to the pest bird species. These need to be used in conjunction with other active deterrents, if an establish population of birds already exists. They should not be used near houses as they are quite loud and likely to cause conflicts.



Active Deterrents

Live Birds of prey – Flying our trained falcons and hawks is the ultimate deterrent, able to work in urban and rural areas. Can see reductions of 95 to 100% over time, this method becomes more effective the more it is used, unlike most other deterrents which seem to lose their effectiveness over a short period of time. Click here for more information on this service.


laser - These are specially designed to scare birds, there are two types, the hand held and a standalone version. The standalone is programmed to cover an area and can be left to work 24-7 365 days a year. Works well in established problem areas on flocking types of birds such as pigeons, gulls and geese. Click here for more information on this service.


Bird scaring Kites and balls - These need to be mounted and used above the area the pest birds are using, larger areas will need more than one, they work quite well in low to moderate pressure areas for a short period of time. They need to be installed correctly so as not to tangle themselves up, and kept out of areas with strong winds as they often break away and disappear. Kites should be taken down once the breeding season gets under way normally April, if they have not worked in stopping the breeding gulls returning as they will be attacked and becoming entangled or breaking them.  


Static Deterrents


These are Statues of predators of the pest bird or reflective materials, there are a few types of  each, such as statues of peregrines and owls for pigeons and gulls and coyotes for geese, They don’t work well if at all for the corvid family, these all have a limited effect and in a few weeks nearly all pest birds ignore them, They do however work relatively well in areas that may get a problem and where proofing work has been carried out to exclude them from a given area and helps stop them using areas nearby to the proofing work. They also need to be moved to new locations to keep up the effect, every few days.




Optical repellents – This is quite a new technology and comes in the form of a gel or liquid, the chemical base treatment does not cause any harm to the birds, the gel or liquid emits an invisible light to humans but to the pest bird looks like it is a flame. The Liquid is used on large surface areas, and gels to be used on ledges. It is best suited to areas with natural light.


BIRD SHOCK TRACK – Works like an electric fence for cattle, the birds learn that landing in that area causes discomfort and find new roosting spots. Is very low profile once above head height it is not visible in most cases. Can be used on most listed buildings.

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