What is the difference between pest control and bird control?
In theory nothing and everything, In the UK for the purpose of carrying out pest control of animals, birds or insects we have to look at the law. The government decides the legal statues of what is a pest, and not the public’s perception of something being a pest. At present all birds are protected by the 1981 wildlife and countryside Act, which means no bird can legally be called a pest.
What is the difference in controlling a pest and controlling a pest bird in law?
The control of pests in law requires no license from the government to control their population, and you have a legal duty to make sure their population is controlled so it does not affect others. In law all birds are protected in the UK, NO birds have been given the statues of pest by the government. This means no one has a legal duty to do anything to control their numbers. However, birds can create a lot of mess with bird droppings which carry bacteria such as E coil, and salmonella, nesting birds can bring pests such as fleas and mites these could have health implications for humans, which you would be responsible for.
Why do companies say pest bird control if birds are not a pest?
The dictionaries definition of a pest is any animal or plant which has a harmful effect on humans, their food or living conditions. Which is what most of the general public will assume is the case if they have an issue with a bird species on their property.
What is the difference between a Bird control company over pest control company?
Generally, bird control companies or departments with a specialised bird control department, will have greater knowledge of the different bird’s their behaviour and lots of methods and equipment to hand, and understand the laws governing the control of birds over a Pest control company. (employing or contracting someone onto your property which does not follow or understand the laws and licensing systems, could see you being fined an unlimited amount and a possible prison sentence.
Why do pest control companies do/or offer bird control?
Up until recently the laws around pest birds was a little more relaxed, so offering a shooting service was easy and a quick way of making money.
Pest control is normally done under contract, allowing a potential competitor on-site for a service you don’t cover could see their contract take over.
The contracted pest controller could be approached and asked to deal with the issue, and does so to hold face.
Pest control companies see it as a way of increasing overall profit on the contract.
How can I tell if a company is acting legitimately in controlling birds?
Ask them for their qualifications. Professional qualification relating to bird control through the BPCA, Lantra or raptor award bird control. The RSPH level 2 in pest control being a member of NPTA or BPCA does not mean they are professional bird controllers.
Ask them what methods they have available; most companies that don’t specialise in bird control will offer only a couple of methods along with shooting. which requires very little skill or training.
Ask about the licenses they are working under; you can reference their responses by clicking the link to the general licenses issued by natural England here. Natural England website, don’t forget you are liable to an unlimited fine and a possible jail sentence, if your contractor breaks the law.
What methods and services do you offer for bird control?
A free site visit to inspect the issues and to look for potential issues that could arise from any work carried out.
The list of methods below all have multiple options which need to be considered before any lethal control measures are used. Click services below to see what we offer in more detail.
Method and services relating to bird control.
How do you train your birds to be effective?
Our birds are trained to hunt a piece of equipment called a lure, this can be made to resemble the target pest bird if needed, but what happens to the falcon is the important bit, when the lure is being swung. The falcon emulates a hunting bird of prey in posture and dives/stoops towards the lure once it catches the lure it still behaves like a falcon that has caught a real bird. Which the target species would have seen, unlike hunting birds which would either go and watch the world by after a good feed, ours are able to do it all over again within minutes if needed.
Why do you train your birds not to hunt?
Having birds of prey hunting for control purposes is never good, this can lead to lots of problems.
Bad PR should a pest bird be killed in front of the public.
Technician spending more time off site tracking down his falcon as they can end up miles away when chasing a bird.
Hawks don’t tend to kill on the wing, so normally end up in hard to reach areas, and if they over eat, they become unresponsive like wild birds of prey.
By them not hunting birds they are less likely to stray more than a few hundred yards from the handler. Making it easier to keep pest birds off your site.
With the birds having a controlled amount of food, they are able to continue working until the end of the visit if any pest birds make themselves present.
Why don’t Buzzards scare the pest birds away?
Buzzards are more of a savaging bird and if they do hunt, they tend to hunt fur types of prey like rabbits. Birds like pigeons are very agile can reach speeds of 60 mph + even if they were caught, Buzzards are unlikely to able to hold a pest bird long enough to kill it as their feet/talons are quite small, for this reason buzzards don’t try to catch many birds, as it is a waste of energy trying, pest birds like pigeons and gulls have learnt they are not a real threat.
We have wild peregrines nesting why do we have pest birds?
Peregrines very rarely hunt close to their nesting site; this is so the young of the peregrines have live prey to practise catching for a few weeks before they fledge. Outside the breeding season Peregrines can travel thousands of miles and don’t hold to any given location for more than a couple of weeks at a time, one of the reasons believed for this behaviour is the prey becomes super alert while the Peregrine is around and becomes harder to catch, and it is easier for the Peregrine to move to a new area where they are not jumpy.
Why does flying your trained birds of prey work at scaring pest bird’s way? when they don’t find wild birds of prey scary enough to find somewhere else?
To answer this, we have to look at wild birds of prey first. In the UK there are only a few birds able to catch pigeons, gulls and members of the crow family. Most don’t live in urban environments so will never be a threat. That only leaves the sparrow hawk, Buzzards and peregrine falcon.
Sparrow hawks are small birds and mainly hunt song/garden birds, if they catch a pigeon they are unlikely to food for another couple of days and due to it normally eating smaller birds is not likely to catch another pigeon for quite some time, so the threat to the local population is low.
Buzzards are unlikely to catch birds as they are not agile or fast enough their feet are quite small, so gripping a bird is difficult as well.
Peregrines falcons are a wondering falcon and can travel thousands of miles a year, they only hold to a given location during the breeding season. Peregrines tend not to hunt near to their nesting site, as they like to leave any birds like pigeons for the young to practise on before fledging.
So, what do we do different to wild birds of prey?
We spend the first few weeks flying our specially trained birds three to four times a week, so the pest bird believes a predator has taken this area as part of its hunting ground. similar to that of a wild peregrine, however we don’t leave the area once the birds become super alert like wild Peregrines do, we continue flying our birds of prey, this starts to pressure the pest birds to look for a new safer location to roost, nest or feed.