What is the difference between pest control and bird control?
In theory, nothing and everything. In the UK to carry out pest control of animals, birds or insects, we have to look at the law. The government decides the legal status 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 is required in law and must not affect others. All birds under UK law are protected and have not been given pest status; this means no person has a legal duty to control bird numbers. However, birds can create safety and health issues with their droppings carrying bacterias such as E coil, and salmonella, and nesting sites harbouring pests such as fleas and mites; which can have health implications for humans you have a legal duty to prevent them.
Why do companies say pest bird control if birds are not a pest?
We use general public perception and the dictionaries definition of a pest which is any animal or plant which harms humans, their food or living environment.
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 a more excellent knowledge of laws, bird's, bird behaviour and lots of methods and equipment to hand over a Pest control company. Employing or contracting someone which does not follow or understand the law and licensing systems could see you 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. However, many still offer a shooting service and bird proofing systems, which are typically constructed poorly, as its an easy way of profiting to unknowing clients.
Many Pest control companies do not want other companies being on-site, allowing a potential competitor to take a lucrative contract.
Companies could also ask the contracted pest controller to solve an issue and not wanting to lose face agrees to carry out the work.
How can I tell if a company is acting legitimately in controlling birds?
Ask them for their professional qualification bird control management certificate through the BPCA; they are the only organisation who carry out this training, and exam, raptor awards only cover bird control with a falcon or hawk. The RSPH Level 2 in pest control being a member of NPTA or BPCA does not mean they are professional bird controllers.
Ask companies what methods they have available; most companies that don't specialise in bird control will offer only a couple of ways along with shooting which can be done with little training all bit it poorly.
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?
We offer a free site inspect for the issues you have concerns about and to look for potential problems that could arise from any work we carry out.
The methods below will be considered to give you the best results, if lethal control were to be used, you know all options would have been considered. 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 is swung around and helps emulate a hunting bird of prey above as it dives/stoops, once falcon catches the lure it still behaves as if it has caught a real bird enforcing this area is no longer safe. However, most birds of prey will leave the area and rest for a few days once feed ours don't they are back in the sky doing it all over again within minutes if needed enforcing it even further the area is not safe.
Why do you train your birds not to hunt?
Having birds of prey hunting for control purposes is never acceptable; 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 usually end up in hard to reach areas, and if they overeat, they become unresponsive like wild birds of prey.
By birds of prey trained not to hunt means they stay closer to the handler and tend to keep the handler insight and making it easier to keep pest birds off your site.
With the birds having a controlled amount of food, they can continue working until the end of the visit if any pest birds make themselves present.
Why don't Buzzards scare the pest birds away?
Birds like pigeons and gulls are agile and very fast compared to a buzzard. They have learnt birds such as buzzards are not a real threat, and as buzzards find it hard to catch most birds at the best of times, so they don't bother and spend most of their time scavenging.
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. Hence, the threat only lasts a short time. If a peregrine catches a pigeon, it is likely not to hunt again for a few days after.
Why does flying your trained birds of prey work at scaring pest bird's 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 they 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 they are no threat to a gull or corvid, if they catch a pigeon they are unlikely to feed for a few days and due to it usually eating smaller birds is not likely to hunt pigeons for quite some time. Hence, the threat to the local population of pest birds is low.
Buzzards are unlikely to catch birds as they are not agile or fast enough their feet are relatively small, so gripping a bird is difficult as well.
Peregrines falcons are a wandering bird, and their name means just that and can travel thousands of miles a year. Hence, they are not a real threat for very long on a given population, they only hold to a given location during the breeding season and 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 differently 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 site once the birds become super alert as 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.