All Aspects Pest Control - your local bird control experts
We are well skilled in delivering bird control solutions, with years of experience in the installation and servicing of bird control measures and training in the use of hydraulic access equipment we can offer a range of effective bird control solutions in Reading, Wokingham and throughout Berkshire.
Total effective pigeon control throughout Berkshire
Why are pigeons such a problem?
The commonest bird pest is the feral pigeon, and these birds are thought to be the world’s first domesticated animal; pigeons are a type of rock dove that is happy nesting on narrow ledges and for thousands of years these birds have lived alongside us and this is one of the reasons that they are such a pest.
Combine their confidence of living alongside us with the unique breeding strategy and these birds really are a problem in just about every town and city in the UK. Feral pigeons mate for life and so form a strong bond between each breeding pair, this bond makes pigeons dedicated parents and as they are able to breed throughout the seasons, each pair can raise around ten chicks every year.
This parenting skill is only part of the problem, each bird produces around one kilogram of pigeon poo or guano each month and this matter quickly builds up forming a toxic mess that is highly acidic, eating away at the fabric of the building.
We offer a range of pigeon control solutions and these are commonly used on both domestic properties and across the commercial sector.
Pigeon proofing for solar panels
The introduction and now widespread use of roof top solar panels on domestic properties is a recently new thing in the UK and these systems have become home to feral pigeons as these intelligent and resourceful birds learnt that solar panels make an ideal place to roost and build nests under.
The solar panels are ideal habitats for feral pigeons, as the panels generally face south which will be the warmest face of the roof, they will retain warmth from the sun during the colder months yet shade the birds during the summer. In addition, there is protection from wind and rain and the straining bars that support the panels make ideal ledges on which to build a nest.
To prevent the birds from getting under the panels there are a number of ways in which we can seal off the void, there are two main systems, one of which is to fit a steel mesh skirt with plastic clips to the edge of the panels frame. With this method no drilling or gluing is required as the mesh is held in place by strong clips. This isn’t suitable for all types of solar panel as some systems like those made by Hitachi have a rounded lip; with these a metal picket fence can be fitted to the frame which is either glued or screwed on.
The installation of either of these systems creates a barrier around the base of the solar panels preventing pigeons from getting underneath, now that the birds have lost their roost they will move off the roof. It may take a few days for the birds discover a new roost site and so they may hang around for a while, but we’ve seen pigeons literally disappear overnight whilst other flocks have stayed for a couple of weeks.
The correct installation of bird netting is absolutely the best deterrent against every species of birds and not just feral pigeons, bird nets come in a range of different mesh sizes; the ones that we install for pigeon control have a mesh size of individual squares measuring 50mm by 50mm. Bird nets are made from polypropylene that is ultraviolet stabilised and the nets a ten year working life when correctly fitted.
The nets can be used in just about any position, vertically or horizontally to void off any area, typically we install these nets to prevent birds from roosting and nesting on beams underneath vehicle loading bays or around roof top air conditioning plant. Whatever the space we can either use the buildings natural design to form the frame of the net or we can install metal supports and brackets that allow us to create the frame. Bird netting is as adaptable as our imagination and can void off any space.
To install bird netting, the technicians build a metal wire frame that surrounds the area that needs to be barriered off, this is tightened and secured in place. The net is now attached to the wire with metal staples and pulled taught to prevent the birds from fouling their legs in the mesh. This structure means that we are able to cover just about any size area and as these nets come in three different colours we can choose one to help the net blend into the background.
Bird spiking and bird coil
Pigeons like to sit on the edge of walls, parapets and coping stones and when large numbers of birds congregate together, a lot of bird droppings get deposited down the face of the building. Typically you’ll see white splashes and these contain uric acid; this acid is highly corrosive and quickly erodes paintwork and harder materials like stone.
Bird droppings will also collect on the ground under the roosting area and apart from being unsightly the bird droppings are also a slip hazard as they make the pavement greasy. When pigeons are roosting on an edge the best way of deterring them is to install a row of bird spikes or a length of bird coil along the leading edge of all horizontal surfaces.
Bird spikes come in a variety of different cross sections ranging from extra wide to narrow so they can be fitted on any flat ledge, spiking is not recommended where the birds have overhead cover as they will deposit twigs into the spikes building up a base for a nest.
Post and wire systems
Post and wire is another method of preventing birds from perching, quite simply metal posts are drilled or glued to the surface and a wire run from post to post, this wire is tensioned with a stainless steel spring. When birds perch they like to be free to move around, with post and wire the tensioned wire rubs against the birds and damages their feathers, birds will not sit against this wire for long.
Post and wire is very good for the fronts of older decorative buildings that have lots of architectural detail and long runs of ledges and parapets.
Bird mite fumigation
Our background is rooted in general pest control and we don’t just provide pigeon control services, these birds carry tiny parasitic mites, and when a flock is removed from a building a number of these parasites will remain and for such a small insect they have a painful bite.
Often, with birds like starlings, they nest together in small groups and when they leave the site they leave behind hundreds of hungry bloodsucking mites. These will make their way inside the property where they start to bite us and despite their small size, they pack a painful bite!
We can provide a fumigation service for rooms, lofts spaces and other areas to kill off these bird mites when the flock has been removed.
Pigeon faeces contain uric acid and are highly corrosive; once deposited they will begin to break down any material and this is especially so for wooden decking, decking is a common way in which to floor a balcony and within a short space of time the wood is damaged beyond repair.
Once the decking becomes slippery and covered in guano and algae, people stop going out onto the balcony and so more pigeons move in and the problem intensifies. In some situations, the birds are actually nesting in the space beneath the decking and the balcony becomes a no-go zone.
If your decking has been overrun by pigeons, we can take up all the old wood and relay a subframe complete with new boards, combine this with bird netting and your balcony is now bird free and fit for use. We are licensed waste carriers and so of the waste material is correctly disposed of and the job is complete.
Pigeon guano cleaning and waste removal
A flock of pigeons makes a great deal of mess; nest material, eggshells, feathers, dead birds and of course the build up of guano. All this material smells, attracts flies and other insects and can even lead to internal infestations of insect pests such as carpet beetles and clothes moths. Both of these insects eat the discarded feathers and any bodies and internally woolen items like carpets and clothing come under attack.
The main problem that comes with a pigeon roost is the smell from the deposits of guano, this matter quickly builds up and stinks, inside a roof space it falls the loft insulation and any stored items. The insulation is quickly rendered useless and will need to be removed, after a pigeon infestation we provide a waste removal and cleaning service for both domestic customers and commercial. Pigeon guano is hazardous and so we recommend that you leave this type of work to those with experience and all the right equipment.
Total pigeon control throughout Reading, Wokingham and Woodley and right across Berkshire
As a local pest control company we can quickly respond and provide you with a solution to any bird control problems that you may have, we have years of experience and provide services to a national company, delivering high quality bird control throughout the UK. No job is too small or too large for us; if you have a pigeon problem we have the solution.