Signs of a Bird Infestation
Your business premises could be the ideal habitat for pest birds. Pigeons have learnt how to survive in most environments, scavenging our waste food and needing only the smallest amount of shelter to make their nests.
The longer birds are allowed to nest or roost in an unwanted area, the harder it will be to remove them. For example, pigeons are gregarious creatures living in flocks of anywhere between 50 and 500, so a small problem has the potential to turn into a large infestation.
Professional deterrent services can provide effective and discreet solutions to your bird problem, such as irritating bird sounds.
Need help with pigeon control or pest birds? Call Azalia Pest Services Ltd on 0718 937 998 or contact us online.
Common Bird Infestation Signs
Recognising the signs of a serious problem and getting an immediate solution can drastically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control pest birds.
- Birds settling on roofs or ledges.
- Bird noises – continuous bird cries, especially from young chicks.
- Bird nests – nesting materials strewn about your premises.
- Damaged stock – from pecking and bird fouling.
- Droppings – concentrated in areas where birds roost.
- Debris from nests and feathers – may block guttering and drainage systems, potentially leading to damp damage.
- Where to look for bird problems –
- Pigeons use areas of tall buildings and flat roofs to nest.
- Balconies, ledges, chimney stacks, guttering and culverts are favourite areas for nesting.
- Seagulls in particular like to flock together on flat roofs.
- Any gap larger than 25mm that allows access to your building is a potential entry point for pigeons.
- Pigeons prefer roof spaces to roost in and can shift loose or damaged tiles to gain access.
Worried about Bird Noises and Nests?
If you think you have spotted the signs of an infestation, call our bird control specialists.
Our team of experts have extensive local experience and are trained monthly on the very best technologies and processes for bird control. We use methods that won’t harm the birds or disrupt your business.
Don’t let pest birds damage your property!
- Pest birds can be a real problem for any business. Not only do they cause a mess, but they can also be a health hazard, and a little frightening.Pigeons and seagulls are normally the worst culprits, especially in towns and cities. Bird removal in these cases is made more difficult by a number of factors:
- Pigeons’ natural food is grain and seeds but they adapt to urban areas by scavenging processed food – such as discarded takeaways and food waste – from dustbins.
- If they can find enough food pigeons breed the whole year round, with a in the warmer seasons.
- Seagulls will return year after year to the same nesting site, so once they’re established they’re hard to get rid of.
- Seagulls can live a long time; up to 40 years, during which time they can keep on breeding.
Bird Removal Tactics
The best way to get rid of pigeons and other birds for good is to remove their food sources, however in busy urban areas this is not always a practical solution.
Wondering how to get rid of pigeons and pest birds? If birds are causing a nuisance at your business premises there are a number of bird removal tactics that you can try:
- Removing access to nesting sites (for instance by putting barriers over window ledges) can be an effective bird deterrent.
- Keep any possible food sources well hidden.
- Make sure bin lids are secure and rubbish bags are not left in the open; gulls, especially, have sharp beaks that will make short work of bin bags.
Azalia Pest’s Bird Control Treatments
Our avian specialists are experienced in how to get rid of pigeons and pest birds at your place of work, whatever the location. Using discreet, cost-effective methods of pest bird removal like bird proofing or netting, we can get rid of pigeons or gull problems without harming them.
If your bird problem is more than you can handle, contact us on 0718 937 998. We’ve developed safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly bird control solutions that will get rid of pigeons and other birds without harming them.
Bird Proofing Solutions for Businesses
Professional bird proofing and removal services are essential for businesses to effectively remove pest birds, avoid property damage and reduce the health risks associated with the presence of pest birds.
Birds often gain entry into a premise through loading bay areas or damaged roofing. Bird nests, located inside and outside a premise, can clog drains, pose a fire risk near lighting and their droppings can be a liability by creating a slip and fall risk.
Introducing effective bird deterrents at the first sign of an infestation will help to keep your property in good condition as well as maintain a safe environment in which your business can operate.
Call Azalia Pest Services on 0718 937998 for effective bird proofing solutions for your property.
Azalia Pest’s Bird Proofing Services
Our range of effective bird deterrents offers you non-toxic, humane ways of dispersing pest bird populations safely, and includes bird netting, bird point solutions, optical bird scarer solutions as well as bird removal (see below).
- Various bird removal methods will help to get rid of pigeons, including humane trapping and egg and nest removal.Egg and nest removal prevents adult birds from raising their young on site, reducing flock size and thus encouraging birds to move on. Where a group of birds are involved, trapping birds from the top of the social order will disrupt the flock organisation. Bird nest removal – in some cases – can be very difficult, making professional services crucial for effective management.
Our bird point solutions prevent pest birds from perching
Our bird netting solutions exclude birds from roosting in outdoor areas.
This device reflects light beams causing birds to fly in a different direction
Our Five Step Bird Deterrent Plan
- Our bird control specialist will contact you and arrange a convenient time to inspect your premises to assess the pest bird situation.
- They’ll recommend an appropriate bird control treatment plan for you. This will include bird proofing details and price.
- We’ll arrange appropriate times for our expert bird technician to visit you and resolve your bird problem. They will require more than one visit.
- The technician will introduce themselves when they arrive and run through the bird proofing treatment process before starting work.
- Our bird control specialists or technician will give you advice on how to prevent any future pest bird problems.
Our experienced technicians will always identify the best solution for your individual needs.
Contact Azalia Pest to discuss repellents such as bird netting, optical bird scarers and other bird deterrents.
Diseases Carried by Birds
Bird pests are known to carry a range of diseases and are hosts to other insect pests. Humans can also develop symptoms similar to influenza from the spores found in bird droppings.
Professional bird control is not only critical to avoid damage to your property, but also to minimise the health risks posed by the presence of certain birds.
Pigeons, for example, are hosts to parasitic pests such as ticks, fleas and bird mites, which can spread to people. The pest insects live on the birds, and in their droppings and nesting materials. The parasites can invade buildings in search of a new food source.
Worried about the danger of birds on your property? Contact Azalia Pest Services for expert advice.
Some of the diseases carried by pigeons and other birds such as seagulls could make you seriously ill. It is important to act at the first sign of a bird infestation to avoid these associated health hazards.
- Salmonella – this bacterium is deposited where pigeons or gulls defecate. It can lead to Salmonellosis and Paratyphoid fever.
- Psittacosis – also called Ornithosis or Pigeon Fancier’s Lung. This infection can be transmitted by inhaling the bacteria from dried droppings or handling feathers of infected pigeons or seagulls.
- Fowl pest – known also as Fowl Plague or Newcastle disease. This virus can be transmitted to people when they’re exposed to faeces and other excretions from infected pigeon birds.
- Escherichia coli (E.Coli) – mainly spread by seagulls, it can lead to illnesses such as gastro-enteritis and septicaemia.
- Fungal infections – include Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis and are carried within bird droppings from seagulls.
- Bird mites – often found in nests and roosting places. They feed mainly on bird blood but will also bite humans.
Common Bird Species
Many of the bird species in Kenya are good to have around, thanks to their attractive plumage and birdsong. However, some birds can become a serious nuisance in the wrong locations, especially the Indian Myna bird.
Learn more below about common types of pest birds found across the country.
Also known as city doves or street pigeons, they are descended from wild rock doves. They thrive in an urban environment and only require the smallest amount of shelter on buildings.
- 32cm long.
- Blue—grey in colour (although other colours are common).
- 2 – 3 broods per year, with 2 eggs in each clutch.
- 17 – 19 day incubation period.
- Young birds spend 35 – 37 days in the nest.
- Feeds on seeds, green feed, domestic scraps in and around cities, near roosting sites.
- Nests on ledges.
(Family – Laridae)
Gulls are often found in coastal towns and cities. Only a small number are recognised as being pest birds, such as Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), the Lesser black–backed gull (Larus fuscus) and the Herring gull (Larus argentatus).
- Silver Gulls have a white head, tail and underparts, with a light grey back and black-tipped wings.
- In adult birds the bill, legs and eye-rings are bright orange-red.
- Identification of gulls can be difficult due to seasonal variations in their plumage.
- 1 brood per year, with 3 eggs in each clutch.
- 25 day incubation period.
- Young birds spend 35 – 42 days in the nest.
- Feed away from their roosting sites; omnivorous.
- Nests on cliffs and buildings.
The House sparrow is a significant pest to the food industry because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods.
- Less than 15cm long.
- Males can be identified by the grey crown on their heads, and black throat ‘bib’.
- Females and young are mostly plain brown.
- Sparrows live for four to seven years, with up to five breeding seasons.
- The breeding season runs through Spring and Summer, and up to three broods of 4–6 eggs may be laid in this time.
- The same nest will tend to be used every year, resulting in a build up of nest debris, and insects associated with their nests.
- It is a pest to the food industry in particular because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods.
The Indian Myna is native to the southern and southern-east Asia and was introduced in Kenya in the 1900’s, originating from captive birds that escaped from Durban. In some cases these birds are beneficial in combatting insect pests, particularly plague locusts. Since then their numbers have continued to increase throughout Kenya, and they have become known as a pest bird due to their increasing population in urban areas.
- 250mm in size.
- Brown and white in colour with a dark green neck area.
- Yellow beak and legs.
- Average lifespan of four years in the wild, possibly over 12 years.
- The breed 4-5 glossy pale blue eggs in spring and summer.
- Feed on insects but on food scraps also.
- Nests in roof cavities, palm trees and sheltered areas.
- They are 20-23cm long, and can be recognised by their pointed wings and short tail when flying. At first sight they appear to be plain black, but the feathers catch the light and may appear iridescent green or purple.
- Starlings can rear up to two broods a year, in September and October. Each clutch usually consists of 4–6 eggs, the young staying in the nest for about 3 weeks.
- Breeding can extend into November and December if conditions are favourable.
- The concentration of droppings from a large roosting flock provides a good medium for pathogenic fungi, some of which can be harmful or even fatal to humans.
- It is an agricultural pest of standing crops, but will also flock into cities in large numbers.