Check your netting for damage and trapped birds

Check your netting for damage and trapped birds

Facilities managers and property managers are being urged to check their bird netting following the recent high winds and stormy weather.

Cleankill Environmental Services’ Paul Bates says: “Birds can easily become tangled and trapped in damaged proofing which not only causes them distress but can lead to further damage to the netting. Holes in netting will also allow birds to get through and set up home.”

If birds are trapped, it’s important to retrieve them safely and minimise the stress caused to the animals. If the birds are dead, they require proper disposal by a registered company.

Once any trapped pigeons have been removed, it’s important that repairs are carried out quickly and safely by a professional pest control company.

“Ideally, when the netting was installed your pest control company should have offered an inspection contract. This means that it is the pest control company’s responsibility to regularly check the netting and make any necessary repairs. It’s worth checking your contractor has insurance, health and safety procedures in place, are licensed waste carriers and are members of the British Pest Control Association as bird work can be very dangerous,” stressed Paul.

Pest controllers such as Cleankill Environmental Services use a variety of bird proofing techniques including installing nets, sprung wire systems and bird spike repellents to discourage the birds from landing on buildings. There is also a bird gel system that is suitable for some areas.

Paul added: “With pigeons now breeding four or five times a year, compared to two or three times 20 years ago, their numbers are increasing dramatically. The problem is exacerbated by people feeding them and attracting them into town squares where they are fouling on pavements and buildings. If a gap in the netting goes unnoticed and a pair of pigeons gets through and into a roof space, in a matter of months there can be hundreds of birds living there and the floor will soon be covered with fouling up to a foot deep.”

Pigeons are the most unhygienic and messy birds and actually carry more diseases than rats. They nest on their faeces and attract mites. Nearly all pigeons carry bird mites – tiny insects that feed off the bird and makes humans itch and scratch. Pigeon fouling and nest materials also provide a home for many other insects such as clothes moths, carpet beetle and mealworm beetles. Pigeon fouling, when it is dry, is especially hazardous to humans as it creates airborne bacteria affecting anybody that may be susceptible to asthma and other breathing difficulties.

Cleankill offers a specialist bird control service for facilities and property management companies, from the initial survey and specification through to the final proofing solution. As registered waste carriers, Cleankill can carry out full scale removal of bird fouling, as well as contaminated goods and furniture, from infested properties.

Some facts about pigeons:

  • A pigeon aged between 1 and 30 days is called a squab
  • A pigeon’s white feathers have no colour pigment
  • Pigeons can see in colour, but can also see ultra-violet light – a part of the light spectrum that humans cannot see
  • Most birds take a sip of water and throw their heads back so it trickles down their throat – pigeons suck up water like straws
  • In the 16th century, pigeon poo was a highly valued commodity as it was a source of salt petre or Potassium nitrate  – a main ingredient of gunpowder! In France, it was also used to fertilise vineyards
  • In India, the pigeon post mail service stopped in 2004
  • Cher Ami and GI Joe were two famous war hero pigeons…both saved the lives of many soldiers by carrying important messages across enemy lines
  • Young pigeons remain in their nests for up to two months…which is why it is only pest controllers who often get to see them!
  • Peregrine Falcons are a natural predator of the pigeon…they can dive at up to 200 miles per hour. A pigeon can dive at about 70 miles an hour.

As an Investor in People, all Cleankill’s staff are highly trained and offer an exceptionally fast and efficient level of service. The company is a proud member of the British Pest Control Association, as well as being approved to ISO9001 and ISO14001. Cleankill is also fully accredited to the Altius Vendor Assessment, Safecontractor, Exor, Constructionline and Achilles Health and Safety accreditation schemes and aims to be recognised as a market leader for innovation and new pest control techniques. For further information go to or call 0800 056 5477. You can follow Cleankill on Twitter or Facebook

For further information contact Suzi Christie at Blueberry PR on 01435 830031.

Author: suzichristie

CIPR Pride 2012 Gold Award for Outstanding Small Consultancy nCIPR Pride 2011 Two Silver Awards – Crisis Management & Outstanding Small Consultancy nCIPR Pride 2010 Gold Award Winner – Best Freelance Consultant


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