Covid-19 Statement

Dear AMES Customers.

Following the latest announcement of the government enhancements surrounding COVID-19, Safeguard Pest Control want to reassure you that our full complement of services will continue to operate.

Safeguard will continue to take the necessary steps to protect our employees and our customers, whilst maintaining our high level of service and support.

Throughout the pandemic we have made many changes throughout the business to comply to the regular government updates and will continue to do so for all future enhancements.  Our office remains fully operational, in line with government Covid-19 Secure guidelines.  You can contact our team via the usual channels;

Service  and Service       
0808 239 1111
0121 443 111

Our field based staff will continue to service our client base, as this task “absolutely cannot be done from home”.  Each operative has received a dedicated toolbox talk on the necessary precautions, which they should take whilst in the field, as well as all operatives wearing the recommended appropriate PPE for the visit.

All routine visits, emergency call outs and surveys will be subject to a pre-visit COVID-19 questionnaire, followed by a dynamic risk assessment on arrival to the location by the operative.  In most instances we imagine the visits will proceed.

Our work is important with regards to keeping the public safe. The servicing we provide helps to keep pests out of commercial buildings and residential homes, working to support our nation at this unprecedented time.

Pests can spread many diseases and the importance of the pest control industry to the nation as an essential service cannot be understated.  As a nation, we absolutely cannot afford to have our medical facilities, schools, supermarkets, commercial buildings or homes uninhabitable.

Our number one priority is the protection and safety of our employees and our customers.

We wish you and your family all the very best and can assure you that we will help you wherever we can. We all have to work together, as this virus is deadly and doing the right thing is the only way to defeat it.

Please continue to follow the government guidelines to remain safe and healthy.

We thank all of you for your understanding during this extraordinary time.

The AMES Management Team

What Does a Wasp Nest Look Like?

If you can spot the early signs that develop at the start of a wasps nest you can easily prevent issues down the line. Wasps build their nests gradually and they can easily nest underground as well as in elevated positions. There are many types of wasps, but they all nest in a similar way. Wasp nests are made of wood-like cells that a queen builds in throughout spring and summer.

To identify a wasp nest you can look for the following visual characteristics:

  • A ball-like shape, usually a little uneven – especially in larger nests
  • A grey colour, commonly quite drab and faded
  • Patterns on the outside resembling a coiling, swirl-like structure.
  • Dry and papery texture, similar to a papier-mache mould
  • A honeycomb pattern, but this is only on the inside of the nest

Wasp nests take time to build, queens will find a desirable location and then start constructing their nests. Wasp queens need fresh wood to chew and build their nests. You can often see small wasp nests in areas such as attics, eaves and other places where wood is present. 

It can be difficult to find and remove wasps nests but, as leading experts in a range of pest control solutions in the Midlands of the UK, we are a reliable source of information. If you require a professional solution please feel free to get in touch.

Wasp nest at home
A large hornets nest. You can see empty and filled cells and wasp insects. The nest is hangs in the window opening of the house.

How to Find and Identify Wasps Nest

So how do wasps start a nest? Well, the key to finding a wasp nest is thinking about the material that a queen requires to build them, which is wood. The queen wasps will chew the wood and spit it out in a grey paper-like paste – which forms the basis for the nest’s cement-like appearance. Wasps can find very small entry points in their search for wood.

As a result, anywhere with fresh wood is a potential nesting location. Some common areas a queen wasp nests nearby include the following:

  • Beams
  • Bird boxes
  • Compost heaps, and in the ground surrounding them
  • Dog houses
  • Fence posts
  • Garages
  • Garden trees and bushes
  • Gutters
  • Log stores
  • Outdoor decking
  • Rafters
  • Sheds
  • Soffits and fascias
  • Wall cavities
  • Wooden gates

In short, anywhere there is wood present is a potentially desirable nesting location for a queen wasp. Wasps begin to nest in the spring, so this is a good time to check. 

Nests can appear in some very unusual locations, such as the edge of wooden ladders, broom handles and even inside wendy houses. Stables and outbuildings are other possible locations that attract queen wasps.

Wasp nests can affect any home or business and many types of wasps exist, which can vary depending on your region. Common types of wasp nests include the following:

  • Paper wasps
  • Wood wasps
  • European wasps

There are thousands of different wasp species and subspecies, which will vary slightly in size, appearance and behaviour. 

It can be difficult to tell what a nest will look like at the start of the nest-building process, but they commonly become noticeable when they are about the size of a golf ball. 

Over time, which is an annual cycle over the summer, nests can grow very big. The start of a wasps nest is a much less dangerous time for removal, as the occupants have not significantly increased in number at this point.

What to Do When You Find a Wasp Nest

So you have found a wasps nest, now the next step is finding out what the most appropriate course of action may be. 

If you find a large active wasps nest in the middle of summer, the prime building and egg-laying time, you might need a professional solution as wasp stings can be extremely dangerous – especially when there are many of them.

Professional solutions include the following strategies to make nest removal safe:

  • Protective gear and safety equipment
  • Sprays and repellents
  • Awareness and manipulation of the wasps’ behaviour

It is usually safe to remove small wasps nests, no bigger than a golf ball or tennis ball, using a long stick to dislodge. When it is removed from wood the nest becomes an undesirable location for nesting. 

One important thing to note is the presence of groups of wasps or solitary wasps moving inside and outside the nest, in which case tampering may be unwise.

How to Remove a Wasp Nest Yourself

If a nest is outdoors it is safer to remove than it is in a narrow attic, where a person may not be able to exit quickly should things go wrong. If you want to remove a nest yourself, make sure it is safe to do so and then use the following approach:

  1. Wear protective clothing, long sleeves and thick fabrics – gloves are also essential
  2. Approach at night time, and in darkness, when wasps are more docile
  3. Cover the wasps’ nest carefully using a large bin bag
  4. Dislodge the nest within the bin bag
  5. Tightly seal the bag and dispose of it in an outdoor bin store

You should not attempt to remove a wasp nest yourself if it is in a difficult to reach area, such as an awkward attic or crawl space or at a great height. Having a full can of insecticide or bug spray is beneficial, just in case you agitate the wasps.

What Wasps Nests Look Like and What to Do Explained

The characteristic papery, misshapen ball-like appearance of a wasps nest is something most people will see at some point in their life. You can identify the start of a nest and prevent wasps from nesting through regular inspections in problem areas, and remove them before they become a problem.

Dealing with wasps’ nests can present a physical risk to yourself, pets and anyone nearby – so take great care at all times. Professional solutions are usually necessary for large and hard to reach nests. If you require a professional solution for wasps nest removal, or other pest control services, in the Midlands of the UK please contact us.

What to Do When You Find Bed Bugs

We know the feeling, that first hint of detection and then the glaring fact – you have found bed bugs. The first thing to do is to remember that, no matter the scale of your problem, there are many effective ways of getting rid of bed bugs fast and permanently. Professional solutions are effective and there are also many simple home remedies for bed bugs 

The key to reacting is taking action fast, to make sure that you eliminate the bed bugs before they spread. You can take the following immediate measures:

  • Wash all affected clothing or bedding, ideally one a hot setting. After washing you can try an additional hand wash in a bowl, again try and use the highest temperature water that you can safely handle.
  • Thoroughly clean affected areas. Extensive vacuuming, mopping, and scrubbing can help remove dust and bed bugs. Make sure to throw away the contents of all vacuum bags immediately in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Try some home remedies. Bed bugs do not like certain essential oils, so try using tea tree oil, chamomile oil or cinnamon oil in the cracks and crevices of any furniture and the edges of floors where you have found bed bugs.

Now that you have minimised the problem you can more easily focus on making the remaining areas safe. The key to doing this is looking for any signs of bed bugs, and killing them when you find them. As providers of a range of pest control solutions, we are a reliable source of information on where to look for bed bugs. 

If you require a professional bed bug solution in the midlands region of the UK, please feel free to get in touch.

How to Detect Bed Bugs

Now that the immediate problem presence of bed bugs is confirmed you can search for bed bugs in other areas. The main test is looking for a visible cluster of bed bugs in any corners, cracks, nooks and joins within furniture or any other fabric. 

A common sign is the smell of rotting raspberries. Areas to examine include the following:

  1. Bedside tables: Empty your bedside table or nightstand and fully inspect it. Some bedside tables also feature drawers, so you should take the drawers out and completely examine them up close. Clean and hoover the inside shelves and the railings of all drawers.
  2. Bedside lamps: Bed bugs can cluster in the areas underneath bedside lamps, which are commonly padded and can be an ideal environment for bed bugs. You should remove any bedside lamps on the walls and inspect them too, as the fabric of any type of lampshade has the potential of hosting bed bugs.
  3. Underneath chairs: You might check the cushions and pillows of a chair, but have you examined underneath? The fabric on the underside of many dining and living room chairs can prove to be valuable real estate for these gravity-defying bed bugs. You can vacuum and use hot water sprays on the area to clean it.
  4. Curtains: A lot of people find it hard to think of the unusual areas where bed bugs can cluster. The fact that curtains may be affected does not occur to most people, but they can be a happy home for many bed bugs. Curtains that touch the floor, particularly a carpeted floor, are most at risk from bed bugs.
  5. Carpets: Probably the most obvious but important place to check is the carpets. This includes fully carpeted floors or single rugs and other floor coverings. Check the corners of the room in particular, you can also take up the edges of the carpets for a thorough check. Carpet cleaners can help clean a rug or carpet and vacuuming will also prevent the accumulation of dust that bed bugs love.
  6. Bed frames: Aside from mattresses, bedding or clothes the presence of bed bugs in a bed frame is probably the most common. Bed frames and headboards that have padding are the most likely culprits. Examine all joints and cracks within the bed frame, and take it apart before thoroughly cleaning it if possible.
  7. Picture frames: Bed bugs can cluster inside of picture frames. The smooth backing of felt that many frames feature can be an ideal surface for a bed bug cluster to form. Also, the inside of a picture frame is a place where people will not commonly access it – so bed bugs can take advantage of the lack of human presence.
  8. Electrical sockets: The seclusion and warmth of an electrical socket make them a great home for bed bugs. It is easily possible for bed bugs to creep up the short distance up the wall where most electrical outlets are placed. Try unscrewing it to check behind the socket.

If you have underside drawers in your bed make sure that you check those too, carefully examining all rails sliders and rollers. If you have a wallpaper that is fabric then it may also be possible for bed bugs to nest there. Thoroughly check all over for any indication of further signs of bed bugs, you can try using a magnifying glass and a bright light for a clearer examination.

How to Kill Bed Bugs

It is possible to kill bed bugs using a variety of household items. You can try the following techniques when you want to get rid of bed bugs at home:

  • Use an iron: Bed bugs are survivors, but one thing they cannot survive in is high temperatures. Using an iron can provide intense heat to a piece of fabric without damaging it. Some irons have spray and mist settings that help with stubborn creases but can also help penetrate deep into a mattress or clothes.
  • Rubbing alcohol: Using a household disinfectant such as rubbing alcohol can kill bed bugs effectively. You can use ethyl rubbing alcohol, the same type used as an antiseptic, to kill bed bugs on fabrics and flat surfaces. If you dilute it in some water you can cover a large area. Rubbing alcohol will then naturally evaporate, so there is no chemical residue once dry.

Killing bed bugs is the only way to get rid of them, and most people will be able to effectively do this at home by using the above tips.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Permanently with a Professional Solution

bird control nottingham

If you find bed bugs again, it is likely the problem has not been sufficiently dealt with. Sometimes the only solution is a professional approach to bed bug extermination.

The following professional solutions may be necessary:

  • Anti-allergy vacuum treatments: By using powerful vacuum cleaners with special filters it is possible to remove bed bugs and small particles of dust in a mattress, carpet or furniture.
  • Hot washes: You can treat bedding with hot washes yourself, but using hot washes with powerful cleaning chemicals and intense dry cycles from commercial tumble dryers will fully treat large bedding and other fabrics.

Using a professional solution you can get rid of bed bugs in one day. Fumigation with CO2 can also help, but there are many ways for bed bugs to survive this. Other sprays and treatments can kill bed bugs with chemicals that are made organically.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs When You Find Them

It is a horrible sinking feeling when you find bed bugs in a mattress or anywhere else, but there are many home remedies for bed bugs that can help you to get rid of them permanently. If you inspect one room or find them in the whole house you may need a professional solution at home. Professional solutions can work in just one day.

Mattress covers or full mattress encasements will reduce or eliminate the risk of bed bugs in a mattress and prevents them from occurring before they spread to other areas. To get rid of bed bugs with a professional result in the Midlands region of the UK please feel free to get in touch today.


    What to Know About the Best Bird Deterrents

    Two pigeons in winter

    Birds can be a nuisance anywhere. From a small balcony in a flat to a large roof in a commercial building, the problems that pigeons, seagulls and other nesting birds can inflict can cause lasting damage to outdoor areas. However, there are various bird control systems and bird deterrent technologies that can help control birds in different areas.

    Effective pest control for bird problems is important for the following reasons:

    • Improving building cleanliness
    • Reducing noise
    • Raising health standards
    • Preventing structural damage

    Depending on the nature of your problem, you may require bird deterrents in some or more of the following common areas:

    • Roofs, including flat roofs
    • Gutters
    • Window sills
    • Gardens

    It can be frustrating trying to figure out the best bird deterrent for a certain area, but our role as pest controllers means we can help you to understand the most suitable options. 

    Here we will explain the best bird deterrents for different settings. For a professional bird deterrent solution in the Midlands region of the UK, please feel free to get in touch with us for a free quote.

    Bird Deterrents for Roofs

    Pigeons on a tiled roof

    Pigeon problems can easily develop on a pitched or flat roof, as all roof spaces are normally free from any human activity. When it comes to a roof space there are many effective ways to stop birds from nesting or perching. 

    Good bird deterrents for flat roof and pitched roof areas include the following:

    • Bird spikes: Spikes are a good option as there is a low chance that people will be walking on a roof space. Bird spikes are effective bird repellers and will make it less likely that birds nests and droppings will ever become a problem.
    • Visual deterrents: Using bird scarers such as vulture effigies is a smart way to trick birds into thinking a predator is nearby, and as roofs are usually large open spaces you can easily cover a big area with just one visual deterrent.

    Solar panels are ideal spaces for birds to build a nest. While solar power is worthwhile, placing bird spikes around them can help prevent birds from nesting underneath. Protective guards and netting are also good options for solar panels on the roof.

    Bird Deterrents for Gutters

    Guttering can provide an ideal perch for a bird. Another major source of frustration is how gutters can allow a bird to nest on the underside of the roof space. Poorly functioning gutters can also cause sections to become dry and offer a convenient nest-building area.

    The best bird deterrents for gutters include the following:

    • Gutter spikes: You can install specialist bird spike systems specifically for gutters. These small spikes will provide enough of a deterrent for birds while still allowing water to drain freely through the gutter system.
    • Gutter guards: Placing gutter guards within an existing guttering system will stop birds as well as any leaves or other debris from gathering there. Gutter guards are great as they provide more than one advantage for your gutters.

    It is very important to install gutter technologies that deter birds because of the potential structural damage they can do to a roof. Gutter systems that function poorly because of birds will also cause a greater risk of water damage to a building.

    Best Deterrents for Window Sills

    Anti-pigeon netting

    Window ledges are almost irresistible to birds, they are practically begging to be perched upon – but the good news is that you will probably not have to deal with any of the problems that result from nests. However, the droppings and noise on window sills mean birds require proper control.

    Ideal bird deterrents for window sills include the following:

    • Bird spikes: If your windows ledge is on a higher floor it is possible to add bird spikes to the sill. These are not visually invasive as they are usually very thin, with transparent options also available. 
    • Bird netting: For particularly problematic windows you can block the entrance to the entire ledge with netting. Netting on a window might detract from the view, but it is a cost-effective and reliable way to block the entire frame and – at a distance it can appear invisible

    Your window sills can also lose their bird-appeal with a well-placed ultrasonic device, which emits sounds at high-frequencies to deter birds – that humans cannot hear. Some ultrasonic sound devices are solar-powered and require minimal maintenance.

    Best Deterrents for Gardens

    Gardens are a haven for many different types of birds, from the odd feral pigeon to gangs of trawling seagulls. In either case, gardens may require protection from birds to keep plants and soil healthy or to improve your quality of life. 

    Useful bird deterrents for a garden include the following:

    • Visual deterrents: Solutions like bird netting are often impractical for large outdoor spaces, but visual deterrents can scare pigeons, gulls and other birds from a long distance. Trying decoy birds that resemble predators can help a lot. Orange balls, which resemble eyes to birds, can also be useful.
    • Ultrasonic sound: Another solution for a larger area is ultrasonic sound devices. You need to carefully position the ultrasonic sound devices in any problem areas for them to work, which will help teach birds to avoid the garden.

    Gardens often offer a food source for birds, which can make them attractive environments. Trees, fences and sheds also offer nesting areas, so be sure to check them for signs of birds. If initially visual deterrents do not work, very bold visual deterrents are available featuring flashing lights and sounds for extra effect.

    Other Options for Bird Control

    Sometimes there is no level of a deterrent that is enough to prevent problems. Poor and inadequate bird deterrents can be ineffective, reasons include damage such as holes in bird netting or loose gutter guards, in which case the bird problem will continue.

    Other options for effective bird control include the following:

    • Bird trapping: The birds are lured into traps with food when using this technique. You will trap birds over a set period, with regular visits to the traps being necessary.
    • Bird shooting: Culling pests such as birds is possible with the help of an expert marksman qualified in pest control. Shooting and collecting dead birds is a fast and effective method of removal, but not a deterrent.

    Alternative bird control may not be a necessary step, and deterrents can also help to reduce the populations of pigeons causing an issue – and potentially make it more manageable. Due to legal and animal welfare requirements, the above options in this section are something that only pest control professionals can provide.

    The Best Bird Deterrents Explained

    No matter what the scale of your bird problem, suitable bird control technologies are essential for effective pest control. Spikes, netting, ultrasonic sound systems and visual deterrents can all make excellent anti-bird systems for many situations.

    The best choice of bird deterrent depends on where you are putting them, but the above are the best options for roofs, gutters, window sills and gardens. If you require a professional solution in the Midlands of the UK please feel free to contact us.


      The Latest and Best Bed Bug Treatments

      Using the most up to date and effective treatments for bed bugs gives you a better outcome. The bed bug treatments used by professional pest controllers are an excellent way to efficiently get rid of bed bugs.

      The best bed bug treatments include the following options:

      • Hot water treatments.
      • Anti-allergy vacuuming treatments.
      • Mattress sealing.
      • Specialist sprays and powders.

      The type of treatment that works best will depend on the situation, which the following factors will influence:

      • The scale of the problem, a large bed bug infestation requires more extensive treatment.
      • The presence of bed bugs in cracks and crevices, box springs, bed frames or electrical outlets. 
      • Any existing bed bug control measures, if bed bugs bite it is a sign that preventative strategies are not working.

      The bed bug treatments that we use as professional pest controllers include the latest and most effective options. There are a variety of home treatments and commercial treatments that we have experience in providing, which makes us an ideal source of information on the best available options.

      We provide bed bug treatments in many places across the Midlands region of the UK. For a professional solution in this region please feel free to get in touch today.

      The Most Effective Bed Bug Treatments and Costs

      When it comes to bed bug treatments the most effective option will depend on the unique nature of the situation. 

      There are some home remedies for bed bugs, including specialist bed bug sprays, which can help with prevention and are useful for small-scale problems. Home treatments are generally less effective than professional solutions.

      To understand the best treatment we need to understand a little bit more about the nature of bed bugs. Bed bugs, which come from the ‘cimex’ genus of insects have the following characteristics:

      • High survivability: Bed bugs are born survivors. The insects can thrive in even the coldest conditions, including freezing weather. They can also survive fumigation with carbon dioxide, so they are very challenging pests to control. The survivability of bed bugs is evident in the way they can quickly come back if you carry out an ineffective treatment.
      • Low food requirements: Unlike other pests, such as rats or mice, bed bugs do not need a food source for a very long time. Bed bugs can live for up to 70 days without feeding, so they can remain dormant in fabrics and other areas where they live and lay their eggs. With an adequate food source, they are likely to spread a lot quicker as they can grow extremely fast.

      Bed bugs are parasitic and will maintain their populations with very little help, they congregate in high-density areas and will thrive in small flats. As a result, they often need specialist treatments to effectively get rid of them.

      The following are the most effective bed bug treatments:

      • Hot water treatments: When dealing with bed bugs heat treatments work very effectively, and using hot water prevents any possibility of bed bugs and dust. Using hot water washes will allow all bedding and other fabrics to be free of any small particles of dust and a hot dry cycle will kill all bed bugs.
      • Vacuuming treatments: Special filters and professional powerful vacuums are an excellent way to get bed bugs out of beds and mattresses. Beds can be tricky as they often have padded headboards, bed boxes and other areas where bed bugs can hide – taking apart and vacuuming is the most effective option in this case.
      • Mattress sealing: Overall, the most effective method of treatment is prevention. Mattress seals using specialist anti-allergenic covers will seal a mattress completely, which helps to reduce the chances of bed bugs as well as reducing any risks from other allergies and conditions such as asthma.

      These are the most effective bed bug treatments that are in use by professionals, which means they are suitable for a range of commercial and domestic settings. These solutions are scalable, meaning they can be useful in any area – from a single second-hand chair to the beds of an entire hotel.

      How Much Does Bed Bug Treatment Cost?

      The price you can expect to pay for a bed bug treatment will vary substantially. Large-scale commercial bed bug infestations can be difficult to price, but as a general rule the bigger the problem is the higher the overall costs will be. 

      However, water treatments can take time to complete and the mattress vacuuming process involves the use of special equipment. As a result, these types of treatments can be more expensive to complete – depending on the scale of the problem.

      Mattress sealing is quite economical but costs will exponentially increase if you have a large number of mattresses.

      What Are the Most Effective Home Treatments?

      If you would like to try home treatments, tea tree oil can be one of the most effective solutions to small scale problems. Other essential oils you can try include peppermint oil, cinnamon oil and clove oil. Further basic home treatments such as sprays may also help low-level problems before they get out of hand.

      A popular home remedy for mattresses is to use baking soda. The belief is that putting baking soda powder on the surface of a mattress will help absorb fluids and dry out the shell of the bed bugs – thereby killing them. While it might help, and it may be harmless to try, there is no scientific evidence that baking soda kills bed bugs.

      Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?

      Bed bugs can be present on any piece of fabric, so it might not be possible to prevent them in all cases. 

      Any piece of luggage, a cloth slipper, hat or other fabric is susceptible to bed bugs as it provides ideal conditions for them to feed and lay eggs – as a result, prevention is best achieved by practising constant vigilance.

      To prevent bed bugs you can introduce the following strategies, most of these are good practices for general hygiene and can help prevent other pest problems too:

      • Frequently washing bedding, clothes and other fabrics.
      • Washing bedding at very high temperatures.
      • Frequently vacuuming floors, especially carpets.
      • Reducing or removing carpets in a house, bed bugs hate tiles and wooden floors.
      • Avoiding second-hand furniture or thoroughly checking and cleaning any second-hand items.

      Sometimes you will bring bed bugs home with you. This is a horrible thought, but a bed bug can easily crawl onto your suitcase or clothing. You can help reduce the chances of this by doing the following:

      • Check hotel rooms and mattresses before you use them.
      • Hanging up clothes and avoiding dropping clothing on the floor, in a hotel you can leave all your clothes in your suitcase.
      • Putting suitcases on a raised platform, such as a shelf or suitcase stand.

      You cannot avoid all contact with bed bugs as they are so common, but you can prevent them from spreading and becoming an issue. If you often experience skin reactions from bed bug bites these preventative measures will help a lot.

      The Best Bed Bug Treatments Explained

      If you have a significant problem then a professional solution is the only option. Professional solutions involve the use of heat treatments, vacuum treatments and mattress sealing, which will be the most effective options for most cases. The costs of treatments depend on the scale and nature of the infestation.

      Home treatments can help, but basic sprays and powders do not work as well for larger bed bug problems. We are happy to explain the most effective treatments for bed bugs, which we use in our role as pest controllers in the Midlands region of the UK. For a professional bed bug treatment service in this area please get in touch.


        How to Stop Pigeons in Different Situations


        Wood pigeons and other types of birds can cause a number of problems that can disturb you and even damage commercial and domestic properties. When it comes to deterring pigeons, not feeding the birds is the first crucial point. There are many ways to stop pigeon problems from occurring in certain circumstances.

        Birds cause the following problems so it is important to stop them:

        • Health issues: Thanks to the bacteria in pigeon poop (guano) you might get very sick from pigeons. Pigeon poop can also affect soil, so it is an issue for gardens and pets too.
        • Fire risks: When birds roost on the roof they can build flammable nests, and small or hidden pigeon nests may remain even after you have got rid of pigeons. Stopping pigeons promotes better fire safety.
        • Aesthetic damage: Pigeon guano can cause severe damage to properties if left to seep into the walls.

        We provide a wide variety of pest control solutions, so we are experts on how to stop pigeons from nesting, perching or otherwise disrupting daily life. We are happy to share our knowledge with you and if you require a professional pigeon control solution in the Midlands of the UK please feel free to contact us.

        How to Stop Pigeons Landing on My Roof

        Pigeons love a flat roof or pitched roof alike. Large groups of birds can easily perch on any part of the roof space. The reason pigeons like roof spaces, in particular, is because they offer a safe space that is free from predators and human activity.

        You can stop pigeons from landing on your roof by using the following strategies:

        • Decoys: Fake birds look real to other birds, which can easily help you to stop pigeons from landing on a roof. Using decoys that resemble falcons, owls and other predatory birds will make your roof look much less alluring to a pigeon. Also, you can usually place them so that they are invisible from the ground.
        • Ultrasonic sound devices: Though it is easily possible to scare pigeons with decoys, ultrasonic sound devices can deter pigeons in a way that is invisible to birds. By putting out certain frequencies or sounds, which humans cannot hear, you can create a deterrent for your roof. They require a proper placement to work, but once installed they are low maintenance.

        While there may be subtle opportunities for reducing the appeal of your roof, sometimes you might require a more rugged solution such as bird spikes – which will also prevent pigeons from landing on a roof. Spike strips are very effective

        How to Stop Pigeons Roosting or Nesting on My Roof

        Common nesting points include the appealing corners of a roof, which make ideal spaces for roosting thanks to their warmth and being shielded from the weather. Drains, gutters and soffits or fascias are also common roosting spots.

        The following methods can help to stop pigeons from roosting or nesting on your roof:

        • Pigeon netting: Using nets is an ideal way to cover a large area, which makes it perfect for larger commercial or industrial roof spaces. Bird netting effectively blocks many types of birds and will prevent them from nesting or roosting on roof spaces. You can cover vertical, flat or diagonal spaces by using roof netting so it is a versatile pigeon control strategy.
        • Bird spikes: You can position spike strips on the edges of gutters, around the sides of solar panels and within any outside roof space that might be an alluring nesting space. Bird spikes are harmless to birds and are virtually invisible from the ground, which makes them ideal for larger houses and reliably prevents nesting pigeons or other birds from damaging a roof.

        Nesting pigeons can cause serious issues to the structure of a roof, and the more pigeons that nest the larger the problems of pigeon poop and the associated health risks become. You can also try decoys to prevent nesting on smaller roofs.

        How to Stop Pigeons From Cooing

        Window sills make an ideal perching spot for pigeons, and while they may not poop directly on a sill or nest in the area they can cause noise-disruption from their incessant cooing. Ruined sleep from lively pigeons is a common complaint.

        The following bird control strategies can help stop pigeons from cooing:

        • Ultrasonic sound devices: One drawback of using ultrasonic sound devices for bird control is that they require very precise placement. As window sills are a small space it is an ideal opportunity to try out a highly-targeted pigeon deterrent. Ultrasonic sound devices are easy to place on a window sill and will cover the entire area with ease.
        • Pigeon repellent gels: You can buy small pots containing gels that are easily placed on a window sill and can stop them from perching, getting comfortable and cooing. These gels manipulate the birds’ vision, causing the gel pots to resemble fire. Many are available with adhesive or magnetic undersides, so you can affix them anywhere that pigeon cooing is disruptive.

        Cooing pigeons can be particularly annoying in the warmer months when pigeons breed, and it often occurs at all hours of the day. If you have a birdbath or feeder near a window sill, consider removing it or placing it further away from the building.

        How to Stop Pigeons From Flying into Windows

        Spekled Pigeon Or Feral Pigeon (columba Guinea) On A Rock

        Birds can often accidentally fly into windows, and window collisions can be dangerous if a bird hits glass windows with sufficient force. Wood pigeons can gain quite a bit of weight when they have a good food source, so they can easily break windows.

        You can try the following methods to stop pigeons from flying into a window:

        • Bird netting: If you can stop pigeons from coming near a window they are much less likely to fly into it. Bird netting can prevent access to the entire window frame, so it removes the opportunity for nesting or perching at the same time. The only drawback is for larger windows, such as balcony windows or patio doors, where netting can prevent easy use by humans.
        • Removing plants, feeders and birdbaths: Pigeons can be attracted to windows due to nearby food sources or birdbaths. Unfortunately, the reflections from windows can confuse birds, causing them to think of plants and vegetation in the reflections as a safe space to land. Moving plants, trimming hedges and otherwise reducing any window reflections can help.

        You can stop pigeons from coming into contact with a window without obstructing your view, bird netting creates a visual effect that still allows easy viewing and natural light to enter a room. In many cases, an occasional window collision can still occur but bird control methods can greatly reduce this risk.

        How to Get Rid of Pigeons Anywhere

        With the right solution, you can stop pigeons from nesting or roosting, perching, pooping and cooing in any situation. In some cases, you may require a professional solution, but once you have got rid of pigeons in any residential, commercial or industrial setting you can make use of preventative strategies.

        As experts in pest control, we are well-placed to provide these excellent tips, which can effectively help to stop pigeons. You can use our professional services for a solution to pigeon problems and a variety of other pests in the Midlands region of the UK. Feel free to get in touch with us today for a free quote.

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          Professional Tips on How to Check for Bed Bugs

          Whether you have just moved into a new apartment or are regularly travelling in hotel rooms, you will definitely want to check for bed bugs. If you have bed bugs in your mattress or furniture you may get bitten, which can cause irritating bites. Bed bug bites can also cause further health issues, such as allergic reactions and secondary infections.

          Common signs of bed bugs include the following:

          • Bed bug bites, particularly on exposed skin – such as the face, neck and arms.
          • Blood on bedding or furniture, small spots from bites or accidentally squashing a bed bug may be visible in some cases.
          • Brown spots, usually on furniture or the surface of a mattress – this is bed bug faeces.

          We can offer you some helpful tips on how to check for bed bugs, thanks to our experience in pest control. These tips will help you to spot the signs of bed bugs in a hotel room, a new apartment or when you buy used furniture. 

          Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require a professional solution.

          How to Check for Bed Bugs

          Whether you are checking into a hotel room or think that something is not quite right at home, there are many simple things you can do to thoroughly check for bed bugs. You might not even realise that you have bed bugs, as many hiding spots can be difficult to find.

          When you are inspecting the room or piece of furniture you can make use of the following tips to determine whether you have a bed bug problem:

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          • Look up close: Sometimes upholstered furniture and mattresses do not look like they have an issue, especially when there is a dark colour to the furniture for bed bugs to find camouflage. You should examine the area you are checking up close and in bright light, you can also use a magnifying glass.
          • Examine all areas: While bed bugs might be easy to spot on a plain white sheet they can thrive in areas you might not expect. Luggage racks and bed frames are common places for bed bugs to live, so make sure you check all areas where there is any kind of fabric present. 
          • Analyze furniture: You might not spot bed bugs on a sofa or chair at first glance. You can check for bed bugs more thoroughly by removing cushions from any furniture or flipping pillows on a mattress. Try and dissect the components of furniture, as bed bugs can thrive in little nooks and crannies.

          If you are travelling regularly and using hotel rooms you might return home with bed bug bites, and the bed bugs can get into your clothes, suitcases or other areas. Buying second-hand furniture means that you can inadvertently introduce bed bugs at home. As a result, it is very important to check for bed bugs.

          What to Do About Bed Bugs

          A bed bug crawling on a sheet

          Finding bed bugs is an alarming and distressing situation, as it is a very real threat to your health and wellbeing. If you check rooms or furniture and find any signs of bed bugs you need to take immediate action.

          The following are some tips to use in common situations:

          • In a hotel room: Call downstairs to the concierge or lobby and explain that you have detected bed bugs, they will have a duty to help you change rooms. If you are staying in a short term house let, contact the owner immediately.
          • At home: If you have recently moved into a new apartment you can call the landlord, they will have to provide some assistance to kill bed bugs. When you buy a property, make sure to inspect it thoroughly before purchasing.
          • On furniture: The best and most reliable thing to do if you find bed bugs on furniture is to get rid of it. When buying second-hand furniture make sure to thoroughly assess it before you buy it, in most cases it is not worth saving.

          You should take bed bugs seriously, as they are a huge problem, so a high level of vigilance is necessary. You can use home remedies, such as cleaning bedding, using bed bug spray and heat treatments – but on some occasions, you will need a professional solution.

          Expert Advice on How to Check for Bed Bugs

          There you have some reliable tips for successfully detecting bed bugs in various situations. You can make yourself safe from bed bug bites by incorporating these tips into your habits when you check into a hotel room or move into a new apartment.

          Whether you are at home or travelling it is essential to check bed frames, mattresses, or used furniture for bed bugs. These tips will help you to detect bed bugs. For a professional solution in the Midlands of the UK, you can use our services. Feel free to get in touch.

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            How to Kill Pigeons Humanely in the UK

            There are many solutions to a pigeon problem, one of which is finding a method of humanely killing them. Pigeons cause health problems and building damage so, understandably, you may be in a position where hiring a pest control company to kill the pigeons on your roof or any other area is a desirable option – and seem like your only choice.

            Pigeons in the street

            Lots of the time it is unnecessary to kill pigeons, humanely or otherwise, so it is quite possible to find a non-lethal solution. Pigeons are complicated creatures but have simple behaviours that it is possible to manipulate, so guiding them away from harm’s way can be a viable option. Other potential options include using ultrasonic sound devices, which emit an unpleasant beeping noise that only the birds can hear.

            Pigeons cause legitimate problems, and sometimes these can be quite serious. For example, pigeon poop can have a dramatic effect on the health of both people and pets. If you are looking to kill the birds in the most humane way possible we will now discuss some methods. We are experts in a range of pest and bird control solutions, so get in touch with us for a solution bespoke to you.

            What Are the Best Solutions for Killing Pigeons?

            There are several ways of killing pigeons humanely. The main two methods are shooting and poisoning. Here we will discuss the benefits of each:

            Shooting Pigeons

            On some occasions, we will recommend a controlled pigeon shoot for effective results. We use professionally trained marksmen that have a proven level of reliability and accuracy. All marksmen operate with full safety training.

            All of the methods we use are in keeping with the regulations for humanely shooting pigeons, according to the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. We quickly and thoroughly collect the pigeons from the site after shooting.

            An air rifle on a shooting range

            Benefits of shooting pigeons include the following:

            • Quick and fast: Culling pigeons in this way is considered humane according to the regulations because it is a very quick process. The birds feel minimal pain and it also provides instant results.
            • Cheap and easy: The process of shooting pigeons is generally very fast. There is no need for marksmen to scale awkward structures where an infestation is taking place or elaborate equipment to set up.

            There are some drawbacks of shooting pigeons, and it may not be possible in all cases. The main issue is that shooting is not permitted in certain areas. Areas of dense population are generally harder locations to shoot pigeons, meaning another option may be necessary.

            Poisoning Pigeons

            If you are looking to kill pigeons humanely and effectively then poison may be a suitable option for you. Poison works by giving the poison to the pigeons in certain target areas, such as a problem nesting or roof space.

            Benefits of poisoning pigeons include the following:

            • Speed of onset: While you will never get as solid as a reaction as shooting, poisoning pigeons is still very quick. The pigeons ingest the poison and die after a short time frame, which may vary depending on the poison.
            • Suitable for many problems: Using poison is possible over both large and small areas, so it is a good option for most spaces. Once a pigeon problem stops or reduces you can remove the remaining poison.

            Again, there are drawbacks to this method of killing pigeons. The risk of selecting a non-pest animal (or simply an animal presence you’re not targeting for control) is quite high. It is also possible for the poison not to work effectively, another drawback is the presence of dead and dying pigeons.

            Trapping Pigeons

            It is possible to trap pigeons for euthanasia or removal. Traps are a specialist form of pigeon control and require sophisticated traps and expert handling, but it is worth the effort. Our bird trapping services can disperse up to 70% of a pigeon population. 

            Pigeon against urban roofscape

            Benefits of bird trapping include:

            • Immediate Results: Trapping is very effective and will work well in situations where large populations of pigeons are present. The results will be immediately noticeable.
            • Highly targeted: You can select just the individual pigeons you want to target, which is a very handy benefit. Doing this can encourage less dominant species of birds to repopulate after removing the pigeons.

            There are a few drawbacks to trapping, namely that they can become wary of the traps. It can also be problematic for areas with a high amount of people, and you have to use another humane form of euthanasia after trapping.

            Humanely Killing Pigeons: Should You Do It?

            If you are wondering how to kill pigeons then you might ask yourself if it is necessary to do so at all, and whether there might be a more effective method available. Our company can provide the most appropriate advice and offer you a cost-effective solution.

            Bird spikes, bird netting and pigeon repellents such as reflective surfaces are all good ways to deter pigeons without harming them and may work well in your case.

            We are one of the best pest control companies in the midlands and have many areas of expertise. As leaders in delivering a range of bird control solutions, including killing them when necessary, we can help provide the best option. Get in touch today.

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            FAQs And Useful Information

            The following are some common questions and useful information about killing pigeons and the services provide:

            What is the Best Bird Poison?

            The best pigeon poisons quickly and painlessly kill the pigeons, but it is difficult to recommend the best poison. The choice of poison will depend on the level of your pigeon problem, the area where you are trying to control the birds and the type of bird you are trying to control. You should always use a reliable provider and pest control company that has experience with using the best, most humane poisons possible.

            Get in touch for more information.

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              How to Get Rid of Pigeons on Rooftops: The 6 Best Methods and Home Remedies

              Pigeon poop and noise will cause a lot of issues – notably disturbances to residents from their frequent calls and health concerns from their droppings. As a result, removing pigeons from a roof or other space is not just desirable but essential. However, some methods of handling pigeons are more effective in some spaces than others. Methods that work in an open field may not work on a roof, for example.

              Pigeons on a tiled roof

              There are two primary methods of getting rid of pigeons humanely and naturally on a roof. You can repel pigeons or scare them away. The best bird repellents will teach pigeons that an area is out of bounds and, as a communal species, groups will continue to communicate this with one another over several generations. You can also deter pigeons from landing in the first place. Bird deterrents work by scaring pigeons from the area and stopping them landing in the first place.

              Here, we will identify how to get rid of pigeons on roof spaces in particular. All methods of removing pigeons from the area in this list are harm-free and will simply persuade birds to nest or perch somewhere else. As leading experts in pest and bird control in the UK, we have the knowledge and expertise to recommend the most effective methods. 

              Please feel free to contact us for a professional method of getting rid of pigeons on a roof or any other space.


              We are experts on how to get rid of pigeons in many settings and one of the fundamental aspects of pigeon control is identifying potential roosting areas. There is no point in trying a method of pigeon control in the wrong place, so it is a crucial first step. 

              Pigeons are attracted to specific areas within a roof. These may also extend to balcony railings and window sills, but on a roof space specifically you will find solar panels, guttering or any decorative roof awnings and overhangs provide excellent nooks and crannies where pigeons can roost.

              Bird feeders will provide an excellent food source for pigeons, so they will definitely consider the roof spaces nearby to be ideal roosting areas. If you have a bird feeder outside of a shed or nearby a low roof in your house, this is a potential area.

              Identifying roosting areas is the first step. After identifying the roosting areas you can try the following pigeon control methods, all of which work particularly well for roofs.

              1: Gel Repellents

              Two pigeons in winter

              Bird gels are entirely natural and non-toxic, they simply smell and taste unpleasant to the pigeons. Gels can also give off an ultraviolet glow to the pigeons, which resembles flames – so it warns them off from nesting or landing in the first place.

              Bird repellent gels are excellent because they cover a lot of bases and repel pigeons in terms of sight, smell and taste – which means they pack a lot of punch into a small package. Bird gels are also a very cost-effective option.

              Gels are effective bird repellents and are available in little pots that you can strategically place in roosting areas. Many gels pots also come with magnetic undersides, so you can affix them to the sides of pipes or other metallic surfaces.

              2: Ultrasonic Devices

              If you are looking for a technological solution to get rid of pigeons on a roof, or any targeted area, then ultrasonic sound machines are a good option. These devices emit a distressing sound wave frequency to the pigeons, which a human is unable to hear.

              Ultrasonic devices have the advantage of being very small and compact, they also will not smell or have any impact on humans. It is entirely possible to think they are not even doing anything – were it not for the light indicator that most have.

              Placing ultrasonic devices can be difficult in high-level roofs, as they need to be in a location in direct proximity to the roosting areas. With proper placement ultrasonic sound waves are an effective way of dispersing pigeons on a roof.

              3: Reflective Surfaces

              Pigeons do not like reflecting light or mirrored surfaces. As a result, it is possible to ward off pigeons by putting mirrors, aluminium foil and other shiny objects nearby to the roof spaces where they congregate. Many options are DIY and work as home remedies.

              Reflective surfaces are a fairly low tech solution that most people can try at home. If you have a flat roof then placing a mirror on it is quite an easy and safe option. You can also use tin foil and old cans on pitched roof areas to deter pigeons away.

              If you are having trouble locating the roosting areas you can use hanging mirrors, an old CD will work well, to ensure you have a reflective surface that moves and spins in the wind. Doing this will ensure maximum reflectivity over a large area.

              4: Anti-roosting Spikes

              Four square public light pole with bird spikes

              One of the most effective ways to get rid of pigeons within a roof space is to install anti-roosting spikes. Anti-roosting spike strips will make roofs much less appealing for pigeons to perch or roost, as they do not have the necessary space to move between the spikes or build their nests.

              Anti-roosting spikes require expert spacing and proper installation for them to be effective, especially at high levels. This is why all of our bird spike installers have training in working at height and are also IPAF, IRATA and CSCS qualified.

              You might think that roosting spikes will affect the look of your roof, but they are very thin and hard to see – especially from a distance. Bird spikes are an extremely fast-acting and low-maintenance method to get rid of pigeons in a roof space.

              5: Decoys and Pigeon Scarers

              Taking advantage of the natural flight instincts that pigeons have is another way to effectively get rid of them from a roof. By using decoys, in the shape of falcons and many other predatory bird species, it is possible to trick pigeons into believing that a source of danger is nearby.

              You can make use of purpose-built decoys that look very realistic, but there are also DIY ways you can use the pigeon’s natural responses to your advantage. Pigeons will respond to spherical shapes so you can try coloured balls on sticks.

              Decoys will make an impact on specific problem areas of a roof, but you should remember that there are some issues if you are trying to cover a large space. The further away a predator is, decoy or real, the less of a threat the pigeons will find it.

              6: Bird Netting

              For an instant response then you can install bird netting across the affected area of a roof. Using bird netting is a way of completely shielding a space from pigeons and many other larger birds – including seagulls and starlings. Netting also works very well on high levels.

              One advantage of bird netting is that you can navigate awkward shapes quite easily, so roofs with multiple pitches or protruding windows can benefit from the same levels of protection. At high levels, bird netting will require expert installers.

              Using bird netting works on larger areas and will make it easier to completely remove even a very extensive pigeon infestation from big roof spaces. It will  also have a lasting result, as properly installed bird netting is very low maintenance.

              Other DIY Tips and Home Remedies

              It can be frustrating and confusing to figure out how to get rid of pigeons on a roof space, but there are several home remedies you can try. See the following tips and test to see if a small pigeon problem will improve with these methods:

              Metal wind chimes
              • Strong smelling sprays: Try putting a spray with a spicy pepper or herb mix, such as cayenne pepper and cinnamon, into a mixture of water and vinegar before coating the roof area. Pigeons hate foul or strong smells.
              • Nest removal: If you find a nest in your roof then simply removing it can encourage the pigeons to find another roosting area. Pigeons do not like human interaction and will see the removal as a reason to nest elsewhere.
              • Wind chimes: A roof is usually susceptible to a large amount of wind, so you can take advantage of a pigeons reaction to noise. Hanging wind chimes will provide a steady noise disturbance to deter pigeons off a roof.

              Sometimes pigeon issues will respond well to home remedies, so it is worth trying these if you are unsure of the scale of the problem or the disturbances are only minor. However, in some cases, a professional solution will be necessary.

              How to Get Rid of Pigeons on Roof Spaces Permanently

              Many pigeon control solutions are available for people to try on a roof, and most will have some effectiveness no matter the scale of the problem. However, pigeons may return when using any of the above methods that require ongoing maintenance.

              To reliably get rid of perching or nesting pigeons on a roof or other space permanently it may be necessary to seek out a professional method of intervention. 

              As experts in a variety of bird control solutions in the UK we can help, so please get in touch with us today for a free quote.

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                Pigeons roosting on cable

                Nesting pigeons and other birds can cause a lot of disruption for homeowners and commercial property owners. Birds can cause noise, excessive mess from droppings, and damage when making their nests in a roof space or balcony. Problems can include damp and potential health issues. However, many excellent pigeon deterrents can alleviate the problem and improve your quality of life.

                Possible solutions for pigeon problems include spikes, ultrasonic sound devices, anti-bird gels, trapping and guards to place on areas where birds are likely to nest. Many solutions are simple enough for people to install themselves, and there are a lot of options that are suitable for most settings – including various types of roof, balconies and external walls. A lot of the time a combination approach is the best way to go, as you can then use a multi-pronged deterrent that covers all bases.

                Most pigeon deterrents are suitable for DIY and do not come with a huge expense, but some of the more severe pigeon problems may require professional intervention. Bird control is a big issue, and AMES Group are experts in dealing with many types of pest control including pigeons – larger birds and small birds will respond similarly to the deterrents we suggest. 

                Get in touch with our pest control team today for a free quote.


                Bird control can be an issue in any building, particularly those with pitched roofs and other areas where there is a desirable nesting space – such as underneath solar panels. However, pigeon nests can be a problem on flat surfaces as well – and can cause issues for balconies and window sills too. 

                Feral pigeons and other types of birds seek an area with plenty of shelter from the weather, as well as poorly-lit spaces, and can squeeze into very tight little nooks and crannies. As a result, they can nest in almost any space if the opportunity is there.

                The following pigeon deterrent solutions will work in most settings:


                If you are looking for a swift solution then choosing to install bird spikes is a good option. The main idea of a bird spike is to prevent roosting, but they also discourage perching and greatly reduce the issues of bird droppings.

                Advantages of bird spikes include the following:

                • Low-cost: Pigeons are a big problem in UK towns and cities as well as more rural locations, so extensive control is commonly required. Bird spikes are very cost-effective, making them a great choice for larger roof spaces.
                • Unobtrusive appearance: A clear advantage of bird spikes is that they are so thin that they are barely visible, particularly at long distances. If you have a space where the look of a deterrent will be an issue then spikes work well.
                • Harmless to birds: Spikes might look dangerous to a human, but they do no damage to pigeons or other types of bird. The slim stainless steel spikes simply stop the birds from roosting or perching and are not very sharp.

                You need to be careful with spacing, as placing bird spikes too far away can allow pigeons to build nests between them – in this case, bird spikes may even assist the birds in making more stable and comfortable nests.

                City pigeons in the street


                A very effective type of pigeon control is trapping. The idea is that you disrupt the pigeon community, which relies heavily on social order, and the birds then repopulate in new communities elsewhere. It is a form of alternative bird control.

                The reasons to pursue pigeon trapping include the following:

                • Fast disruption: With a professionally-made trapping program you can easily displace up to 70% of a pigeon community. After trapping is complete the community will take over 18 months on average to recover.
                • Humane dispatching: Traps will not harm the birds at all, and it is possible to release them humanely in areas where they will not cause disruption. Traps are also discreet and strategically placed for the best results.
                • Removal after trapping: Spikes can look unsightly and ultrasonic sound devices can require maintenance or replacement but traps are removable once the trapping is complete – leaving you with a deterrent-free space.

                Trapping is very effective and has a lasting impact, but the one disadvantage is that it does not make the space less appealing for pigeons or other birds to nest again in the future. However, it is a discreet, humane and highly effective option.


                The above are some of the most popular and effective methods of deterring pigeons from roosting in domestic or industrial spaces. However, there are a few others that may work if the problem is particularly severe including the following:

                • Bird shooting: Shooting birds will permanently remove the problem of pigeons and can be done with qualified marksmen and following the legislation as set out in the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.
                • Egg and nest removal: Removal of a nest can disrupt a pigeon community and dissuade them from nesting in a location again. Removing nests may be difficult in harder to access areas, such as a high-level roof or balcony.
                • Bird gels: A bird gel, such as the ‘Bird Free’ system, uses a small tray containing a special gel that signals that the area is a threat to the pigeons. Gels work by manipulating the birds’ ultraviolet vision and tricking them.


                Many pigeons and other types of birds can be deterred by using ultrasonic sound devices. These machines make use of a wave of sound that is irritating for a pigeon and will cause them to disperse while being inaudible to the human ear.

                Benefits of using ultrasonic sound devices include the following:

                • Simple installation: Spikes may take a long time to install, especially over large areas. However, ultrasonic sound devices can work over a big space and evenly spread the sound from a small battery-powered box.
                • Deterrent for multiple pests: Ultrasonic sound devices will make an impact on many types of rodents and other pests, which can be beneficial for roof spaces that have problems with mice and squirrels. 
                • Eco-friendly: Using ultrasonic sound devices is very eco-friendly as they use a small amount of power, so battery-powered devices will work effectively for a long time. Solar-powered devices are also available.

                You usually need to place your ultrasonic sound devices quite close to where the birds are nesting. Overall, these devices are a discreet pigeon deterrent and can rapidly displace even large volumes of birds as they will reliably trigger their flight reflex.

                Pigeon deterrents will work more effectively in different areas, and it is possible that trying different options will be necessary. You can start by using less disruptive deterrents and switching to different methods when required.


                AMES Group provide reliable and professional pest control solutions around Birmingham and serve other nearby areas in the UK. As providers of affordable and entirely humane pest control, we have the knowledge to recommend the best pigeon deterrents.

                Sometimes DIY options are not sufficient. If you have a particularly bothersome issue with pigeons or any other types of bird we can offer a professional deterrent to reduce noise and disruption in both domestic or industrial spaces. Please feel free to contact us today for a free quote on your solution to nesting bird issues.

                For a professional approach to getting rid of pigeons without hurting them please feel free to contact us for a free quote.

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                  Two pigeons in winter

                  There are many methods of humanely and naturally getting rid of a pigeon nest or pigeon poop problem. The noise and health concerns from pigeons are a legitimate concern for people, and they can even cause structural damage to a building. Whether pigeons are nesting on window sills, balconies, under solar panels or within other areas of a roof you can find plenty of home remedies to deter pigeons and make roosting areas less appealing for many types of birds.

                  A pigeon nest is a natural occurrence, and they are drawn to more developed areas because there are many places where they can find a food source. Pigeons can have loud calls, particularly at the times of year when they breed. Noise from pigeons can penetrate very thick roofs and occur throughout the day and night, which can disrupt sleep and result in a lower quality of life. The health concerns from pigeon poop also harm humans and pets, so it is important to deter them.

                  Using methods such bird gels, bird netting, spike strips and ultrasonic devices can take advantage of the natural responses that pigeons have – while providing a humane approach to pest control that will not harm the pigeons. As experts in various types of bird control, we can recommend how to get rid of pigeons without hurting them. For a reliable and professional solution please contact us.


                  In many cases, there is no need to harm pigeons when dealing with them. There are many ways to get rid of pigeons, and humanely solving a pigeon problem with bird control is quite possible. Here we will look at some of the best options.

                  The following are some ways to humanely deal with pigeons:

                  HUMANE PIGEON NETTING

                  Whether you have a large scale problem or just a few occasional issues with pigeons bird netting is a good option, particularly for balconies and areas that are hard to access. High-level roof spaces can benefit greatly from bird netting.

                  Some advantages of using bird netting include the following:

                  • Non-invasive: Installing bird netting will not have much of a visual impact, especially from a distance. If you have bird netting on a roof you are not likely to notice it at all. Even on a balcony, maximum light will pass through.
                  • Fast results: There is no waiting to see if this solution is effective. Pigeons and other birds simply cannot get through the netting, which is the basic principle of how it works – so as soon as you put it up the problem is gone. 
                  • Versatile: It is possible to install netting in all directions and over all obstacles, such as awkward roof shapes, awnings or statues. Our highly-trained installation teams also navigate any space at a fast pace.

                  Bird netting is strong and will be equally effective against seagulls and other larger birds. You can also expect it to last through all types of weather as the synthetic cords can resist harsh rain, snow and cold or hot temperatures.


                  Four square public light pole with bird spikes

                  Choosing bird spikes is a very effective method of pigeon control and, despite their appearance, they are completely harmless. The spikes simply do not allow the birds enough room to build a nest, so long as they have proper placement.

                  The benefits of bird spikes include the following:

                  • Useful in many areas: Pigeons are clever and will spot any nesting space. However, you can install bird spikes anywhere with a high degree of precision – which makes them ideal on exposed sills, balcony rails or beams.
                  • Long-lasting: Bird spikes are usually very rugged and durable, for example we provide bird spikes made from stainless steel and with a polycarbonate base in our installations, so they will last and resist sunlight or weather.
                  • Cost-effective: Choosing bird spikes is a relatively cheap way to control birds without hurting them, as they use small amounts of materials. Effective spacing means you require a relatively small amount of spikes.

                  Bird spokes do not poke or harm the pigeons in any way, they are a simple deterrent for keeping birds from building their nests. Using bird spikes is a helpful and harmless way to get rid of pigeons – but you will require a reliable installer.

                  HUMANE BIRD GELS

                  Gels work by providing an ultraviolet surface for the pigeons, which manipulates their physiology and triggers their flight response – making them think that the area is a threat to them, and therefore not a good place to nest.

                  There a several reasons bird gels are a good choice including the following:

                  • Non-toxic: Bird gels are completely harmless and make use of natural oils, so they are harmless to pigeons or other animals that may chance upon it. Bird gels also do not harm the environment in any way.
                  • Invisible: While the birds will pick up on the ultraviolet light, you will not see anything at all. Gels are possibly the most discreet method of bird control and will work brilliantly on old buildings or outdoor sculptures.
                  • Long-lasting: Gels are not a permanent solution but will be effective for over a year or more before replacement is necessary. How long a gel will work for depends on how reliably the installation is carried out.

                  Bird gels are a popular and effective form of alternative bird control, and will not cause any harm. Gels are a clever solution as they manipulate the pigeon’s natural responses to light, and they also smell and taste unpleasant to the pigeons.


                  Pigeons scared off bus shelter roof

                  Birds have a different way of hearing than humans and are more sensitive to certain frequencies. You can install ultrasonic sound devices that manipulate the birds by emitting bothersome sound waves that humans will not hear.

                  Potential perks of choosing ultrasonic sound devices include the following:

                  • Small and discreet: You will not need to place devices all over a space, as they cover a good distance. There is a limit to their range, so larger spaces will require more than one device to make sure coverage is even.
                  • Low maintenance: Despite using electronic waves these ultrasonic sound machines use a very small amount of power. As a result, you will not need to replace batteries very often – and there are also solar-powered options.
                  • Permanent solution: Birds will stay away from the space where the ultrasonic sound is coming from as long as the devices are functioning. With a solar-powered device, this solution is permanently effective.

                  Ultrasonic sound is a clever way to humanely push pigeons away. Many people prefer ultrasonic founds machines because they are compact and easy – they require a simple installation and will not disrupt the appearance of any building. 


                  The large amounts of food and rubbish that humans leave around is what causes the pigeons to flourish, and our buildings are just the same as trees to them in terms of viability for nesting. As a result, it can seem wrong to harm pigeons for doing what they do naturally and humane management is a better option.

                  Pigeon problems happen because of humans, not because of the pigeons themselves. With less natural habitat to live in pigeons naturally select areas where they have the best chance of survival in, so they can breed and carry on their pigeon communities. For a professional and humane option get in touch.


                  The following are some common questions and further details on how to get rid of pigeons without hurting them and the services we provide:

                  What do pigeons hate?

                  Pigeons do not hate bird spikes, bird gels or ultrasonic sound devices – they simply find them uncomfortable and it makes the areas where they are installed less desirable as nesting or perching spaces. Pigeons do naturally hate certain things though, and you can take advantage of these to effectively repel pigeons. For example, a pigeon scarer in the shape of an owl will trick the pigeons into thinking a predator is nearby and prevent them from nesting. Pigeons also hate the smell of mothballs, so placing these around a roof space can be an effective way of repelling them. Pigeons are also averse to strong-smelling things such as pepper or cinnamon. Using a spicy pepper powder mixed with vinegar or water and spraying it liberally over an area will repel pigeons very well, but you will need to repeat this fairly frequently.

                  What home remedies get rid of pigeons?

                  A simple trick for getting rid of pigeons without hurting them is to take advantage of their psychological responses. A neat trick is to use old tennis balls and place them on sticks or the end of fence posts. Pigeons naturally believe that round spherical shapes are eyes, and will confuse them with the eyes of a predator. For extra effectiveness try to use brightly-coloured balls, such as orange and pink tennis balls, so they are visible to the pigeons from the furthest distance.

                  What is the best deterrent for pigeons?

                  Some of the best deterrents for pigeons are not necessarily the most humane. However, of the methods of humanely getting rid of pigeons, bird spikes may be the best. Bird spikes are an easy and effective method of deterrence – they simply make a roosting or nesting area unviable. Other humane methods, such as bird scarers, arguably alarm the pigeons to frighten them off – so choosing bird spikes controls pigeons humanely, and with minimal distress.

                  For a professional approach to getting rid of pigeons without hurting them please feel free to contact us for a free quote.

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