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.

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