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One of the most difficult pest animals to deal
with, birds offer some very different challenges
as they will usually be found in areas of a
property which are more difficult to get to, and
also because they will fly away rather than get
away on the ground. There are several different
methods of dealing with birds, and while some
people will kill birds, this certainly isn't
required when you are trying to get rid of them.
There are also two main types of bird problems,
with the work required when they are in a confined
space such as an attic or loft space different to
when birds are roosting in the higher areas of an
The Challenges Of Removing Birds
The main issue with dealing with birds is that
they are found in the higher areas of buildings,
so either around the roof area or nesting on beams
in the high parts of a building, which usually
means you will be working from a ladder for some
of the work. Their ability to simply fly to
another part of the building means it is also more
difficult to get rid of the birds, although
definitely not impossible. If you do not like
heights or are concerned about working on a
ladder, you will find that there are plenty of
commercial companies available who can help you
with bird removal work if required.
Dealing With Birds In A Confined Space
This will most commonly be a situation where birds
have found their way into an attic or loft space,
and here you will be carrying out work to exclude
the birds from this area. Firstly you will need to
examine the area to find the places in the attic
that the birds are getting in and out, and this
will often be a broken vent or tile making the
hole. You will then need to install an exclusion
funnel or netting over this spot so that the birds
will be able to get out, but cannot get back in.
Once you are confident that the birds have been
excluded, make sure you repair these holes
properly so that other birds cannot get back into
Getting Rid Of Birds In Open Buildings
Work to remove birds in large buildings where they
are roosting will require the installation of
anti-bird netting, although where there are only a
small number of beams or places for them to land,
anti-bird spikes can also be effective. The
netting should be installed just below where the
birds are perching and nesting, and should have a
fine mesh so that birds cannot get through the
holes in the netting. Once in place, make sure
this netting is well maintained, as birds may try
to get back up to the area, and may try to peck
their way through the netting.
Will A Bird Repellent Solve Your Problem?
There are plenty of commercially available
repellents that will claim to be able to get rid
of birds, and these will usually be either
chemical repellents or audio repellents. The truth
is that these will rarely be effective at getting
rid of the problem for you, and are really likely
to be a waste of money that will only delay the
work that you have to do in order to get rid of
the birds. There are some items such as scarecrows
or silhouettes of animals with reflective eyes
that can help to keep birds away from gardens, but
these aren't really effective in attics and roof
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