Can you tackle bird pest control without calling the professionals?
To some extent, yes. You can keep access to food and nesting materials under control, and you can buy various types of deterrent to keep birds away.
However, some birds can return to existing nests year after year. If these nests aren’t removed and access blocked, you may find that bird pests are an annual problem.
How can I control food and nesting resources?
In all types of property, the key thing is to keep the area as clean as possible. This includes removing any spilled human or pet food, as well as cleaning up fallen twigs, leaves animal fur and other potential nesting materials on a regular basis.
Bins should be well-secured to prevent bird access, and any crops should be covered with netting where possible, or have bird deterrents placed nearby to keep them away.
Can you get rid of birds during nesting season?
In short, no. It is illegal to damage bird nests or eggs – and inhumane to block access during nesting season. We will always remove nests and block access outside of this season – but other solutions, like removing food and nesting material sources and adding deterrents, are possible during this time.
Will birds come back to my property?
If a bird has found a safe, suitable nesting place, it may well remember this nesting place the next time nesting season comes around. That’s why we always recommend removing nests once discarded, and blocking access to the nesting site where possible.
So, are birds considered pests? They can be – but they don’t need to be. For more resources on bird pest control, see our dedicated bird pest control, pigeon pest control and seagull pest control pages.