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As we creep slowly towards spring, we'll all be anticipating the brighter days, longer evenings, warmer weather and hopefully clearer skies! Spring and Summer is also a much anticipated time of year for our wildlife and nature. You may have had birds nesting in your roof in the past, or have seen or heard neighbours with bird related issues. Before Spring officially starts is the best time to start taking action and bird proofing your property.
There are a number of issues that birds cause due to their nesting behaviour, which can lead to further issues and expensive repairs as a result. The best form of defence is to action preventative measures in the first instance.
Birds leave lots of deposits on buildings, cars and other items around their nesting area. You'll notice a lot of fouling around the area where the nest is, or was present. Apart from its unsightly nature, bird droppings are acidic and will lead to the deterioration of soft-stone and cause long term damage to buildings. It can be difficult removing the faeces, and expensive to repair the damage caused.
During the nesting season, which falls between March and September, birds can display aggressive behaviour to people and animals they perceive as a threat. This can include loud vocalisations, pursuing threats (i.e. humans) and generally defending their nesting area.
Issues around drainage are often caused as a result of nesting birds. Birds leave, drop and store nesting materials such as twigs, branches and soft moss in and around guttering and drainage. This often clogs up, and over time will create blockages further down your drainage system. This usually builds up with faeces and feathers creating a rather messy blockage that can be expensive to resolve, and hazardous to remove.
Bird foul, faeces or droppings, can spread a number of diseases that are hazardous to humans. Never touch bird nesting materials or droppings without adequate protection. Open wounds and cuts can react to fecal dust, or droppings and lead to blood poisoning (Sepsis). Birds and their nesting materials are also commonly rife with parasites, such as ticks, fleas, mites and other ectoparasites.
All birds, their nest and eggs are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, and it is thus an offence to damage or destroy an active nest or prevent parent birds access to their nests (RSPB, 2016). With this in mind, any efforts to prevent birds nesting in your home need to be done before they begin building their nests, in order to minimise the risk to wildlife, whilst also complying with the law. There are a number of measures you can take to deter birds from nesting on your property, which include netting, spikes and other deterrents.
Hampshire Bird and Pest Solutions offer a specialist bird proofing service. We look at a number of factors and will deploy a number of different solutions depending on the issue. We can deploy a number of different bird proofing systems such as spikes and netting, which helps prevent birds from short listing your home in the first instance. These are usually fitted to rooftops, or under eaves. We offer specialist bird proofing for solar panels too. If you have any concerns about nesting birds, or want to talk to us about our bird proofing service, simply fill in the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
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