Archive for July, 2013

Gull Attacks Stop Postal Deliveries in UK neighborhood

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

stop pest birdsEvery year, homeowners in Liskey Hill Crescent, Perranporth, Cornwall UK are invaded by seagulls. The large birds dive-bomb people as they come out of their homes to check their daily mail. Some say the gulls have become really aggressive in the last five years, attacking people in packs, swooping down, and aiming for people’s heads. Bright colors make them crazy, which is why some believe they attack the local postwoman because she wears red. Postmen say the gulls need to be controlled or they’ll have to stop postal deliveries. Bird experts say the gulls are simply protecting their young during the nesting period.

Big birds like gulls can be a problem, especially if they’ve chosen your property to nest in. In the US, most gulls are protected by local, state and federal laws. So if you have this problem, you can’t resort to lethal means like poisons or pellet guns. The only solution is humane bird control. And one of the most effective bird deterrents ever devised is the bird spike.

Plastic Bird Spikes to the rescue

More economical than steel spikes, plastic bird spikes are the anti-perching, anti-roosting bird deterrent that won’t allow gulls (or other large birds) to land on or near them. They are blunted at the tips and approved by a number of humane groups—including the U.S. Humane Society. And unlike steel bird spikes, plastic spikes can be installed near your dish TV antenna without interfering with your reception. They also come in a variety of colors—including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan—so they’ll blend in with your home’s color scheme.

There are bird spikes and there are bird spikes

The best plastic bird spikes are made of unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate to last for season after season on your rooftop, chimney, patio cover, or wherever birds flock most often on your property. High quality plastic bird spikes have a flexible base, which allows them to “follow” curved surfaces. They also have pre-drilled holes or glue troughs for easy mounting. The spikes come in two-foot sections and 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths to provide increasingly broader areas of bird deterrence. The bases of these spiked strips are only 1.5 inches wide, so they’re easy to install and can be glued down, nailed or screwed into any surface. Once installed, they’re almost invisible from the ground.

Install bird spikes on clean surfaces

Before installing any bird spikes, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Do the prep work to remove any loose rust, peeling paint, bird droppings, feathers and nesting materials. Use commercial disinfecting cleaning agents to keep from being exposed to any of the 60 known airborne diseases carried by birds. If the area is heavily contaminated with bird droppings (wet or dry), use proper eye and respiratory protection.

For additional advice on how to properly install plastic bird spikes around your home, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.

 

Share

Deter Birds from Open Spaces with Plastic Bird Netting

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

deter birds with plastic nettingEaves and open spaces like barns, beams, overhangs and other areas in or on structures are great for birds to a build nest. Certain species, like Barn Swallows, will come back to the same place year after year to nest; therefore, if they nested on your property in previous years, there is a good chance they will be back. It is best to deter birds before they arrive.

Whether using preventative methods or treating a current bird problem, plastic bird netting is best for 100% exclusivity. Plastic bird netting keeps birds away from treated areas by creating a physical barrier between the structure and the birds. Plastic bird netting is a lightweight mesh net used to keep birds from nesting in unwanted areas. It is a very low cost solution to humanely get rid of birds.

Plastic bird netting is made of U.V. protected polypropylene. It comes in a variety of mesh sizes: ¾”, ½” and ¼”. It is also available in several cut sizes to fit different size treatment areas. Ultra net is a lightweight plastic mesh that is meant for temporary use.

To install netting to keep birds out of eaves or open spaces, the ultra-net clips can be used. Otherwise a staple gun can be used to secure the netting around the perimeter. When the birds realize they cannot access the area, they will move on to another location. Once the birds are gone you can remove the netting.

Share

Get Rid of Large Birds with Polycarbonate Bird Spikes

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

get rid of birds plastic spikeLarger birds, like pigeons, seagulls and crows land in areas where they are not wanted, creating a mess and an unsanitary environment. Taking care of bird issues when they arise is pertinent to ensuring you avoid unnecessary costs and potential health and legal issues. Birds sitting and roosting on a ledge or other flat surface will require a physical bird deterrent to get rid of pest birds. Polycarbonate bird spikes work well to keep birds away by creating an uneven surface, making it impossible for birds to land in the treated area.

Polycarbonate bird spikes work on areas like beams, ledges, under eaves, rooftops and other flat or curved surfaces. Choose from seven colors: clear, white, tan, grey, brown, black and brick red. Plastic spikes are available in different spike widths: 3”, 5” and 7” to cover different ledge and surface widths. Since the spikes come pre-assembled in two foot strips with pre-drilled holes along the base, installation is fast and easy – cutting time to install in half. Plastic spikes can be glued or screwed to most surfaces.

Bird-B-Gone polycarbonate spikes are manufactured in the USA and carry a five year guarantee.

Share
Get Adobe Flash player