Every 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.