Professional bird netting solutions in Reading – say goodbye to pigeons.
Living in Reading, and do you have a problem with pigeons nesting on your property? Feral pigeons are now a major nuisance throughout the entire Reading area as flock sizes keep on growing, with more birds living amongst us, comes more problems and now more people are reporting having pigeons nesting on their building than ever before.
Why are pigeons nesting on our property?
As the feral pigeon population expands, pressure is put on the younger birds to mate and start their own brood. Pigeons will mate for life and they will raise around ten chicks or squabs every year so you can see how the population is growing. As nesting sites get taken over, the younger pairs of birds will move from their town centre roosts to find space further out of town.
It’s a common enough to see pigeons roaming around the streets in Reading town centre, getting under shoppers’ feet and hanging around waiting to be fed but now these birds live just about everywhere across the entire Reading area.
If you have had enough of these birds the most effective way to prevent pigeons from nesting on your property is through the installation of bird netting as this provides a physical barrier and stops them from accessing their nesting sites.
Bird netting the ultimate pigeon solution in Reading.
Why do pest controllers consider that bird netting is the best way of preventing birds from nesting on your property? To really answer this question, you need to understand these birds and why, they want to nest on our buildings in close proximity to man. Control of feral pigeons is really about getting to grips with preventing them from nesting on your property.
Feral pigeons are a domesticated species, just like cows, horses and sheep, the flocks of birds that we see in the Reading area were once housed and bred for their meat and then eaten. When you consider this then you realise why it’s completely natural that these birds are so comfortable living amongst us.
Pigeons are one species that is extremely comfortable living alongside us, and they will use the shelter offered by our buildings as a place to nest. Feral pigeons are large birds and they seek overhead or top cover to keep the rain off their nest which is one reason why you will often see them living under road and railway bridges as they take advantage of the protection offered.
How can bird netting resolve our pigeon problem?
If you are in a position where feral pigeons are nesting on your building, they are usually using some form of top cover for shelter from the elements; for example, the underside of commercial loading bays, overhanging roofs create sheltered areas and the voids beneath roof top machinery will all create the ideal nesting habitat for these birds.
Bird netting can be installed in any aspect, be it, vertical or horizontal and the netting creates a solid barrier that prevents access to the birds. Correctly fitted, it does not harm the birds, but it takes away their roosts and nesting areas meaning that they will have to move on elsewhere.
Where can anti-bird nets be erected?
The simple answer to that question is: anywhere, there are a wide range of net perimeter fixings that allow us to create a metal wire frame for the net.
If need be we can cover entire rooftops with netting, but usually we see the demand for things like the open face of flat balconies where the pigeons keep on sitting, or to cover the face of an older building where the birds sit on ledges and architectural features, and defecate down the front.
You can find out more about our bird netting by reading this blog.
Why do we need to have bird netting on our building?
Once the pigeons move in, because of their complex relationship with man and the lack of fear, this means that they will be very difficult to dislodge and even if the present flock moves off, more pigeons will quickly fly in and replace them in a short space of time.
The reason that you need bird netting to get rid of pigeons on your property is to prevent the damage that they do, some of this is obvious and immediate but long-term damage is caused which is almost invisible.
Pigeons produce a lot of mess and much of that will be in the form of guano or bird droppings; each bird produces almost a kilogram of poo every month and much of this will land where they live.
The droppings block rainwater systems, hoppers and gulley’s leading to a failure of the systems ability to get rid of water. This may lead to water ingress which will be apparent straight away or it may mean that water runs down the face of the brickwork which washes away the mortar meaning expensive repairs later.
However, the hidden damage caused by pigeon guano is the acid contained within the droppings is slowly eating away at the structures covered in the mess; wood, concrete, paint and even steel are in a slow process of corrosion. This is where the costs stack up as the bird guano literally eats away at the fabric of the building causing serious damage.
There are other bird deterrents available, why is netting considered the best?
There are many different anti-bird systems to choose from when you have pigeons nesting on your building, and they all have their place, but this means that some will not work in certain conditions. One common fault we often see are when bird spikes have been fitted to part of a building that provides top cover: this is the ideal pigeon nest site. All that happens in this situation is that the birds drop twigs and rubbish into the crown of spikes, this accumulates and slowly building up a base until they can resume nesting, you do not get this with a correctly installed net system.
A bird net installed from Reading Pest Control will last for over ten years and we guarantee our installations for two years, as long as the net isn’t cut it will go on working, keeping pigeons away, day after day. To avoid things like cutting the net, we can install access zips and create doors to allow contractors access into the interior of the void. Access is particularly useful when covering roof top machinery and we can also use translucent nets so that they do not stand out and mask the building.
Professional bird control in Reading from a local company
We have over 19 years’ experience in general pest control and providing bird control services throughout Berkshire and parts of West London, our technicians are fully trained, and they hold IPAF qualifications to hire and use hydraulic access equipment for safe access to difficult to reach areas.
If you want a no obligation quote for pigeon control then get in touch with us. Our site surveys are free and we can talk you through the problem and the correct solution.
Got a problem with pigeons in Reading?
Don’t delay phone us on 07491 247 999 and we can have a technician out to you within 24 hours