Feral pigeons have become so successful in the UK they are considered to be one of the number one pest problems. As a result there are a wide range of methods to prevent and remove infestations.
Pigeons can see in UV. This helps them distinguish food from the surface and area it’s on. It can also help them identify good areas for landing while high in the air. To deter pigeons, pest control experts use products that appear different in the UV spectrum and prevent pigeons from nesting in areas they’re not wanted. The process involves using a yellow gel-like substance that looks harmless to humans, but resembles fire to birds. This has proven successful in studies across the UK, including several in London.
While installations of spikes and netting are good deterrents, the gel has shown to be just as effective. Pigeons can still build nests where spikes have been placed, but with gel they see the target area as a danger zone. This has made pest control much easier for property owners. It also means that the appearance of their building needn’t be altered too much.
One Bird, One Solution
Although feral pigeons are a major concern for property owners, especially from a health and safety perspective, the gel deterrent is a great tactic as it lessens the need to remove a settled infestation. As many people know, the best solution is prevention. The gel is also not harmful, so people concerned about the welfare of pigeons needn’t worry.
Of course this method is just one possibility of many when it comes to pest control. Members of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) can advise people on practical solutions and give information on up to date laws and regulations concerning pest removal.
While some methods are preferred over others, it’s always best to seek advice from a professional pest control agent. Their services provide the correct equipment that’s safe, lawful and hygienic so that pest removal and prevention can be done effectively while taking the upmost care not to endanger any animals.