Why is Bird Control necessary? Birds carry and spread numerous diseases and parasites that can easily infect and infest humans and our homes.
Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
Starlings are a small and familiar garden bird found in our cities, rural and coastal areas throughout the year.
The Starling is slightly smaller, yet not dissimilar in size to that of our common blackbird and from a distance can be easily misidentified
During the winter months, the starling population in the UK swells with starlings roosting and swarming in their tens of thousands, forming clouds or “murmurations” of starlings that on the nearby Somerset levels can contain over a million birds!
Starlings will usually roost in large numbers in trees, buildings or under bridges where their large numbers give them a level of protection from predators.
Nesting is normally undertaken in isolated pairs and these nests can become problematic due to their locations. Blocked gutters and well-coated cars are two common examples.
These birds cause a variety of problems including noise, the mess from droppings on vehicles, walls, windows, gardens, people, washing, and the burden of roosting sites and nests.
Nesting pairs of Gulls use a diverse variety of materials to construct their nests. Waste and dead gulls block gullies, chimneys, gas flues, roof valleys and downpipes.
Damage and obstruction of this kind can cause fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, flooding, damp and misery.
Gulls have been seen dropping stones on vehicles, drowning rats in the harbour by diving on them while they try to swim, and the very long list of mischief and hassle, both superficial and economically damaging goes on and on.
Professional control often prevents Gull damage from becoming a regular and disturbing money pit.
The urban pigeons that we can most closely associate with when the word pigeon is mentioned, are often thought of as a city-dwelling bird. In fact, this is a stereotype that fails to reveal the full story of the feral pigeon.
Pigeons are more correctly described and named “Rock Doves”. The name “Rock Doves” does sound like the name of an 80s rock group, however, they love our homes and cities because their natural habitat is cliffs!
Most pigeons are your regular blue-grey colour, while others are white and every shade in between.
Over the centuries, our relationship with the pigeon has moved on. Once upon a time, a pigeon fancier would have been quite respectable. Today though, having a love of pigeons is considered a little bit unusual.
Pure, wild rock doves are now only seen in the UK, on the coasts on northwest Scotland, but the slightly more complex version that we see day to day in our towns and cities is far more abundant.
Other Birds Seen As Pests Include: