Birds, especially pigeons, can be a nuisance, make a mess, transfer disease and cause damage to both residential and commercial buildings.
Solar panels in particular can be damaged and lose performance as a result of pigeon activity.
Hindmarsh Pest Control utilise a range of products and techniques, for the humane removal and exclusion of birds from buildings and protection of solar panels.
Successful bird management involves identification of the pest species, understanding bird behaviour and problem solving the unique situation you find at each site.
Bird management is often challenging due to working at height and the necessary safety precautions that must be implemented.
Bird management typically involves exclusion measures (bird proofing), although sometimes it is necessary to trap, bait or shoot problem birds.
It is important to understand which birds are classified as native bird as this impacts the management options.
All bird management activities are covered under the Animal Welfare Act
Bird proofing – the exclusion of birds from an area – is generally the preferred bird management method. This is particularly the case when buildings need to be protected from nesting and / or roosting birds.
A number of products and technique are utilised to bird proof buildings. The choice of product is heavily influenced by the nature of the area to be protected, the bird species, the bird pressure (the number of birds present) and the aesthetics required (some buildings require a low profile or ‘invisible’ product).
Products for ledges and narrow resting areas:
For enclose areas (eg. warehouses):
The investment in bird proofing pays for itself when you consider the costs and risks of doing nothing – Why Pest Birds are a Problem?
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Solar panels can be easily damaged by nesting birds, especially due to their droppings which can be corrosive to metal components and significantly reduce the efficiency of the panels themselves.
Nesting birds also carry a range of diseases which can be transmitted through their droppings and the birds can also introduce bird mites into the roof void.
Hindmarsh Pest Control can install skirting around solar panels to prevent birds from nesting underneath, providing lasting protection from birds and ensuring solar panels deliver the performance expected. If there are additional problems from birds roosting on the roof, then additional bird repellent / exclusion products will be required.
Pest birds can cause a wide range of problems
In Adelaide, the key pest birds are the pigeon (or rock dove) and common starling.
Other invasive pest birds include the English house sparrow and Indian Myna.
Native birds that cause a pest problem (and so have to be managed carefully), include the silver gull (seagull), sulphur crested cockatoo, corella, Australian white ibis and welcome swallow.