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Signs of a bird infestation

Your business premises could be the ideal habitat for pest birds. Pigeons have learnt how to survive in most environments, scavenging our waste food and needing only the smallest amount of shelter to make their nests.

The longer birds are allowed to nest or roost in an unwanted area, the harder it will be to remove them. For example, pigeons are gregarious creatures living in flocks of anywhere between 50 and 500, so a small problem has the potential to turn into a large infestation.

Professional deterrent services can provide effective and discreet solutions to your bird problem, such as irritating bird sounds.

Need help with pigeon control or pest birds? Call Rentokil on +27 211 410 970 or contact us online.

Common bird infestation signs

Recognising the signs of a serious problem and getting an immediate solution can drastically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control pest birds.

    • Birds settling on roofs or ledges.
    • Bird noises - continuous bird cries, especially from young chicks.
    • Bird nests - nesting materials strewn about your premises.
    • Damaged stock - from pecking and bird fouling.
    • Droppings - concentrated in areas where birds roost.
    • Debris from nests and feathers - may block guttering and drainage systems, potentially leading to damp damage.

  • Where to look for bird problems -

    • Pigeons use areas of tall buildings and flat roofs to nest.
    • Balconies, ledges, chimney stacks, guttering and culverts are favourite areas for nesting.
    • Seagulls in particular like to flock together on flat roofs.
    • Any gap larger than 25mm that allows access to your building is a potential entry point for pigeons.
    • Pigeons prefer roof spaces to roost in and can shift loose or damaged tiles to gain access.

Worried about bird noises and nests?

If you think you have spotted the signs of an infestation, call our bird control specialists.

Our team of experts have extensive local experience and are trained monthly on the very best technologies and processes for bird control. We use methods that won’t harm the birds or disrupt your business.

Don’t let pest birds damage your property!

Contact us and we’ll help you control birds that plague your business premises.

Diseases carried by birds

Bird pests are known to carry a range of diseases and are hosts to other insect pests. Humans can also develop symptoms similar to influenza from the spores found in bird droppings.

Professional bird control is not only critical to avoid damage to your property, but also to minimise the health risks posed by the presence of certain birds.

Pigeons, for example, are hosts to parasitic pests, such as ticks, fleas and bird mites, which can spread to people. The pest insects live on the birds, and in their droppings and nesting materials. The parasites can invade buildings in search of a new food source.

Worried about the danger of birds on your property? Contact Rentokil for expert advice.

Pigeon diseases

Some of the diseases carried by pigeons and other birds, such as seagulls could make you seriously ill. It is important to act at the first sign of a bird infestation to avoid these associated health hazards.

  • Salmonella - this bacterium is deposited where pigeons or gulls defecate. It can lead to Salmonellosis and Paratyphoid fever.
  • Psittacosis - also called Ornithosis or Pigeon Fancier's Lung. This infection can be transmitted by inhaling the bacteria from dried droppings or handling feathers of infected pigeons or seagulls.
  • Fowl pest - known also as Fowl Plague or Newcastle disease. This virus can be transmitted to people when they’re exposed to faeces and other excretions from infected pigeon birds.
  • Escherichia coli (E.Coli) - mainly spread by seagulls, it can lead to illnesses such as gastroenteritis and septicaemia.
  • Fungal infections - include Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis and are carried within bird droppings from seagulls.
  • Bird mites - often found in nests and roosting places. They feed mainly on bird blood but will also bite humans. 

Call Rentokil today on 0861 117 851 to discuss bird deterrents such as bird netting, scaring and other bird repellents.


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