For over 25 years, AMES Group have provided top of the range bird control services across Birmingham. From bird netting and bird spikes to sonar systems, we supply a variety of bird control solutions to ensure you property is bird-proof.
While the majority of our calls concern deterring birds from residential properties, birds also cause a nuisance for airports. While there are a variety of highly effective bird control methods (spikes, netting, scarers etc), they will have little effect when deterring birds from airports. Specialised equipment is required for airport bird protection and we supply it here at AMES Group.
Why do birds’ nest near airports?
There are many reasons birds prefer nesting around airport as opposed to other areas. First, airports cover a lot of land, meaning there’s ample room for birds to create nests. Second, airports are fenced, protected and guarded from any humans entering. This again appeals to birds and other wildlife because there’s no threat of humans nearby.
There are also no immediate buildings surrounding airports – specifically the runways, because the planes need room in order to land. This means that the only nearby structures are trees, bushes and general grassy areas. All of these factors make for a perfect habitat for surrounding wildlife. Which is why so many birds live in airport grounds.
What are the dangers caused by birds nesting at airports?
In very rare occasions, birds can cause disruptions to planes during take-off and landing. While it seems very unlikely that birds and planes would meet in the sky, they do manage to get in each other’s way. While this doesn’t cause too much of an issue regarding plane or passenger safety, it’s fatal for the birds. Very rarely do birds cause damage to planes, however when there are collisions (known as bird strikes) birds do get stuck in airplane engines, which can cause significant engine damage which can – again, very rarely – result in planes having to make emergency landings.
This is why airports have developed a number of techniques to avoid such collisions.
What bird control solutions work at airports?
The vast majority of bird control techniques won’t have any effect at airports, aside from deterring them from the outside of the building where no planes are located. Below we‘ve outlined why certain bird control methods won’t work in airports:
Bird netting – useful for stopping birds from nesting in areas such as gardens and outdoor restaurants, but would have no use at an airport because you can’t net the runway!
Bird spikes – useful for stopping birds perching above waiting areas, but largely ineffective at deterring them on landing strips because they cannot be placed here.
Bird scarers – won’t have much of an effect because airports are too big, and you’d need hundreds, if not thousands of scarers – which would ultimately very expensive.
Trapping – effective for a smaller amount of birds, would not be effective capturing larger groups surrounding airports.
Shooting – there is absolutely no way that any firearms are allowed within the premises of an airport. Only policeman and airport security are able to carry weaponry, and this is purely for safety of the passengers and staff within the airports.
The only highly effective bird control method for airports are bio-acoustic systems (or sonar systems), which we will talk about below.
What are bio-acoustic systems?
Despite there being a wide variety of effective bird control solutions at your disposal, only bio-acoustic systems will be successful at repelling birds from airfields. All bird control solutions are effective in their own rights, but airports will require bio-acoustic systems in order to effectively stop bird strikes.
Bio-acoustic systems are humane bird control appliances that were originally developed to prevent birds from gathering in airports and landing strips. While it is rare for birds to cause major issues in airports, there have been a few cases where bird strikes do happen. This is why it’s important to ensure appropriate bird prevention systems are in place.
How do bio-acoustic systems work?
Bio-acoustic systems work by using loudspeakers with a variety of distress calls for various bird species. This causes the flight trigger in birds, causing them to flee in the opposite direction. The systems are primarily used to disperse larger groups of birds before they can cause issues on the runway. The sound from the system is frequent, meaning that in theory, the birds should never gather in groups in the first place.
For more information on how bio-acoustic bird control systems can help you, why not contact our team today?
When do I need to call a pest control expert?
While DIY methods may work for some bird control instances, they will not work when deterring birds from airports. Not only are there strict rules regarding what you can and cannot do within airports (specifically airspace), even if DIY solutions were allowed, they would be largely ineffective because of the size of airport. Similarly, bird netting and spikes may work in the waiting areas of airports, but they won’t work deterring them from the airfields.
This is why bio-acoustic systems are the only effective bird control deterrent on the market. if you’d like to know more about our bio-acoustic bird system, why not give us a call?