Bird Control in Hospitals and Healthcare

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Pest infestations in the healthcare sector are incredibly serious issues and professional pest control help should be sought immediately. If pests have found their way into healthcare centres or hospitals, they pose a direct risk to both the staff and patients. One of the main pests that pose a threat to hospitals are birds. While they may not be as invasive as rats, they too are carriers of disease and spread bacteria. This is why Ames takes bird control measures at hospitals so seriously.

AMES have over 25 years’ experience in the pest control industry and regularly conduct bird control all over the UK. Birds in particular can cause serious damage if they aren’t removed promptly from hospitals. The main issue with birds is their droppings, as they can cause staining and are also known to spread bacteria. If the droppings are neglected, they can permanently stain some structures.

Pigeon droppings are especially dangerous, because their droppings are particularly hard to remove, and they carry complex bacteria that can prove harmful to humans.

Bird-proofing hospitals is essential and fortunately, there are several bird control methods and techniques that help prevent birds from nesting and returning to such areas.

The most popular bird control methods for hospitals are:

  • Bird Netting
  • Bird Spikes
  • Bio-acoustic Systems

While there are other bird control options available, these are the most appropriate from ridding birds from hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Below are detailed explanations of our preferred bird control methods:

Bird Netting

Employing bird netting in hospitals is extremely popular and helps deter birds from perching and nesting within hospital grounds. Bird netting in hospitals works by installing an ‘invisible’ netting around areas where birds tend to perch or nest. This may be on top of hospital roofs, or over any outside area within hospital grounds. Birds are known to have trouble infiltrating the netting due to its intricate design. Bird netting is also designed for specific birds, however the most common option is bird netting for pigeons, as they commonly cause the most disruption.

The netting is made from polyethene and can be installed almost anywhere within hospital grounds. Additionally, our bird netting is fire retardant (for more information on this, click here). Our team at AMES uses access zips in order to reach areas that would otherwise be hard to reach, meaning we can gain direct access to bird nests and perching areas.

The Benefits of Bird Netting in Hospitals:

  • Effective bird deterrent method
  • Highly adaptable, can be installed horizontally or vertically
  • AMES uses top of the range fixings to ensure long product lifespan
  • Our bird control experts are trained to handle any netting installation requirements

Our bird netting solution is also humane, meaning no birds are harmed when and if they come into contact with the netting, they will simply relocate. If you’d like to know more about how bird netting can help your hospital, please feel free to get in touch via our contact page.

Bird Spikes

Another very popular bird control method are bird spikes. Their main benefit is that they’re very easy to install, even in difficult-to-reach areas. The spikes ensure that birds have nowhere to nest or perch, meaning they have to relocate. Bird droppings can cause severe damage to hospitals and relocating them is the best solution.

Bird spikes are very helpful in deterring pigeons, especially if the pigeons haven’t already nested within hospital grounds. This is because pigeons have an in-built homing instinct, and the spikes both stop them from returning and deter them from nesting in the first place.

Bird spikes are a humane solution to stop pigeons and other birds from nesting within hospital grounds.

The Benefits of Spikes in Hospitals:

  • Polycarbonate foundation means they won’t be affected by sunlight or the elements
  • Easily installed, even in awkward areas
  • AMES bird control experts will install them swiftly and efficiently
  • AMES’ bird spikes are humane and cause no harm to nesting birds

Installing bird spikes or attempting to create DIY spikes may result in inefficient bird control, or worse, injury. Our team can install bird spikes swiftly and efficiently, for more information, you can get in touch via our contact page.

Alternative Bird Control

In some cases, your hospital may require alternative bird control methods and techniques. Below are some of the other alternatives we offer:

Trapping

Bird trapping is a common bird control solution and can be effective in relocating birds away from your hospital. However, there are times when trapping may not be as efficient as other methods, specifically when used against pigeons (due to their homing instinct). Despite this, trapping can remove up to 70% of a pigeon community, if performed early and efficiently. The trapping methods we use are both discrete and humane.

Egg and Nest Removal

Egg and nest removal prevents adult birds from returning to their nests as they fear the safety of their young. It will also result in reduced flock numbers within the area over time. If egg and nest removal is moving at a slow pace, we can employ hawks to deter larger or more aggressive flocks.

For more information on how egg and nest removal may benefit your hospital, feel free to get in touch via our contact form.

Careful installation is essential in the pest control industry and we strongly advise those considering installing their own bird deterrents consult us before attempting anything dangerous. Our experts are capable of installing bird control methods swiftly, efficiently, and most importantly, safely. If you’d like to know more about how our bird control deterrents can help your hospital or healthcare institution, please feel free to get in touch using our contact form, or call us on 0330 404 1046.

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