As we’re now in the height of summer, many people are thinking about giving their garden a makeover, cafes are spreading onto the streets and beaches, and people are just generally happy to be outside!
However, with summer comes a host of annoying pests and while wasps and bugs do cause aggravation, birds cause more of an issue. Whether you own a commercial property or you’re simply looking to renovate your garden, birds are undoubtedly going to cause issues at some point.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at ways to keep on top of your bird control on your premises, with a specific focus on whether DIY bird control is worth pursuing or if you’d be better off opting for a professional service!
- Bird Spikes
Bird spikes are a simple and incredibly effective way of deterring birds from your property. While they may look simple on the surface, assembling them does take some know-how and safety definitely needs to be addressed. If you fancy tackling this yourself, you’ll need to first identify where the birds are nesting and then safely ensure you can find a way to reach the nesting area. Usually, these areas are on balconies, rooftops, and places that are generally quite high up.
Once you’ve located these areas, now’s the time to apply the spikes. People often resort to using old wire fencing for the spikes, but then you’ll need to secure these to something like a plastic lining. If you can fashion the wire in a way that doesn’t require plastic or wooden foundations, even better. You will, however, need to ensure the wire doesn’t blow off in the wind or be easily removed by the birds.
While the DIY approach may work for gardeners, it may prove difficult if you’re trying to deter birds from a large commercial property. This is usually because bird’s nests are very tough to reach, and this is when you may need to call a professional pest control service.
2. Bird Netting
Bird netting is most commonly used to help deter birds from nesting or landing on large, flat areas such as roofs, solar panels, and outdoor cafe/restaurant areas. While the concept itself seems simple, it’s quite a time-consuming process if not done properly.
One of the most important factors to think about is the type of netting you want, and this depends on the type of bird you want to deter. If you’re looking to deter bigger birds such as seagulls, your netting must be appropriately sized to ensure they have no way of getting in. Netting that’s too wide will see them easily infiltrate your outdoor area. If you’re looking to deter little birds, smaller mesh sizes will be required.
Also, be wary of weather, as installing netting yourself on a windy day can prove difficult. The netting is usually long and thin and can easily become tangled, so try installing on a day that isn’t too windy!
Bird netting can be tricky if you do not properly prepare and sometimes you may find that the task is too tiresome and difficult during the summer heat. If this is the case, it may be worth contacting a professional pest control company. They have the ability to install the netting quickly and efficiently, so all that’s required of you is where you’d like it installed and what type of bird you’d like deter. Simple!
3. Bird Scarers
One bird deterrent picking up a fair bit of attention is the bird scarer. While they have been around for some time, they are becoming more popular because they’re not as invasive or difficult to set up as bird netting and spikes.
Making your own bird scarer can be done and there are many ways to do it. The most common involves being creative and crafting a bird of prey! Making fake predators such as owls, falcons, eagles and other birds higher up the food chain will deter smaller birds from nesting. Use milk bottles, foil, Styrofoam or any material that you can mould into the shape of a bird predator. Use buttons and/or marbles for the eyes and that’s the main components finished!
You can also use reflective ribbons to deter birds from nesting, as they aren’t fond of being surprised by the light reflecting in their vision.
However, if you find that your scarer isn’t working or may not be as effective a professional scarer, you can always purchase one! Some even come with a vocal option, meaning they will let out a predator’s cry or a sonar sound.
There we have it! These are three DIY bird repellers that you might want to consider crafting yourself. Although there are other bird repellers out there (ultrasonic, other sound-based repellents), they may prove too difficult for a quick DIY job for the summer! Ensure that if you are struggling to create your own repellents, you take the necessary precautions and seek-out professional pest control support if you cannot tackle it yourself!