The best way to keep birds away for good is to remove their food sources. However, in busy urban areas this is not always a practical solution.
If birds are causing a nuisance at your business premises there are a number of tactics that you can try:
- Remove access to nesting sites (ex. put barriers over window ledges).
- Keep any possible food sources well-hidden.
- Make sure bin lids are secure and trash bags are not left in the open.
How to control birds on your property
Getting rid of pest birds can be a real problem for any business. Not only do they cause a mess, but they can also be a health hazard – and a little frightening.
- Pigeons’ natural food is grain and seeds but they adapt to urban areas by scavenging processed food, such as discarded takeaways and food waste from trash bins.
- If they can find enough food, pigeons breed the whole year round, with a peak between March and July.
- Seagulls will return year after year to the same nesting site, so once they’re established they’re hard to get rid of.
- Seagulls can live a long time – up to 40 years – during which time they can keep breeding.
Birds Removal Tips
1- Scare birds with a sonic cannon
The crack of a gunshot is one of the ways to scare birds away, but this practice is now frowned upon because stray bullets are dangerous. But there is a way to achieve the same effect without accidentally hurting someone or something, and that is the sonic cannon.
This sonic cannon is a propane-powered device that blasts booming sounds at random. There are adjustable settings to how often you want it to sound. For example, if you choose the 1-10 minute setting, the first two booms might be spaced a minute apart, then the next one 4 minutes later, and the one after that 9 minutes later. This randomized setting prevents birds and other pests from getting accustomed to booms at regular intervals.
2- Remove food sources
The best way to get rid of birds is to get rid of what they’re visiting your house for. And more often than not, it’s because your home inadvertently serves an avian eat-all-you-can-buffet.
You’ll need to know a little more about your unwanted visitors to use this tip. Identifying the birds, hopefully down to the species level, will give you an idea of what they’re after. There are some avian species that eat plant material, such as grain and fruits. Others snack on insects like grasshoppers, mosquitoes, flies, or worms. Birds of prey are attracted to places with small songbirds, poultry, or small animals like squirrels or rats.
3- Intimidate birds with reflection
Birds are easily frightened by anything that is sudden and unexpected, be it sounds or light. You can take advantage of the latter by using reflective surfaces to scare off birds.
The idea is to place reflective surfaces outdoors where they can catch the sunlight as they move in the wind. The great thing about this method is that it’s very easy to DIY. It can be as simple as placing old CDs, strips of foil, small mirrors, or store-bought reflective tape on a string and hanging it over your backyard like anti-bird bandurrias.