It’s the natural order of things that we live indoors and the pest birds occupy the outdoors and surrounding air spaces. With a roof over our heads and the ‘wild’ animals and weather kept at bay, we may feel secure that a few pest birds on the roof could be of no consequence – right?

Well while we are feeling warm and cosy inside the pest birds are busy hatching plans to invade the building. After all given a choice a pest bird would rather find a cosy roosting spot out of the cold.
Once the exterior walls or roof have been breached the little invaders set about making themselves at home. This generally entails all manner of looting and pillaging tactics to conquer and subdue their new territory. Once the pest birds have settled in you are in for a fight to remove them.

Pest Birds have no regard for the integrity of the building interior
Once pest birds have secured the interior, it may be a bit drafty due to the holes where they gained entry, but they will be in no hurry to seal the breach as it is still an improvement from the outside elements.
Lofts especially have so many great nooks and crannies that look custom made for housing many roosting spots.  Heating vents, extraction, air-conditioning and machinery housings are prime real-estate with some perfect conditions for setting up a supreme roosting spot – raised off the ceiling (or the floor from the bird’s perspective), generated warmth and handy attachment points for twigs, fluff, etc. The downside for the selected machinery or vent is that it becomes a fire hazard and is generally the ground zero site of contamination for the building.

Identifying the initial stages of a pest bird infestation invasion
It takes time for a pest bird problem to escalate into an infestation. Prevention is always more effective than the cure, so it is good to be aware of the warning signs that birds are planning to invade.
There are birds especially identified pest birds in the surrounding area
Unless you live in a barren lifeless area surrounded by all manner of things that will deal certain death to any pest invasion, you are susceptible to a pest bird infestation.
See our section for identifying pest birds
The identified pest birds are on your property
If you notice that there are more pest bird species on your roof and property then your building has been selected by the birds as a suitable roosting site.
The surrounding pest bird free properties may have Eagle Eye Bird Control Systems in place or the pest birds have just identified more reasons to invade your building than that of a neighbour.
The birds are roosting
Notice a concentration of bird poop near your building? Or can your hear the tweeting of hungry little birds in spring? How about the occasional bump in the loft? If the birds have not yet gained access to the building’s interior then it is only a matter of time.

Take a look at some of our Popular Bird Control Products to fortify the pest bird repelling capabilities of your building.

 

Kleptomania is defined as a recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.  This would very well describe the bird brain behaviour of many species of birds that are quick to take what does not belong to them.

Some pest bird species are well noted for being light fingered and can provide much entertainment watching their ingenuity and antics. That is of course if you are the observer and not the victim of these criminal antics.

Interestingly there is the term Kleptoparasitism that is applied to animals that take prey or food from other animals. If there was a list for the most notorious Kleptoparasitism offenders then here are the top three most wanted!

#1 Seagull
This bird is the ultimate opportunist. Comfortable being in urban spaces and noted for intimidating people to relinquish their goodies. The seagull is the fearless highwayman of the air - the snatch and grab bully.

#2 Indian Mynah
This cleaver bird is a master criminal. Able to solve a complicated problem and remember the solution, the Indian Mynah is a thoughtful criminal that is cleaver and cunning- the artful dodger.

#3 Starling
With its numbers, small size and persistence the starling can gain access to those hard to reach nooks and crannies. Once entrenched in their hideout, these birds can raid and cause all kinds of havoc. They are the little thugs of the’ hood.

If you need some help with pest birds Contact Eagle Eye Bird Control for expert service.

The word pests usually conjures up images of animals like rats or mice and insects like ants and termites. But for many, birds are often the nuisance. Some birds have come to enjoy living around humans, and several species have even come to rely on living near people to survive.
These birds can often be noisy, messy, and have the potential to spread disease. Here are 3 of the most common bird species that are considered a nuisance.

1. Pigeons

Other than Bert from Sesame Street and some others, people in general don't have a great love for pigeons. Pigeons are often called the rodents of the bird world, and for good reason. They are the most abundant bird pest in the world, found almost everywhere except the North and South Poles. Pigeons often rely on people as a food source, commonly making nests on flat, aboveground surfaces such as on ledges, pipes, window sills, and under freeway overpasses.

This large, blue-gray bird mostly poses a problem in spreading its feces pretty much everywhere. Bird droppings are not only unsightly, but contain acids that contribute to accelerated deterioration of building materials and can also be a slipping hazard in large amounts. Pigeons also carry a large number of diseases, such as histoplasmosis, encephalitis, pigeon ornithosis, and ectoparasites like fleas, mites, lice, and ticks.

2. Starlings

Starlings are another common bird pest, often known for their ability to mimic noises. While this can be entertaining at first, it can quickly lose its charm when the starlings decide to mimic a car alarm at 4 in the morning. Besides being noisy, these large, black birds with a purple-green sheen also commonly travel in large numbers, sometimes as high as the thousands, and can be highlymaggressive towards other bird species, often driving out native, beneficial birds from the area.

Starling droppings are also a slipping hazard, an unsightly mess, and can lead to quicker deterioration of building materials. In rural areas, starling feces can also potentially contaminate livestock feed. This nuisance bird also is known to carry diseases, such as encephalitis, histoplasmosis, and ornithosis. Their nesting material can also clog machinery or cause drainage problems.

3. House Sparrows

House sparrows, a small brown and gray bird that is actually a member of the weaver finch family, are another nuisance bird that has come to rely heavily on humans. House sparrows make messy nests in elevated areas that can be a fire hazard when built near electrical wires. House sparrows also breed quickly and live in large groups, and like starlings, have been known to drive out other bird species in the area. Their droppings can also be unsightly and cause early deterioration, as well as causing potential contamination of livestock feed in rural areas. House sparrows are also known to carry over 25 diseases, as well as ectoparasites like fleas, lice, ticks and mites.

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Eagle Eye Bird Control has a portfolio of impressive clients, both national and international, ranging from hospitals, governments, leading fast food outlets, airports, television broadcasting, major motor bike manufacturers, food manufacturers and even an aerospace organisation.
But for all the fanfare we are all about helping people manage their bird pest or bat pest problem, whatever the size may be. Our solutions are tailored to your pest problem and you do not need to have a big budget to keep the birds from damaging your property.

It is said that an Englishman’s house is his castle, but what if you have bats in the belfry and birds roosting on the eaves? Not to mention the pest bird faeces that splatters on the brickwork, windows, paving, balcony and whatever else is in the way of the long drop from the roosting perch.
Watching the birds come home to roost at sunset and seeing the bats go out hunting at dusk is only entertaining if it happens in a creepy movie.
Having to clean paving and brickwork is time consuming, often difficult to reach, extremely annoying and hazardous to the health.
 
Investing in some bird control solutions will save you time, money and effective pest bird prevention will ensure that there is no danger of any pest bird property damage. When it comes to the damage to buildings done by birds, the full extent of the damage generally goes unnoticed for some time until it becomes serious.  This generally ends in a situation where the builder, handyman, plumber and electrician will cluck their tongues upon viewing the extent of the damage (which always costs extra).

If you don’t have a pest bird problem you can consider yourself very fortunate indeed. But just in case it is advisable to at least have an Eagle Eye Unit or FlashFlag installed to ensure that you never have to clean up pest bird poop nor have your buildings damaged by their presence. These two items are relatively inconspicuous but when spotted they do have the look of a small turret and a little flag fit to adorn any suburban castle. These two products when installed work to deter birds from landing on your ‘castle’ and considering it for roosting potential, leaving you to enjoy the sanctity of your castle.

Animals that show exceptional intelligence are a wonder to watch as they solve our puzzles or expertly use a set of responses to successfully complete a task.
In a head to head competition and armed with only their high IQ’s, beaks, wings and claws we could be in danger of being the weakest link and not our feathery friends. So it is fortunate that smart birds aren’t that inclined to turn their beady eyes in our direction and use their high IQ’s to our disadvantage.

A Murder of Crows

These black birds are typecast as menacing and with the right lighting and soundtrack can be used to scare us silly in the movies. Crows have long been known to be smart puzzle solvers and now a study has shown that they are able to remember and recognise people by their faces. No wonder that they are always found lying in wait for that unfortunate victim in scene three. Ever wondered why it is a murder of crows and not a flock? Humans have been suspicious of crows from the dark ages where it was believed that when crows gather they are deciding the capital fate of another crow. Either that or they were battle connoisseurs who were happy to relieve the latest fallen knight of his eye balls.
Imagine seeing this scene below just after watching a horror movie…

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Crows can be a pest so if you are having troubles with House Crows or Pied Crows try out the Eagle Eye units and the Flashflags 

Homing pigeons and feathery secret agents

During World War 1 homing pigeons were considered to be more reliable than the communications on the day. Sub-marines would carry a few birds in the event of an incident and would release the birds for a speedy rescue. Spy birds were fitted with cameras and used for Arial surveillance – like Google earth but more blurry and in black and white.
There were two notable birds that saved many lives during their service as war messenger birds. Cher Ami saved the lives of many French soldiers by getting a message to the front lines. This bird flew over no-man’s land dodging bullets, mustard gas and shrapnel. Wounded during the flight the bird pushed on and successfully delivered the message before succumbing to its wounds.
A World War 2 pigeon named G.I. Joe arrived at an allied air strip just in time to deliver a message to stop a scheduled bombing that would have landed on friendly troops.

Mimicking man’s machines

The Australian Lyrebird is a great copycat and to lure his mate he mimics not just the calls of other species of birds but also the surrounding forest noises. The vocal skills of this bird are so good that it can reproduce the sounds of manmade machines like a chainsaw. Luckily the individual birds that can do this are in captivity as it would be very disconcerting when going for a hike in the bush and hearing chainsaws, digital cameras and car alarms. Like being chased by chainsaw wielding paparazzi in police cars.

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The results of Eagle Eye Bird Control products are vastly improved when the bird control products are all viewed as part of your arsenal in effective bird control. When we look at a bird control situation and initiate methods to remove or deter pest birds from remaining on site, there are a few things to consider.

Birds, like all other animals, have a territory owner (dominant pair). Under these two there are other birds who submit to them and are allowed to nest and breed with them, according to rank.
You will find up to ten or more territory owners on a house, or a factory, as one pair cannot control a very large area.
When the Eagle Eye units are installed those pigeons who are not territory owners, or who have no eggs or young in the nests, will leave and relocate to another area. The territory owners, and those with eggs and young, will come back even if they have to walk back.
This leaves us with an average of 20% returning. There is unfortunately nothing in the world that would chase away 100% of the birds on, or inside, a building, except if you manually catch them or kill them. The Eagle Eye units are ECO-FRIENDLY and therefore we claim that 80% will leave willingly.

On their own the Eagle Eye units are very effective in keeping pest birds away and used in conjunction with other bird control products such as FlashFlags, Nightmare Sound System, Bird Spikes or Extreme Sound System will achieve an even higher success rate. For example the Extreme Sound System and Nightmare Sound System are specifically designed to relocate roosting (sleeping) pigeons and bats.

Prevention is better than the cure so when conditions may reduce the effectiveness of one product another steps in the fray to keep up the bird control pressure.

The result of a survey done in the Pest Control Industry revealed that the average qualifed Pest Control operator knows 93% of the routine, habits and life of rodents and Cockroaches but knows only 18% of the routine, habits and life of birds. This does not include the knowledge of the products available to use for Bird Control and the application thereof. Bird Control is a very specialized feld and requires intense training.

BIRDS AND INTERESTING INFORMATION:

Some of the “nuisance birds” numbers are increasing at a stunning rate of 15-20% per annum! (Starlings, Feral Pigeons, Sparrows). These birds are forever looking for food, water and shelter opportunities. This they readily fnd amongst people.
Warehouses and building facilities have become their main nesting and roosting sites. People, on the other hand, want to protect their property and products, and make sure that their working environment is safe and healthy.
Apart from losing large quantities of products and ingredients, as food to birds, being spoiled by bird droppings, feathers, etc. In food industries this a big cause for concern.

Urban bird control has become a necessity as the predator bird population decreases and the number of artifcial bird shelters and easy-to-fnd food sources increases. Pigeons, gulls and sparrows (among others) are a serious problem in industry. In the case of pigeons, they will usually mate for life and will not willingly move from their nesting or sleeping place.

A bird’s sight

Birds know exactly where their food-source is every morning. Because of the magnetic and geographic feld in the brain they do not get lost. They have amazing visual acuity and can distinguish between ultraviolet and infrared in the UV spectrum. With night-seeing birds (such as the owl) seeing more infrared while day-seeing birds (such as the pigeon) seeing more in ultraviolet.

Birds can see:

• Sugar quantity (or balling) in fruit
• Food - even through bags
• Heat
• Danger of attacks coming from above

Pigeons usually mate for life and will not willingly move from their nesting or sleeping place.

Pest Bird Damage and Health Effects:

Their droppings cause contamination, spread germs and increase the number of resident insects. Acidic droppings also stain roofs and facings. Droppings, nesting material and feathers often block drainpipes, ventilation shafts and chimneys. This creates a risk of water damage and fire. Diseases are easily spread by birds and are a signifcant health hazard in the food manurfactering and prossing production line.

DISEASES AND ORGANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH BIRDS INCLUDE:

Yellow mealworms (Tenebrio molitor)

Perhaps the most common beetle parasites. This worm lives in pigeon nests. It is transported to grain and other grain products. It can end up in breakfast cereals and may cause intestinal canthariasis and hymenolespiasis.

Salmonellosis

This can be traced to pigeons, starlings and sparrows and are bacteria are found in bird droppings. Dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners thereby contaminating food and preparation areas.

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius)

These parasites are drawn from hosts, which include humans and some domestic animals. Pigeons, starlings and house sparrows are known to carry bed bugs.

Chicken mites (Dermanyssus gallinae)

These mites are known carriers of organisms, which cause encephalitis and may also cause fowl mite dermatitis and acariasis. While they subsist on blood drawn from a variety of birds, they may also attack humans. They have been found on pigeons,starlings and house sparrows.

TYPES OF PEST BIRDS:

A few of the more common pest birds are:

House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

The house sparrow is the second most notorious urban bird pest. It builds nests that often holds several families. One breeding pair can raise 200 + birds in two to three years.

Pigeons

Pigeons mate for life and their numbers double every four to five years. They can lay two eggs every 75 days in perfect conditions. They have a territory owner - or dominant pair. Under these two are others who submit to them and are allowed to nest and breed according to rank. Pigeons carry all kinds of germs, viruses, bacteria, feas and mites.
Their droppings are the main source of contamination and disease transmission from birds to humans. The dust upon pigeon feathers and in their droppings is also the main cause of sinuses irritation and runny nose among people. It is also known to cause migraines, especially among women.

Pied Crow

This species causes bacterial diseases such as cholera. The uric acids in their droppings are highly corrosive and damage waterproofing that causes leaks. They also spoil motor vehicle paintwork (with regular contact), air-conditioning units and solar panels.

BIRDS IN BUILDINGS

Because birds enter factories and warehouses they are a health risk. Their presence will ensure that the HACCP standards are not met by food processing companies – bird droppings damage and infest raw materials, products in process and finished goods.

Birds are attracted to food manufacturing facilities, because, once they have gained access to the building there is plenty of roosting space and lots of free food! The trouble with many warehouse buildings is that they offer little resistance to a tough feral pigeon intent on breaking and entering. It is known that if there is water and food readily available inside a building, a sparrow can live there without seeing the outside throughout his life.

The nature and construction of buildings makes it a perfect environment for bird infestation. Commercial and Industrial buildings usually have no ceiling to create a barrier between the loft space and birds, allowing for quick and easy contamination of the food products.
Large doors allow for deliveries, but also make it easy for birds to enter.
Lots of storage space, stacked containers, high ceiling beams, suspended lighting, etc. allow birds that have gained access to dodge anything but a determined effort to remove them.
Usually, once birds have your address, they will keep coming back.

THE SOLUTION:

Because each facility is unique, a general solution is always diffcult to prescribe. A combination of the following products installed, as a system, should be very helpful:
• Visual products such as the Eagle Eye Units or FlashFlags
• Irritation type of products such as Sound Systems
• Physical barriers such as Bird Netting or Bird Spikes.
• Human operational products such as Laser Guns and Trapping Cages

The best advice will be to get a Bird Control expert to give his recommendations.

Originally published in PEST NEWS on MARCH 2015 | Written by John Kotzé - Founding Member, Eagle Eye Bird Control.

 

Eagle Eye bird netting is one of the most versatile solutions for bird control, providing a discreet yet effective barrier against all types of nuisance birds without inflicting harm on the birds themselves. Eagle Eye bird netting products offer you a permanent way to stop bird droppings from damaging your valuable property. The black color of the netting blends into the background, providing a robust but unobtrusive defense against pest birds.

How Eagle Eye Bird Netting Works

Constructed with steel and extra-strong strands of polyethylene twine, the bird netting exclusion system creates an impenetrable barrier that denies birds the access to any architectural structure on your property. The system includes tensioned cables that are attached directly to the application site. The netting is then attached to the cable with rings, enabling a secure fit while allowing you to access the enclosed area for routine maintenance.

Versatile Bird Control Solutions

The Eagle Eye bird netting system lets you stop bird droppings virtually anywhere on your property, including ledges, eaves, utility enclosures, vineyards, and ponds. It's one of the most cost-effective solutions for large open areas such as open-air ceilings and loading bays. Available in multiple mesh sizes, Eagle Eye netting can create a durable and long-lasting barrier against birds of any size. Both pre-cut and custom netting sizes are available.

Eagle Eye Bird Netting is Almost Invisible

The netting is composed of very thin, ultra-strong strands of polyethylene twine.

Eagle Eye Bird Netting is a Long-Lasting, 100% Solution

Eagle Eye bird netting is manufactured using polyethylene, which is the most ultra-violet (U.V) resistant netting material available and has extra U.V. stabilizers added in its raw materials, creating a net that will last for 10 years or more.

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Eagle Eye Bird Netting provides a harmless and impenetrable barrier against all pest birds.

Eagle Eye Bird Netting is...
 

  • Effective against all bird species
  • Highly resistant to ultraviolet (U.V.) rays
  • Nearly invisible in most situations
  • Low-profile installation system
  • Made from high-density Polyethylene twine
  • Flame Resistant
  • Will not rot or absorb water
  • Protecting buildings and structures worldwide
  • Widely specified on government and historical properties

In our ongoing battle to tackle pest birds and nuisance birds in a non-lethal and environmentally friendly way, Eagle Eye Bird Control has some valuable insight on how to get rid of starlings and bats.

Starlings and bats are typically found in large groups and what they lack in size they make up in their sheer numbers.
Where pigeons would settle for a handy roosting perch under cover but not necessarily gain access to the building’s interior, both starlings and bats prefer to be inside the building.
Their small size allows them to exploit the gaps and once inside can become a serious risk to the integrity, aesthetics and safety of the building.

Fire Hazard
Nests located near electrical junctions, electrical points and in chimneys are a serious fire risk. One of the most frightening things about an attic fire is that it can start and burn unnoticed and once going is difficult to reach and put out.
Health Hazard
Bird droppings and batguano carry bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites, the faeces is also mildly corrosive, eroding away at water pipes, electrical cables, waterproofing and the building fixtures and fittings.
As both species nest in great numbers the quantity of faeces builds up on the attic floor (or ceiling) quickly, weak ceilings will eventually bulge and collapse under the weight.
Economic Hazard
For businesses that work with food products, the presence of pest birds can be a risk to the minimum required food preparation standards.
Attracting other pests
The faeces, food brought into the building and the prospect of a meal from a dead bat or bird, attracts a host of other creepy crawlies like cockroaches, ants and maggots.

Solution for Starling Bird Control

New Eagle Eye for Starlings

For the last 10 years, Eagle Eye has not left a single stone unturned in our quest to find a solution for the ever-growing Starling problem. After intensive testing we are excited to confirm that we found the correct combination of colour spectrums to successfully deter them from your problem-areas!

The Secret

We found that Starlings are best deterred by a combination of Silver and Golden Eagle Eye units.

This realization gave birth to our newest weapon in our arsenal:

The Silver and Gold Eagle Eye Unit

As you probably guessed from the name, this unit has 2 sides that are silver like the standard land-bird unit, and another 2 sides that are the colour of the potential it holds for your business - GOLD!

Solution for Bat Pest Control

We at Eagle Eye Bird Control have discovered that our sound system units are also very effective in deterring bats! You simply place either one of these units inside the problem area, and this should be enough to keep them out of your hair for good!
Bats have extremely sensitive hearing, and the sounds emitted from our units irritate and disorientate them to such an extent that they will relocate to a quieter neighbourhood without giving due notice to the landlord.

Extreme Sound System:

This 9 volt unit is inaudible and perfect to use in areas where bats and roosting pigeons share their home with people. The Extreme Sound System is small and easy to install, so it can be sold as a DIY plug-and-play unit. The effective range of the unit is 15m in a single direction, given that there are no obstacles blocking the sound waves.

Nightmare Sound System:

This 12 volt stainless steel sound system emits various high pitched audible sounds that will irritate both birds as well as humans. This system is ideal to use for bats and roosting pigeons in the absence of people. The Nightmare Sound System consists of 4 speakers, resulting in an effective radius of 15m around the unit.

Contact us for installation assistance or for an Eagle Eye expert in your area to professionally install a bird or bat control system.