June 4th, 2015

Help! Pigeons on my roof! Or: The Limitations of Control Methods on Roofs

Pigeons on flat roof.

Pigeons hanging out on the flat part of a victorian house roof.

Bird control technicians’ nightmare – what to do when we are asked to do the impossible? The straight answer is that there is really nothing we can do when pigeons land on your roof, but there is much more to know.

Many customers ask: “Why? Why my roof, what’s so special about my roof that they have to land there?” Believe it or not you are asking the right question: Why? Once you understand why, you will also understand why is it hard to provide a solution in this situation.

Almost always, the primary cause of such problem is the availability of food nearby, plenty of it on a regular basis. Probably someone is feeding the birds or there are lots of garbage in the area or open garbage bins/containers. They could also nest or roost in close proximity and simply they use your roof as a comfy perching spot having a nice vantage point over their feeding area.
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June 3rd, 2015

Drill or no Drill – Balcony Netting Drilling Facts

Drilling concrete.“The Building Management says we can’t drill to install balcony netting, because it damages the concrete and the structure of the building.” We hear this often from customers who are eventually left to cope with their balconies full of crap.

The statement is simply not true, drilling into the concrete of the building doesn’t cause any damage whatsoever, provided that it is done professionally, the way it should be. Continue reading

April 29th, 2015

Bird solutions can look good! Painting Bird Spikes

Painting Bird Spikes.

Notice the painted spikes towards the right blending in with the background.

Bird spikes are a proven, long-lasting method for keeping birds off ledges and sills. While they work great they are frequently installed on ledges against dark backgrounds, where they are far more noticeable and unsightly, especially if the ledge is located lower. In front of lighter coloured backgrounds this of course is not an issue as the thin, stainless steel rods of the spike strips blend in smoothly.

The solution is to paint your spikes! Some customers – who care about their business and their image – are willing to pay extra for this tiny detail. In our opinion, it’s well worth it! Continue reading