Pest Bird Control

Article by Bruce Gow

“How do I know whether I can call in a pest controller on a certain species of brid?” A question I’ve often heard and it’s always worth getting advice from a specialist on the matter, so contact our friends at Enviropest for the best advice or to organize an appointment!

For Pest Bird Control we now refer to our friends at Enviropest. You may contact them directly on Ph: 1800 048 200 or if you require quotes email them at: steve.mullen@enviropest.com.au

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Australian introduced pest birds include:

Indian Mynah, Common Starling, & Pigeon (Rock Pigeon) species.

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Indian Mynah Bird

The Indian Mynah was originally introduced to Australia in order to control locust plagues. It is considered the worst species of pest birds and breeds at very high rates in city areas of the eastern states. It has been listed in the World Conservation Union’s worst one hundred invasive species of bird). The main concerns are due to mites and disease. This pest has been seen to force native birds and also their eggs from out of their nests.

The Rock Pigeon

This species of pigeon has damages property with acidic faeces including historic old stone buildings. Feral pigeons damages roofs, drains, gutters, and air-conditioning equipment. Their faeces is unsightly & corrosive and also a health risk. This is because of fungi & parasites that live within it.

CommonStarlings

Are known to drive native birds to extinction. They are so prolific, that when you have gottten rid of 1 flock, they are quickly replaced by newcomers. Starlings are frightened by loud noises, and they may be controlled by using mild electrical shock tape systems. After removing these birds, you should also destroy their nests.

Sea Gulls

These pest birds may create similar problems as pigeons. These type of problems are mainly just confined to coastal areas. Also airports tend to be built near bodies of water, so gulls can also threaten to air navigation. They can be controlled via netting, electrical shock tape, simulated predators and noisemakers.

Getting Rid of Birds

Many pest birds are now roosting in suburban areas. They are fast becoming a plague in some suburbs of Sydney. Fencing, netting, audio and visual systems are effective in Pest Bird Control.

Bird Netting

Bird netting is made up of polyethylene twine tied together on steel cables. This will block their access to places where it needs protection.

Electrified Taping

This is used in areas where birds are seen to perch, such as upon roof tops & ledges. This gives the birds get a light electrical charge after landing on it. This is not enough to cause them harm, but strong enough to encourage them to stay away. These systems may be energized by battery pack, or solar energy.
Bird-Shock Flex-Track is a discreet low-profile ledge roosting deterrent system. It’s very effective against all pest bird species that conditions birds to stay away without causing them harm.

Virtually Invisible

At around only 6mm high, in a wide variety of colours which can match the building material, Bird-Shock Flex-Track is difficult to see close-up, & virtually invisible from a distance.

5 Year Warranty

It is manufactured from UV stabilized PVC & Stainless Steel. This bird management product will be around far much longer than its 5 year warranty.

Bird Spikes

These are impossible for birds to perch on. This will present a surface that birds will not want to roost or land on.

Traps

Trapping is done where legal, is a deterrent programme, new birds will fill the places left by the trapped and removed birds.

Audio devices

These play electronic versions of distress calls or species predator squawks to frighten the pest birds away.

OPEN SPACE BIRD CONTROL

Bird control problems in open or public areas like parks or schools may challenging. Birds roosting in trees may be impossible to get rid of. Only trapping and continued harrassment have been successful in the past.
The Eagle Eye is an optical bird deterrant that deters birds without causing injury from protected areas by using light beams that are reflected from sunlight or artificial lighting. The pyramid with relecting lights rotates by an electric motor, sending out the beams of light in a menacing to birds pattern. This light spectrum disorients birds that are in flight by limiting their visual perceptions. This will cause the pest birds to fly away to another destination.