Both pigeons and gulls pose serious health risks, due to diseases (microorganisms) carried in their droppings – including salmonella, as well as carrying biting and flying insects. Pigeon droppings can also become very slippery when wet and pose substantial risks on pathways and steps as a slip hazard.
Gulls can become aggressive whilst breeding and rearing young, and they will frequently dive down towards people in order to protect their young. Their nest material frequently blocks guttering and causes water to gather on roofs.
The aim of using Birds of Prey is to dissuade the pest species from returning to the area.
The system we use for pigeon control is a high ratio of hawk flying and site patrolling. The operative will patrol all areas, looking for roosting and nesting sites. We then target these areas by flying the hawk from a desired angle to scare the birds away from the building area. The times of visit vary due to the nature of the location, if the birds are using ledges and areas for roosting, we target these areas first thing in the morning and last thing at night to disrupt patterns. Most birds will be out during the day finding food. Should the area be a feeding station for pigeons then we target these again to break the cycle and move the pigeons to a different location.
We use two types of Bird of Prey:
The Harris Hawk
The Harris Hawk is a mid-sized friendly Hawk and has proved to be the most effective deterrent for the prevention of pigeons. They are quick to fly to buildings and pigeon roosting areas and are recognised as a predator by the pigeons, due to their silhouette of rounded wings and a long tail.
We use a range of Falcons, both large and small, from the Peregrine Falcon to the Saker Falcon, as a Gull deterrent and prevention.
As soon as they spot the Falcon, with his distinctive shape when airborne, the gulls take to air and rise to greater heights than the Falcon, in order to evade their natural predator. Repeated flights in the area of the colony soon persuade the gulls to seek a more restful location, and they begin to leave the area.