Recently the Lloyds Bank in the South Shields, the UK, had a terrible experience with its bird control method: bird netting. Two seagulls have been found dead on the rooftop of the building next to a seriously injured pigeon.
Lisa Waugh spotted the bodies of the seagulls and a pigeon that seemed to be trapped in the nets placed on the rooftop. She immediately notified the RSPCA, an association specialised in animal rescue along with the fire brigades. Unfortunately, the condition of the pigeon was too critical to save: the nets had damaged its wing to the point that a recovery seemed to be impossible.
“The nets are killing our wildlife. There needs to be an alternative. It was horrible to see the bodies of two dead birds on the roof and the pigeon distressed.” – said Lisa when being interviewed. The issue has been raised at the bank, that is now looking for other, less harmful bird control solutions. “We are aware of the concerns regarding the nets and are looking at alternative options as a priority.” – said a spokesman for Lloyds Bank. You can read the full story here.
Why Bird Netting Can Be Dangerous
Netting is one of the most common and utilised bird control methods. It is proven to be really effective by physically blocking pest birds from the desired areas. An issue with bird netting can occur if it is not installed properly. In this case the birds can still land on the area but then they get trapped inside. Smaller bird spices like sparrows could get tangled up in the net itself and seriously damage their extremities. It is really important to consider these disadvantages when choosing bird netting in order to avoid fatal situations like what happened at Lloyd Bank.
An Animal Friendly Solution
Urbanised areas inevitably attract birds seeking for food and shelter. Keeping birds away from residential areas is essential for different reasons: birds can transmit several diseases, leave droppings that damage the paintwork, cause leakage by pecking holes in roofing and even cause fire by building nests in chimneys.
Bird Control Group offers cost-effective solutions for protecting your building/rooftop from birds: Automated Laser Bird Deterrent. This system is proven to be very effective because it takes advantage of a bird’s natural instinct: birds perceive the approaching laser beam as a physical danger and disperse to seek safety. It works very well as a long-term solution because birds do not get accustomed to it.
Unlike netting, the laser deterrent is not harmful to the birds and has been awarded by The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for its innovation, effectiveness and animal friendliness.