The changing seasons affect just about every animal on Earth, and pest species are no different. Bird behaviour is intrinsically linked to the changing seasons, and this can have an effect on how they will affect your business throughout the year.
This article will give you all of the information you require when it comes to preparing for springtime and how you can prepare for the expected changes.
Bird Breeding in Springtime
Every pest species is slightly different when it comes to the laying season. Gulls can start to lay eggs as early as February, although the majority will begin in March. Them laying is not a problem in terms of behaviour, at least temporarily.
Having said that, the eggs will hatch into baby gulls in less than a month, usually. This will cause the gulls to become very aggressive and will often swoop down at human targets in an effort to protect their young as a result of their terrible ability to judge distances.
Due to their relative calmness when looking after eggs, we can replace them with false plastic equivalents or sterilise the existing examples. The gulls will be forced to move on eventually, while never having cause to swoop on any innocent passers-by.
Killing a gull is only legal within very strict and rare circumstances. However, it is perfectly legal to target their eggs before they are born.
The situation with pigeons is much more complicated. Their breeding season is less constricted due to their ability to produce crop milk, a protein and vitamin-rich substance that allows them to feed their young at any time.
Even in cold and harsh environments which other adult birds just have to survive, pigeons are able to produce young safe in the knowledge that they can provide the essential nutrients to ensure their survival and healthy growth.
Having said that, pigeons will still start to lay eggs much more prolifically when the weather warms and resources become more plentiful. Measures should always be taken to control them in anticipation of spring.
What Steps Should be Taken?
Birds can breed surprisingly quickly, and just a couple of breeding pairs can soon turn into a sizeable colony. There is no colony that we will not be able to deal with, but it is quicker and simpler to deal with colonies before they grow.
By having proofing measures installed, you can make sure that any birds which might try and settle on your property cannot find any suitable surfaces. Instead, they will need to take flight again and go somewhere else for shelter.
Of the many tools that we employ to provide comprehensive protection, three of the most prominent are bird spiking, wiring, and netting. We can also use harmless electrical measures, such as the industry-leading Avishock.
However, if the population is already established and has grown to problematic numbers, we can instead take steps to reduce the population. One method, as discussed above, involves replacing eggs with dummies before they are born.
Another option is to carry out a shooting programme. Typically, this can only be used to deal with pigeons, and licenses to tackle a gull population are very rare. If the birds are putting human health in danger, however, then these lethal measures can be employed.
All of our personnel have the training and expertise to use our firearm safely and effectively, ensuring comprehensive results while keeping your property, and any inhabitants, safe from danger.
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Our personnel have an incredible amount of practical experience between them and are given the training and equipment required to maintain their consistently high-quality work in a changing and dynamic pest industry.
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