Physical Bird Control – Spiking, Netting, and Wire Explained
We have numerous different forms of bird control within our arsenal so that we can provide as complete a service as necessary. To make sure that birds are dealt with effectively, we often have to use different techniques.
While some of these are elaborate and technical, such as bird gel, laser deterrent systems, and even falconry, others are simply physical barriers. In this guide, we will explain the difference between spiking, netting, and wiring to give you a better idea of what each involves.
Keep in mind that it is not your job to come up with a plan to deal with pest birds; it is ours! Give us a call now on 0800 808 5615.
What is Bird Spiking?
Bird spiking consists of blunted stainless-steel prongs which make it difficult or impossible for birds to land on any surface to which they are attached. Despite looking intimidating, they are entirely harmless to pest birds which come into contact with them.
The spikes are attached to rolls of UV-stabilised plastic which will withstand even the most intense of elements. Using an adhesive, and screws or nails where appropriate, we can install the material so well that it can stay attached for many years to come.
What is Bird Netting?
Bird Netting involves installing mesh netting around ideal roosting spots to make sure that pest birds cannot access them. Various meshes can be used to address different specific bird problems, ensuring our solution addresses your particular requirements.
Netting is almost invisible from just a few metres away and can be effective within a vast number of circumstances. In addition, the durable material the mesh is made from means that once it has been installed professionally by our professionals, it will stand firm for many years to come.
What is Bird Wiring?
Bird wiring is used on building ledges to stop birds from landing and roosting along the edges. Posts and supports are placed along the length of the building, usually by being hammered into masonry, before nylon-coated stainless-steel wire is rolled out between them.
Wiring is very robust and will withstand both the elements, through snow, rain, and wind, as well as the force of any birds which try to land on the ledge and make contact with them. It is worth noting the wire will merely stop the bird from landing; they remain entirely unharmed.
Where Should Each Method be Used?
Each barrier achieves essentially the same effect; they stop birds from accessing a potential roosting area by physically getting in their way. However, they all have their own unique attributes which provide them with specific advantages in different circumstances.
Spiking: Spiking can be used to bird proof many awkward objects which you could not attach netting or wiring to. For example, spikes can be fixed to the top of a lamp post or CCTV camera by cutting small strips.
Due to the flexibility of the strips, they are also ideally suited to be installed on curved surfaces such as rounded windows or ledges.
In addition, the strips of plastic and prongs come in various lengths for different uses. Thinner pieces can be used to protect pipes and gutters from roosting birds, while thicker strips can be placed at the edge of buildings.
Netting: Using mesh net is arguably the most widely-applicable bird proofing solution. It can be used to inexpensively and comprehensively protect incredibly vast spaces such as multi-layered car parks and shopping centres.
Mesh netting can also be used in agricultural settings. Naturally, spikes and wiring cannot be used to any effect when it comes to protecting crops. Meshing, on the other hand, can be installed around fruit trees or vegetable crops to keep pest birds from interfering.
Lastly, irregular objects with unusual dimensions such as statues, elaborate building facades, and even bridges are perfectly suited for mesh. Other techniques will interfere with their aesthetic or just will not work, while mesh remains discrete and effective.
Wiring: When it comes to building edges, bird wiring is typically the most discrete form of bird proofing solution. For this reason, it is favoured by architects who want to preserve the aesthetic of their building as it is virtually invisible from the ground.
Wire is also effective around a building/premises in which birds have not yet settled. The cable on the ledges will create an environment which birds do not find suitable for roosting, making it an incredibly cost-effective form of bird control when you act pre-emptively.
Lastly, gull and pigeon guano can cause severe problems for glass buildings. Not only does it really stand out when looking from the outside, but inhabitants looking out will also be affected. Having wire installed will stop pest birds from dropping their guano off the side and ruining the building’s aesthetic.
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Although we hope this blog post has cleared up a lot of questions about each of these proofing techniques and how they can protect you from pest birds, it is not your job to come up with the solution.
We have been in the bird proofing business for many years and have built up a wealth of practical knowledge and experience. Once we visit your property for an inspection, we will come up with a tailor-fit plan to address your circumstances and fulfil your requirements.
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