Which Bird Control & Deterrent Devices are Available?
Bird Protection Legislation in Ireland
It can be stressful to have an issue with seagulls, pigeons or small birds landing on your building. They can quickly become a nuisance with the noise, droppings, or even the parasites (e.g. bird mites) they may carry on them.
Before undertaking anything, you should be aware of the Irish legislation so you don’t get in trouble!
In Ireland, ALL bird species and their nests (if active) get full protection under the Wildlife Act 1976. This means that you will need a licence from the NWPS before taking any direct action against birds, including trapping them in live cages.
Devices to Repel Birds
In most instances, the only viable option is to try to repel or exclude unwanted birds from buildings and monuments without harming them. There are a number of products available which intend to do this with more or less success:
They are a very efficient way to deter pigeons, seagulls and swallows without harming them.
When using this option, be aware that birds will only be deterred from the treated ledges and may move to other nearby ledges. We recommend using only high-quality stainless steel spikes with numerous perforations of the UV-treated base to allow proper bonding of the adhesive for many years.
Bird nets are ideal to prevent access to large areas such as service yard surrounded by 4 walls or a flat roof. The erection of a discreet net allows to close bird access to a specific area. The net is almost invisible from a distance.
Technicians attach the net to a framework of stainless steel or galvanised wires.
Visual Bird Scarers:
There are many different types of visual scarers. The oldest in date is probably the traditional “Scarecrow“, used by farmers to dissuade birds from eating arable crops that have been recently planted. Now the range of scarers includes TerrorEyes balloons, iridescent tape, hawk kites, lasers.
While visual scarers may work initially, very rapidly birds become familiar with them. If these devices are visible in open areas and birds can maintain visual contact with them from a distance, they will eventually completely ignore them.
Acoustic Bird Scarers:
Noisy propane cannons are commonly used in rural areas but most standard acoustic scarers are electronic recordings of a distressed pest bird sound that are played randomly through the day. These bird distress sounds aim to keep birds away from an area. As for the visual scarers, they can be of limited efficiency over time, even if they are very sophisticated.
Other Physical Bird Deterrents:
These are designed to make the birds feel uncomfortable in specific areas such as ledges, pipes, lamps, CCTV cameras. They include bird spiders or “Daddy long legs”, Bird Wires, Bird Spring Coils. You can expect very good results with these devices.
Optical Gel Bird Repellents:
These are gels designed to scare birds using both a visual and olfactory natural deterrent. While they usually give good results, they are not suitable in open areas where the wind and rain quickly wash the gel away from the support dishes.
Contact Gel Repellents:
These are usually non-toxic, 100% natural ingredients sticky gels designed to make the birds uncomfortable on contact. Some other types are not sticky but made with capsacin, an ingredient similar to hot chili peppers that birds find very uncomfortable to touch.