According to the Australian Pest Control Association, the following birds found in Perth, Western Australia are considered "pest" species:
In particular, feral pigeons are a recognized pest that is very common in areas of human habitation. A descendant of the domestic homing pigeons introduced by European settlers, feral pigeon flocks have increased in numbers and are now prevalent in both urban and country landscapes due to the availability of food, fresh water and secure breeding sites.
Pigeons harbour many diseases, which can be spread through droppings or via respiratory droplets, as well as ectoparasites such as mites.
In Perth, Rainbow Lorikeets cause a variety of problems, including damage to backyard and orchard fruit crops. They are carriers of Psittacine beak and feather disease and pose a potential disease risk to wild and captive parrots.
Pigeons don't migrate - they stay near where they were born. That could be problematic if they were born in your roof!
As well as being a general nuisance, pigeons can also:
You can tell you have a pigeon problem if there are at least one or two pigeons frequently around your property, or you notice an accumulation of pigeon droppings.
Research has shown that culling as an exclusive means of controlling birds has its limitations as a long term control strategy.
Implementing non-lethal control techniques is the most effective long term solution to reducing the pigeon population!
Bird Away Visual & Olfactory Bird Repellent is 100% natural and pesticide free. It is discreet, non-harmful and highly effective at repelling birds from buildings and other structures.
Bird Away uses Flame Shield Gel Technology™ to repel pest birds. Bird Away gel reflects light as a sparkle in the UV-A light spectrum. Since birds see light in the UV-A spectrum, they see the sparkle which resembles flames. This virtual ‘flame shield’ visually deters the birds from landing. When first applied, especially in high pressure areas, some birds will challenge the flame shield, this is when the olfactory component of the gel comes into play.
The Eagle Eye is an optical bird scarer that harmlessly deters birds from unwanted areas by making use of light beams reflected from direct sunlight. The reflective pyramid rotates sending the beams around in a menacing pattern. The light spectrum reflected back by the Eagle Eye and Flash Flag disorient birds in flight by limiting their vision significantly. This causes the bird to deviate in flight and fly to another destination.
Eagle Eye & Flash Flag Integrated System has evolved from the original "motorized" Eagle Eyes to a family that now includes the "wind-powered" Eagle Eyes and the Flash Flags that flash based on air movement. This system allows for more complete coverage at lower cost.
Made of UV stabilised polyethylene, it is chemically inert, rot proof, and highly resistant to weathering and a wide range of chemicals - and in use it's almost invisible!
Finding humane and effective ways to deal with problem birds for businesses can be a full-time occupation for any owner.
One of the most commonly used control methods is bird exclusion netting. Bird netting is set up to prevent birds from reaching certain areas around the business, and encouraging them to move on to an easier roosting place.
Netting can keep birds off windowsills, rooftops, warehouses, awnings and away from air conditioning plants. Our professional installation team know just where to place the netting so that it will be the most effective and the least noticeable for customers.
Ideal for protection of sloping roofs, courtyards, bell towers, balconies, car parks and industrial structures, bird netting is long-lasting, eco-friendly, inconspicuous and cost effective.
In Australia it is available in 50mm (for gulls and pigeons) and 19mm (for starlings and sparrows) mesh sizes.
E-TRACK is a low-profile electrified track designed to discretely deter birds away from landing on buildings and ledges. It can be installed on any surface where total exclusion is the goal and low visibility is key - such as parapets, roof peaks, beams, ledges.
E-Track is the highest quality, non-toxic system trusted by many clients around the world for 100% effectiveness.
Lethal control techniques achieve number reduction and elimination in some situations.
As licensed Pest Management technicians we are approved to use a painless narcotic agent (Alpha-chloralose) which the birds eat and then go to sleep.
The birds will be collected while they are asleep. They are then humanely dispatched (removed). Again, you must remember to remove all sources of food otherwise the exercise may be pointless.
Licensed Pest Management technicians can in some circumstances cull pigeons with a firearm to reduce pigeon numbers. This method is effective where pigeon numbers are low and other options of control are limited.
In many instances trapping does not have a long term effect on the pigeon population. The number of birds caught and killed during trapping operations can be replaced as quickly as the birds are removed.
If you decide to implement a trapping programme to remove resident pigeons the source of any other food must be removed, otherwise the trapping exercise may be pointless.
We can help with specialised pest control services for regional businesses, and we even have our own plane! Give us a call and we'd be happy to see if we can help with your particular requirements.