In Hull and East Yorkshire we are lucky to have an abundance of diverse wild bird species however; from time to time we have a need to control birds including where they nest, feed and inhabit.
Sometimes these birds can come in to conflict with human activities and even can make your home their own. When this happens it can not only pose a risk to the birds themselves, but also to humans too, through the spread of diseases dangerous to public health.
Birds such as Feral Pigeon, House Sparrow, Canada Goose and Gulls have the potential to spread numerous diseases harmful to humans through either pathogens found in faeces or as a direct result of their activities and subsequent close proximity to humans.
Birds are thought to have over 50 pathogens that can be transferred to humans most commonly through contamination of food and water via their faces but also through secondary vectors such as Fleas, Lice and Ticks which are found in nests and on the birds themselves.
In addition to carrying a wide array of diseases, birds in or on your property may also cause a number of other issues such as leaks in roofs from forced entry, fire hazards through nesting material, noise disturbance and of course faeces which can even sometimes be corrosive to building materials.
Naturally we do not want to make birds homeless but in some cases a little encouragement to live elsewhere can be beneficial to both the birds and your property or business, this is where Viking Pest Control can help.
We have a range of bird proofing materials such as optical gels, spikes, wire and netting which can be used to prevent access to your building and structures for certain bird species.
Viking Pest Control are specialists in working at height and can offer a range of bird proofing options to protect your premises and products from nuisance bird species.
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Schedule 1 all wild birds are protected whilst nesting, this includes during use or while building nest.
Birds are protected whilst nesting, which means that all bird protection work should be undertaken outside of the nesting season unless no species are active in the area of concern.
Special permission can be granted by Natural England to control bird species if a bird problem poses a risk to human health.
If you require further information on protecting your premises and products from nuisance birds in Hull, Beverley and the East Riding please contact us to discuss your needs.
As a descendent of the Rock Dove which historically would have nested on cliffs and other rocky sites the Feral Pigeon’s behaviour is not too far separated from it wild ancestors and are commonly seen nesting on building ledges, under eaves or on girders and other structures around Hull, Beverley and East Yorkshire.
Rock Doves were originally domesticated to provide a food source however after escaping captivity bred prolifically with other similar species of domesticated pigeon and are now known as the Feral Pigeon that we associate with towns and cities around the region.
There are 6 species of Gull which may be regularly seen in the UK, the Greater Black Backed Gull, Common Gull, Kittiwake, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull and Black Headed Gull. It is these last 3 species of Gull that you are most likely to see along the coast and in fields around Hull, Beverley and East Yorkshire.
While the differences in appearance between Gulls are numerous all follow a similar breeding pattern which runs between March and July and will produce up to 3 eggs per pair. Gulls are long lived birds and may live for as many as 30 years.
During this time they will typically return to the same nesting site year after year. After reaching maturity a Gull will also return the area it was born to breed and therefore local populations can grow quickly.
Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The Sturnidae are named for the genus Sturnus, which in turn comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus.
Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and many African species are known as glossy starlings because of their iridescent plumage. Starlings are native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific.
Several European and Asian species have been introduced to these areas, as well as North America, Hawaii, and New Zealand, where they generally compete for habitats with native birds and are considered to be invasive species.
The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae, found in most parts of the world. It is a small bird that has a typical length of 16 cm (6.3 in) and a mass of 24–39.5 g (0.85–1.39 oz).
Females and young birds are coloured pale brown and grey, and males have brighter black, white, and brown markings. One of about 25 species in the genus Passer, the house sparrow is native to most of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, and a large part of Asia.
Its intentional or accidental introductions to many regions, including parts of Australasia, Africa, and the Americas, make it the most widely distributed wild bird.
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