How to Prevent Pigeons In my Warehouse?
Your warehouse is a prime target for pest pigeons. Why? Well they always on the lookout for food and high buildings to nest and perch. But pigeons in your warehouse aren’t just a nuisance, they are a serious health and safety problem. Here’s how to prevent them.
What problems can pigeons cause in warehouses?
Pest birds carry and spread some nasty diseases in their poo and they can also cause damage to property and stock. Their droppings are acidic and corrosive which over time damages buildings and machinery. If their droppings contaminate stock, especially if you’re in the food business, it could be disastrous.
So before they damage your business and your reputation, here’s how you can prevent pigeons in your warehouse.
How to prevent pigeons in your warehouse
Get rid of any sources of food
Food is the number one attraction for pigeons. Get rid of food and your warehouse will be a less desirable place to nest or roost. Follow good housekeeping practices and don’t leave food lying around or out in the open, inside or outside of the building.
If there are other businesses in the vicinity, make sure you talk to them about the importance of managing their waste properly to prevent pest pigeons.
Consider bird proofing and deterrents
These can be invaluable when it comes to preventing pigeons in your warehouse. Bird spikes, bird wire, bird gel, and netting are very effective physical deterrents, and these can be used alongside acoustic or visual deterrents. Falconry bird control is also a very effective deterrent in cases where there’s a significant pest bird infestation.
Fix up your warehouse
Got holes or cracks in your warehouse roof or walls that you keep meaning to fix? That could be exactly how pigeons are getting in. Go around your building, identify any possible entry points (particularly in the roof) and fix them up.
Deal with the clean up
Pigeon poo contains some nasty pathogens that can get into the lungs when you breathe in the dust. That’s why if there’s a lot of it in and around your premises, we don’t recommend trying to clean it up yourself. Contego’s expert technicians can make your warehouse clean, safe, and hygienic again by blasting away droppings with effective products and equipment.
Do I really need professional pigeon control for my warehouse?
It may be tempting to try and get rid of pigeons yourself, however ALL birds are protected by law in England. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it’s illegal to poison or shoot them if you don’t have a license. Even then, lethal control can only be used in certain circumstances.
So try to get rid of them yourself and you could end up in legal hot water. Then there’s the fact that you can’t indiscriminately put poisons down everywhere if you have a food business.
The best way to deal with pigeons in your warehouse is to call in professional pest control. We will deal with an existing infestation, recommend and install the best bird proofing methods for your situation, and give you expert advice on preventing problems in the future.
Protect your business, customers, and your reputation with professional pigeon control.
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