Bird control London UK

Pest birds

Feral pigeon nuisance bird

The most common pest-associated birds in the UK’s urban environment are the pigeons and the seagulls, as well as the collared dove, starlings, and house sparrows. Bird control is often required due to the fact that birds can damage property, crops and equipment, and what is more important, is that they bring a potential risk for the human health. Birds are potentially hazardous to people because they can spread numerous diseases through their faeces (e.g. allergic alveolitis, E.coli, Ornithosis, Salmonella, etc..). Faecal droppings may foul or cause damage to buildings, vehicles, which may be highly undesired when it comes to commercial properties.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects all wild birds, their nests and eggs in the UK. However, due to specific reasons and circumstances, certain species of birds are being controlled under a specific or general bird control license issued by Natural England. Please note that other authorities apply for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The law only allows for professional pest controllers to obtain such a license and legally control pest birds.

How to detect a bird issue

Signs of a bird infestation would be continuous cries of birds and their young ones, unusual amounts of droppings and fouling concentrated in areas, where birds are roosting and nesting materials and structures are present. Birds and their nests can easily clog gutter and down piping, which may lead to flooding and water problems causing further damage to buildings and commodities. Some species are also considered pests because they are attracted to ripening grain crops and very often they would try to settle in food stores and warehouses, creating nuisance and potential risk of food contamination. In urban areas pigeons and seagulls often scavenge food waste and leftovers creating unwanted inconvenience and mess.

Bird Control


Prime Pest Control is a professional company dedicated to protecting residents and businesses across East, West, South, North London and all the surrounding counties for many years. As part of the pest control, bird control is represented with the methods of deterring pest birds from landing, nesting or roosting. The treatment of a bird-related problem will usually require proofing with bird spikes or netting, deterring methods like bird wire or laser, audible scaring and others. The bird pest control that we provide is safe and compliant with all relevant legislation, aiming to achieve cost-effectiveness and control in the long term. Regardless of the type of bird control that will be implemented, it is very important to use environmentally friendly approach that will not harm the birds, other animals or people.

We have a team of experienced and dedicated avian technicians, who have been thoroughly trained by the BPCA and taught various techniques how to provide safe, low-cost and integrated bird control with long-lasting results. Generally, the best way to discourage birds is to eliminate their food source and restrict their access to nesting and roosting sites. Our professional birds management strategies are proven to work well on any sort of industrial sites, office and residential blocks, listed buildings, shopping centres, warehouses and food stores. The methods we use with our integrated bird pest control would include traditional proofing techniques, such as bird spikes and bird netting, which are versatile, long-lasting, cost-effective and harmless for birds. Our bird pest control methods include also electric bird wire installation, laser deterring, audible scare systems and nest removal (in case that specific license is obtained to remove the nest). As part of our bird-scaring techniques, regarding fruit farming and agriculture, we offer a unique hawk-like kite control.

Depending on the type of property or structure that has to be treated for a bird pest problem, especially if it is regarding listed buildings or historical monuments, we offer the most efficient and discreet method – application of professional gel deterrent. This is a non-toxic treatment that cannot cause any damage to the treated surfaces and it is ideal for infestations where spiking or netting is not an option. The gel causes temporary irritation reaction when the birds get in contact with it without harming them. Only after a few visits they will start avoiding landing on the treated areas. This deterrent is usually applied on to ledges, seals and parapets, and it is pretty much invisible from a street view. It can be used on all surfaces and it will withstand all kinds of British weather, requiring maintenance only twice a year, which makes it an excellent solution for listed and historical buildings.

About birds

Bird control by Prime Pest Control

The most common birds in the UK are the pigeons, gulls, doves, sparrows and the starlings. They are invading urban areas and agricultural crops because of the easier access they have to food. In the big cities, such as London, there is too much food waste and pest birds are taking advantage of it. Sometimes they can flock into cities or farming areas in big numbers causing serious damage to properties and crops. Most of the pest birds breed during the warm months of the spring and summer using preferably the same nest every year, which increases the risk of the insects associated with their nests to develop significant infestations. Pest birds like pigeons are gregarious creatures. They live in flocks from 50 to 500 and, if allowed, they might develop infestations, which would not only be difficult to get rid of but also would carry a potential health hazard.

Birds and their faecal droppings also carry a high risk to human health. Birds can infect people with air-borne diseases, such as Ornithosis, Cryptococcus neoformans and Histoplasma capsulatum. The food-borne diseases that birds spread are Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Listeria, Vibrio cholerae. Nesting birds usually draw the attention of bird mites, cockroaches and fleas, that settle their infestations around or within the bird nest. When birds feel endangered, especially for their young ones, they may as well become aggressive to people.