other methods of deterring birds

We've sourced a selection of other humane bird deterrents to help deter birds. Birds use their natural 'homing' instinct to stay near their birth site so installing bird deterrent products force birds to search for another area to nest. However, deterring birds is in most situations best achieved by installing anti-roosting bird spikes.

bird netting

The idea of bird netting is to provide an impervious barrier to the bird, is harmless to the birds and displaces their population to other areas. It is important to first choose the correct size of netting for the type of pest bird. A tensioned wire, either galvanised or stainless steel, is installed around the edge of the building or monument to be protected, with any additional cross wires being installed. The net is then fastened to the wires using hog rings.

Bird control netting usually come in packs with instructions and fixings for installation. If you are installing the brid deterrent system yourself make sure you follow installation instructions carefully and that no birds are roosting behind the netting before it is fixed so that birds aren't trapped behind. Ideally a professional should be used as it can be a technical job.

ultrasonic bird scarer

Bird deterrent ultrasonic bird scarers may only work in very specific situations.

The units produce powerful high frequency sound which makes them useful for areas where audible sound is not an option. They can be used internally (including external areas that are protected from the elements) and also for non-protected external use in open-air environments.

The principle behind ultrasonic bird deterrent systems is that ultrasound is too high-pitched for human hearing but falls within the hearing range of most species of birds (so not ideal if you'd still like to see other birds in your garden!). These high frequency waves are unpleasant and annoying to the birds but are harmless.

Note : The human ear loses the ability to hear ultrasound as you get older but in some women and particularly in the young, ultrasound falls within hearing ranges and can cause considerable discomfort and headaches so consider carefully where these units are placed.

Note : It is very important to check that the area where the unit is intended to be used is not inhabited by bats as they can be disturbed by ultra high-frequency sound and are a protected species in the UK. This means that it is an offence to interfere with their roosting sites or to disturb them in any way.

plastic owls

Plastic owl bird decoys work on the principle that a pest bird has an instinctive fear of predators and predation which scare the bird away from its desired roosting, perching or breeding area.

The owls should be placed as high up as possible, ideally above the pest birds and silhouetted against the skyline for maximum effect. The owl will then be clearly seen by problem birds as they approach their roosting or perching areas. Relocate the decoys on a regular basis to maintain their bird deterrent effect.

other scaring products

Other bird scaring products have varying degrees of sucess at deterring birds and include:

Anti-bird nettingUltrasonic bird scarerPlastic owl bird scarerTerror Eyes Balloon Scarecrow anti-bird water scarerFlashing Buddha Eyes