Wildlife Causing Grief? The Do’s and Don’ts of Bird Proofing Options
You take pride in your home and exactingly maintain everything that’s in your control. But what about when it comes to errant wildlife? Wildlife who may view your rooftop as the perfect nesting and perching spot? We are talking birds here and particularly feral pigeons. Birds can do significant harm to your property (be it damaging solar panels, blocking up air-conditioning vents or producing unsightly dropping stains). So let’s discuss your bird proofing options.
Bird Proofing 101
Before you look at doling out hard earned cash for various bird proofing options ask yourself this: are you providing food and water that attracts birds (including pest birds) to your home? If so, you’ll want to look at removing these bird attractants.
If the above is not an issue, you’ll need to consider bird proofing options. Below we’ve provided details on three such products, and some thoughts on their effectiveness as well as their humaneness. Please note this is far from an exhaustive list!
What Bird Proofing Options are Out There?
Birds and humans clearly don’t always get along, and this is evidenced by the huge range of bird proofing and bird control products on the market. Some products are not advisable for the suburbs, for instance: bird control laser guns (yes that’s a real thing!) or rifles of course.
Less violent bird proofing options include:
- Electric shocking track – This product relies on running an electric current along a tracking system (which can be configured to whatever shape you need). Manufacturers of this product claim the shock is very mild (similar to a static electricity shock). However, electric shocking is non-discriminatory. If you run wired tracking across your roof, you’ll be zapping possums and native bird species as well as pest birds.
- Repellent gel – This product is designed to coat surfaces where pest birds land. Manufacturers describe the product as feeling like wet tar. It creates an unstable surface, meaning birds just don’t want to land on it. However at least one study has found that repellent gels are not effective at repelling birds in the long term, plus they need to be reapplied as frequently as every two months and they can cause redness and irritation to human skin. This suggests that they might have a negative impact on birds too, especially if they are continually exposed to the product.
- Mesh and wire barriers – products in this category are very unlikely to cause any harm to birds or other animals. If mesh or wire is installed correctly it is 100 percent effective at keeping pest birds out of the area that you want protected. Make sure you opt for a quality bird proofing product (and installer) and your bird problem will be over.
If this article has raised any questions for you, particularly in regards to protecting your solar panels from birds, contact our friendly team at Pure Sunshine Solar Cleaning today.
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