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Ethical bird control methods take flight at The Facilities Show

08 May 2012

Falconry and fake fire gel are just two of the innovative bird control methods, used in bird control programmes, that are being showcased by NBC Bird & Pest Solutions – the UK’s leading bird control specialist – at The Facilities Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 15-17 May.

Visitors to hall 2 will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Hazel – a live Harris Hawk – on stand L30, where NBC qualified bird control specialists will be on hand to explain the company’s full range of services including:

? Bird Free ‘Fake Fire’ Gel – Developed by scientists, this new method of bird control uses food-grade natural oils to keep pigeons, gulls and other problem bird species off structures without harming them. To the birds, the gel gives off ultra-violet light, appearing as flames. This visual deterrent is reinforced by the natural oils’ smell and taste, which is abhorrent to the birds.

? Falconry response bird control – Trained wildlife experts use falconry response as an extremely effective method of control, where bird proofing isn’t an option. The building may be listed or the size of the building could make proofing impractical. The presence of a trained hawk or falcon quickly makes an area undesirable to gulls and pigeons and encourages them to establish a new pattern of behaviour without harming any of the nuisance bird population.

? Rockets, kites and audio deterrents – These quick and easy bird scaring methods are usually used as part of a bird scaring programme in conjunction with other methods, and are ideal for customers who are looking to keep costs down. Broadcasting audio recordings of gulls, starlings, rooks and crows in distress can be very effective in some situations as an alternative method of bird control.

? Bird proofing solutions – Using traditional methods such as bird netting and spiking, NBC Bird & Pest Solutions also supplies innovative solutions such as Avishock which provides mild electric shocks (much like cattle fencing) to deter birds when they land on installed tracks. Avishock is ideal where low profile proofing is required to maintain the aesthetics of a building, as it is invisible from the ground.

? Bird guano cleaning service – As well as being unsightly, bird guano is a potential health risk to the public. In substantial quantities bird guano’s acidic matter can also cause damage to the fabric of buildings, which in turn leads to higher cleaning and repair bills. Large quantities of guano will also be infested with blood-feeding insects. There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when working with or near bird guano. Anyone doing so should observe the regulations and consult an experienced professional.

? Legislative advice -– NBC Bird & Pest Solutions advocates an ethical approach to bird and pest control, ensuring its treatments have no adverse effects on wildlife and surrounding environments including urban communities. The team can provide advice on legislation including regulation relating to protected species, egg and nest removal.

? Pest control and pest prevention services – In addition to bird control, NBC Bird & Pest Solutions provide pest control and prevention services for every type of pest imaginable – from rodents and insects to nuisance wildlife such as rabbits or foxes. Its network of offices and technicians across the UK mean it can provide a ‘same day’ response for all commercial or domestic pest problems without the added cost of using sub-contractors.

? Industry standards and qualifications – NBC Bird & Pest Solutions is a member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) and holds a range of industry recognised qualifications including ISO 9001; ISO 14001; Safe Contractor; The Contractors Health and Safety Scheme; and the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme. The company is a member of the Facilities Management Association (FMA) and the ‘Think Wildlife’ campaign for responsible use of rodenticides.

For more information about NBC Bird & Pest Solutions’ full range of services, visit  , call 0800 169 9646, or email  

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