So you have a pest bird problem, whether you have realized it or not.

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if you have lots of nuisance birds stomping around on your roof then you have a pest bird problem. And if you have pest birds then you will have bird mites running around your home too.

This a because pest birds are very generous hosts and willingly share their bugs and germs to all and sundry, without having to be asked. And if these bugs are in your home they will certainly come to find you – Afterall isn’t it considered polite for new visitors to meet their hosts? Bird mites are not too fussy when it comes to hosts and will happily hang out with humans and not even miss their old feathered friends. They will find you at your weakest moment – when you are asleep. Bird mites are drawn to heat emitting warm bodies, they can sense your breathing and while you are sleeping you are more likely to let them get close to you…

If you realized the danger and installed Eagle Eye bird control on your roof to keep the pest birds off your property, you may still have some bird mites wondering around your home looking for a nice warm meal from their new host. Removing a pest bird infestation does not mean that a bird mite infestation is going to kick off, but given the right circumstances, your bed can start feeling a little crowded. There are professionals that will sort this out for you ASAP, but if you are the DIY sort then these methods have been offered to help you sleep bug-free when your bed is under siege.

Duct tape - the uses just keeps on growing

Wrap the duct tape sticky side out around the legs of your bed. The bird mites will get stuck to the glue trying to climb into bed with you.

Bed leg moats

Get some buckets or bowls and place the legs of your bed in each bucket. Fill the bowls with rubbing alcohol and sleep soundly to the tiny drowning noises (and fumes) surrounding you.

The ring of death

Surround your bed with a ring of Diatomaceous Earth that will kill any bugs that try to breach your beds' defenses (it is death by dehydration apparently, as the earth sticks to the bug and draws all the water out).

Keep your sheets white

All the above methods will not help against an aerial bird mite attack. Although, bird mites can’t fly they can crawl up walls and onto ceilings, where they can drop in on you, avoiding all of the beds’ booby traps. If your sheets are white you can check for nocturnal visitors as the mites will be easier to spot.

There are times when a spot of DIY is a good idea but in certain circumstances, some professional help goes a long way to sleeping peacefully at night. Eagle Eye bird control for keeping the pest birds from stomping around on your roof and ceiling. And if you are unlucky enough to find yourself attractive to a hoard of lonely bird mites, then a professional bug exterminator or some decent bug spray should do the trick.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:57

What is effective bird control?

Effective bird control can be measured in the results – no more pest bird infestation when bird control systems are in place equals a bird damage free building and a happy client. Eco-friendly bird control is designed to be an affordable and effective means to deter pest birds from continuing to roost at a certain location. Given the wide bird control product range and different pest bird species, what is the best form of bird control?

Prevent birds from becoming a pest

We would naturally recommend putting bird control systems in place to prevent a pest bird infestation, rather than having to remove and deter birds from returning to an established roosting area. Pest birds are common to all areas and sectors, if you don’t have a pest bird problem now, it is almost certain that you will have one sooner or later. All it takes is for a few pest birds to take a liking to your building and decide to move in. This generally involves some sort of breaking and entering action, where the bird causes some damage to the building in an effort to gain access to the interior where it is nice and cosy. After that there will always be a mess to contend with – bird poop, feathers, nesting material, not to mention maintenance due to building, plant and installation damage. We recommend that the Eagle Eye units or Pro-Peller units paired with bird spikes, netting or bird wire are a good start for effective bird control. For an established bird infestation the nightmare or extreme sound system is a good addition to the above bird control systems.

What is the best bird control system

The nature of your bird control problem will determine the best combination of bird control solution to put into place to deter the pest birds from returning to your home, building, factory, farm, airport, etc. We have put together the most effective eco-friendly bird control systems for each species of pest bird. Choose your pest culprit below and we can help you with the placement and installation to ensure effective, affordable, environmentally friendly, long-term bird control.

Identify the pest bird:

                Pigeon
Pigeon
            Seagull
                      Sparrow
Sparrow
Starling
     Crow
Hadeda
Egyptian Geese
     Bat
Bat
                 Cormorant
Cormorant 2
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Pigeon poo is not the most common dinner table conservation topic, as apart from being a little off-putting (or a complete conversation bomb) most people are blissfully unaware of the ramifications of having the stuff lying around on their properties.
Granted we are unlikely to have to step over mounds of pigeon poo during the course of our daily activities, as the birds aren’t given to mingling with the household inhabitants. But lurking in the back of our minds is the niggling worry of the current state of the area where you know the pest birds have chosen to stake out as their roosting area on your property. Like most subconscious worries they tend to bubble up to the surface once in a while, where they may be blurted out to the surprise and abject shock of the people in caught in close range of the impulsive share.

If you never really wanted to know but in the grip of morbid curiosity (prompted by the intermittent thump, squawk and scratching above the ceiling) you Googled pest bird infestation, health hazards of pest birds, etc. you would have learned the following:
They carry pests - pest birds are generally walking, flying carriers of all sorts of nasty bacteria, germs and mites, enough to put a smile on Pestilences’ face (Also Known As Plague, one of the mythical four horsemen of the apocalypse)
They are destroyers – The combined efforts of their corrosive poop, feathers and general scratching around sensitive machinery is the inevitable demise of air extractors, venting systems, air conditioners and anything sensitive to getting clogged or pecked and scratched.
They are widow makers – if their poop contaminates the food at a food processing factory there could be a lot of sick people in the fallout. Not to mention the health hazards and prime cause of sickness and allergies when their bacteria gets into the air ventilation of an office block.


So to put your mind at ease (at least about the likely state of the roosting area), here are a few pics of what the boys and girls at Eagle Eye Bird Control have found on their rounds…just so you know what's going on out of sight...

 

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When it comes to pest birds they can only be ignored until a certain point, when you finally have to climb into the attic or onto the roof the see what is actually going on. It may be the constant scratching on the ceiling, the early birds squabbling on a weekend morning or a leaking roof that is the final straw. If it is on a business premises then the adverse health effects to the staff and risk of the pest birds damaging the merchandise or poisoning the food, would be of real concern.

You may be luck and the damage relatively minor, where a few patches will do the trick, but that won’t be the end of it.
Once pest birds have selected a roosting spot they are reluctant to be persuaded to relocate. Any patch up work will deter birds in the short term but a pest bird will persistently keep coming back to the same place. This will undoubtedly keep the handyman and hardware store in business as repeated work will have to be done to clear the birds and repair the damage. Added to this is your increasing irritation and time wasted cleaning up the bird mess.

Without any prevention in place, the end result will always be that the pest birds will repeatedly gain access. How long really just depends on the quality and extent of the repair work.
If you are going to be climbing ladders or paying someone to do so on your behalf, then some preventative installations would be a good idea to deter pest birds from undoing all the repair work.

Eagle Eye has a range of non-lethal pest bird control systems that will keep the birds off your premises.

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You may not have a bird control problem, where the pest birds are actively roosting around or in your home or business premises. But you can still have pest infestation problem. This is why general pest control services include bird control in their pest control arsenal.

It is lovely to have avian visitors to our gardens, especially when the visitor is of a rare or pretty species. Watching the birds splash in the bird bath, feed from the bird feeder and twitter away is soothing for the soul. With the right garden furniture, shading and weather, an afternoon spent with the birds can be a wonderfully relaxing experience. That being said there tends to be more pest birds than acceptable bird species spending time on our properties.
This is due in part to there being less natural predators to keep the pest bird species under control. Without the natural balance in place, the pest birds gain an unfair advantage by being infinitely more adaptable than their natural predators and the pest bird species numbers have exploded as a result.

With the birds come hordes of other pests – lice, flees, mites, ticks and bacteria. These pests are dislodged close to us by the birds as they perch, roost, preen, poop, etc. on our properties. These dislodged pests are unlikely to hang around for the next flight out of your yard, they are going to look for some local hosts. Ever wondered where the family pet keeps getting their ticks and flees from? Your kids are also likely targets as hosts if they like to play outside.
A house with birds roosting in the attic can quickly become infested with flees and mites as these pests find their way into the living areas.
Eagle Eye Bird Control is a non-lethal means of deterring pest birds from properties. Less pest birds means less other associated pest problems.

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It’s the natural order of things that we live indoors and the pest birds occupy the outdoors and surrounding air spaces. With a roof over our heads and the ‘wild’ animals and weather kept at bay, we may feel secure that a few pest birds on the roof could be of no consequence – right?

Well while we are feeling warm and cosy inside the pest birds are busy hatching plans to invade the building. After all given a choice a pest bird would rather find a cosy roosting spot out of the cold.
Once the exterior walls or roof have been breached the little invaders set about making themselves at home. This generally entails all manner of looting and pillaging tactics to conquer and subdue their new territory. Once the pest birds have settled in you are in for a fight to remove them.

Pest Birds have no regard for the integrity of the building interior
Once pest birds have secured the interior, it may be a bit drafty due to the holes where they gained entry, but they will be in no hurry to seal the breach as it is still an improvement from the outside elements.
Lofts especially have so many great nooks and crannies that look custom made for housing many roosting spots.  Heating vents, extraction, air-conditioning and machinery housings are prime real-estate with some perfect conditions for setting up a supreme roosting spot – raised off the ceiling (or the floor from the bird’s perspective), generated warmth and handy attachment points for twigs, fluff, etc. The downside for the selected machinery or vent is that it becomes a fire hazard and is generally the ground zero site of contamination for the building.

Identifying the initial stages of a pest bird infestation invasion
It takes time for a pest bird problem to escalate into an infestation. Prevention is always more effective than the cure, so it is good to be aware of the warning signs that birds are planning to invade.
There are birds especially identified pest birds in the surrounding area
Unless you live in a barren lifeless area surrounded by all manner of things that will deal certain death to any pest invasion, you are susceptible to a pest bird infestation.
See our section for identifying pest birds
The identified pest birds are on your property
If you notice that there are more pest bird species on your roof and property then your building has been selected by the birds as a suitable roosting site.
The surrounding pest bird free properties may have Eagle Eye Bird Control Systems in place or the pest birds have just identified more reasons to invade your building than that of a neighbour.
The birds are roosting
Notice a concentration of bird poop near your building? Or can your hear the tweeting of hungry little birds in spring? How about the occasional bump in the loft? If the birds have not yet gained access to the building’s interior then it is only a matter of time.

Take a look at some of our Popular Bird Control Products to fortify the pest bird repelling capabilities of your building.

 

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Kleptomania is defined as a recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.  This would very well describe the bird brain behaviour of many species of birds that are quick to take what does not belong to them.

Some pest bird species are well noted for being light fingered and can provide much entertainment watching their ingenuity and antics. That is of course if you are the observer and not the victim of these criminal antics.

Interestingly there is the term Kleptoparasitism that is applied to animals that take prey or food from other animals. If there was a list for the most notorious Kleptoparasitism offenders then here are the top three most wanted!

#1 Seagull
This bird is the ultimate opportunist. Comfortable being in urban spaces and noted for intimidating people to relinquish their goodies. The seagull is the fearless highwayman of the air - the snatch and grab bully.

#2 Indian Mynah
This cleaver bird is a master criminal. Able to solve a complicated problem and remember the solution, the Indian Mynah is a thoughtful criminal that is cleaver and cunning- the artful dodger.

#3 Starling
With its numbers, small size and persistence the starling can gain access to those hard to reach nooks and crannies. Once entrenched in their hideout, these birds can raid and cause all kinds of havoc. They are the little thugs of the’ hood.

If you need some help with pest birds Contact Eagle Eye Bird Control for expert service.

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Monday, 20 July 2015 10:36

The 3 Most Common Nuisance Birds

The word pests usually conjures up images of animals like rats or mice and insects like ants and termites. But for many, birds are often the nuisance. Some birds have come to enjoy living around humans, and several species have even come to rely on living near people to survive.
These birds can often be noisy, messy, and have the potential to spread disease. Here are 3 of the most common bird species that are considered a nuisance.

1. Pigeons

Other than Bert from Sesame Street and some others, people in general don't have a great love for pigeons. Pigeons are often called the rodents of the bird world, and for good reason. They are the most abundant bird pest in the world, found almost everywhere except the North and South Poles. Pigeons often rely on people as a food source, commonly making nests on flat, aboveground surfaces such as on ledges, pipes, window sills, and under freeway overpasses.

This large, blue-gray bird mostly poses a problem in spreading its feces pretty much everywhere. Bird droppings are not only unsightly, but contain acids that contribute to accelerated deterioration of building materials and can also be a slipping hazard in large amounts. Pigeons also carry a large number of diseases, such as histoplasmosis, encephalitis, pigeon ornithosis, and ectoparasites like fleas, mites, lice, and ticks.

2. Starlings

Starlings are another common bird pest, often known for their ability to mimic noises. While this can be entertaining at first, it can quickly lose its charm when the starlings decide to mimic a car alarm at 4 in the morning. Besides being noisy, these large, black birds with a purple-green sheen also commonly travel in large numbers, sometimes as high as the thousands, and can be highlymaggressive towards other bird species, often driving out native, beneficial birds from the area.

Starling droppings are also a slipping hazard, an unsightly mess, and can lead to quicker deterioration of building materials. In rural areas, starling feces can also potentially contaminate livestock feed. This nuisance bird also is known to carry diseases, such as encephalitis, histoplasmosis, and ornithosis. Their nesting material can also clog machinery or cause drainage problems.

3. House Sparrows

House sparrows, a small brown and gray bird that is actually a member of the weaver finch family, are another nuisance bird that has come to rely heavily on humans. House sparrows make messy nests in elevated areas that can be a fire hazard when built near electrical wires. House sparrows also breed quickly and live in large groups, and like starlings, have been known to drive out other bird species in the area. Their droppings can also be unsightly and cause early deterioration, as well as causing potential contamination of livestock feed in rural areas. House sparrows are also known to carry over 25 diseases, as well as ectoparasites like fleas, lice, ticks and mites.

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The results of Eagle Eye Bird Control products are vastly improved when the bird control products are all viewed as part of your arsenal in effective bird control. When we look at a bird control situation and initiate methods to remove or deter pest birds from remaining on site, there are a few things to consider.

Birds, like all other animals, have a territory owner (dominant pair). Under these two there are other birds who submit to them and are allowed to nest and breed with them, according to rank.
You will find up to ten or more territory owners on a house, or a factory, as one pair cannot control a very large area.
When the Eagle Eye units are installed those pigeons who are not territory owners, or who have no eggs or young in the nests, will leave and relocate to another area. The territory owners, and those with eggs and young, will come back even if they have to walk back.
This leaves us with an average of 20% returning. There is unfortunately nothing in the world that would chase away 100% of the birds on, or inside, a building, except if you manually catch them or kill them. The Eagle Eye units are ECO-FRIENDLY and therefore we claim that 80% will leave willingly.

On their own the Eagle Eye units are very effective in keeping pest birds away and used in conjunction with other bird control products such as FlashFlags, Nightmare Sound System, Bird Spikes or Extreme Sound System will achieve an even higher success rate. For example the Extreme Sound System and Nightmare Sound System are specifically designed to relocate roosting (sleeping) pigeons and bats.

Prevention is better than the cure so when conditions may reduce the effectiveness of one product another steps in the fray to keep up the bird control pressure.

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Incorporating bird proofing early into the design-stage of the building can save clients the future headache of having to spend a fortune to eradicate a bird infestation.

Ensuring that the building is kept pest bird free shows forward thinking on the part of the Architect. Although Eagle Eye Bird Control products are easy to fit and install and do not require special design consideration in the planning stage, it is still more efficient to have them installed early in the life of the building. Prevention is better than the cure and a bird infestation can cause massive damage and be hazardous to the health.


When considering the design for the building it is assumed that all the health and safety issues have been covered such as fire exits, extinguishers, structural integrity, security, etc. The problem is that once the building has been ”completed” it is left to fend for itself and it doesn’t take a few pigeons long to exploit a freshly built roosting place. Building maintenance should not be left to clean up the mess of an easy to prevent oversight.


The Eagle Eye units and FlashFlags themselves look more like something that you would expect to see on a high structure to warn low flying planes that there is an obstacle in their path. Seen flashing in the sun they attract attention but their purpose is seldom devised by most passers-by and assumed to be an integral part of the design. In other words they “fit in” with the architecture of the building and don’t look ugly or out of place.


The Nightmare Sound System is installed inside the building and lies in wait to scare off intruding pest birds that seek to gain access. The sound is in the high frequencies and is largely inaudible to most ears. If installed in ceilings, hangers and warehouses the sounds emitted are only heard by terrified birds desperately trying to exit the building in the fastest way possible!


Bird Spikes are effective for preventing pest birds from landing on ledges, roof peaks, beams, gutters, etc. These can look unsightly but our Stainless Steel Bird spikes are less visible and more hard-wearing than plastic versions.


Used in conjunction they ensure that a building has an effective bird control solution that keeps a building pest bird free.

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