When installed correctly, bird spikes are one of the most effective deterrents against pigeons, seagulls and many pest birds. Bird spikes are a humane option to prevent birds from perching and nesting in their desired area.
Countrywide are the leading bird spike installation company operating throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. Our highly skilled bird proofing team are trained and insured and have tons of experience installing bird spikes for commercial properties. Including the following areas:
- Window ledges
- Shop signs
- Shop fronts
- Carpark beams
If you’re exploring the option of bird spikes as a deterrent for your business, contact us at 0800 078 7255 to arrange a free survey.
What are bird spikes?
At Countrywide, we use bird spikes to prevent birds from being able to land in an area they find attractive. Bird spikes are manufactured with stainless steel or plastic spikes that are not designed to hurt a bird but to make it uncomfortable, so they move on to a different location. The spikes are designed to be discreet, and once installed on your building, they are barely noticeable to the untrained eye.
When birds such as pigeons and seagulls decide to perch on window ledges, pipes and beams, it can cause significant problems. For example, bird guano is highly acidic, contains many diseases, and can be a slipping hazard for the public below. Using bird spikes suited to the correct environment and bird species will ensure the damage birds cause is minimised.
Benefits of Bird Spikes
Bird spikes are highly effective in controlling birds and have many benefits. Some of these include:
- The installation of spikes is much easier than the likes of bird netting. A professional bird control company like Countrywide has tons of experience installing bird spikes and can fit them to all most any surface.
- Spikes are humane for birds and do not hurt them. The tips are blunt edges but are compact enough to make it uncomfortable for birds, resulting in them moving on to find a new location to perch.
- Spikes are effective against most bird species, including pigeons, seagulls, rooks and crows. One of our BPCA-certified surveys must visit your property to understand the bird species causing problems, as the spike size used will vary.
- Spikes can be used on different surfaces, such as wood, plastic, brick, metal and stone.
Alternatives to bird spikes
Although Countrywide uses bird spikes daily, we know that it’s not a one size fits all approach when it comes to birds. If you’re unsure if bird spikes are the correct option, call us on 0800 078 7255. We’ll arrange a free site survey to understand your problem further and identify if an alternative bird proofing method is better suited. Choosing the correct bird proofing option is down to the following:
- The species of bird that is causing problems
- The level of infestation
- The location and ease of access
- Budget and time
Bird spikes FAQs
How effective are bird spikes?
Bird spikes are one of the market’s most effective bird-proofing methods. They have been a deterrent for many years and will continue to be for many years. We can combine spikes with netting to provide a complete solution, but that offering depends on the level of your bird infestation.
Birds such as pigeons find it highly uncomfortable to land on spikes, and when installed correctly, they’ll guarantee birds will move on from the proofed area. However, if pigeons have heavily infested your building, the pigeons will need to be dealt with before installing bird spikes.
What can I use instead of bird spikes?
Countrywide offers a range of solutions that can be used as alternatives to bird spikes. These options include bird netting, post and wire, bird gel, Avishock, Falconry and Bird Alert.
Can I install bird spikes myself?
Although it would be possible to learn how to install bird spikes yourself, it is not recommended. There are a few factors for this, including knowing which spikes will be the most effective against the pest species, the correct placement when installing the spikes, and the ease of access and working at height requirements.