02 November 2023

Effective Bird Control and Ethical Solutions for Nuisance Birds in Urban Areas

Nurture Group's Rokill division has accumulated many years of experience in bird control and bird proofing throughout London and the UK. In our pursuit of effective management and control methods, we aim to strike a balance between the well-being of birds and the needs of urban communities. In this article, we'll explore the issues associated with nuisance birds like pigeons and seagulls and discuss available solutions that are both humane and effective.

The Issues

Birds, especially pigeons and seagulls, can become problematic in urban areas for several reasons. These issues include:

  1. Hygiene Concerns: Bird droppings not only mar the appearance of buildings, monuments, and vehicles but also pose significant health risks. When these droppings accumulate, they become breeding grounds for various disease-causing pathogens. Pigeon droppings, in particular, contain fungi like Cryptococcus neoformans and Histoplasma capsulatum, which can cause illnesses in humans when inhaled. Additionally, when bird droppings are wet, they create slippery surfaces on pavements and public areas, posing a hazard to pedestrians.

  2. Structural Degradation: Birds, especially when nesting in large numbers, can inflict damage on the exteriors of buildings, signage, and other infrastructure. Their nesting materials can clog drainage systems, leading to potential issues like flooding and water damage. Moreover, the acidic nature of bird droppings can gradually erode building materials over time, resulting in expensive repairs and a diminished aesthetic appeal.

Why Birds Roost on Roofs: Birds typically roost on roofs to gain a vantage point over areas where they like to feed, such as fields, squares, or garden bird feeders.

Available Bird Control Solutions

To address these issues and ensure the well-being of both humans and birds, various humane and effective bird control solutions are available:

  1. Bird Control Netting: Bird control netting is one of the most effective solutions for keeping birds away from specific areas without causing them harm. Made from durable materials, these nets act as barriers, preventing birds from entering or nesting in protected zones. They are commonly used to protect structures, monuments, and open spaces. The netting is discreet, allowing light and air to pass through, making it particularly effective for larger areas like rooftops, balconies, and courtyards.

  2. Birdfree Optical Gel: Birdfree Optical Gel is a newer bird repellent introduced in the UK in 2011 and already in use worldwide. It is effective at deterring pest birds without harming them. This product is discreet and supplied in low-profile plastic dishes that can be easily installed on buildings.

  3. Laser Deterrent System: Laser technology is being employed to deter pest bird species in various environments, including manufacturing, distribution, agriculture, and aviation. Birds perceive the approaching laser beam as a physical danger, appealing to their survival instincts and causing them to fly away. Laser systems have achieved impressive results, particularly on low to medium-pressure sites. They are an effective part of an integrated bird control program that may use other deterrent and control techniques.

  4. Flying of Birds of Prey: Where appropriate, birds of prey, such as the male Harris Hawk, can be flown to deter pest birds. This natural predator presence can effectively deter seagulls from roofs and other areas.


Birds play an integral role in our urban ecosystem, adding life, color, and music to our cities. While the challenges they present in urban settings are real and sometimes costly, it's essential to address the issue of bird control with empathy and humane treatment in mind. Rokill's expertise in bird control and the use of effective, ethical solutions ensures that the harmony between birds and humans is maintained, benefiting both urban environments and avian populations.

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