Controlling Pest Birds Around Farm Buildings
It is uncommon for barns, farm buildings, and poultry and livestock facilities in Melbourne to have pests birds creating unsanitary working conditions and damage in and around them. Pests birds like pigeons, European starlings, sparrows and finches often transmit diseases to poultry and livestock by contaminating their water and food, plug gutters and drains by building nests within them and cause extra damage by ruining insulation. Besides that, their droppings are acidic enough to corrode away farm equipment.
There are several methods which can be used for controlling pest birds around farm facilities. Let’s have a look at some of them in detail:
Avoiding The Problems
One of the main reasons pest birds are attracted to farm buildings is the abundance of food materials. Therefore, limiting the availability of food and water can greatly help in avoiding the problems:
1. Cleaning up spilled grains
2. Storing grains inside bird-proof containers
3. Using covered feeders
4. maintaining water levels in the livestock waterers
Another effective way to get rid of pest bird problems is by excluding them from the facilities. This can be done in a number of ways:
1. Hanging heavy strips of plastic within doorways that allow only people and machinery to pass through
2. Blockings all openings which are bigger than 0.5 inch, such as those leading to eaves with metal, wood, wire mesh or glass, lofts, vents, etc
3. covering undersides of rafters with nets
Calling in A Pest Control Professional
There are many reputed firms dealing with commercial bird control in Melbourne. Calling up any one of them and requesting for their pest bird management service can be an excellent idea. Pest control professionals would generally have the skills required for inspecting the problems thoroughly. They will also have the right tools for keeping the troublemaking birds away from the facility.
Pests birds invading and creating problems around farm facilities can also be trapped with the help of funnel or bob traps. The traps can be equipped with suitable baits and then placed in high activity areas. They must then be checked once every day in order to release the target as well as non-target species at some location far away from the facility. To make sure that the traps are working efficiently, they will have to be pre baited for several days.
In some cases, the above mentioned control measures may require to be used in combination for achieving desired results.