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Bird Netting What Is It And How Does It Work

Hines Pest Control uses a number of different methods to control birds. Selecting which method to use depends on a number of factors, including the species of pest bird in question and the location or style of the building affected. Along with that rodent control specialists from Sacramento are there to help you with every other pest as well. 

Bird and pigeon netting, if properly installed, provides one of the most effective ways of preventing bird access to buildings. Nylon netting is widely used, making it one of the most common means of deterring birds- you’ll see it on buildings around town and cities and on larger commercial buildings and warehouses. It’s such a popular choice because it does not alter the ascetics of a building, which is ideal for listed buildings and ornate architecture.

The effectiveness of bird netting is dependent on the correct net size being selected for the birds being deterred. A different netting gauge is required for each particular species; so for instance, the gauge of pigeon netting would be larger than that of sparrow netting. The size of the gauge is important for two main reasons. Firstly, the size of the hole needs to be small enough to prevent the bird from getting into the enclosed area and, secondly, that the species of bird is not able to perch on the netting if it is applied horizontally.

Another factor that can determine the effectiveness of bird netting is the application. Covering every gap or ledge that can be exploited by the birds is essential and due to the range of sizes and shapes of a building, planning is absolutely necessary. Considering the gauge and materials is the first stage, followed by the installation itself, which could require a number of tools and additional materials. Making these important selections in the early stage will determine the effectiveness and longevity of your bird netting. Properly installed, netting should be difficult to see and can be expected to last for several years.

It is also important to ensure that bird netting is taught when applied so that it does not pose a risk to wildlife. If the nets are suitably taught, any flying birds will bounce off the netting, cushioning the impact and keeping them free from harm. However, if left too loose or left in poor-repair, birds can become tangled in the netting, which can lead to death. For this reason, it is important to regularly check and maintain netting to ensure that it poses minimal risk to the health of the birds and release them should they become ensnared.

In an agricultural environment, bird netting is often the only solution for pests birds. The netting can be fitting to cover and area around the crops, protecting them from the birds. This allows the crops room to continue growing, continue to receive sunlight, and for the farmers to apply water or pesticides. Bird netting in an agricultural scenario is often complemented by other deterrent methods such as noise-related devices.

Though bird netting technology has evolved over the years, most are still made from either polyethylene or polypropylene that has been stabilized to protect it against ultraviolet light. Bird netting is usually either ‘knotted’ or ‘unknotted’. The knotted netting is well-established, however, the newer unknotted netting, which is lighter weight and stronger (making it easier to transport and install), is often recommended for horizontal applications. Most bird netting is flame-retardant as a standard safety feature.

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