Welcome to Icon Pest. We specialize in the most humane and effective resolution in the conflict between you and all species of birds in the Greater Toronto and York Regions. To you – our customer – it doesn’t matter if you have a solitary bird in a building or need to prevent pigeon roosting (and bird droppings) on a large architectural project, the nuisance and anxiety they bring can be profound. We have the staff, experience, training and certificates to solve your bird problem effectively and professionally. We install exclusion materials to keep birds away, and even provide various humane trapping methods for most species of birds in order to rectify your issue.
You can browse our website for information on some topics we address to learn more about how to resolve your specific bird conflict. We look forward to hearing from you. If you can’t find a specific resolution/species on here, please reach out to our office Contact us.
Icon Pest Bird Removal & Structural Repairs
Exclusion Netting & Spike Installation
Icon Pest Humane Bird Trapping & More
Call 24/7 to discuss your bird problem.
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Thorough inspection of your property (free for residential properties)
Free estimates for bird project.
Fully licensed and insured.
Structural bird exclusion netting.
Anti-roosting spikes and/or shock track.
Dispersion and bird harassment.
Bird dropping cleanup and sanitation services.
Bird damage repair and building exclusion.
Our Service Range – Greater Toronto Area and York Region
bird problems in Southern Ontario
There are a number of bird problems in Southern Ontario that can be created as birds build nests in your home. Birds can transmit a number of diseases to people and animals through their droppings. Birds can also carry lice and mites. Once removed from your home, it is best to have the area disinfected to ensure that there are no lingering potential health risks.
Some of the more common bird problems are
- Birds in the attic
- Birds in the chimney
- Birds in the vents or soffits
- Birds in the gutters
- Birds in your garage or shed
Icon Pest Bird Removal Tip:
What is the best material to exclude pigeons?
The best material to exclude pigeons from an area in our opinion is the wire mesh netting. We prefer the wire mesh netting and in our vast experience, it has the greatest and most permanent success. It can be used to cover the underside of bridges, also to box inexpensive property that is usually found on the roof, such as air-conditioning units.
Wire mesh is a fairly inexpensive item that can be more aesthetically pleasing than some of its counterparts. It comes in a variety of sizes, gauges and compositions based on your needs. For our licenced and experienced staff, it also easy to install over a wide area. This product is great for those with gardens and condo balconies that need protection from pigeons. It is also a favourite amongst contractors big and small for installation over HVAC units either on the roof or on the sides of the building where pigeons like to gather and nest.
One of the issues I have encountered with wire mesh netting is the is that is clunky, heavy and hard to manipulate. Although your supporting structure doesn’t need to be as complex as with some other types of netting; wire mesh netting still requires enough support for it to be mounted. Sometimes this can pose a problem if you don’t want to dish out extra cash for digging post holes or to have it mounted by a professional.
If you want a good sturdy product to protect your property from pigeons; go with wire mesh netting. It will last a long time and it can be customized to look great on any property or any project. The numerous gauges of netting provide you with an easy application guide, depending on how big your pigeons are. Once installed, it doesn’t require any further tweaking and is a very sturdy option for all climate types whether you live in a desert or on a mountain.
Pigeons are a species of bird that is common in both city and rural environments. We can help you to remove this bird from your home or business. Pigeons are disease-carrying pest animals. There are a number of diseases that are attributable to pigeons. It is best to remove them as soon as you can. Left untreated accumulation of pigeon droppings can cause damage to your home. Droppings can cause a roof to begin to rot; which in turn can cause leaks in your home. You should not attempt to clean up these pigeon droppings on your own as they are known to cause Histoplasmosis.
Do I need to know what species of bird is bothering me?
In a short answer, yes. That’s is our job though and for most residential properties, our free inspection can determine what species is being a nuisance. A clear picture of the bird can be helpful if you have it and/or and video/audio clip of the sounds it makes. Deterring birds is a task that requires extensive knowledge and preparation and, most importantly, the use of the most appropriate methods and tools. Depending on the species of birds, there are different deterrents one can use to deter a specific species of bird. Additionally, some methods might prove to be more appropriate and effective than others in bird deterring, depending on the type of environment and space in which you apply them. However, some methods like bird netting, spikes and fogging are highly useful in various types of environments. They also work well for the majority of bird species. However, choosing the right method amongst them requires knowledge of each specific method, as well as the proper use and installation. The degree to which these deterrents will be effective directly depends on their proper use and installation.
Methods of deterring birds include a wide variety of different tools and appliances. While some find that simply placing objects that will scare birds away, like artificial animals and hanging shiny objects will be successful in deterring birds, others believe in the use of more mechanical methods like bird spikes and electronic boxes. While artificial animals and shiny objects aim to scare the birds away, other methods simply won’t allow them to reach the areas that owners want free of birds. Bird nets are one of these tools. They are often used to prevent birds from reaching certain areas or entering spaces. Before you decide to choose the method of netting to deter birds, it is important for you to gain enough knowledge about types of nets you should use and the way to install them properly. If applied in the right way, these tools will help you not to only deter birds, but also other pests, like mice and rats. They can also be helpful in deterring raccoons, opossums, squirrels and other feral animals that might try to get inside your home.
Bird nets serve to prevent the animals from reaching certain spaces. They are made of wire mesh, which essentially keeps the bird away without harming it. Bird nets are most frequently used to seal spaces like chimney flues, balconies, vents and many other bird entry points. They are available for purchase in the majority of stores that specialize in gardening, and they are also quite affordable. Once the net is set up, the bird is no longer going to be able to enter the particular area. Birds are also not going to be able to land on these nets either. This method is a great solution for all of those who want to avoid harming birds. Indeed, killing birds is not only cruel and unnecessary, but could also be illegal. Depending on the bird species, some of them are protected by law. It is simply much easier to use a net and don’t have to worry about possible legal consequences, than to use more aggressive methods and put yourself in risk of being penalized for breaking the law.
How should you use bird nets? First things first, you need to make sure that the net is the best solution for your space. If you have problems with birds roosting outside your windows and in your balcony, a bird net might help. Also, if your estate has spacious vents built in, it is going to be difficult to keep animals away. Because it’s most likely that you can’t have these completely sealed, bird netting is the way to go. One of more complicated and hazardous bird problems include roosting in the chimney. Birds flying in through your chimney and building nests on top of it puts your household in great risk of catching fire. Moreover, if you are dealing with a protected species, you might have to wait for months before you can remove the nest. For this reason, it would be wise to net your chimney flue. You can also use nets in open spaces, like yards and to protect smaller plants from birds pecking on them. Some also use bird nets to keep birds away from trees.
Installation of bird nets is normally not a difficult task, but it does require some patience, knowledge and precision. The smartest thing you can do is write the information about areas you want netted down and seek advice from the person in charge of selling the nets. To get and adequate amount of net, you should write down the measures of height and length of each space you want to net. The very process of netting is simple. You simply need to fixate the net onto the surface around the area, which you can do by nailing it into it or setting up a frame and then nail the net on top of it. One detail you want to pay attention to is to neither tighten the need too much nor leave it to lose. If you tighten the net too much, it might eventually snap from under the weight of animals trying to chew or claw through it. If you leave the net to hang too loosely, animals might get caught into it and damage it eventually.
About Bird spikes, uses and installation
Birds roosting in building and commercial spaces can be a blessing for some and the worst curse in the world for others. Although the magical sounds of a birds suiting tweeting might seem adorable at first, what the majority of estate owners find impossible to handle are the constant noise and health threats that birds pose. On the one hand, the presence of a large number of birds might be comfortable to some, while others might find constant sound of bird calls to be overwhelming. If you are the latter (and you most likely are if you are here), we can help. If birds occupy commercial spaces, particularly those that store food, they can pose a serious health threat. They can pollute products and drinking water with their feces, which is also dangerous to inhale for anyone who uses the space. To anyone experiencing bird invasions for the first time, the problem might seem impossible to solve. What further complicates the issue is, that a lot of bird species are protected by law against killing and disturbing, especially while laying and hatching periods last. Our staff are fully licenced and maintain up-to-date training protocols.
Methods of deterring birds, like spikes and netting, have the sole purpose to keep the birds away without harming. Not only from a legal and environmental perspective but killing birds in large numbers is also inhumane and unnecessary. Bird spikes are often used as a solution in keeping birds away from spaces that are normally hard to reach, or too large to the net. They are amongst the most humane deterring methods since they don’t cause the animal any pain or distress. Compared to other deterrents, like shiny objects, artificial animals, electronic boxes and shock tracks, bird spikes seem to be a more humane solution. Bird spikes will simply not allow a bird to land onto the area, without scaring it or causing it any distress. When it comes to this particular method of deterring birds, there are several important facts to know before you proceed to install them. In order for these to be effective, they not only need to be installed properly, but they also need to be used for the adequate species of birds.
Bird spikes are a tool that consists of long, pointed spikes that are lodged into the basis. They are normally made out of steel, metal or plastic. Bird spikes are most often installed in areas that are either too large to cover with bird nets or too inaccessible to use other deterrents in. open spaces, like tall and long fences surrounding commercial and industrial buildings, are normally hard to protect against birds using any other method. Fogging in this case simply doesn’t make sense, and setting up nets and other tools like artificial animals simply might not be appropriate for these types of spaces. Additionally, spaces like balconies, soffits and many others that are hard to cover with other deterring tools, are much easier to bird-proof by installing bird spikes. Once the spikes are set up in these areas, birds will no longer be able to land, because the spikes are too thin and sharp. Eventually, birds will lose interest in these areas.
Bird spikes serve to deter almost all of the bird species, including pigeons, sparrows, crows, starlings, seagulls, and many others. This means that bird spikes are appropriate to use in both open and closed areas, as well as areas where one might themselves in a problem with marine bird roosting. In addition, bird spikes are quite simple and easy to install, and they are also very affordable, long-term investments in the safety and comfort of an estate. These, however, don’t come without serious shortcomings. The biggest amongst the problems include piling up of bird feces in the spikes. While hovering over the deterrent and trying to find a place to land, birds will drop substantial amounts of feces. It is possible that the feces completely fill up areas of the spikes, to the point where birds will be able to land again. This means that you are either going to have to change them from time to time or clean them regularly.
Bird spike installation is a quite simple process. First, you need to purchase an adequate amount of spikes from a supplier. To know just about how much of these you will need, you need to know the complete length of the area you wish to cover. After you decide on the number of spikes you need, you can choose between different types of spikes that vary in size and material. Spikes are usually made out of either plastic, steel or metal. The difference is usually in the durability of the material, meaning that you can expect the steel ones to last you the longest. The installation process consists out of drilling the basis of the spikes and screwing them into the surface. After this, the only thing you need is to make sure that the screws are sturdy and that spikes are not moving around. Depending on the material from which they are made, bird spikes can last for longer or shorter periods of time.