Bird Free is effective for five years in all weather conditions

Effective for 5 years in all weather conditions
Retains efficacy in polluted environments

The Health & Safety Executive authorised Bird Free for use in the UK based on efficacy data from field tests. Data from a pigeon night roost study conducted over four years shows 100% efficacy. (Test methods specified by HSE.)

See data on efficacy and durability of Bird Free below

Case studies confirm that Bird Free:

  • Remains effective for five years without maintenance or replacement
  • Is impervious to all climatic conditions (rain, snow, wind, etc)
  • Will not melt or run in extreme heat
  • Remains effective when discoloured by pollution
  • Remains effective when covered by dust or dirt.

Bird Free retains efficacy in polluted environments

Bird Free emits UV radiation. This visual stimulus acts as a constant reminder to the bird that it should not return to a site treated with Bird Free. Because UV radiation is only blocked by solid objects, not particulates, Bird Free remains effective, even when covered in dust, dirt or rainwater.

The photos above show a gantry above a railway 19 months after Bird Free was installed.

After intensive research and development, we’ve managed to increase the resistance of our bird control product beyond expectation. The period of effectiveness of our product is now at least 5 years and can often work way beyond that. So, after you treat a site with Bird Free, you won’t have to worry about it for a considerable amount of time unlike many other bird control solutions on the market. 

Unlike netting or spikes, you won’t need to do any maintenance or replacement to ensure the efficacy of the Fire Gel. As the dishes are impervious to all weather conditions, you can basically install the dishes and leave them for the next five years or longer. 

Many other bird control solutions, such as pigeon netting are affected by climatic conditions and can collect debris or even get dead birds caught in them. The efficacy of these pigeon control options will drop drastically when they encounter such situations and you will have to get access again to rectify the situation. With Bird Free on the other hand, you don’t need to worry about anything like this happening. 

Rain, Snow, Wind, and Any Other Climatic Conditions Have No Negative Effects on the Optical Gel

Bird Free will continue to work properly and do its job regardless of the climatic changes in the environment. It’s just one less thing to worry about compared to using any other pigeon control service. Bird Free has been tested in extremes of heat and cold and even remains effective when covered in dust or dirt. 

While creating Bird Free many tests were carried out to ascertain all of the advantages and disadvantages of our bird control product before providing it as a new pigeon control solution. One of the advantages that we quickly became aware of is extreme resistance to heat. Many products that are based on natural ingredients are affected by high temperatures but our products do not have this weakness. 

You can be sure that Optical Gel will not melt nor will it run or drip, regardless of how high the temperature gets. It will continue to do its job in all conditions for a long period of time. The perfect option for your proofing service.

Our Company Made Tests in Polluted Environments 

We wanted to check and make sure that pollution would not cause the efficacy of the bird control gel to drop. After several trials we found that the effectiveness of the Fire Gel will not drop even if it gets polluted by different substances in the environment. In some cases it may darken in appearance over time but it still remains completely effective.  

So if you need bird proofing for a polluted site to get rid of or prevent bird infestations, then you can safely use our pigeon control products to take care of the task. You don’t need to worry about the gel losing its properties and the bird problems recurring again. 

One thing that surely happens with anything left unattended for long periods is contamination with dust or dirt and the same will happen with the Bird Free gel. After a certain period, dust and dirt will certainly pay a visit. 

The good news is that the bird control gel will remain effective even in these situations as it has already changed the behavior of the birds and if they return, they will still be deterred by the smell and touch. You can be sure that no matter how much dust or dirt accumulates Bird Free will remain effective. 

Why It Is Important to Bird Proof a Building

If your property is in an area where pigeons or other birds are very common, then it may be a good idea to study some bird control information and make some preparations. The first thing we recommend you do is a risk assessment. It is the ideal method to see if it's worth it to use a bird control method or not. 

There are several factors that you may want to take into consideration while making this assessment. Remember your goal should be to find out the possible losses and damage that a bird infestation could cause and then you can compare the results with the costs of carrying out the bird proofing. In most cases you will quickly see the value of a bird proofing product. 

If you do not have the knowledge or the skills to perform this assessment, you can use a professional pigeon control service. Either way, this step is essential if you’re not sure it's worth your time, effort, and money to do any bird control for the site. 

The first thing a proper assessment needs to contain is the potential severity of an infestation. How many pigeons flock around the area? How big the roosting or nesting bird problems could become? Is there a food source for birds in the area? 

All these questions mentioned above must be answered. They will give you a proper idea of the risk and the severity of a possible bird control problem. After this process, you will know if you should really be worried about an infestation or not. 

The next step of the process is to assess the possible damages and losses that can be caused by an infestation. There are two main types of bird problems that you need to consider. First is the material damage. How much destruction could an infestation cause to the site? How much would it cost you to regularly clean after the birds? 

The second and equally important bird proofing problem that you need to take into consideration is the possible health risk. It is already known that birds, such as pigeons, can carry many different diseases that can be transmitted to humans and you may not want to take the risk that someone will get sick because of the infestation. 

After you have all the data, it should be easy to make the right decision. Once you tally up the possible costs you will incur after all the potential damage done by a bird infestation, you can compare the results with the costs of the bird control treatment. 

Problems Caused by Birds that Can Be Avoided

To give you an idea of all the possible damages that can be caused by a pigeon control problem, we have listed below the most important problems that can be avoided by using our pigeon control products for bird control purposes. If you want to properly understand the seriousness of the situation, you should check all of them. 

Pigeon Droppings Can Cause Health Risks

As mentioned above, pigeons and other birds can transmit diseases to humans. In most cases, this process happens through bird droppings. For this reason, if you have a bird infestation problem, you should install a bird proofing method as fast as possible, especially when you have a wonderful method such as Bird Free that will not even endanger the health of the birds. 

Bird Droppings Can Contaminate Air Conditioning Systems and Other Water Sources

Sites that use systems that transmit necessary resources to humans, such as air conditioning and water sources can easily become contaminated by a bird problem. Pigeon droppings can contaminate these systems and propagate disease very quickly. You often can’t solve these problems fast enough with pigeon netting methods and the prevention of such situations should be of the utmost priority. 

Infestation by Bird Associated Insects (Biting Insects, Bird Mites, Flies Etc.)

A bird infestation can cause problems you may not expect. In many cases, a bird infestation is a packet deal and with it you will encounter insect problems as well. In many cases, birds are infested by different types of insects. The most common ones are biting insects, bird mites, and flies. All these things could become a problem for humans as well. 

Pigeon Droppings Contain Acid, which Can Cause Rot, Damage to Solar Panels on Buildings, and Can Also Damage the Paint Work on Cars

Another dangerous property that bird droppings have is their acidity. It’s often strong enough to harm solar panels, damage the paint of a car, and even cause rot on buildings. So, even if there is not a single sick pigeon that infested your property, there are still bird control problems that you need to strongly consider aside from the aesthetic impact. 

Pigeons Roosting Creates Noise and Disturbance

Most humans are very annoyed by noise pollution and that’s exactly why you or your client will need a reliable proofing service that will deal with a bird infestation. You may not be able to focus on your work or running your business because of the constant noise causing a distraction. In a residential setting, the quality of your sleep will also be affected for the same reason. 

Bird Droppings Can Be Dangerous When Wet

Many roosting sites are in non-sheltered public spaces and the bird droppings of the pigeons can easily become wet. There are several dangers associated with this. The most important one being the massive growth of the pathogens in the pigeon droppings and the increased risk of diseases spreading. 

Pigeons Nesting Under Solar Panels Are a Significant Problem

Just imagine that you modernized and started to use solar panels to generate electricity. Now, a bird infestation happens, and they nest under your panels. Without a reliable pigeon control method the birds can start to clog up the solar panels with debris and may over time cause them to stop working entirely. 

The Noise from Birds Around a Building Can Damage Customer Relationships

Noise pollution is not only a bird control problem for residential properties. Even businesses that encountered a bird infestation can expect damages and losses caused by the noise. In many cases, the relationship between a business and its customers can be negatively affected by a noisy bird infestation. 

Fines Can Be Imposed Due to Non-compliance with Health & Safety Legislation (Food Safety Act 1990)

Businesses also must respect the law and as a bird infestation can be a cause of concern from this point of view, it is possible to receive fines for not dealing with an infestation. The costs of non-compliance with Health & Safety legislation is not so small that you can easily ignore it. 

How Bird Free Gel Is Proven Effective on Different Sites

To give you a proper idea about the effectiveness of Bird Free, we prepared some of the case studies of the bird control projects we completed in the past. You should be able to fully understand the efficacy of our products and even predict the results you will have while using them. 

Karstadt Building, Hamburg

Built in the 1950s, the former Karstadt department store in Eppendorf is a listed building that battled with pigeon infestations for a long time. Having a bird control problem so severe that the residents didn’t even open the windows because of the smell of pigeon droppings. After being cleaned and treated with the Optical Gel in 2014, the problem disappeared. Nearly seven years later there is still no sign of any pigeon infestation. 

Bristol Temple Meads Station

The Bristol Temple Meads station is covered by a glass canopy. It encompasses 150 meters, and was the perfect shelter for pigeons. Constant cleaning was required and the costs were very high. So, in 2014, Bird Free was installed, and the bird infestation problem was finally solved. After an inspection in 2019, the station still had no more bird control problems with pigeons. 

Chiesa della Spina, Pisa

One of the oldest buildings in Pisa, the Chiesa della Spina is a church dating from the 13th century. Unfortunately, it had a bird control problem that wouldn’t disappear. So, after a renovation made in 2015, the Fire Gel was applied, and the problem was completely solved. 

Palazzo Venezia, Rome

This building was once the residence of the pope back in the 15th century. When the Ministry of Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism wanted to completely solve the pigeon control problem of the building, they found bird control information that determined the Fire Gel as the best solution. In 2015 Bird Free was installed on the balcony and ever since no pigeons or pigeon droppings have been seen at the site. 

Quiron Dexeus Hospital, Barcelona 

With a modern design, the light wells above the main concourse of this Spanish hospital became the perfect place for pigeon nesting. After a daily fight to clean the droppings, the Hospital tried to install spikes but this bird control solution was ineffective as the birds nested on top of them. Eventually the spikes were replaced with Bird Free and the problem was completely solved. No pigeons have been seen at the site since. 

If you want to learn about these projects in more detail, then you should check our case studies page. There you will find a full document outlining each installation. We also have several examples of successful installations on our YouTube channel. 


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