A site treated with Bird Free will automatically be perceived by pigeons as abhorrent immediately after installation. The visual and olfactory stimuli created by the fire gel causes the resident pigeons to abandon their habitat without physically harming or obstructing them. Within a maximum of 48 hours they will learn to keep away from the treated site completely. Thereafter there will be no more pigeons and no more droppings at the site.
The efficacy of this bird repellent is not limited to the birds that may be looking to occupy a site. It repels all birds that currently infest the site. A pigeon’s instinct to return to its nesting site is strong, but, unlike bird control methods that act as a physical barrier that birds will always try to overcome, Bird Free will alter the bird’s behaviour in such a way that it will abandon its erstwhile habitat.
Due to perceived danger birds will be forced to leave and will have to look for another place to nest. Bird Free gel banishes pigeons from their habitat; even birds that have been resident for years will completely abandon the site. Many customers have stated that our bird repellent gel has succeeded in solving pigeon problems which they had repeatedly tried, and failed, to solve with traditional bird proofing methods.
Another advantage that Bird Free has over other pigeon repellents is its consistent efficacy irrespective of the level of pressure. Many bird control methods will be more or less effective depending on the severity of the infestation. Bird Free gel, on the other hand, will have a consistent repellent effect regardless of the severity and duration of the infestation, as long as the cleaning and spacing guidelines in the installation manual are followed.
All resident birds will abandon the treated area within a day or two, after which they will not return. Nor will new birds try to occupy a site treated with Bird Free.
Clients are surprised at the immediate aversion response created by our pigeon repellent. Immediately after application of the optical gel they will often observe birds that try to return to the site shying away from the Bird Free.
With traditional bird control methods, such as nets and spikes, that create a physical barrier pigeons can be seen attempting to return to their habitat for several weeks. The aversion reaction created by Bird Free, on the other hand, will cause even the most persistent nesting pairs to completely abandon the site after a couple of days. In other words, Bird Free’s multi-sensory repellent gel offers a more immediate solution to pigeon problems by altering the behaviour of the bird.
Bird Free gel will not harm the bird in any way. A site treated with our Bird Free repellent will be perceived as a no-go zone by the pigeon due to the multi-sensory stimuli described above.
While the vast majority of birds are deterred by Bird Free's visual and olfactory stimuli and will not come into contact with the gel, where nests have been removed and treated with Bird Free a nesting bird will often be seen attempting to return to the nesting site immediately after the repellent gel has been applied, causing it to touch the gel, which is very sticky. Due to the gel’s high viscosity the bird will not be harmed. However, birds abhor anything sticky on their feathers, so the bird only needs to touch the gel once and it will never return.
Bird Free gel is authorised under the simplified authorisation procedure of the Biocidal Products Regulation, the first condition of which is that its active substances must be of a category classified by the Regulation as low risk: in the case of Bird Free the active substances are peppermint oil and citronellal. In addition to being a bird control method that is not harmful to wildlife, it is non-hazardous for humans to work with.
Under the terms of its authorisation there is no requirement to wear PPE when handling Bird Free. However, because facial contact can cause skin or eye irritation we recommend the use of disposable gloves.
Customers sometimes ask if Bird Free can be used to deter bats or squirrels, for example. The simple answer is no. The gel is formulated to affect the senses of birds, and is for use specifically in bird control. It is not suitable for use against other pests.
Because it can be harmful if ingested it should be kept away from children and pets.
Latest test data shows 100% efficacy after four years, while case studies confirm that Bird Free gel will remain effective for up to nine years.
Irrespective of climatic and ambient conditions you can be confident that a site will be avoided by pigeons for at least five years once Bird Free repellent gel has been applied in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
Visible bird deterrents and pigeon control strategies will create changes in the aesthetic appearance of a treated site that may be problematic for historical sites or places of business.
At only 8mm high, Bird Free is hard to spot from below and in many cases it will be invisible. As shown in the following video, Bird Free is an ideal solution for keeping signs and facades free of pesky pigeons.
Even when visible from above the uniformity of the small pre-dosed dishes of gel results in a more discrete finish than traditional bird control methods such as spikes or nets.