How to install Bird Free
Installation manual and MSDS
Bird Free will always be effective when applied to the habitat (nesting site, night roost, etc) of the bird. Applying it around the periphery of a nesting site which has not been treated will not deter birds from returning to untreated nests. Where nesting sites are inaccessible (under plant, solar panels, etc), the gaps through which the birds enter will need to be closed with a metal grille, etc. To deter birds from nesting on balconies, remove the nest, disinfect and apply Bird Free to the nesting site itself.
Bird Free is supplied in boxes of 15 pre-dosed PET dishes. With lids removed dishes are 65mm diameter, 8mm high. HSE authorization no: UK-2018-1127-0001.
There are many different types of bird infestation and the actions that you will need to take to install optical gel will be different depending on the nature of the bird’s habitat: day roost, night roost or nesting site. However, there are some general guidelines that you can follow to ensure the proper installation of our bird repellent gel. The first one is to clean the site thoroughly. When doing so operatives should be informed about the possible health risks of a bird control operation, most of which are associated with coming into contact with the droppings themselves. You should also make sure that any person who has a compromised immune system avoids the area during installation.
Regardless of the infested site you want to treat with Bird Free, there are six steps that you will need to follow to ensure the efficacy of our “fire gel”. Preparation of the site will depend on the nature of the infestation, or the “pressure”. You will need to take certain precautions to ensure the process is conducted safely.
If the infested site is used for day roosting, and there is no major accumulation of faeces, then you only need to use gloves and disposable overalls to avoid direct contact with the droppings. For more severe infestations where there is a large accumulation of faeces we advise that you use full PPE, including masks.
You should also consider the safety of the public. Depending on the risks presented by each site, you will need to prepare accordingly to avoid health hazards. Besides these precautions, you need to follow the six steps below in the process of cleaning the site properly and installing the fire gel.
1. Apply disinfectant to surfaces and allow to soak for 20 minutes
Before you install the bird repellent gel dishes, you must clean the site thoroughly. That includes getting rid of all the nests, faeces, and organic matter. To make this process as safe as possible, you will need to follow some bird control steps. The first step is to fully disinfect the site.
Apply disinfectant to all surfaces and allow it to soak for at least 20 minutes. The reason for this step is to minimise the airborne dust and aerosol mists that could cause health problems for you and your team, or for passers-by.
2. Clean thoroughly, removing droppings and all other organic matter
After disinfecting the surfaces you can start removing the nests, droppings, and all other organic matter. There are still a few steps to follow before you can start installing the optical gel but it is very important you prepare the site thoroughly otherwise the efficacy of Bird Free may be compromised. Depending on the severity of the infestation, you will need different tools. In the case of a low-pressure site used for day roosting where the severity is not so high, surfaces can be cleaned with scrapers and wire brushes.
If there is a major accumulation of faeces at the site, you will need a shovel or pressure washer. In the latter case, you will need to take proper precautions to protect the public because this method will create airborne dust and aerosol mist.
3. Rinse surfaces
Once surfaces have been disinfected and all the debris caused by the infestation has been removed, all surfaces should be rinsed before the Bird Free gel dishes are installed. It is essential that all surfaces are clean before the low-profile fire gel dishes are fitted.
4. Re-spray surfaces lightly with biocide solution
The last step of the cleaning is to give all surfaces a light spray with a biocide solution. This will ensure that any remaining pathogens are neutralised. After this step the site will be ready for the bird control solution, i.e. the Bird Free dishes, to be fitted.
5. Allow surfaces to dry
Before you start to install the bird repellent gel dishes, you need to let the surfaces dry. Whilst the surfaces are drying you can dispose of all the debris. Keep in mind that you should collect all the wet material in a secure container.
6. Install the gel dishes with lids removed, following spacing guidelines
Now you can start the installation of the Bird Free gel dishes. There are a few things you need to keep in mind while doing so. First make sure the lids are removed, otherwise the efficacy of the bird repellent gel dishes will be reduced as the visual effect of the UV light will be impaired. Avoid touching or rubbing the eyes with your hands.
In most cases, the dishes of fire gel are fixed with a spot of silicone adhesive, following the spacing guidelines mentioned below. Spacing depends on the pressure of the infestation.
The Bird Free gel dishes can be used for any type of infested site but there are some guidelines that you will need to follow. The goal of these guidelines is to optimise the number of bird repellent gel dishes needed based on the type of infestation, making sure you have used enough dishes to achieve the desired result.
Day roosts are mostly vantage points that are used by pigeons to scout for food. We call these low-pressure sites. The distance between fire gel dishes at a day roost is optimal at 25 cm (centre to centre), as shown in the installation manual above. This will ensure that the treated site will no longer be used by pigeons as a day roost.
To make the gel dishes invisible from below, fit them 2 cm behind the leading edge. When treating windows ledges with raised sills you should fit extra dishes in the corners as this is where pigeons will shelter.
The treatment of night roosts is an important part of any bird control job. Keep in mind that night roosts may also contain nests.
The correct installation procedure for these infestations is to fit the bird repellent gel dishes at 20 cm centres (see our installation manual). This will be enough to make the pigeons abandon their night roost.
Nests will be found in locations that provide shelter from the elements and protection from predators. In some cases nests are easy to find, but there are also cases in which the nests are concealed. Your first task is to locate all the nests at a site.
After you are sure that all the nests have been found, you can start the treatment process following the steps described above. At nesting sites you will need to install the bird repellent gel at 15 cm centres, as shown in the installation manual, to maximise the multi-sensory effect of the gel.
Besides the basic recommendations made above, there are a few other guidelines that you should take into account. Adherence to these guidelines will ensure the efficacy of the optical gel so that the treatment site will be protected from bird infestation.
We always recommend that Bird Free be installed by a professional. Their experience and understanding of bird control will make the process much quicker and tidier. Professionals know the risks created by bird infestations and will understand what precautions to take when preparing the site.
If all the conditions mentioned above are followed properly, then the optical gel installation should be risk free for both humans and birds.
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.
We cannot emphasise the importance of the cleaning process enough. The site must be properly cleaned before the installation of the optical gel. The most common cause of installations not working properly is failure to disinfect the site before installation. The effects of the gel will be compromised if there are still traces of pathogens associated with bird activity.
If you need proof of the efficacy of our Bird Free fire gel, we have many examples on our case studies page of installations carried out all over the UK and Europe. Further examples can be found on our YouTube channel. Several examples are described below.
One of the most impressive examples of Victorian civic architecture in the city Glasgow City Chambers incorporates an inner courtyard which proved an ideal habitat for pigeons. (Victorian architects were unaware of pest control concerns.)
The installation of our bird repellent gel was the first successful solution after several other methods had failed to remove the infestation. Our optical gel succeeded in removing all pigeons from the site and has continued to protect the building since 2014.
Because of the design of the station, pigeons had been using the high beams as a perfect roosting site to look for food below. The infestation of pigeons had reached the point where droppings had become a public health & safety risk.
An initial installation of 900 optical gel dishes proved a success, and six months later, an installation of a further 10,000 gel dishes resolved the pigeon problem.
This nineteenth century church had remained derelict for a number of years during which time it was occupied by a large colony of pigeons. In 2014, the church was converted into apartments and once the conversion was complete all the pigeons returned, much to the annoyance of the residents.
In response to an increasing number of complaints about the mess caused by the pigeons, the management company sought an option to solve the problem while maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the building. Bird Free was installed in 2015, and seven years later the building remains free of pigeons.