Tag Archives: Avishock

Bird Proofing in Hunstanton with spikes and Avishock

30 Dec

We have been Bird Proofing in Hunstanton this week.  We visited a privately owned holiday let, a lovely ornate 1900s property in the town of Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast.

Pigeons started to congregate a couple of years back and has progressively got worse over time. The owner tried a few various methods of bird spiking etc himself but had no luck. He had to regularly come up from London to clean out the valleys and gulleys etc to stop the guano build up as you will see from some of the pictures how putrid this was. The last straw was when the guano build up was so bad it blocked up the drains etc thus causing a flood inside, which had to be repaired.

We have now fitted a bespoke spiking and Avishock system which has been fitted onto a 7 day timer so only switches on from dawn to dusk. This will deter etc as said in other Avishock work.

At Abate, we use the latest in bird proofing technology with the Avishock system. This is an RSPB approved product that educates birds via a harmless electric shock – in the same way that electric fences manage cattle – to stop them landing and nesting on ledges, roofs and other locations on your property.

Avishock is particularly useful for Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings and other sites where some conventional bird proofing methods are not allowed.

Our team have over 55 years combined experience in bird proofing, and the services we offer include in-depth site audits and risk assessments.  We have also achieved CSCS cards, enabling us to work on construction sites where there are often bird proofing issues.

Please visit our Bird Control Website for more information.

Seagulls in East Anglia

29 Jul seagulls

Seagulls such as Herring gulls and the Lesser Black Backed gulls have become well adapted to living in towns and cities some distance away from our coastlines. This modern urban environment is the perfect opportunity for these birds to scavenge on our food sources all year round. These nuisance birds can become a great problem particularly during the summer months, when mating and rearing their young will aggressively defend their nests and attack passers by should they think they are at risk.  At Abate we complete many Bird Proofing jobs in East Anglia to help counter the issues these birds bring.

Many of the buildings you find today have large flat roof areas providing the perfect habitat for these birds to nest and roost on balconies, ledges, chimney stacks, roof vents and the most recent preferences are behind or underneath roof top air conditioning units.

All these locations pose a threat to damage to the building, blocked drains or chimney pots and the risk of staff or contractors being attacked or not able to carry out their work.

Noise is a big problem for many residents at seaside towns being woken up during the summer months just as day breaks when the gulls will feed, breed and fight creating a very loud commotion. This disturbs people trying to sleep and can also stresses many people who have a fear of birds (Ornithophobia).

At Abate we have knowledgeable and experienced staff that can help and advise on controlling gulls. We have many control methods for both businesses and domestic premises such as netting, Avistrand pin & wire work, Avipoint spike work and Avishock the electrical deterrent system as installed at St Georges, Gt Yarmouth.

Bird Proofing

Bird netting to protect workforce

Bird proofing

Bird Proofing on the Granary at Wells-Next-The-Sea

Bird Proofing

Avishock is particularly useful for Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings and other sites where some conventional bird proofing methods are not allowed. St Georges Chapel Great Yarmouth.


Avishock installed on the Open Youth Building in Norwich

Call the Abate team to arrange your free site survey and advise on please call us on 0800 980 9767.


Avishock – electric bird deterrent

13 Apr

We have been working hard at St Georges Chapel in Gt Yarmouth to install the Avishock bird deterrent system.  For bird proofing, it is an obvious choice, particularly for Listed buildings and buildings of architectural merit and beauty.  Why?  Because it is almost invisible aesthetically; no spikes or nets to detract from the beauty of a building and also to minimise damage to the fabric of the building too.

We are often asked “does it kill the bird” – well, no one would really want dead birds dropping down from the sky off buildings, so the answer of course is no!  It acts just like an animal electric fence around a field.  The bird will fly off if it touches the strip and will also soon learn that this is not a place for him or her to perch.

If you have 5 minutes, take a look at our video and see how we installed the Avishock system.


Cost cutting, councils and the rise of the pest

4 Apr

Of course we all know about the cost-cutting and the huge deficit that we are facing and trying to come to terms with, but how many people know that due to the cost-cutting, one of the first services to become a victim was pest control.

With pest control being so drastically reduced, this brings the inevitable consequences.  Yes, more rats, more pigeons, more wasps…..lots more of everything that is possibly not too welcome.

This is worrying because, if you are aware of the speed and numbers that a rat reproduces, it is not surprising that we are seeing more of them on a daily basis in towns, villages and cities and of course, rats do spread some unpleasant diseases.

I wonder if the reduction of pest control by local, district and county councils will just store up more costs and problems for the future, but, in the mean time, if you do spot a rat, please call us and we will come and take a look.

Up, up on the roof

21 Nov

Up, up on the roof – thank goodness it’s so far, been a mild autumn as the Abate team would not have been having such a great time on top of the scaffolding and the tower.  What on earth were we doing up there?  Bird-proofing of course.  We were laying down tracks of  ‘scalextric’, not because we were boys with our toys, but to repel birds, particularly pigeons.

The system we use is Avishock so there are no unsightly spikes and netting to spoil the building aesthetics and it’s humane.  When a bird touches the building,  a slight shock is emitted and the bird flies away.

That’s me with the blue hat on…

Can you see me?

It's going to be blowy up there