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All native birds are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and there are serious penalties for taking, harassing or injuring native wildlife. It is illegal to kill birds, or to interfere with their nests containing eggs or young without a permit or authority.

Bird control at a specific site is a matter of deterring birds from locating themselves in the area.  The site will be assessed as to the most appropriate deterrent methods for the situation.

Typical areas requiring bird control include:  open / public spaces, commercial buildings, schools, orchards, vineyards, cereal crops and other agricultural areas etc.

Unsustainable bird populations can:

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Damage buildings or infrastructure (e.g. houses, factories, sports grounds, fences, dams)

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Threaten human safety (e.g. creation of slip hazards, aggressive wildlife, swooping birds, vehicle/aircraft collisions)

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Amenity issues involving unsightly fouling of buildings, vehicles, work and recreation areas

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Damage crops and produce (e.g. damage to cereal, grain, fruit, vegetable, flower crops)

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Cause damage to the natural environment (e.g. damage to re-vegetation sites, degradation of natural habitats in a manner that poses a threat to biodiversity).

Birds can spread diseases via their droppings and infected eggs.  They can carry mites, lice and fleas which also inhabit their nesting sites.  Diseases can include:

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Murray Valley Encephalitis

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Gastroenteritis

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Salmonella

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E-coli

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Psittacosis (parrot fever)

 Bird control methods available include:

Bird Spike Systems Bird Deterrents
Bird Track Systems Bird Scaring Pyrotechnics
Bird Wire Systems Trapping / Netting
Bird Netting Systems Shooting
Bird Slope Systems Humane Destruction
Bird Chemicals  

What you as an individual can do to deter birds becoming pests in your area:

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Do not feed wild birds.  This encourages dominance over other species of birds which can have a detrimental impact to their existence.

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Keep areas clean of possible food sources e.g. open rubbish bins, rubbish dumps, plastic bags containing rubbish

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Make sure food storage bins and rubbish bins have securely closing lids

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Remove access to possible nesting sites e.g. close-off gaps under the eaves

 

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