How to install Defender™ Bird and Pigeon Spikes

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Defender™ Bird Spikes and Pigeon Spikes have been designed with the installer in mind. The ease and simplicity of their installation means anyone with a basic grasp of home improvements can complete the job of bird proofing their home or business properties. Installation is quick and efficient with no need for hiring expensive professional bird control companies. No complicated measurements, specialist tools or insider knowledge is needed.

Pigeon Spike Installation

The first step is to access the area that needs to be bird proofed and check that it is safe to reach without harming yourself or others.  If you have any doubts at all, please ask a professional bird spike installer, handyman or builder to give you a quote.

The type of Defender™ Bird Spike to use will depend on the size of the area or ledge that needs bird proofing. It will also depend on what type of bird infestation you have. Pigeons that use your property for a bit of daytime perching will not need as aggressive a bird spike as an area that is used for overnight roosting and nesting.

 For small narrow ledges with a depth of up to 4 inches and a light infestation of birds, there are 2 types of bird spike, the Defender 4™ Plastic Pigeon Spike and the Defender™ Stainless Steel Bird Spike. Both are as effective as the other in deterring birds however the stainless steel version does come with a longer warranty. For wider ledges you may want to consider using two or more rows.

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How to install Bird Spike

1. Defender™ Bird Spikes are humane and do not hurt birds or pigeons Spikes do not hurt birds – they simply prevent pigeons from landing. They’re approved by almost EVERY humane group in the world, including The Humane Society of the United States and PICAS.
2. Clean the area before installing Defender™ Bird & Pigeon Spikes All areas that you intend to stick the spikes onto should be cleared, ensuring that they’re clean, dry, and free from pigeon droppings.
3. Squeeze Defender™ Bird Spike fixing silicone on to the base of the spike Squeeze the pigeon spike fixing silicone generously onto the base of the spike (about as thick as your pinky; thicker if the surface of the ledge is uneven).
4. Stick the base of the Defender™ Bird Spike level with the edge of ledge Stick the base of the spike level with the edge of the pipe or ledge, so that there’s a slight overhang of the spike pins. Press the base down firmly so that the glue oozes out through the little holes.
5. Make sure that there is no gap behind the Defender™ Pigeon Spikes If the gap behind the first spike is greater than 2 ½ inches, pigeons will get in behind them. It will therefore be necessary to put another row of spikes into this space to block it.
6. Very wide ledges may require 3 or more rows Defender™ Pigeon Spikes For very wide ledges, 3 or more rows of spikes will be necessary. Note: make sure the gap between rows is no greater than 2 ½ inches.
7. Grooves along the base of the spike enable them to snap into segments to fit small gaps. Grooves along the base of the spike enable them to snap into segments to fit small gaps.
8. Simply putting a spike in front of a hole will not stop the pigeon Very important: spikes will stop pigeons from sitting on a ledge; however, if there is a hole in the eaves, or a cavity in the house’s exterior behind the spikes, pigeons will invariably force their way past the spikes in an effort to get into that hole. Simply putting a spike in front of a hole will not stop the pigeon. Every effort should be made to block the access to this hole or space. You might be able to seal that hole with wire mesh, for example. Please note before blocking the hole you should ensure that there are no pigeons that may be trapped. If you do discover any pigeons please contact your local PICAS office at the following email address for assistance:
9. Spike all possible landing sites with Defender™ Bird and Pigeon Spikes. Every effort should be made to spike all possible landing sites. Pigeons can land on even the smallest piece of ledge or pipe. Snap spikes into pieces to finish off rows or spike small pipes, etc.
10. Warn contactors not to damage the spikes while working. All aWindow cleaners, contractors on ladders, scaffolders, painters, and decorators have a habit of breaking the spikes. Warn them not to damage the spikes while working. If a spike is damaged, replace it as soon as possible.

Important Health and Safety when installing Bird Spikes

Pigeon droppings could affect your health. Wear suitable protective clothing: a dust mask, gloves, overalls, etc. If you intend to use ladders to access the area requiring treatment, only do so if you’re sure it’s stable, and always make sure you have a second person with you to ‘foot’ (hold) the bottom of the ladder securely.