Â About Bird Free
Bird Free was approved for use in the UK in February 2011. Since then it has been installed, with instant results, at a number of commercial sites (please see case studies).
Bird Free is a truly innovative means of keeping birds away â€“ without harming them â€“ from structures where their presence could jeopardise human health or human safety. As such, it has already drawn the attention of the print media, and has been featured on radio and television (see Bird Free in the news).
Controlling the behaviour of urban birds, such as pigeons and gulls, so that it doesnâ€™t endanger the safety or the health of humans is becoming a growing challenge for organisations responsible for managing and maintaining large buildings and other structures, in both the public and private sectors.
Pigeon droppings contain ammonia and salt which, when combined with rainwater, lead to electrochemical reactions that rust steel and cause serious structural weaknesses. This process is thought to have been a contributing factor to the collapse of bridge 35W in Minneapolis on 1 August 2007, which resulted in 13 fatalities.
Pigeons are naturally drawn to dark spaces such as those below bridges or inside car parks since they are descended from cliff-dwellers. Such spaces offer shelter from predators, and flat surfaces for nesting and roosting.
The large concentrations of bacteria and highly corrosive uric acid contained in pigeon droppings cause irreparable damage to concrete, to historic stone structures, to the plaster and stucco used on the exterior of buildings and to the mortar used in restoration work.
Threats to human health arise from the fungus which grows in pigeon droppings, which can cause respiratory diseases, with potentially serious consequences in vulnerable humans.
It is important to emphasise that the Bird Free solution, offered in the UK by JJBio (UK) Ltd, is designed not to harm birds; it is simply designed to keep all birds away from places in our urban environment where their continuing presence could cause hazards to human health or human safety.
How it Works
- Instantaneous bird rejection response through irritation, smell, sight, taste
- Changes bird behavior so that they go somewhere else
- Does not kill or trap birds
- Long-lasting expelling effects for harmful birds