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Birds are usually useful in the garden because they are predators of many of our insect pests.  However they can sometimes be a problem, particularly in cities where most of the natural nesting places have been cleared.  Problems caused by some birds include droppings on buildings and walkways, nesting on ledges, in chimneys and on roofs, excessive noise, damage to plants and spreading of disease.  Birds can also have associated pests such as lice and mites which may attack humans and their pets. The main pest birds are the domestic pigeon, the Indian myna and the white cockatoo.


  • Seal all unnecessary holes to the roof cavity
  • Consider putting flower pots on window ledges to help deter birds
  • Install wire mesh or a partial covering over your chimney to prevent birds nesting inside
  • Bird spikes to deter landing
  • Bird netting