Are Bird Spikes Effective

If you’re looking for the answer to the question “do anti bird spikes reduce pest bird problems?”, then you undoubtedly already have a problem with bird control. Birds are either landing or nesting on your property.

The answer to the question is two-fold – let’s look to see if anti-bird spikes can help to resolve your problem.

Firstly, you need to look at why the birds are landing and possibly building a nest. Is it because you feed wild birds and other unwelcome species, such as feral pigeons or starlings, are having the lion’s share? Birds go to places where food is most abundant and easy to take. If you want to control what birds you attract to your garden, especially smaller ones, but not pigeons and starlings, make sure you only place food in feeding containers that make it virtually impossible for the larger birds to feed from. If there’s no readily available food, these larger birds will move on to somewhere else.

Secondly, if you have a bird control problem with the smaller birds then anti-bird spikes may not be effective in preventing them from landing and nesting. If you think about it logically, the smaller birds have feet which are designed to grab hold of small branches and twigs – spikes can give them this ideal landing perch.

However, larger birds, such as seagulls and pigeons don’t have feet adapted for landing on fine spiky branches and twigs and therefore anti bird spikes can be a very effective deterrent. If there are a vast numbers of birds, their droppings have been known to build-up on and around the spikes which then forms an ideal platform for them to build nests.


Anti-bird spikes can reduce pest bird control problems if you’re trying to humanely deter larger birds  from landing or nesting. On the other hand, the spikes may be the ideal conditions  for smaller birds; so you need to take a multi-faceted approach to control unwanted birds from making your property their home or landing site.

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Do you need help with bird control and are thinking about bird spikes? Contact Safeguard now on 0800 328 4931 to discuss your requirements.

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