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Pest birds: The role of building design and maintenance

Michael Howard (Lecturer in Environmental Health at the University of Salford)
Peter Barrett (Lecturer in Building Surveying at the University of Salford)
David Oldbury MIEH (Senior Environmental Health Officer (Pest Control) with Manchester City Council)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 1 January 1992



Reviews the species and characteristics of bird pests, defined as birds whose activities impinge significantly on buildings and their occupants; feral pigeons, starlings, house sparrows, swallows and martins. Outlines damage caused, bird‐proofing design techniques, and bird deterrent and removal techniques. Concludes that long‐term solutions, based on an understanding of bird behaviour, are most likely to be successful.



Howard, M., Barrett, P. and Oldbury MIEH, D. (1992), "Pest birds: The role of building design and maintenance", Structural Survey, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 38-44.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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