Are Pigeons Game Or Vermin

Pigeon, any of several hundred species of birds constituting the family Columbidae (order Columbiformes). Smaller forms are usually called doves, larger forms pigeons. An exception is the white domestic pigeon, the symbol known as the “dove of peace.” Pigeons occur. The most common pest species shot with airguns are rats, ground squirrels, sparrows, starlings, black birds, pigeons and other animals causing a nuisance or depredation on private property. Under certain conditions, a small game animal such as cottontail rabbits on a golf course or tree squirrels in the attic become a pest animal.

When planning for a new build, there is a range of options to consider – size, colour, type of cladding, and the list goes on. Yet if you’re new to the building game, you may not yet have considered the bird and vermin proofing alternatives available.

Brocock airguns combine rugged reliability with precision performance, which makes them a great choice for pest control. Made in Britain, the Compatto boasts compact semi-bullpup proportions and, if you go for the HR version, a quality Huma regulator which ensures very consistent performance and boosts shot count to around 150 per fill.

To invest in a new building is a major venture and getting it right first time is a must. With no protection you risk property and product damage, not to mention the diseases that birds and vermin can carry and the insect infestations that can follow.

The sparrow/pigeon hawk idea is a good one, but they don't tend to hunt or eat many birds over the course of a week. But cats and dogs can be quite greedy - and their presence alone could be a good deterrent. Mark P, Birmingham. These birds not only mess over everything but trying to feed other birds is hard as the pigeons steal their food. No pigeons are not a dam Vermin!!! And to you idiots you have no right to call these birds a vermin. Are they the one's poluiting the earth? Are they the one's that swear and curse?

Read on for our list of the best ways to create a bird and vermin resistant building.

  1. Tapered Box Beam

    The fully sealed, hollow box section of the Tapered Box Beam design means that the portal frames and purlins are naturally completely bird and vermin-resistant.

The best option on the market for building spans over 24 meters is the Tapered Box Beam.

The fully sealed, hollow box section of the Tapered Box Beam design means that the portal frames and purlins are naturally completely bird and vermin-resistant. When purlins are nested into the portals there are no lips/ surfaces for birds to roost or vermin to run upon. This product is essential for any food manufacturing, extreme hygiene, highly corrosive applications and packaging buildings.

  1. Bracketless Portal System

    The angled edge of the purlin means birds cannot perch on them.


For your smaller buildings, our Bracketless Portal System is the ideal option. The exclusive system features no knee or apex braces, and purlins which are angled in a way that makes it impossible for birds to perch on. Flashing can be applied to protect the C-section portal rafters, however, from experience we have found that 85-90% of bird issues are resolved by having bird resistant purlins alone.

Our bird-resistant purlins in both our Tapered Box Beam and Bracketless Portal System structures are nested, as opposed to our competitors that typically use top hat sections (as seen in the image below).

  1. Bird Spikes and Bird Goo

    Our competitors use a tophat system which allows many areas for birds to perch, roost and nest. Bird droppings can be seen here, along with a swallows nest in the apex.

Other ‘add on’ options not typically needed in Coresteel structures include bird spikes and bird goo.

Bird spikes are available from various retailers and can be purchased in stainless steel or plastic. The spikes are placed on specific areas and physically prevent the birds from landing, perching or roosting in that area.

Bird goo works in a similar way and involves applying a non-toxic, tacky, bird repellent gel to prevent birds landing, perching and roosting on those surfaces. In comparison to the bird spikes, the bird gel does not harm birds and is close to invisible. On the other hand, it needs to be reapplied every year.

To fully bird proof the roof canopy we suggest customers apply either spikes or glue to bracing elements and anything else exposed to perching. However, we find that nearly all our customers choose to incorporate our unique purlin and Tapered Box Beam design, rather than going to the hassle and cost involved in applying spikes or goo.

  1. Vermin resistant girt

    The vermin girt provides a unique profile, preventing vermin from entering the building in this area.

Standard to all Coresteel structures is the addition of a vermin resistant girt. Instead of using a bottom girt 300mm above the ground, we can incorporate a vermin girt to sit on top of the slab and tie into the structure. The cladding on the exterior wall comes over the face of the vermin girt, providing a unique profile, preventing vermin from entering the building in this area.

What Animals Are Considered Vermin

  1. Bird Brush

Bats Are Vermin

Another element to consider – no matter what other bird and vermin proofing you undertake is to also make sure that birds and vermin cannot get in through gaps around roller shutter, bi-folding, sliding or pedestrian doors.

List Of Vermin Animals

A product called Bird Brush can be fitted around doors to deter birds and vermin entering. The product is a dense bristle brush which slides into an aluminium carrier.

Any questions?

View the Bracketless Portal System and Tapered Box Beam structure diagrams to see how our bird and vermin resistance features work together.

Types Of Vermin

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