Industry-Leading Bird Management · Backed by Science
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Humane Solutions’ Avian Division is run by our expert, Emma Harris. Emma made a name for herself in the extremely competitive wildlife industry of South Africa. Her list of accolades is lengthy, but she has been as successful in the field as she has in academia. Ask her about dehorning rhinos.
After her Bachelor of Technology (honors) on wild bird fostering and rehabilitation, Emma completed a Master of Science focusing on interdisciplinary non-lethal pigeon control. Through her research in urban spaces she has became proficient in management methods, from falconry to standard deterrents, allowing for a more holistic approach to pest populations. She has provided input and guidance on problem bird populations to residential homes, apartment blocks, churches, universities, museums and crocodile farms! Emma has used her research to zero in on the most efficient, humane, and cost-effective bird management strategies, and brings all of this and more to the Humane Solutions team.
Harris, E., de Crom, E.P., Fouche, J. & Wilson, A. (2018 – awaiting review) Comparative study on the temporary effects of audio and visual raptor presence on a pigeon, with a view towards pest control.
Harris, E., Harris, T. & Kearney, T. (2018 – awaiting review) Atlas of hair scale patterns of bat species (Chiroptera) occurring in South Africa.
Harris, E., de Crom, E.P. & Wilson, A. 2017. An interdisciplinary approach for non-lethal pigeon control. International Pest Control, 59 (1): 16-18.
Harris, E., de Crom, E.P., & Wilson, A. 2017. Pigeon control and people: staff perceptions on University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus. The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 13(1), a399. https://doi.org/10.4102/ td.v13i1.399
Harris, E., de Crom, E.P., & Wilson, A. 2016. Pigeons and people: mortal enemies or lifelong companions? A case study on staff perceptions of the pigeons on the University of South Africa, Muckleneuk campus. Journal of Public Affairs, 16(4): 331-340 doi: 10.1002/pa.1593.
Harris, E., de Crom, E.P., Labuschagne, J. & Wilson, A. 2016. Urban environment use by speckled (Columba guinea) and feral (Columba livia) pigeons on the University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 14(4): 399-419.
Harris, E., de Crom, E.P., Labuschagne, J. & Wilson, A. 2016. Visual deterrents and physical barriers as non-lethal pigeon control on University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus. SpringerPlus, 5(1), 1884. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-3559-5.
Harris, E., Harris, T., Malan, G. & Monajadem, A. (manuscript underway) Bats and birds: diet, prey categories and prey size of a nesting Bat Hawk Macheiramphus alcinus pair from Tzaneen, South Africa.
South African Wildlife Management Association Conference: Wildlife Management in the Face of Global Change, Western Cape, South Africa, 2017
3rd Annual International Conference on Earth and Environmental Sciences, Athens Greece, 2016
5th Annual Ecohealth Research Forum Conference, Free State South Africa, 2014
Regardless of the size of your project, we will help you achieve a permanent result. Services are humane, backed by science, and come standard with industry-leading warranties.
Spikes are the go-to solution for spot-treatments; from small perching and nesting locations, to long runs on ledges or equipment, spikes are a guaranteed way to keep birds from landing, and consequently from habituating. We use only quality, stainless steel spikes and adhesives/hardware which not only provide an effective solution but are species-appropriate so as to mitigate the impact on non-target birds. Our technicians take care to ensure a long-lasting, and aesthetically appealing installation.
Netting is versatile and offers 100% exclusion; great for small voids and complicated structures, as well as large applications like warehouses and hangars. Nets come in various sizes for various birds, and our robust materials and methods ensure your nets will last far beyond the 10 year manufacturer warranty. Our team can get innovative with installation to suit your needs- we recently designed and installed nets on a roof-top gazebo to operate like curtains!
Audio & Visual Deterrents
There are numerous products and services that fall in this category, and the efficacy of each varies depending on the situation. We may recommend anything from cannons to decoys, but most often your money is best spent on physical exclusion such as spikes and nets as audio and visual deterrents without reinforcement are ineffective.
Physical Removal & Hazing
In certain situations, it may be necessary to physically remove a bird, especially if it is wounded and/or dangerous.
Hazing is the most effective option for large, outdoor areas. Running a service dog on regular intervals can help dramatically reduce nesting activity, and therefore all of the negative human/wildlife interactions that accompany it. Our service dog Pie is currently in training, he should be ready to go for the next nesting season!
Pigeons hold the dubious title of the number one pest bird the country. Domesticated over two thousand years ago, pigeons are unafraid of people and readily adapt to an urban environment. Because their droppings contain an acidic component that is highly corrosive, pigeons can cause a great deal of damage to your property in a short amount of time, whilst the bacteria and fungal agents pose a health concern to people in close proximity.
There are two main species of crows, the large Common crow found across the country and the smaller Fish crow found in the Southeast. The Common crow is a big black colored bird approximately 17 to 20 inches long with a strong stout build and a compressed bill. The Fishing crow is a smaller darker version of its relative. Both have a scavenger’s diet and will eat a wide variety of food items including insects, frogs, small snakes, eggs, mice and animal carcasses. Crows will also eat newly planted crops such as corn. Well known for their intelligence, they are social birds who participate in constant communication making capture of a bird very difficult. The crow’s native history along with its helpful bug eating habits have insured its Federally protected status.
Starlings are ranked just behind pigeons and sparrows as an urban bird pest. Starlings can be a nuisance in both urban and rural areas due to their nesting, eating and living habits. When the bird is in its flocking phase, thousands of starlings often overwhelm buildings and trees. Large scale buildup of feces from these flocks can lead to structural damage as the uric acid in the feces can corrode stone, metal and masonry. Gutters and drainage pipes clogged with starling nests often backup resulting in extensive water damage.