INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR
Defender Seagull Spikes™
The Defender™ Seagull deterrent Seagull Spikes has stainless steel wires that are 1 1/2 inches (40mm) longer than other bird spikes. This is to prevent the seagulls with their longer legs standing in between the wires.
The Defender Seagull Spikes™ should be used as a seagull deterrent to protect ledges that have a depth of up to 11 inches.(275mm). Each strip has an overall length of just over 13” (337mm).
1. All areas should be prepared ensuring they are clean, dry and free from Seagull droppings. It is important to look up; it may be that the source of the mess is actually from ledges or pipes higher up on the building. If this is the case you will need to spike these as well. If this is not done, then droppings, twigs etc may fall down onto the seagull spikes below rendering them less effective.
2. Squeeze seagull spike fixing silicone generously onto the base of the spike, about (10mm) the size of your finger. Thicker if the ledge is uneven.
3. Stick the first row of seagull deterrent seagull spikes towards the front of the ledge, so that the spikes fully protect the leading edge. Press down firmly so the glue oozes out through the little holes. If the gap behind the 1st row is greater than 4 inches (10cm) seagulls may get in behind. It is therefore necessary to install another row of spikes into this space to block it. For very wide ledges 3 or more rows of spikes may be required remembering to leave no more than 4 inches (10cm) between rows.
4. Every effort should be made to spike all possible landing sites that are 4 inches (10cm) or greater. Snap seagull deterrent seagull spikes into pieces to finish off rows or spike small areas. Spikes can be easily snapped using your fingers.
5. Always make sure that the base of the gull spikes are fixed directly onto the top of any parts of the ledge that may be raised slightly higher than the rest of the ledge. If this is not done then seagulls will overcome any spikes on lower parts by standing on the raised section. Spike the highest part of the ledge first then move on to spike the lower sections afterwards.
6. Window cleaners, contractors on ladders, scaffolders, painters etc. have a habit of damaging Seagull spikes. Warn them to be careful whilst working. A slightly damaged spike is likely to provide an ideal roosting or nesting spot for a gull. Any damaged spikes should be replaced before the gulls move in.
7. Before starting the job, assess the work to make sure that you can do it safely and without hurting yourself or others. If you have any doubts at all then please contact us or return the spikes for a full refund – no questions asked. Wear suitable protective clothing, dust mask, gloves, overalls etc.