It is important to use this product appropriately. There are legal aspects to consider when using this product but also how to use it humanely to minimise harm to birds and other species. The aim of the product is to deter birds from roosting, not to harm them.
In Queensland, it is illegal to use any control measures for native species without a Damage Mitigation Permit (DMP)
. All native species are protected under the Nature Conservation Act, 1992
. Native species
include cockatoos, ravens, crows, welcome swallows, fairy martins and native mynas
. If you are having problems with these species then seek advice from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
If you are targeting a non-native bird species but there is a reasonable chance that native species will also be affected then a DMP is required.
Birds Off Gel can be used legally to deter non-native bird species from roosting in particular places. However it must be used humanely. The gel works by creating a sticky surface which birds do not like and therefore they will chose to roost elsewhere. Birds off gel is made of non-toxic chemicals but if it gets onto feathers and sticks them together, it can prevent birds from flying. This in turn can lead to them dying from starvation.
RSPCA Qld does not know whether other species such as lizards and frogs could become caught in the gel but is concerned this might be the case.
To use this product appropriately we ask that you:
- Do not use where other species are likely to be affected.
- Use the product sparingly to reduce risk of negative outcomes for birds and other species.
- Check the application area every 24 hours to check for any animals caught in the gel. If animals are caught rescue them gently and take them to your local veterinarian if they appear to need treatment.
- If animals are regularly being caught then remove the gel.