Goose Repellents that are Effective

Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentDuring breeding season, the geese breed and lay about four to eight eggs at one time.  It takes approximately thirty days to incubate under the watchful eye of the mom and dad.  A mother goose in her lifetime will hatch up to fifty geese.  Geese are abundance and it is easy to realize why.

They can be quite a nuisance however.  If there is a water source, there will be geese.  Parks, airports, golf courses and many planned communities are in constant battle with the pest geese.  Geese love freshly manicured lawns.  They will graze on the plants, weeds and grass.  They will easily destroy the grassy area, and will leave in their wake a lot of droppings.  Goose droppings and most other bird droppings are known to carry over 60 transmittable diseases, and some of them are airborne.

Goose repellents should be installed where geese are rampant.  Geese droppings can pose a hazard to domestic animals as well as humans.  Cats can maneuver around the droppings on the grass naturally, but the dogs love to roll around in it and even eat it.  There was a study done by the CDC on a resident flock of Canada Geese in Georgia and North Carolina.  There was proof that antibiotic resistant E coli were carried by the geese.  It is obvious how one can be affected when the dog comes charging inside after rolling around on the grass laden with goose poop after what appears to be a safe time at the park.

There are many goose repellents that are humane and safe.  Liquid goose repellent is highly effective and very cost effective as well.  Liquid goose repellent is a non-toxic liquid that can be sprayed on the grass area and any shrubs.  The ingredient in the liquid goose repellent is a grape extract, Methyl Anthranilate.  This causes the mucous membranes and trigeminal nerves to be irritated, and they will not like it at all.  It will keep the geese off the grass, yet the area will still be safe for any domestic animals.

There are many choices of goose repellents.  There is also sound deterrents, motion activated sprinklers and coyote decoys to get rid of geese from your property.
 

Goose Control at the Golf Course

Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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Golf courses have man-made designed hazards to make the course more interesting.  There is water and bunkers.  This is what the Official Rules of Golf designate as hazards.  To a golfer, a hazard is anything that is hazardous to the ultimate golf score.  Another hazard on the golf course is the Canada Geese.  Goose control is a hot topic for golf course workers and superintendents.  It takes effort to keep the course clean and green.  With geese running amuck depositing their droppings everywhere they go just adds to the cleaning up portion of the course maintenance worker’s job.

Golfers are not very happy stomping in goose droppings or having their golf balls rolling around in the droppings.  Golfers pay a lot of money to play a course usually, and they should not have to worry about picking up their golf ball and having to sanitize their hands each time they touch it.  When geese are present, their residual feathers are usually all over the place as well.

Goose control is especially relevant with golf courses that have a lot of water features.  The goose control problem even filters over into the surrounding luxury homes, condos and apartments that are often built around the golf courses.  The noise of the geese is also a factor.  A golfer lined up for a shot does not like to be distracted by the geese flapping their wings or diving into the pond.

Goose Control Methods

How can the golf course and paying golfers be spared from the geese? The course and players are spared by applying a goose control method or two. Visual bird diverters, or bird scares, placed sporadically around the waterholes with bird deterrent balloons attached to a type of stake pounded in the ground would be a great start to getting rid of the pest birds.  A goose control using a visual deterrent such as the visual balloon deterrent, works by frightening the geese away.  As the balloon will look like a decorative item to the golfer, it is a predator to the pest birds.  The “mock” predator eye is printed on the sides of the balloon. The surface of this visual bird deterrent is shiny and reflective which adds to the uncomfortable visual stimuli of the pest bird, confusing and frightening the bird and forcing the feathered nuisance to find an alternate bathing, resting and eating place.  These balloon diverters can also be hung in trees, wherever the problem occurs.  There are also diverters that act in the same way, but they are not balloon shaped.  They are more flat but still have the shiny surface and the predator markings which confuse and scare the geese.

There are also motion activated sprinklers and sound goose deterrents that work well in unison with the visual scares.  A professional from a successful bird control company will be able to guide you to the best combination of goose control methods that will keep the course free from the Canada Geese.


 

Geese are Returning – Install Goose Control

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentsIt is spring and the migratory geese are returning.  Grass and shrubs will be eaten until there is nothing left.  Well, what will be left is the mass of goose droppings all over the place.  They take the food, but they leave their fecal matter behind.  Goose control products are needed to take control of the goose problems.  Goose control methods are safe and humane and a great solution to get rid of geese from the area.

Goose Control Repellents

Geese graze and chomp on the grass and shrubs so the best way to deter them is by putting something on the area that will annoy them.  Migrate Goose Repellent will annoy the geese and make them leave the area but will not harm them or anyone else who comes in contact with this non-toxic liquid goose repellent.  The active ingredient in the liquid goose repellent is Methyl Anthranilate, which is a fancy term for a non-toxic grape extract.  This extract has proven to be effective in repelling pest birds including the geese.  The geese are annoyed because the extract irritates their trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes through the entry in their eyes, nose and mouth.  The birds dislike the sensation it causes and they will want to leave the area that is treated with the liquid repellent.

Another method to get rid of geese is a sound goose deterrent.  A solar powered scare tactic can deter geese from a few acres with additional speakers that are set up strategically.  Birds hear at the same level as humans so do not be deceived into buying an ultrasonic device.  The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic is not ultrasonic, and this device features actual distress and predator calls of over 22 different types of birds, including the unwanted geese.  The goose control method is great for large areas such as parks, golf courses, cemeteries and sports fields to only name a few places.

Goose control products are simple to install, but if you have neither the time nor resources to install the goose deterrent products, there are wildlife and pest control professionals that offer advice and services.  The cost effectiveness of bird control outweighs the cost of damage and repair to lawns and fields.

 

 

Goodbye Birds - Bird Control is in Action

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlNormal wear and tear on a property is an expected occurrence.  Building owners and facility managers anticipate a certain amount of damage to occur each year, and usually there is a line in the budget for this projected expense.  Often times, however, facility managers may not think about the bird damage and the liability caused by a pest bird infestation.  You do not have a lot of control over the normal wear and tear, but you do have control over the pest bird problem and you can get rid of pigeons and other birds from your property.

Pigeons and other pest birds can be very messy.  They leave their droppings all over the rooftops, walls, and windowsills and their droppings can even fall on very expensive equipment.  The droppings contaminate water sources and droppings and nesting materials can clog vents.  Walkways are an issue with fresh new droppings.  They are often the cause of slip and fall accidents.  This is a huge liability that needs to be forefront and taken care of immediately.  Droppings are also very acidic and because of the acidity they can be corrosive and cause irreversible damage to the equipment and any other surface they land on.

Get rid of Pest Birds with Bird Control

The most successful way to get rid of pest birds is with a combined approach including bird deterrents.  Eco-friendly and humane products that are safe for everything is the perfect bird control solution.  Facility managers have many products to select from including bird netting, bird spikes, visual deterrents and sonic devices that will scare the birds away.

Your company’s reputation is at stake.  Also investing in bird control will save time and money without having to have the added personnel to clean up and repair the damage the pest birds are sure to accomplish if they are allowed to linger.
 

Protect Large Grassy Areas with Goose Control

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Maintenance supervisors and workers have their work cut out for them when they deal with goose droppings all over the lawns on golf courses, parks and cemeteries.  Goose deterrent methods are needed ASAP for these kinds of locations.  Interruption of a golf game when the golfers have paid hundreds of dollars to play the course will make for some unhappy golfers.  Geese can also be a real nuisance at parks and cemeteries.  Geese are known to be quite aggressive and will chase animals and small children.

When their natural predators such as foxes and coyotes are not around to chase them away, geese will gather in huge numbers and then you have a real mess and a lot of noise.  Geese are more often found near water sources such as lakes, reservoirs, large ponds and rivers.  Thankfully, there are highly effective and humane goose control methods that can be installed to get rid of geese in these areas.

Effective Geese Deterrents

There are great geese deterrent products out on the market.  Sonic deterrents work well.  Ultrasonic devices will not work, so make sure that it is a sonic sound deterrent.  Geese hear at the same level as humans, so if you cannot hear it, they will not be able to either.  The sonic sound deterrents work with the goose’s natural fear of predators by broadcasting distress calls and predator calls.  Some units can cover as many as four acres of land.  The speakers can be directed towards certain areas.

There are also non-toxic liquid goose deterrents that discourage geese from eating the grass since it leaves a bad taste and sensation in their mouth. The active ingredient is grape extract and it is safe for pets and humans. One application lasts up to two weeks outdoors, and it won’t wash off with rain or sprinklers. The liquid deterrent is ideal for large outdoor areas. The best chemical goose control products are registered with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure they can be safely used.

There are also visual deterrents that are effective and are great goose-scare devices. These include scare balloons and flash tape. Geese like to feel comfortable when they nest and roost and bird scare deterrents make them uncomfortable. The best balloons have large predator eye designs that look threatening to the geese. Flash tape is reflective in the sun and rustles in the breeze, making geese even more nervous.

To ensure maximum effectiveness, goose deterrents should be set up before geese arrive. They should also be used at night when geese tend to roost. It is recommended to use these methods together since geese may eventually get used to them and no longer see one particular goose control product as a threat.

 

Bird Spikes Will Deter Pigeons from Construction Sites

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird spikesThe overall responsibility of a construction site is the general contractors duty.  This includes communicating to all the vendors and trades involved in the course of the construction project.  Bird control measures are now being required on some new construction projects and on many remodels.  This helps ensure the integrity of the construction materials that are being used.  Architects, building engineers and general contractors all work together to ensure that the bird control products chosen do not interrupt the integrity of the design.

Construction sites are in constant battle with the pigeon and gulls.  A physical barrier that would keep the birds at a distance is a bird spike.  Bird spikes stop the larger pest birds such as pigeons from perching on the ledges.  The spikes come in different sizes so that any ledge from narrow to wide will be proficiently treated.  Contractors as well as architects often recommend stainless steel bird spikes.  They have a long guarantee and are patented with the bend & brush design for permanent installation.  They fit any contour and can bend 360 degrees.  They are installed with adhesives or can be screwed down.  The base of the spikes is U.V. protected polycarbonate.  The bend and brush design guarantees that the spikes will not fall out of the base.  When installed correctly, they are virtually invisible and protecting the integrity of the building project, while protecting against the intrusion of pest birds.

Why Bird Deterrents are Needed

Pigeon and other pest birds do not just eat leftover food and leave.  Or they do not just roost and raise their young in nests and leave.  What happens is they leave behind their droppings, which accumulate and create an unsafe environment, not to mention an unsightly one.  The affect of leaving the site untreated with bird control measures can be quite costly and time consuming in repair and clean up.

The messy droppings damage and accelerate the deterioration of buildings, which in turn increases the cost of maintenance.  Bird, pigeons especially, also carry and transmit many diseases; pigeon ornithosis, encephalitis and cryptococcosis to name only a few.  Many diseases can be transmitted to humans.

The general contractor and team working together will ensure a site that is bird free and is able to stay that way once the project is complete.

 

 

 

 

Effective and Humane Goose Control

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlEffective goose control is much needed.  Every year thousands of dollars is used in clean up and repairs from what the pest bird droppings destroy.  If the areas such as a park, airport and golf course are not covered by goose control measures, large flocks of geese will often lay claim to the area, and this means leaving disease-carrying droppings in their wake.  The droppings will contaminate the ponds, lakes and any other body of water.  They will also leave the area unsightly and unsanitary.  Geese graze on the grassy areas and shrubs and they will destroy the area.  Geese are drawn to large inland bodies of water, and that is why they are attracted to parks and golf courses.

Most airports are also near large areas of land that usually have bodies of water.  Geese cause other hazards around an airport, causing major damage to engines and props.  Collisions are potentially lethal between the airplane and geese.  There are many bird strikes reported each year.  Not all develop into catastrophes, but some do.

Most species of geese are protected by federal and local statutes, so only non-lethal goose deterrents can be used against them. Below are some of the most effective and humane goose control methods that are often used.

Sound Goose Deterrent

Using sound to scare pests exploits the goose's natural fear of predators.  Sonic bird deterrents scare geese off with sounds of distress and predator calls. They are most effective when they are strategically positioned in open spaces.  They can work day and night, and are easily programmed.

Motion Activated Sprinkler

Sprinklers deliver a vigorous blast of water when wandering geese approach the radius of detection. The sudden blast of water, startling sprinkler sound and realistic looking bird-like moving head delivers an aggressive message to pest geese. The sprinkler simply connects to a garden hose, yet uses just 2 to 3 cups of water per spray. It covers approximately 1,200 square feet with a stream that reaches out 35 feet and 45 feet wide. The sprinkler works day and night for up to 6 months (over 1,000 'bursts") on a single 9-volt battery. For added flexibility, you can fine-tune both the sprinkler's sensitivity and spray distance. They are perfect for keeping geese out of the area.

Corrosive Droppings from Pest Birds

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

pest birdsBusinesses and individuals pay millions of dollars each year in pest bird clean-up expenses, damaged equipment and repairs.  Up to six figures can easily be spent by large industrial facilities combating pest bird issues.  Management needs to understand the importance of implementing a bird control solution which will lower these costs.  There are serious issues associated with pest birds.

Pest Bird Issues – Why Bird Control is Needed

Birds are destructive to products, property and equipment.  Their interference in the work place endangers workers and themselves.  The birds can become entangled in machinery, causing fires, blocking ventilation ducts, ruining rooftops, pecking holes in utility poles and causing power lines to come tumbling down.  Birds are even known to cause fatal bird strikes at airports.

Bird droppings are very corrosive and can cause irreversible damage.  The droppings deface walkways, walls, rooftops, equipment and vehicles.  The corrosive nature of the droppings can cause structural failure.  They eat away at paint, concrete, wood and most metals.

Birds are also known to carry over sixty transmittable diseases.  The droppings are one way to spread the diseases.  The fecal dust is inhaled and the fungal spores that are breathed in can cause serious illnesses in humans. Also, the droppings and nests harbor over 60 kinds of ectoparasites including mites and bed bugs.

There are many types of bird control methods that will deter the birds from the area.  Bird netting is used often in large warehouses where the birds get in and roost up on the beams.  Bird netting can also be used in the loading dock area where birds tend to gravitate towards.

Bird spikes are another form of bird control that will keep the birds from landing where they are installed.  They can be applied to any flat or curved surface, including the company sign.  Pigeons are notorious pests and will try and make themselves very comfortable on your building.

Liability is always an issue at every work site.  Bird droppings are not only unsightly, unsanitary and damaging, but the fresh droppings on walking surfaces create a very slippery area.  Many slip and fall accidents are reported each year where the fresh droppings are the cause.  Keeping the business bird free will also keep the fines and citations away which OSHA and USDA give out for bird mess issues.
 

Get rid of Swallows from your Office Buildings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of swallowsThe conflict with swallows occurs when the swallows nest close to humans and their droppings and other debris are prevalent.  Swallows are federally protected, so lethal bird control is not an option.  Nests can be removed when the nests are completely empty.  It is important to remove the nests when possible, because the swallow will come back to its same nest, or quite often other birds will use the nest.

Whereas many people may enjoy watching the swallows build their nests and the activity surrounding them, a commercial building is not the place for this to occur.  Swallows have very messy mud nests and their droppings can be quite a mess as well.  Not a nice visual for a company’s reputation.  It is important to create a swallow control plan so that the nests do not even begin being built.

Swallow Control Barriers

Creating a barrier is one way you can be sure that they are unable to build their nests, and they will fly away and find another location.  Bird netting and bird slopes are both methods that create a barrier so the swallow will not build its nasty nest on the commercial building.  A technique to use with the bird netting is to hang the netting from the eave.  The netting should be 3 to 4 inches from the wall and extend down about 18 inches.  You do not have to worry that the public will see all the netting.  When installed correctly it is virtually invisible from the ground.  The area under the eaves is usually shaded and the netting will get obscured by the shadows.

The bird slope is a unique design that creates a 90-degree area that makes it impossible for the birds to land on.  The slopes are made from a UV protected PVC plastic.  It is ideal for the eaves area and can also be applied to ledges and beams.

The swallows will need to find another location if bird netting and bird slopes are installed on the building.
 

How to Keep Pigeons off of City Buildings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

keep pigeons offProperty damage is often times due to the pigeon and their poop.  They thrive in the city.  There is readily available food, water and shelter everywhere they turn.  There are also fewer predators for them to be worried about.  They will choose to roost and nest just about everywhere including rooftops, ledges, bridges, warehouses and any signage on the building and can easily do so when there is no bird control to stop the pigeon.  All their options are substitutes for their natural ledges in the sides of cliffs.  The feral pigeons are derived from domestic pigeons which were originally bred from the wild Rock Dove, which are natural inhabitants of sea-cliffs and mountains.  That is why city life is so inviting to them, with all the architectural nuances on the structures that are substitutes for their natural ledges in cliffs.

They can be quite a nuisance when they arrive in large flocks.  Each pigeon will drop about 25 pounds of poop per year, so it is easy to imagine a flock of birds that are not discouraged with any type of pigeon deterrent and the amount of droppings that can accumulate.

Pigeon droppings are not only unsightly and messy, but they are very unsanitary.  This creates a big problem if they get inside warehouses or they roost and nest on the buildings where there is an abundance of human traffic.  Bird poop is very acidic and will permanently stain and eat through most surfaces, including most metals.  Machinery, signs, statues are all at risk when the birds are allowed to use these areas as their resting spots.  The droppings also harbor diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Bird Deterrent Spikes

There are safe and humane pigeon control methods on the market that can eliminate the pest bird problem and help get rid of pigeons.   Bird spikes are a very effective bird deterrent that creates a barrier between the pigeon and the surface to keep pigeons off the buildings. Bird spikes can protect rooftops, under eaves, beams and rafters and window sills.  The U.V. protected polycarbonate plastic bird spikes would be a good solution.  They come in different colors and can match most structures they are applied to.  It is imperative to install the spikes correctly because pigeons are very intelligent and they will try and find a way to sneak around the strips of spikes.  There are authorized bird control product installers that can help you determine your specific needs as well as help with installations.

 

Bird Deterrent Installation is Integral in Building Maintenance Plans

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsMost buildings require regular maintenance, just like a car, home or any other structure.  Regular maintenance keeps the buildings from deteriorating.  No matter what size the building is, certain tasks need to be performed to ensure that there is proper operation of things such as heating, cooling, air conditioning systems and ventilation.  These areas also need to meet health and safety codes.  Bird deterrents that are installed properly will prevent nesting materials and the bird’s droppings from damaging these important systems and to ensure that they continue working properly without the added cost of repairing and replacing them due to the hazardous and damaging bird materials.

The same is true for outdoor areas where the public may walk, or take their morning, afternoon and lunch breaks.  Bird deterrents are needed to keep the birds from leaving their droppings all over the tables and chairs used by employees and customers.  The bird droppings contaminate where they land, including drinking fountains, drains and grass areas.  New droppings are also very slippery and can be a liability issue should someone slip and fall.  The droppings also harbor diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Security cameras and light posts also should be protected with a bird control method so that the building and business do not become laden with droppings and make for an unwelcome environment.  The nesting materials and droppings can also obscure and render the safety cameras inoperable.  The costs of repair and lack of proper security can lead to more costs due to lack of bird control.

Roofs, signage and exterior facades can also be seriously damaged by pest-bird droppings and nesting materials. Roofs, particularly, can be exorbitantly expensive to repair or replace. The acid in bird droppings can quickly eat into painted signs and plastic, ruin paint, artwork, statues and other architectural values on the building. All the more reason to invest in bird deterrents before damage transpires.

Bird Deterrent Options

There are numerous bird deterrent methods to choose from.  Bird spikes, bird slopes, visual scare devices and sound bird control units to only name a few.  Investing in a low cost bird control method is very cost effective and will protect the property from the unwanted advances of the pest birds.
 

How to Deter the Barn Swallows

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterretnsSwallows are slender birds that are found in North American.  Swallows are very territorial and will return to the same nesting sites each spring and summer.  Swallows have become more of a nuisance in the suburban areas.  At one time they were cliff dwellers, but they have now adapted to man-made structures such as stucco on homes, bridges and wood beams.  They build their nests of mud and leave the surface stained and riddled with swallow droppings.  Swallows can leave a very unsightly mess and should be deterred using a bird control method that has been tried and tested for effectiveness.

A colony of swallows can leave a path of droppings down the sides of your business and the ground below. Property managers spend time and money cleaning up the mess and cleaning up the slip-and-fall hazards from the swallow’s droppings. There are also bacteria, fungal agents and parasites found in the droppings and nests than carry hosts with serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and many more. The mud nests also are usually infested with insects. The insects tend to move around to find new hosts. Even when the swallows leave, their empty nests will attract new birds and the same problems.

Business owners should be concerned about swallows nesting on their buildings.  Swallows and their nests are fully protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which makes it illegal to deliberately kill, injure or take any migratory bird. It is also illegal to intentionally damage or destroy the nest, eggs, or young of a swallow while it is being built or in use. The Act allows fines or prison sentences for every bird, egg or nest destroyed.  This makes it imperative to protect and area that they have nested in before and to get the bird control products in place before the swallows return.

Swallow Deterrents that are Effective and Humane

Bird netting is a low profile means of preventing the swallows from building their mud nests under the eaves of the building.  The netting is very light weight and easy to install.  It is made of durable, U.V. protected polypropylene.  Bird netting can be secured with twine, zip ties, hog rings or staple gun.

Another effective bird control products is a bird slope. The slopes are made from slippery PVC panels and are ideal for use on any ledge that meets at a 90 degree angle. They can also be used on eaves. As an anti-perching, anti-roosting deterrent, bird slopes have proven to be effective against all types of birds, including swallows.

Both products are effective and humane and will keep the swallows from constructing their nests to your structures.  When installed correctly, they will be virtually invisible from the ground.
 

Protect City Structures from Swallow’s Nests

Sunday, April 6, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Swallows nestsAccording to the Attawa Citizen paper a $24-million bridge replacement was held up due to nesting swallows.  The bridge was set for demolition to make room for a new and bigger bridge but the ministry stopped the work because barn swallows are protected.  There was a big controversy because the birds mysteriously disappeared.  There were accusations of alleged shooting of the Barn Swallows but there was insufficient evidence to proceed with any charges and the case was closed.

As the article states, “The whole problem could have been avoided if someone had moved the nests away from the bridge before breeding season.  MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) emails say the city was responsible for arranging this but didn’t.”

This should be a lesson for all city managers.  Removing unoccupied nests should be done as soon as possible.  If they are not removed, the sparrows are known to move into the nests.  Sparrows are also a protected bird under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Removal of the nests and installation of bird control products is needed to get rid of swallows and to keep their muddy nests off city property.

Swallows nest on bridges, docks, eaves of buildings and other man-made structures.  They mainly build their nests on vertical structures.  Barn swallows nest in pairs and cliff swallows nest in colonies that could contain a dozen to 500 nesting pairs.  Swallow nests are prone to parasite infestations.  This, and the damaging mud nests and the hazardous bird feces is reason enough to want to deter these nuisance birds from city property.

Swallow Bird Deterrents

There is a very unique bird deterrent that will stop swallows from building their nests under eaves or on the side of the building or under a bridge.  Hanging clear mono-filament sections can be attached to the structure.  The hanging “twine” blocks the birds from being able to build their nests.  They will not want to wade through the strips and will move to a better spot to nest.

Bird slopes are another type of swallow deterrent.  The slope can also be installed under the eave.  The bird slope is made of PVC which is slanted.  This design makes for a slippery slope that the birds will not be able to land on, let alone build a nest on.

In the long run, bird control methods bought and installed is much more cost effective than having to hold up construction or repair and repaint city structures.
 

Get Rid of Canada Geese in Parks

Saturday, April 5, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of geeseCanada geese can cause significant problems when there is no goose control in action.  Geese are sometimes year round invaders in parks and golf courses.  If there are resident geese around, goose control needs to be implemented all year long as well.  Geese will graze along the grass usually near a water source, but it is not only the grazing that is the issue.  More so, the issue is the droppings they leave in their wake.  Accumulated goose droppings can begin to contaminate the area, including the water.  There are many transmittable diseases that humans can catch from the droppings.  Installing goose control methods is a very cost effective way to get rid of geese from an area.

Goose control should include application of combined goose control methods.  It is the most effective way to get rid of geese.  There are experts out there who have successfully tested goose deterrent methods and there are reputable companies that sell these products.

Geese Control Methods

For large areas such as parks, a sound goose deterrent would work well.  Sound devices cover a large area, up to one acre, and additional acreage with added speakers that adapt to the devices.  This type of goose deterrent plays distress calls that alert the geese to danger.  When the geese hear the calls, their natural instinct to flee from danger is alerted and they leave the area.  The sound deterrent devices have an LCD display panel that shows the status and makes it very easy to read and use.   The devices can be programmed to play at different times.  The sound deterrent operates between 65-105 decibels.  Geese and most other birds hear at the same level as humans, so make sure you choose the sonic sound deterrent, not an ultrasonic sound unit.

Liquid goose repellent is another way to keep the geese off the grass.  Liquid goose repellent is a non-toxic substance that can be sprayed on the grass and shrubs.  The active ingredient in the goose repellent is Methyl Anthranilate, which is grape extract.  For some reason this extract irritates the bird’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes, and they do not like the sensation of the goose repellent and will fly away to find a more comfortable grazing ground.  This extract will not irritate or harm humans.
 

Motels Need Critter Control to Attract and Keep Guests

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Fran Prisco

critter controlMany weary travelers seek refuge in motels off the highway and in rustic rest stops. All they want is a place to shower and a good night’s sleep. But some motels are bothered by critters. Depending on the location, raccoons, skunks, rats, and rabbits can easily work their way into and around a structure, scratching on doors and scampering on roofs in the middle of the night. They can also leave nice little “deposits” in front of entry doors. Nothing is worse than a midnight trip to the icebox in your bare feet or socks only to discover that you stepped in a critter dropping. Episodes like this can ruin a motel’s reputation.

Critters cause other problems as well. Small children can be attacked by critters and become bitten or otherwise injured.  There’s also the problem of structural damage. Many critters have sharp teeth and claws that can rip through roofs. They can also burrow under the footings of storage sheds and garages. Once inside, they will settle in, poop and eat whatever’s available. Some motel owners have resorted to poisons, firearms and noisemakers to keep critters away.  These methods are only marginally effective, since critters always come back. These tactics can also be dangerous to kids and pets.

Fortunately, there is an economical deterrent that will keep critters away from your motel and its facilities. It’s called the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™.

The Lights & Sound Solution

Scientifically designed by critter control experts, the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™ gets rid of critters that wander near your property. Its sensitive motion sensor comes to life the second a critter crosses its zone of protection. Once activated, the Sonic Shield broadcasts sounds and light to scare critters away.

Dual Operating Modes

Ideal for motels and hotels, the Sonic Shield™ features a daytime and nighttime mode of operation. In the daytime mode, flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds work in unison to scatter critters from your property. Choose the nighttime mode, and only bright flashing LED lights turn on to frighten critters away. This “lights only” mode is ideal for nighttime use so as not to disturb your guests. Regardless of mode, the Sonic Shield™ is a proven cost-effective device that will rid your property of many types of critters. It’s also far superior to ultrasonic deterrents, which emit sounds above the hearing range of most critters.

Easy to Set Up and Keep Up

The Sonic Shield™ is completely portable and totally self-contained. It can be set up wherever you suspect critters might be gathering or snooping around your property. It requires just four standard AA batteries, so you won’t need long AC cords to power it. You can attach it to a light post, wall or under an eave. Simply set the mode of operation you need—night or day—and critters will stay away.

 

Universities Prepare for Graduation – Bird Control Needed

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlSpring time is very busy season for Universities. It is the season for commencements.  Maintenance and landscaping crews are beefed up and preparation starts a couple of months in advance.  What needs to be addressed during this time is the pest bird activity.  Pest bird issues are becoming more of a concern than ever before due to the rising health concerns, law suits that are health-related and property damage. Facilities managers are working tirelessly for ways to keep educational facilities safe and healthy and up to code. This is especially true in the outdoor sporting arenas such as baseball and football fields.

Perching, roosting and nesting sites are abundant on most campuses. They are attracted to light poles, outdoor stadiums and any outdoor eating areas. No matter what the problem involves, there is a successful and proven form of bird control that will deter the pest birds. Not only are the university students smart, but birds are very intelligent creatures. Application of the right method of bird control to the appropriate area will ensure less of a bird problem.

Bird Control

There are many effective bird control choices on the market. Using bird control that takes aim at the birds’ senses is the best way to get rid of the birds. There are devices that work with the birds’ audible and visual senses.  It is always best to use a couple of bird deterrents together so the birds do not get use to one particular method.

Visual Bird Deterrents

There are a variety of visual bird deterrents to choose from. Flash tape is a very basic visual deterrent. It is made of iridescent red foil Mylar. It can be streamed down buildings, hung in trees or off posts.  The wind or breeze moves the tape and the sun reflects off the tape creating a visual commotion which scares and annoys the birds. It creates a crinkling sound when it moves as well which confuses the birds and they will want to avoid the area. Another type of visual bird deterrent is a scare balloon. The predator design and shine of the balloon will confuse and frighten the bird and is also a very easy way to get rid of birds from an area.

Sound Deterrents

There are sonic sound deterrents that blast bird warning calls that care the pest birds.. Sonic units are great for a large open area such as a university or college. The units are programmable and will work for over 20 different species of pest birds. There is also a setting that will play multiple bird species intermittently. The facilities personnel can program the units to play nightly or during the day. There is an LCD panel that displays the status and settings at all times. One unit with additional added speakers can cover many acres.

Effective Bird Control for Today’s Billboards

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlBirds love to perch and roost on billboards. The lofty heights and support grid work of these structures provide ideal perching sites for pigeons and other birds. And where birds perch, they usually poop. Besides defacing the ads that appear on billboards, bird droppings often fall on people and things underneath them. This can result in costly clean ups for billboards, windows, walkways, vehicles and soiled clothing.

Billboard installation crews can also be slowed down or injured by pest birds and their droppings. Birds will suddenly fly out of a structure, startling installers. The platform under the face of a billboard is usually covered with bird droppings and dead birds, which can create dangerous slip-and-fall hazards in areas high off the ground.

One of the best anti-perching, anti-roosting bird deterrents currently available for billboards is the Stainless Steel Bird Spike.

The Proven Anti-Perching Bird Deterrent

Stainless Steel Bird Spikes have proven themselves worldwide to deny birds a landing area wherever they’re installed. Ideal for larger birds—like pigeons and gulls—the spiked strips prevent birds from gathering on the tops of billboards, their structures and lights. Blunted at the tips, the spikes won’t harm birds or work crews, and they have been approved by a number of humane groups—including the U.S. Humane Society.

A Problem-Solving Bird Deterrent

Bird droppings can quickly deface and permanently mar billboard displays. They can also damage lighting systems, electrical wiring and hydraulic systems. Bird nesting debris can create the kindling that can cause electrical fires. Well-placed Stainless Steel Bird Spikes can keep bird droppings out of these systems. By keeping birds away, bird spikes also virtually eliminate the health hazards posed by bird droppings and dead birds (birds can carry any of 60 known diseases, including salmonella). Stainless Steel Bird Spikes can prevent these and many other bird-related problems.

The Easy-to-Install Bird Deterrent

Today’s Stainless Steel Bird Spikes are easy to install. The spiked strips offered by Bird-B-Gone come in two-foot sections, providing up to 40 spikes per foot in a linear array.  These bird spikes also come in a variety of widths to fit the specific bird problem area—widths of 3-, 5- and 8-inches are available. Each spiked strip is just 1.5 inches wide, which greatly simplifies installation on narrow surfaces. A built-in glue tough and pre-drilled mounting holes further reduce installation time. The spike’s flexible base bends a full 360 degrees, allowing the spiked strip to follow the curved surfaces of lighting fixtures and supporting grid work or structures. The spikes are virtually invisible, so they won’t detract from the billboard’s appearance.  

Opt for High Quality Bird Deterrents

High quality Stainless Steel Bird Spikes like those offered by Bird-B-Gone feature a patented “bend and crush” design to ensure the spikes stay secured in the base. These bird spikes are embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. Each is manufactured in the USA and comes with a 10-year guarantee.
 

 

Bird Control for Schools

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlSchool workers in general have their work cut out for them.  From grade school through high school, the school yard is a messy place.  Many schools do not have inside cafeterias any longer, so all the food that hits the floor is a Disneyland environment for the birds.  Birds are scavengers by nature, especially the pigeons, so wherever people are eating the pest birds will be found.  Bird control is needed to stop the annoying and destructive behaviors of the pest birds.

Why Bird Control is Important at Schools

Pigeons are intelligent.  They remember routines such as when trash day is in a neighborhood or when lunch time is at a school.  The pigeons will land on the rooftops, lights poles and most other structures that give them the perfect view of their soon to be eating frenzy.  When they are perched, however, they are leaving their feces on the structures.  If left unchecked, the droppings add up rather quickly and can become a serious issue.  The droppings will not only stain and corrode the many structures they land on, but they are also a hazard to human health.  Bird droppings are known to carry over 60 transmittable diseases which include salmonella and E. coli.

Each year millions of dollars is expended on the clean-up and repair that the pest bird causes with their droppings.  Time and energy is spent on clean-up to keep everyone safe.  This is especially important to school districts.  Keeping children safe at school is a major concern.  Bird control should be one strategic plan in keeping the children and teachers safe.

Bird control products such as bird spikes and bird slopes can be installed to discourage the pest birds from landing on the buildings.  If they cannot perch and roost comfortably, they will leave the area and find another area and feeding ground.

Bird spikes are a physical bird deterrent that can be placed on rooflines, ledges and tops of light polls.  Bird slopes can be placed under eaves where the birds are known to nest and roost.  By installing appropriate bird control products, this will successfully keep the birds away from the school yard.
 

Pest Birds That Nest Under Eaves…and How to Stop Them

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlThere are many species of birds that will seek shelter under the eaves of homes, garages and other residential structures. Without effective and humane bird control measures to deter them, pest birds can create a number of headaches for today’s homeowners. Birds nesting under eaves will leave brown stains that generally require repainting. Pest birds can also be very noisy, and their droppings can eat into painted surfaces fairly quickly. Bird droppings carry diseases—as many as 60 have been attributed to birds. The species that most often build nests under eaves include:

House sparrow. A small, brown bird about 6 inches long that often enters the roof-space via a gap between your roof tiles and gutter.

Starling.  Following the same entry point as the house sparrow, these 8-inch long birds whistle, rattle and crackle inside your roof.

Feral pigeon. These common bird pests seek shelter, especially in damaged roofs.

House Martins. These 6-inch long birds will build unsightly mud nests.

Swifts. A 10-inch long bird that often seeks shelter just inside your roof, Swifts usually enter where overhanging roofing felt is torn or where soffit boarding has rotted out.

Most Pest Birds Are Protected by Law

Getting rid of pest birds can pose a problem, for most are protected by law and their nests must not be disturbed. The best solution is to keep these birds from building nests in the first place. One way to do that is to install a product called Bird Slope by Bird-B-Gone. Bird pests can’t get a grip on these slippery, angled PVC panels whenever they try to land. Effective against all types of birds, the sloped panels install easily on eaves, ledges, beams and similar areas frequented by pest birds.

The Easy-to-Install Bird Pest Deterrent

Bird Slope panels come in 4-foot long sections and 48 feet per box. They are easily screwed, glued or nailed to any flat surface. A handy "snap on" extender lets you adapt the panels to ledges as wide as 10 inches. (Without an extender, the panels can protect a 6-inch wide ledge.) Special mounting clips enable the panels to be easily installed vertically on the sides of buildings. A glue trough on the underside of each panel ensures easy installation using basic outdoor polyurethane adhesive. Some panels have “end caps” that won’t allow pest birds to sneak behind them. Without an effective bird deterrent strategy, pest birds will nest and create expensive cleanups and repairs.

The Aesthetically Pleasing Solution to Pest Birds

To blend in aesthetically with their surroundings, Bird Slope panels come in two colors--stone and grey. Each panel is made of UV-protected PVC material to hold up in hot sun and harsh weather. If you need to install Bird Slope next to electrical wiring, the panels are non-conductive for extra safety.

 

Distribution Centers need Bird Control to Keep Pest Birds Away

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlBig-box stores, distribution centers and food processing plants all have one thing in common besides all having food items.  They all have pest bird issues.  Birds are a real threat to safety and the health of the product and the workers.  Pigeons, swallows, starlings and sparrows are some of the pest birds that need controlling near business areas.  These large facilities offer the pest bird an ideal location for them to roost and nest.

The bird droppings are the serious issue that could cost the companies thousands of dollars.  Bird droppings are very corrosive and will eat through and damage just about any structure they land on.  The bird droppings also have been known to carry any of 60 known transmittable diseases.  If this problem exists, health officials will surely shut down the plants when contamination from the bird feces is discovered.

Bird Control Options

It is always best to catch the pest birds early so at the first sign of any birds getting into the building, bird control products can be installed.  It is suggested that bird control measure be installed before there are any signs of a problem to eliminate the issue all together.  Begin first by addressing the building on the outside including the roof, ledges and parapet walls.  Bird spikes and shock systems are physical bird deterrent methods that can be utilized in these areas that will stop the birds from landing.  If they cannot land, they will fly away to find a different spot to land on.

Bird netting is another option for areas such as the loading dock and any overhangs.  The netting will keep the birds from roosting on the I-beams and under eaves.  This is an area that pest birds love.  It protects them from their predators and keeps them dry and warm when it is windy and raining.

When pest birds have entered the building, it becomes more problematic to deter them.  That is why it is always best to act before there is a frantic need.  There are bird control products, however, that will keep them away from certain areas until they can be caught and released outdoors.  There are misting units that distribute methyl anthranilate which is a grape extract that has proven to irritate the bird’s trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes.  The mist enters through their nose, eyes and mouth and the birds do not like the sensation and will want to leave the area.

The bird control methods above are all safe and humane for the bird, as well as any humans that may come in contact with them.