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A Few Birds Annoying You? Get Catch-and-Release Bird Traps

bird control productsIf the number of birds invading your property is few, but the irritant level is high, it’s time you looked into some effective low-volume bird control measures. One of the most popular in this category is the Catch and Release Bird Trap aka Humane Live Bird Trap. These are ideal for removing birds from rooftops, courtyards, warehouses, sheds or similar open areas where pest birds have become a nuisance. 
Designed for residential or commercial use, the traps can be used indoors or out to control pest most birds. Operation is simple and straightforward: Simply place a little bird feed inside the trap to lure the bird inside; a funnel door lets the  bird walk in, but once in, there’s no way out; then, an easy-access door on top lets you quickly remove or release the caged bird. 
If you’re going to get one of these traps, make sure the cage is constructed of sturdy galvanized wire. The traps come in different sizes to accommodate a wide range of pest birds, including pigeons, starlings, swallows, sparrows and grackles. For bigger jobs, you can get multi-bird traps. These bird control traps work on the same principle, humanely trapping birds for later relocation.
For starlings and smaller birds, there’s the heavy-duty repeating trap. It’s widely used to control pest birds in "big box" stores, warehouses, outdoor gardens and nursery outlets. If sparrows are becoming a nuisance, consider the Sparrow Trap. This dual-chamber, bi-level repeating trap accommodates several sparrows and eliminates captured feeding by birds. Finally, if pigeons are invading your space and making a mess, look into the Repeating Pigeon Trap. This spacious bird control trap holds several pigeons and features two top panels, eight doors and a large access door that makes it easy to remove the pigeons. 


Grackles and Starlings Can be a Major Nuisance

pest grackleCertain birds can become a huge problem unless one implements proper bird control measures. Take starlings and grackles, for example. When these birds are in their flocking phase, they can quickly take over trees, gardens and structures by the thousands.
When these birds poop, they can literally "re-paint" a building, leaving a blanket of whitewash that resembles the White Cliffs of Dover. And you can be sure that when that much bird feces is deposited on any surface, the accumulated uric acid in these droppings will eventually lead to corrosion–in stone, metal or masonry. 
This avalanche of bird droppings also creates health hazards. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in most droppings can result in the transmission of serious diseases–like histoplasmosis, salmonella, meningitis, encephalitis and toxoplasmosis. 
Finally, all those droppings gathering on walkways and entryways create slip-and-fall hazards that can result in costly and time-consuming litigation. 
The other problem to consider is that when hundreds or thousands of these birds invade an area, they build nests. And all those nesting materials, feathers and debris can create fire hazards, especially if nests are built too close to electrical equipment or wiring.
Fortunately, there are several effective bird control measures available to property owners who fear a grackle or starling invasion.
Probably the least expensive bird control devices one can turn to are reflective foil banners, predator-eye balloons and similar products that create an "Optical Distraction Zone" to discourage pest birds. These bird deterrents crackle and shimmer in the sunlight to drive pest birds away. 
Also effective bird control device is the Bird Spike. Installed on rooftops, signs, awnings, gutters and ledges, they deny pest birds a landing zone. These spiked strips are harmless to birds and humans and they come in economical rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate. They are also available in different sizes and colors. 


7 Ways Pest Birds Cause Damage

pest birds can ruin your homeBird Droppings Ruin Roofs
The acid in bird droppings will eat into many tar-based roofing substrates. Without effective bird deterrent measures, these droppings will accumulate , allowing the acids to eventually perforate a roof and leave it vulnerable to leaks. Bird nest built under clay roofing tiles can also cause leaks when tiles are displaced. 
Bird Nests Clog Gutters
Roof nests and nesting materials, especially those of pigeons, starlings and sparrows, are notorious for clogging rain gutters, drains and roof corners. Many industrial buildings with flat roofs suffer water build up and collapse during rains due to clogged  gutters and spouts. Proper bird control can keep birds out of gutters.
Birds Damage Exterior Machinery and Devices
Nesting materials and acidic bird droppings can severely damage A.C. systems, vents and compressors. Rotating air circulation vents, skylights, and solar panels—all can be damaged to the point of inoperability. Bird droppings can block exterior security cameras and "freeze up" their motion servos. Bird deterrent measures help prevent this damage
Bird Nests pose a Fire Hazard
If you’re looking to start a fire and need some good kindling , bird nests are ideal. The straw, twigs and dried droppings ignite at the slighted spark. Which is why bird nests inside electric signs or other machinery pose such an extreme fire hazard. 
Bird Nests Block Ventilation Systems 
Bird nests built in chimneys and ventilation systems can create potentially lethal air blockages . Bird control is a must in these situations.
Bird Droppings Ruin Paint
The acids in pigeon and gull droppings can eat into painted finishes on cars, BBQs, boats and anything else left unprotected. Unless removed, these acids will eat deeper and deeper, permanently destroying the painted finish.
Birds Destroy Packaged Products
Birds who invade warehouses, loading docks and storage areas can chew into packaged food products and contaminate them. Bird control can save retailers millions of dollars in waste.


Bird Control Strategies for Roosting & Nesting Birds

bird droppings can ruin your car's paintThe familiar salt and peer whitewash of bird droppings can be an awful site if the car you just washed and waxed is the target. When pigeons perch on your balcony railing or on the tree branch spread gracefully over your driveway, you’re taking a big chance parking anything underneath the “target” zone. Bird droppings left on a car’s paint for too long will eat right into the surface and leave a lasting stain.
But aside from the damage pest birds may cause to your car’s paint job, consider the serious health hazard they bring to your property. Birds like starlings, grackles, blackbirds and crows can carry any of 60 diseases–many very serious.
When pest birds nest, they often do so in the most unexpected places. House sparrows and starlings, for example, will clog gutters, clothes driers or kitchen fan vents (how they survive the lint and heat is another topic altogether). Birds also like to nest above front entryways (a particular habit of barn swallows.) House finches can often be found in hanging baskets, and doves enjoy building nests on windowsills.
Federal and state laws protect wild birds and their nests and eggs, so if you’re thinking of removing the nests and/or eggs, you’ll need a federal permit to do so. The good news is that House (or English) sparrows, pigeons and starlings are not protected by law, so you may remove their nests, eggs and adults.
Physical barriers like netting are among the most effective bird control strategies.  Bird control netting comes in different sizes, cuts and colors. Installed properly, bird netting will exclude a wide range of pest birds.
To eliminate birds on ledges, try Bird Control Spikes. Bird spikes come in rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate or high strength, durable stainless steel. The spikes won’t harm birds or people and have even been approved by the U.S. Humane Society.


Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Bird Control Specialist

If your property is  being defaced or damaged by pest birds, you’ve probably tried BB guns, poisons, noisemakers and other pest bird deterrents to no avail. You’ve finally decided that it’s time to call in the experts. After several unsuccessful attempts at ridding your property of pest birds, you’ve also come to realize that bird control is very different from pest control.

You’ve made the wise decision to hire a specialist in bird control and pest bird management. But what do you look for in selecting a bird control company? Obviously, you want a firm that has extensive experience dealing with bird problems. To help you evaluate a bird control company that’s right for your particular pest bird issue, here are a few questions you might want to ask before signing on the dotted line:

• Are the pest birds on my property protected by local, state or federal statutes? Or by the Federal Endangered Species Act?
• If so, how will you ensure compliance while you remove these pests?
• Will I need a permit for this work?
• If so will you help me secure all applicable permits?
• Do you have a dedicated team to do the work?
• And will they work at night or weekends to minimize the disruption to our business activities?
• What tools and equipment do you have for deterring/repelling the birds on my property?
• Are you OSHA certified to work on a lift higher than 25 feet?
• How do you handle health and safety issues during clean up?
• How will you adapt and conform to our safety protocols?
Finally, try to get several references from firms that have used the bird control company. Ask these firms the same questions. Follow this procedure until you are satisfied that the bird control firm can handle all your specific needs.


Bird Control for Fruit- and Fish-Eating Birds

bird control products for your gardenIf you just finished planting your garden and your trees and shrubs are ripe with fruit, you should think seriously about bird control. If you don’t, you’ll be in for a rude awakening when pest birds “harvest” your crops and leave you with nubs and bird droppings for fertilizer.
You could resort to BB guns or avicides, but what would the neighbors say? The ones with cats and dogs and kids running around.  Not a good idea.  What you need are some effective and humane pest bird deterrent measures.
One way to stop pest birds is to simply exclude them altogether with a physical deterrent like bird netting. Netting is especially useful for  keeping starlings, catbirds, orioles, robins, blackbirds and jays from attacking your apples, grapes and raspberries.
Another exclusionary bird control technique is to use an opaque plastic cover (normally used to cover young plants in the spring to prevent freezing). Or even empty crates, inverted to keep starlings from yanking out your small plants.
You can also string up some Visual Scare Bird Deterrents–like flash tape, or balloons covered with predator eyes–to make pest birds so nervous they’ll want to leave.
These bird control measures are equally effective in deterring fish-eating birds. Pests like herons, egrets, gulls, terns, kingfishers, diving ducks, pelicans, cormorants and ospreys– all love to feast on fish in small ponds.
The good thing about bird netting is that it comes in a variety of cuts and mesh sizes. You can even get bird netting in different colors, like white, stone and black to blend in with its surroundings. For larger birds like pigeons or seagulls, a 1-1/8-inch to 2-inch mesh size is ideal; for sparrows or starlings, opt for a 3/4-inch mesh size. Try to choose U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof netting. It will last longer.


Bird Control Can Help Prevent the Spread of Serious Diseases

USA Bird Control products made in the USAWithout effective USA bird control, pest birds can spread some pretty nasty diseases. The most serious health risks come from organisms that often grow in bird droppings, feathers and debris under a roost.
When students raked and swept a 20-year accumulation of dirt, leaves, and debris in a middle school’s courtyard, hundreds of them developed histoplasmosis. It seems the school’s forced-air ventilation system drew air from the courtyard and spread the contaminated air into hallways and classrooms. A few students even developed histoplasmosis despite being absent from school on the day the courtyard was raked.
Histoplasmosis is transmitted to humans by airborne fungus spores from soil contaminated by pigeon and starling droppings. When people inhale the fungal spores floating in the air (after a nest has been disturbed), they can become infected with the disease. Occasionally, the disease can cause high fever, blood abnormalities, pneumonia and even death. Bird deterrent measures can help eliminate the source of these diseases.
Another disease caused by pigeon droppings is cryptococcus, which originates from a fungus found around their roosting and nesting sites. Keep in mind that even though droppings may be old and dry, they can cause infection. Infection occurs when one inhales the organism’s yeast-like cells. Individuals with weakened immune systems tend to be more susceptible to infection, which occurs in two forms: A generalized form that starts with a lung infection and spreads to other areas of the body and is usually fatal unless treated; and the skin form, which produces acne-like skin eruptions or ulcers with nodules just under the skin. Again, effective USA bird control can reduce the risk of infection from these sources.
Other diseases carried or transmitted by birds included psittacosis and toxoplasmosis; both are normally mild. Pigeons and sparrows have also been known to transmit encephalitis viruses.
To prevent the spread of these avian diseases, consult the help of a USA pest bird control professional.


Pest Birds Can Severely Damage Horticulture

USA bird control products that workWithout proper USA bird control, many horticultural crops can easily fall victim to bird damage. This includes wine grapes, apples, pears, cherries, mandarins, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, and other tropical fruits. Pest birds also have a field day with walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, chestnuts, macadamias and pistachios.
Many bird species–both native and introduced–are directly responsible for damage to horticultural crops. In many areas of the country, starlings seem to pose the greatest threat to agriculture, causing major damage to fruit, particularly grapes, olives and stone fruit. European blackbirds and sparrows also pose a significant threat. Bird deterrent measures can help reduce this problem.
Pest birds do most of their damage by breaking or removing shoots, stems, foliage, buds or fruit. They also inflect considerable damaging to irrigation systems. And lest we not forget spoilage due to infection with molds, yeasts or bacteria..
As many growers have painfully learned, pecked and partly eaten fruit can result in all sorts of headaches. The inescapable truth is that once you damage a fruit’s skin, there’s a good chance of secondary diseases invading the fruit. Fruit so damaged can result in significant penalties for quality downgrades. There’s also the cost of separating damaged fruit. Without effective bird deterrent measures, growers often have to harvest early, which again, results in quality and quantity downgrades.
Fortunately, there are some effective USA bird control solutions available.  Among these is Bird Control Netting, which comes in a variety of cuts and mesh sizes. For sparrows or starlings, for example, a 3/4-inch mesh size is preferred. The best netting is U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof.
Ideal for use in conjunction with bird netting are such bird distraction devices as reflective foil banners, predator-eye balloons and similar bird deterrents that crackle and shimmer in the sunlight to drive pest birds away.


Stemming Pest Bird Attacks on Flower Industry

USA Bird Control for FlorestsIf you’re a florist or raise flowers for the industry, you know that without proper USA bird control measures, your valued flowers are at the mercy of pest birds. Parrots, cockatoos, corellas and rosellas will chew up foliage, buds and flowers faster than you can say "bouquet of roses." Honeyeaters damage flowers when probing for nectar. The damage is often considerable, especially when parrots, cockatoos and rosellas get into the act. In fact, parrots can damage up to 50% of flowers without effective bird deterrents to discourage them. 
Medium to large honeyeaters like New Holland honeyeaters, red wattlebirds and noisy friarbirds can damage the commercial value of flowers. They do so by clutching onto the petals and flowers with their feet or breaking the delicate stamens within the flower while they are feeding. Proper USA bird control will deter these pests.
Bullfinches are a major problem when it comes to eating flower buds. But then, so are hawfinches, chaffinches, greenfinches, sparrows and tits. Birds who strip flowers include tits on the prowl for sweet nectar. They will peck at camellias and rhododendrons. Sparrows will shred the flowers of spring plants like violets, polyanthus and crocus. 
You can protect flowers with a number of bird deterrent measures. Among the best is Bird Control Netting, which comes in various cuts, mesh sizes and colors. For sparrows or starlings, consider using a 3/4-inch mesh size. The best netting is U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof. Dark colored netting is less noticeable, but you should keep an eye  out for entangled birds, as they can’t see the netting in many instances. 
You can supplement USA bird control netting with visual bird deterrent measures like Flash Tape, Predator-Eye Balloons and Hawk Decoys. Just remember to swap them out frequently or birds will get used to them. 


Got Gulls? Get Bird Spiders.

bird spider for boatsIf gulls are gathering on your marina rooftops, bait shacks and light posts, it’s time you looked into some serious bird deterrent measures. And if you’re tired of chasing gulls, cormorants and raptors off your boat and private pier, you need to look into some effective bird control.
One bird deterrent that’s both effective and humane in these instances is the Bird Spider. Ideal for use on most flat surfaces, Bird Spiders have flexible stainless steel “arms” that whip around in the breeze to keep pest birds from landing. Spiders come in a number of different sizes–usually 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-foot diameter arm lengths to cover large diameters and deter various types of birds. While they are not recommended for small birds, or for use in areas where birds have been nesting, they are an ideal bird deterrent for use against pigeons, crows, gulls, cormorants and raptors.
One of the best features of the Bird Spider is that it is easy to install and it has no moving parts to wear out or maintain. This lets you be responsive and proactive in your bird control efforts because you can quickly move them wherever pest birds are flocking. The best Bird Spiders have a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base and the stainless steel arms are virtually invisible to humans but really annoying to pest birds.
As a bird deterrent, Bird Spiders come standard with a glue-on base, so they can be permanently affixed to most flat surfaces. Bird Spiders are also available with railing mounts, so you can easily attach them to your boat rails. In fact, you can get a variety of optional boat bases that let you mount the Spider on masts and radar units. An optional sand bag base lets you use the bird spider on boat canvas and Biminis.