Bird Control Can Save Your Company Image

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Ashley Johnson

bird controlBird Control

When bird droppings and other debris left behind by pest birds are covering your signs, lights, walkways and entryways, your company image takes a dive. Clients and pedestrians are not impressed by the unsightly mess pest birds create. Depending on the type of business, this could do more than ruin your company image; it could create an unhealthy environment, legal issues if someone slips and falls on bird droppings, and huge clean-up costs. Don’t let pest birds ruin your company image – Implement bird control.

If larger birds, like pigeons, gulls or crows, are landing and roosting on your business, bird spikes are an effective solution. Bird spikes create an uneven surface preventing birds from landing on the treated area. Bird spikes are humane and will not harm birds or installers. Bird spikes come in two foot sections for easy installation, and are sold 50 feet per box. They are available in a variety of sizes including super wide 8”. Installation is easy; simply glue, screw or tie down to most surfaces.

Bird gel is an effective and low cost bird deterrent. Bird-Off Gel is the original and first bio repellent gel. It is used to prevent pigeons and other large birds from roosting and congregating in unwanted areas. Unlike other bird repellent gels which are made from polybutene, Bird-Off Gel is an oil base bird repellent gel. It’s nontoxic and doesn’t harm the bird, even if the birds come in contact with Bird-Off Gel they can still fly or walk. They will not be trapped on the treated surface. The gel can be applied with a caulking gun.

An electric flat track system is effective in keeping birds off of unwanted surfaces. The low profile, electrical track system produces a mild electrical shock when birds land on its surface. The shock will not harm birds, but will modify their behavior by conditioning them to stay away from the area. Be sure to use an electric flat track system that is made in the USA and has anti-arcing and glue trough designs.

If birds are nesting on your business premises, full exclusion is the best solution. Bird netting is the best way to ensure full exclusion. Heavy Duty Bird Netting comes in a variety of different mesh sizes. There’s a 2-inch mesh to keep out larger birds like gulls, pigeons and crows; and a 3/4-inch mesh to exclude sparrows and other small birds. The best netting should be fabricated of a UV–stabilized material that’s been ISO 1806 protocol mesh tested, flame resistant and rot- and waterproof.

 

Top 5 Bird Control Devices for Oil Refineries

Saturday, January 25, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlIf you operate or maintain an oil refinery, you want to keep maintenance and repair costs to an absolute minimum. One problem experienced by refineries around the world is pest birds. Blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles and pigeons are attracted to the open structures, pipes, beams, catwalks and towers found in petroleum processing plants. And once they gather to perch, roost and nest, bird droppings and debris will surely find their way into a refinery’s valves, gauges, and other electro-mechanical components. Worse still, bird droppings can create dangerous slip-and-fall hazards for workers on catwalks and ladders.

The solution is bird control. Here’s are five proven effective bird deterrents recommended by the pros to keep birds away from your refinery.

1. Stainless Steel or Plastic Bird Spikes

The ultimate in anti-roosting, anti-perching protection for industrial installations, Bird Spikes won’t allow birds to land. The spiked strips come in a variety of widths and are available in UV-protected plastic or stainless steel. They install easily using glue, screws, or tie-downs. The spikes are blunted at the tips so they won’t injure installation crews or birds.

2. Bird Chase Super Sonic

Ideal for deterring birds from large open areas, the Bird Chase Super Sonic device covers an entire acre with bird distress and predator calls that intimidate birds. More speakers are easily added to cover up to five acres. Unlike ultrasonic systems that emit sounds birds can’t hear, birds can definitely hear and respond to Bird Chase Super Sonic’s broadcasts. One key advantage of the Bird Chase Super Sonic is that it can broadcast distress and predator calls for 22 types of birds, so your facility is protected against a wide range of birds. 

3. Bird Foggers

These devices emit a non-lethal food-grade grape extract that irritates a nerve in a bird's mucus membrane. Bird Foggers have been successfully used to deter gulls, mallards, Canada geese, pigeons, starlings, blackbirds and cowbirds. Ideal for routing out birds that have settled in a particular area.

4. Bird Gels

Recommended for keeping pest birds off certain pipes (not too hot or cold), beams and other structures in a refinery, Bird Gels leave a sticky surface that birds can’t stand to land on. Bird gels are readily applied to almost any surface using a standard caulking gun. When the gel dries, it “skins” over to leave a tacky membrane that lasts for over six months.

5. Bird Netting

Used by industrial facilities worldwide to deny birds access to specific refinery areas, Heavy Duty Bird Netting comes in several mesh sizes. To block out pigeons and seagulls, use a 1-1/8- to 2-inch mesh size; for sparrows and starlings, a 3/4-inch mesh size is recommended.  The best netting is made of high-strength polyethylene, is UV stabilized, and rot-proof and waterproof for lasting durability. This netting will also be flame resistant and rated with a high melting point.

 

Bird Control for Window Washing Contractors

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Ashley Johnson

bird control for window washersBird Deterrents for Windows

Adding bird control services to your window washing business is an ideal value added service that can improve your bottom line. It can also save you from heavy and sometimes hazardous clean up chores on return visits. In your profession, you've no doubt experienced first-hand the headache created by cleaning bird droppings from windows and windowsills. The health risks associated with the accumulation of bird droppings, feathers and debris can be extensive. External parasites can also become a problem when infested birds leave nests, endangering window-cleaning crews.

Protect yourself and grow your bottom line by adding bird control products to your services. There are several bird control products to keep birds from landing and nesting on windowsills.

Bird Slope

These smooth PVC panels provide anti-perching, anti-roosting protection against a wide variety of bird. You install these panels in all the nooks and crannies where pest birds love to build nests. Bird Slope presents an angled, slippery surface that birds just can't get a solid footing on. They slip and slide but never land. The best panels are U.V. protected and sun- and weather-resistant.

Bird Spike

Bird spikes are a great solution to keep birds from landing on windowsills. You can get bird spikes in either rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate or high strength, durable stainless steel. The stainless steel bird spikes come in 3-, 5- and 8-inch widths; the plastic bird spikes come in 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths. Bird spikes install easily with glue, screws or nails. Pre-drilled holes along the base of the spike allow for quick and easy installation.

Bird Gel

Birds despise the feel of stickiness and will avoid bird gel at all cost. An ideal bird deterrent solution for ledges, sills, rooflines, and other areas pest birds frequent, the best sticky gels are effective in temperatures from 15F to 200F. Gels are easily applied with a standard caulking gun. They greatly simplify pigeon control and are just as effective against crows, sparrows, gulls, starlings and many other pest birds. Gels offer the added advantage of needing to be re-applied every six months, which means return visits and repeat washing/cleaning business. 

 

Bird Spikes – Pigeon Control

Sunday, December 15, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bird spikesBirds are very attracted to urban areas.  Food and water are plentiful and there are all kinds of window ledges, rooftops, and hidden areas on the buildings where the birds can roost.  The pigeon was originally a cliff face dweller, so city life to them is just as comfortable, especially if there are no bird spikes or other bird deterrents in place.  They do not care that the “cliffs” are artificial.  The areas still make wonderful landing, roosting and nesting spots.
 
The birds, especially pigeons, like flat surfaces to roost and nest on.  They are not very particular in their food selections however.  They refer seeds and grains, but they will snatch up any leftovers and will even go and scavenge in the garbage bins.

Pigeons and businesses and employees are in conflict because of the amount of pigeon poop that is left behind in their wake.  The droppings are not only bad for business because they are unsightly, but they can be hazardous as well.  The accumulated droppings pose a health risk to humans.  When the droppings have hardened and are dust like, there are spores that are released into the air when they are disturbed and people can breathe in the spores containing a fungus that causes upper respiratory problems.  Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by the fungus.

Bird Spikes will do the Trick

Bird spikes and other bird deterrents are necessary when there is a bird problem.  If you spot one pigeon, be rest assured there are a lot more.  Bird spikes are needed to dissuade the pigeon from roosting and landing on an area. 

Bird spikes can be installed on the rooftop, windowsills, air conditioning units and any flat or curved surface.  Pigeons often like the signage on the building.  Bird spikes can be installed on the letters of the signs as well.  There are plastic bird spikes that come in different colors and stainless steel bird spikes.  When installed as intended, they will be virtually invisible from the ground.

There are other bird deterrents that would work well at keeping the pigeons off the building.  For instance there are sticky gels that would keep the pigeons off, and there is also bird netting that totally blocks access to an area. 

If ever in doubt about how to apply bird spikes or any other kinds of bird deterrents, seek the help of bird control experts that can guide your decisions and help with the installation of the bird control products.

Birds Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

birds pestsBirds pests and the likes is problematic for businesses.  This is especially true in warehouse settings where food is manufactured or in large distribution centers.  Birds and pests notoriously destroy property, equipment and products.  They can interfere with the operation of the business in many ways.  Bird droppings and nesting materials can entangle themselves in machinery, they can block ventilation ducts and create fire hazards.

Birds Pests and Damage

Bird droppings not only deface equipment, walkways and rooftops, but the droppings will cause irreparable damage.  The droppings are highly acidic and will eat away at paint, concrete and metal.  Each year businesses spend needlessly millions of dollars in clean-up, repairs and replacement of property.

Installing bird control methods that will rid the property of birds pests and the likes is cost effective and will save valuable dollars and time in the long run.  Maintenance departments and facility managers can handle the undertaking of installation of bird control methods.  If there are any questions, there are bird control engineers a phone call away that can answer questions about which product would work best for the particular birds pests issues.

Bird netting is often a great solution. Bird netting provides a physical bird barrier to keep the birds from landing, roosting and nesting in the unwanted areas.  There is a wide range of bird netting options.  This is where talking to a bird control engineer might come in handy.  There are also comparison charts as to which type of netting would be most appropriate.

There are other types of physical bird deterrents as well including bird spikes, bird slopes and bird gels.  There are scare tactics such as sound deterrents and visual scare bird deterrents.  Whatever the problem, there is a solution.  There is no need to suffer through the birds pests problems and spend money on the end.  Prevent the problem by spending a small amount of money in the beginning and set the environment right so that birds pests will not enter the building.

Getting Rid of Birds – Do it Yourself

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

getting rid of birdsBirds are creatures of habit.  If they have found a food source in your yard, they will continue returning to your yard until you get serious about getting rid of birds from your yard.  Getting rid of birds means implementing a bird control plan to force a change in their behavior.  Most migratory birds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act so safe and human bird deterrents are needed when getting rid of birds around the home.

Getting Rid of Birds – Safely and Humanely

The best way to alter a bird’s behavior is to make it impossible for them to roost and nest anywhere.  There are many bird control products that will safely and humanely deter the pest birds from different areas around your home.

For eaves, canopies and awnings, a physical bird deterrent such as bird spikes or a bird slope would be ideal bird deterrent products that will solve the problem of getting rid of birds.  Bird spikes and bird slopes are ideal for blocking the birds from roosting.  Bird spikes create an uneven surface where the birds cannot land.  They are screwed, glued or tied down, so the average homeowner should have very little trouble installing this type of bird control method.  Bird slopes block the birds from their roosting site.  The slanted PVC plastic will create a slippery slope that the birds do not land on.  They can be easily glued into place using an outdoor polyurethane adhesive.

Windowsills and ledges are locations where the birds also like to roost.  Bird spikes can also be applied to this location, or a liquid bird gel can be applied if the problem is from larger pest birds.  Bird gel is a transparent bird deterrent that is non-toxic and is very sticky and it prevents the larger pest birds such as pigeons and starlings from landing comfortably.  It can be used on any horizontal surface.

Rooftops are also notorious for attracting the roosting bird.  By applying bird spikes to this location as well, will help in getting rid of birds that are larger, like pigeons, gulls and crows.  What will also work well is wind powered bird deterrents that will spin and stop birds from landing.  There are solar powered deterrents that spin continuously, or wind powered.  Both types are ideal for rooftops, A.C. units, skylights and chimney caps.

Getting rid of birds is as easy as a weekend project and they are effective immediately and low cost. 

Bird Repellent Gel for Home Use

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellent gelWhat is a bird repellent gel?  It is a great solution for your pest bird problem.  Bird repellent gel is an environment friendly bird control product that is safe and humane for all.  It is also effective as soon as it is applied to an area.  Any homeowner can apply the gel with no concerns about toxic materials harming the family or the birds. 

Safe Bird Repellent Gel

Bird repellent gel is a transparent gel that creates a sticky sensation preventing the birds from landing.  It can be applied to any horizontal surface.  It is used for larger pest birds such as pigeons, starlings and gulls.  This product is not recommended for swallows, woodpeckers or smaller pest birds. 

Bird repellent gel is a low profile way of keeping these large pests off ledges, rooflines, fences an all other flat surfaces.  The gel is sold in an easy to use, 10oz caulking tube.  Each tube will treat an area that is approximately 10’ long and 3” wide. 

To apply the bird repellent gel the surface should be clean and dry.  The gel should then be caulked onto the surface using a “zigzag” pattern about 3 inches wide.  It is best to leave spaces periodically so that if it rains the water can drain and not get caught in the gel. 

The gel is clear and will not disrupt the architecture of the home.  It will last up to six months outdoors and is effective at a wide range of temperatures, 15 degrees F to 200 degrees F.

No matter what the bird problem, there are bird control products that will keep birds away.
 

How To Keep Birds Away from the Rooftop

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds awayWhy and How To Keep Birds Away 

 

Before you ask yourself how to keep birds away from the rooftop or any other area where you do not want them, you first have to know why it is a good idea to keep them away.

 

Birds have a very quick digestive system.  They eat a lot and what goes in must come out.  And it comes out often.  Bird droppings are more than just annoying.  They are acidic and cause damage to just about any structure they land on or in.  Pigeons are often a culprit needing diverting from rooftops.   Pigeons rapidly reproduce, and issues can escalate if not dealt with. 

 

The droppings pose a health risk to humans.  There are 3 main diseases that are known to be associated with pigeon droppings:  histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis.  There are over 60 known diseases that can be transmitted to humans from bird feces.  When left alone, the droppings accumulate, and fungus grows, and for instance that is how histoplasmosis comes about; a fungus in the droppings causes it.  It is an upper respiratory disease that is transmitted when breathing in spores when you come in contact with the droppings.

 

That is reason enough as to why to keep birds away.  How to keep birds away takes action.  Bird control products need to be installed.  Installation does not mean it is complicated.  Sometimes installing a bird deterrent simply means hanging a deterrent on a tree limb. 

 

Bird spikes can be installed on the rooftop, and simply gluing, screwing or tying them down installs them.  There are other physical bird deterrents that can be used on the rooftops as well.  There are solar repellers that spin and constantly sweep birds way by preventing them from landing on the area.   Bird gel is sometimes used to stop the bigger birds from landing.  Installation includes putting the gel down by using a simple caulking gun.  The gel is transparent and is non-toxic.  It works because the birds do not like the sticky sensation on their feet.

 

Moving birds away by installing bird deterrent products on the roof is how to keep birds away from this area.

 

Get Rid of Birds with Transparent Bird Gel or Bird Spikes – Your Choice

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds from landingIf you have a fence that is being attacked by the pest bird, a bird deterrent is a great solution to get rid of birds from roosting on the fence.  They are probably landing on your fence looking into your backyard looking for food, water or shelter.  Before you implement any bird control strategy, first look around the yard and eliminate any food or water source that may be calling to the birds.  This includes dog and cat food.  It may be convenient to feed the animals outside, but you are also attracting the pest birds.  Be sure to cover all trash cans.  Birds are scavengers, and they will peck at the trash and the bags if they get any hint of edible items. 

Once you have surveyed the yard and have gotten rid of what is attracting them in the first place, modifying the bird’s behavior will encourage them to fly away and find another location to perch and snoop.  There is an arsenal of bird control products to choose from.

One of the quickest bird control products to initiate is the Transparent Bird Gel.  This type of bird control product is applied to areas such as the fence line or any horizontal surface by simply using a caulking gun.  When the birds attempt to land, they will not like the sticky sensation on their feet and will fly away to find a more comfortable location to perch.  It is very fast and easy to install and will last up to 6 months outdoors.

Bird spikes are another bird deterrent method to use on any flat surface.  Bird spikes also can be applied to a curved surface, however.  Bird spikes are often used on company signs where the birds are attracted to all the nooks and crannies that the signage has to offer.  Plastic bird spikes come in a variety of colors to match the structure.  They blend in and will not be obvious they are there.

Both bird control products mentioned are low profile ways to get rid of large pest birds, and virtually invisible when applied correctly.  Keep birds and their droppings out of sight when using bird deterrent products such as bird gel and bird spikes.
 

Deter Pigeons with Bird-Off Gel

Monday, October 28, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bird off gelPigeons gather on buildings where there are people.  They are very dependent on humans to feed them and provide housing.  Very commonly they are found roosting, loafing, and nesting around city buildings, bridges, parks, and many other areas where structures are available to them.

What defaces and causes acceleration of deterioration of buildings and increases the cost of maintenance is the pigeon droppings.  The new slimy droppings are as aesthetically displeasing as the old, dried and crusty ones are.  If there is no bird control implemented, the droppings are found everywhere including windowsills, roof areas, statues and any other area where they land.

Pigeons are known to carry and spread diseases to people by way of their droppings.  Transmittable diseases such as encephalitis, Newcastle disease, toxoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, salmonella food poisoning and many others are very serious.  Additionally, histoplasmosis is airborne in the spores from the dust of the pigeon droppings.  It is a very serious systemic fungus disease that infects humans.  Those with immune problems already are more susceptible.

The pigeons that roost on ledges can be discouraged by changing the surface of the ledge.  Bird-Off Gel is a clear bio repellent gel that will prevent the pigeons and other large pest birds from roosting and congregating in unwanted areas such as the windowsill and other ledges on a structure.  This is a unique gel bird deterrent in that it is not like other gels.  It is made from polybutene, which is an oil base bird repellent gel.  It is still nontoxic and will not harm the pigeons and other large pest birds.  Even if the birds come in contact with the gel, they will still be able to fly or walk.  They will not be trapped on the treated surface like other sticky gels have been found to do.

Bird-Off Gel can be purchased in tube form, or a 5 gallon pail.  There is Bird-Off Gel caulking gun applicators that aid in the distribution of the bird deterrent gel.

The gel is heat resistant and will not freeze, melt or evaporate and can withstand wind and rain.  Unlike the bird droppings, the gel is non-caustic and non-corrosive.  Put Bird-Off Gel in action and keep birds away.

What It Means To Be An Authorized Installer

Saturday, September 14, 2013 by Ashley Johnson

become an authorized installerWhen it comes to bird control, anyone can determine whether or not a bird problem exists, but that doesn’t get you too far unless you are a certified bird control expert. Without understanding and being able to identify the details of bird problems, it could be anyone’s guess as to what the real issues is and what it will take to resolve the problem.

Being properly trained is a key component to becoming a certified bird control expert. Being trained as a bird control expert equips you with the tools to assess a situation, analyze the bird species and behavior, ask the right questions, recommend a solution(s) and implement the solution. If you are evaluating a bird control problem with no expertise, you might find that while you can identify certain aspects of the problem, the whole picture isn’t always revealed unless you have been trained to look for certain details and to ask specific questions. One of the most common errors to stem from lack of training is recommending the wrong product or solution.

 

Know What to Look For & Ask the Right Questions:

Being properly trained allows you to identify and analyze every aspect of the situation, starting with asking the right questions.

  1. What type of bird? Identifying the species of bird is paramount in determining a solution. Different bird species have different behavior patterns so it’s important to understand the type bird you are dealing with. Additionally, not all bird control products are effective in deterring all bird species.
  2. Where are they? Knowing where the birds are located on the premises is another key component to providing a solution. Birds on a roof are a different problem from birds gathering around an entryway. Certain products that are recommended for roofs and ledges would not be applicable to the walkway outside a building or office.
  3. What are they doing? Bird behavior on the premises is just as important as knowing where they are located. If a bird is nesting, a completely different course of action may be taken than if the birds are landing or roosting.
  4. How many? The last major question to ask customers is how many birds there are. A few birds could be cause for a single product whereas dozens of birds might require multiple products.

Often times the customer will not know all the answers so doing a site evaluation is best when possible.

 

Recommending A Solution:

Depending on the Q/A session or site evaluation, a single product may be suggested or an integrated solution may be implemented.

  • Products that are effective for smaller birds are bird netting and electric flat track

Recommending a product or solution isn’t dependent only on the size of the bird; it is also based on behavior of the bird. If birds are nesting, full exclusivity is required to keep the birds entirely away from the nesting area. In this case bird netting or bird slope would be recommended to prevent birds from accessing the area. When birds are landing and roosting, however, other bird deterrents can be used: bird spikes, bird gel, bird jolt flat track and bird wire.

 

Working with the Customer:

Now that you are at the point of recommending a solution to get rid of the birds, keep in mind that customers aren’t always as receptive as you would like. If the customer is on a set budget or isn’t motivated to get rid of the birds, they may insist on a solution that is less expensive or one that provides only temporary resolution. It is up to you to convince them that bird control is an investment and work with them to implement an appropriate bird control solution.

Ledges Need Bird Control

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of birdsMany areas around the home need protection from the pest bird.  When the birds are allowed to stick around, bird droppings will collect and you will have a mess on your hands.  Bird droppings are not just ugly and messy, but they harbor diseases, fungus and bugs, none of which you want your family and friends to come in contact with.

The ledges around the home whether it is a fence or a windowsill are a spot the birds like to land.  This flat surface is a very comfortable surface for them, especially if they are higher up.  Bird spikes are a good choice of bird control to use for this type of area.  The polycarbonate plastic bird spikes are virtually invisible when they are installed correctly.  Also, the plastic bird spikes come in different colors to match the surface that they are applied to.

Bird gel is also an option.  Bird gel is effective for large pest birds such as pigeons, gulls and starlings.  On any horizontal surface you can apply the gel and when birds land on it, they will not like the sticky sensation on their feet and will fly to a more comfortable location to perch.

Bird slopes are an excellent option for ledges.  They always work on the eaves and I-beams.  Bird slopes are made from slanted PVC plastic and are designed to block the bird from an unwanted area.  Bird slopes are good for all birds, large and small.  The PVC makes for a very slippery surface, and with it sloped as well, the birds will not be able to land on the surface.

If there are open ledges, a wind powered deterrent would be ideal.  A repeller has a six foot stainless steel arm that spins in the breeze.  Attached to the ends of the arms is a sail with a reflective bird predator eye design that also scares away the birds.  These can often be seen on docks, boats and around the home they can be placed on skylights, chimney caps and roofs.

Ledges are a choice for the birds because it gives them a lookout for predator advantage.  If we block them from using the ledge, we are just encouraging them to find another location away from our building and home.  Bird control for ledges is safe and humane, and most are designed to not bring attention to them, they are very low profile.  The intended target, the birds, will know they are there, however.

Best Ways to Deter Pest Birds

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds offIf pest birds have been dropping their messes on your home, garage or boat, you know that it is not a pretty site.  Did you also know that it is very unsanitary?  Bird droppings that have collected over a period of time can harbor disease and parasites.  There are over 60 known transmittable diseases that can be given to humans.

Fortunately, there are some very intelligent people who have put together bird psychology with science and have created some bird deterrent products and methods that will solve the pest bird problem.  They are safe and humane for the bird as well as the average homeowner who can easily install them.  Bird control products are also remarkably affordable and very effective.

Solar bird repellents use motion to scare away the birds.  The unit has two 2.5’ long telescoping arms that spins continuously to ‘sweep’ large pest birds away.  This type of deterrent is often seen on boats, A.C. units, skylights, chimney caps and roofs.  The solar will store energy away to keep it lasting into the night so birds cannot roost where this unit is installed.

Bird spikes are often times recommended by contractors and architects.  They have been proven to be highly effective in deterring the pest birds from peaks on the roof, canopies and gutters.  The bird spikes are made of U.V. treated polycarbonate that is rigid and unbreakable.  The spikes may look dangerous, but they are safe and humane for the birds and will not harm the person installing them either.  The tips are blunted, but the birds will still not want to land on the uneven surface that the spikes create.

Sonic repellers are sound devices that play pre-recorded distress and predator calls.  The birds hear the calls and will want to fly away from what they perceive as a dangerous area.  There are over 22 different types of birds recorded in the unit.  They can be programmed to play the distress and predator calls of a specific species of bird or there is also a general setting that will play a variety of bird calls. Sonic bird repellers are great for large backyards as they cover a lot of territory.

If the birds are leaving behind their messes on the window ledges, a simple bird gel is a very economical way to keep them off the ledges.  The bird repellent gel is very sticky and the birds will not like the feel of the gel on their feet so it will force them to find a more comfortable spot.  One application can last as long as six months.

 

2 Ways to Repel Geese

Monday, August 26, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of geeseTo get rid of geese there are non-toxic gels to spray on the yard and there are motion activated sprinklers.  Both are highly effective means of keeping the yard goose free.  The familiar and widespread geese that are the culprits are the Canada Geese.  In summer, you tend to water the grass and cut it down because there are parties and outdoor activities.  Mowing and maintaining your lawn is one thing that invites the Canada Geese over.

To avoid having them graze on your lawn, installing a goose repellent at home will keep geese away.  The geese make a terrible mess on the lawn.  Golf courses and parks with water sources are in constant battle with the geese.  Their poop contaminates the water and can contaminate the home if the goose droppings are brought in on the shoes. 

Bird droppings are high acidic and cause damage if allowed to accumulate.  They also harbor disease.  These are the two main reasons you want to put some form of goose repellent in action.

Migrate Goose Repellent

A liquid goose repellent that is non-toxic and safe to use around people and pets should be your choice when choosing this method.  Migrate Goose Repellent is made with Methyl Anthranilate, which is a non-toxic grape extract.  The extract for some reason irritates the bird’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes.  They do not like the sensation and will want to avoid the area.  One gallon of the liquid goose repellent will cover 16,000 square feet.

Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler

The motion activated sprinkler has an infrared sensor that detects the geese when they are present and up to 35 feet away.  When they are detected, the unit releases a quick spray of water.  This sudden spray is what annoys the birds and they will want to stay out of its way.  The sprinkler is hooked up to a regular garden hose.  It will keep just about any large bird away.  Not only geese but crows, pigeons and ducks too.

Using products purchased at a professional bird control company will ensure that the products are safe and humane for all.
 

Backyard Birds: How to get rid of Common Starlings

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Ashley Johnson

get rid of birdsCommon Starlings are a very adaptable species of bird so they can and will thrive most anywhere. When they gather in your backyard, this is a problem because they are hardly ever alone. They gather in large flocks to fight off predators with their aggressive behavior. They will eat most anything from insects to crops and even garbage scraps.

Common Starlings are notorious for carrying parasites and making messes due to their large flock numbers. They make both melodic and ritual sounds year around creating a lot of noise that is sometimes more bothersome than pleasant. When Common Starlings take over your property, there are several ways to get rid of these birds.

Scare Tactics

If the bird problem has just begun or if the flock is smaller, visual bird deterrents are a good option to scare the birds away. Scare Balloon, Flash Tape or Reflective Bird Diverters are all visual bird deterrents that can be used to most anywhere around your property where the birds tend to gather. The visual deterrents create confusion by either reflecting in the sun or moving in the wind, causing birds to stay away from the treated area.

Hawks hunt Common Starlings so naturally the Red Tail Hawk Decoy is a great way to scare birds away from your property. The life-like decoy makes signals danger is in the area and the birds will warn the rest of the flock to stay away.

Physical Bird Deterrents

If starlings are nesting on your property or eating your crops, use bird netting. Bird netting acts as a physical barrier to keep birds from entering the treated area. This will keep the birds from accessing areas like eaves, garages, sheds or any area with a nook that provides protection. If you have a garden, garden netting can be used to keep birds from eating your fruit and veggies.

For birds landing on your window sills, ledges or railings, Transparent Bird Gel can be used to deter birds. The gel creates a sticky texture on the surface of the treated area; it creates an awkward feeling for birds causing them to avoid landing there.

There are several bird control products to help get rid of birds on your property. It’s always best to address the issue when it first begins. Don’t let Common Starlings take over your property!

Save your Rooftop from Bird Intrusion using Bird Control Products

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of birdsThe pest birds are very active in the early morning hours.  It might be that you are awakened by them.  If you have your window open, you might hear them chirping in the trees.  You also might hear them congregating on your rooftop.  At night, the crows and black birds may move in and roost and pick at the tiles on the roof.  When they are there, they are leaving their droppings behind.  There are verified instances of heavy bird droppings caving in rooftops.  This is an extreme example, but when bird control is not in place in a problem area such as the rooftop, the area can be damaged.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep pest birds off rooftops.  Bird spikes have been keeping birds off rooftops and other susceptible areas for quite some time now.  When you are familiar with bird spikes, you might begin to see them more often.  When they are applied properly, they are virtually invisible.  This is why you might not have noticed them at various businesses before, or on other people’s homes.

Bird spikes are easy to install by the average homeowner.  They can be simply glued, screwed or nailed down.  There are variations in bird spikes.  They come in stainless steel or a rigid U.V-resistant and unbreakable polycarbonate.  The plastic polycarbonate bird spikes are popular with homeowners because they come in an assortment of colors that will match the coloring of the rooftop.  The colors include brick red, brown, tan, gray, black and white.  Bird spikes are placed on roof crowns, ledges and parapet walls where the birds tend to land.

Another rooftop bird control solution is a bird gel.  Bird gels are a highly effective bird deterrent.  The bird gel creates a very sticky and uncomfortable surface for the birds to land on.  Bird gel is applied on the roof top in the same places as bird spikes using a standard caulking gun and the bird gel only needs to be re-applied every six months.

Bird spikes are effective for the larger birds where bird gels are effective against both large and small pest birds.
 

Are Robins Wreaking Havoc on Your Property? Use Deterrents to Get Rid of Birds

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Ashley Johnson

Use deterrents to get rid of birdsAttracted by food and a nesting place to hatch their young, Robins tend to dwell in dense shrubs and trees on your property. These pest birds are also known for scaring smaller birds away from bird feeders on your property and they are notorious for landing on window seals where they peck at their reflection.


In addition to being a nuisance and carrying a host of bacteria in their droppings, certain species of Robins are known carriers of the West Nile Virus, which is easily spread to humans via mosquitos so keeping these pest birds away is important to many home owners.
It’s always best to start with a visual deterrent for getting rid of Robins. They are preyed on by hawk, which makes the Red Tail Hawk decoy an excellent and inexpensive solution to bird control. Other visual deterrents, such as the scare eye and flash tape, which can both be hung around your property to divert birds to another location, are efficient and inexpensive ways to get rid of birds.


Robins are a rather vigilant species of bird because they gather in droves making them strong in numbers, giving them extra eyes to watch for predators. Therefore, if visual diverters are not enough of a bird deterrent for your relentless Robin problem, perhaps try sound bird deterrents. The Sonic Shield is a motion activated sound device that replicates a vicious barking dog when activated. Another sound deterrent is the Solar Bird Chase Sonic, which is a solar powered sound device that scares birds away by playing recorded sounds depicting bird distress and predator calls.
 

To get rid of birds on your window seal, Transparent Bird Gel can be applied to the surface to create an unpleasant sticky feeling on their feet, causing the birds to leave the treated area. Or install a Bird Slope which simple creates an angled surface making it impossible for the birds to sit on the ledge without sliding off.

All of these bird control products are easy to install and will ultimately help you scare birds away from your property!

How to Get Rid of Roosting Pigeons

Monday, May 6, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of pigeonsThe eaves are a popular place for the pest bird to roost..  Pigeons are one such pest bird that can be bothersome around the home.  The best way to keep birds away is to apply effective bird exclusion products, products that will block the birds from a particular area.

The eaves are a very common area that pigeons and other pest birds like to roost, especially in winter months.  They like to roost and hide out in the eaves because it keeps them away from predators and away from the weather elements such as rain and wind.  Communal roosts are a bunch of birds that roost together.  This is fairly typical, and a good reason to have bird control products installed.

Roosting pigeons are notorious for leaving behind an excessive amount of droppings wherever they congregate.  It is not the only thing they will leave behind.  Bird droppings can harbor many different transmittable diseases.  Thankfully, there are options for getting rid of the roosting pigeons.

Bird spikes will block the pigeon from landing on roof tops, under eaves, and almost any flat or curved surface where they might roost.  Bird spikes are ideal for the pigeon, or any large pest bird.  The spikes create an uneven surface that the birds cannot land on.  Bird spikes, whether they are stainless steel or plastic, will not harm the pigeon.  They are safe and humane for all.  They are also virtually invisible when installed correctly.  The bird spikes come in strips with pre-drilled holes for easy application using screws, glue or ties.  Correct installation is making sure that there is no more than 1” left in front or behind the spikes when installing them.  You do not want to leave any room for the pigeons to perch or roost.

A bird gel can also be used to stop the birds from landing and roosting on a surface.  The transparent bird gel is ideal for under eaves as well as above entryways and beams and window sills.  The gel is non-toxic and can be applied just as caulking is applied.  The gel lasts up to 6 months outdoors and is effective at wide temperature extremes.

Both products can be used with visual bird deterrents that will also scare the birds away.  This makes it very effective in keeping the birds away from your property.

Bird Repellent Choices for Homeowners

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds away with bird repellentsHome improvement projects can be as extensive as painting the house or as relaxing as planting new flowers.  There are hundreds of different projects that need doing.  One home improvement project that should not be forgotten is installing bird repellents.

Birds will find places around the home to roost in the colder months and nest in the spring.  One reasons for stopping them from doing this is because of the bid droppings.  The droppings will accumulate and become a health hazard, not to mention an very ugly and nasty sight to have to look at.

There are many cost effective bird repellent devices out on the market.  There are products that repel the birds by blocking them. Bird netting is a product that would block the birds.  It is an ideal solution for trees and plants, openings on the rooftops and patio covers as well as under the eaves of the home.  Properly installed bird netting is an impenetrable barricade against the pest birds from roosting and nesting.  Bird netting is strong and durable, yet light weight and easy to use, and it is very easily managed by the average homeowner.

Another type of bird repellent that keeps birds away is a non-toxic gel.  The gel is a sticky substance that the birds do not like.  The sensation on their feet is very uncomfortable and forces them to fly to another location to perch and roost.

Bird spikes are a very popular way to get rid of birds.  Bird spikes can be installed on any flat or curved surface such as eaves, ledges, backyard awnings and fence posts.  The spikes come in different widths and lengths to accommodate different areas and surfaces around the home.  Plastic bird spikes are a great fit for home use.  They come in an array of colors to match the structure they are being applied on.  They can be easily secured using glue, screws and can be tied down.

Harming birds does not need to happen.  Safe and humane choices such as spikes, gels and netting can be used that are safe for the pest birds themselves, and also the domestic animals.
 

Sparrow Problems – Use Bird Control Devices

Sunday, November 11, 2012 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of birdsThe most common birds can often times do the most damage around the home.  Take the common house sparrow, for instance.  Sparrows are everywhere.  You can easily spot the sparrow by its noisy flutter.  It also flies down from its roosting and perching areas.  Sparrows are scavengers like most birds.  They will hop around and eat any leftovers left on the grass or the patio area.   You will often times dine Al fresco with the sparrow.   You will see them around fast food restaurants and outside seating areas of various restaurants.  Sparrows chiefly eat fruits, garden plants and seeds, however.  These cute little things gather in large flocks and will congregate in a small area to get what they can.

The best way to deter the pesky bird around the home is to place bird control devices at places they most often roost, nest and peck.  Bird netting is one option that is a physical barrier and will keep the birds away and other pests as well.  Garden bird netting can be placed over plants and trees.  It can also protect the eaves, which is a notorious location for birds to roost and nest.  Bird netting will also protect balconies and other hidden away areas.  When installed correctly, the netting will be nearly invisible.  The aesthetic integrity of the home can be kept intact. 

If flat surfaces such as windowsills and ledges, pipes or I-beams are the trouble areas, bird gel can be placed on these flat areas.  Bird gel is a non-toxic substance that forms a sticky area for the birds.  The pest birds do not like this sticky substance on their feet and will move on to a more conducive roosting area. It aggravates the birds, but will not harm them in any way.  It is quick and easy to install, and fits all seasons and weather conditions.

The reason to deter pest birds is because of the bird droppings that accumulate.  These large flocks leave behind lots of droppings on the sidewalks, patios, grass and rooftop.  The droppings contain many diseases such as transmissible gastroenteritis and chlamydiosis, and histoplasmosis.  Not only are they unhealthy, but they are very damaging to structures such as your home and everything around it because of the acidic nature of the droppings.

Pairing a couple of bird control devices around the yard will save you money on repairs and time by not having to repair and replace paint and wood or whatever the bird droppings damage.