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.

 

 

 

 

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.
 

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.
 

Spring Bird Deterrents for Commercial Aviation Hangers

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird deterrentsSpring is here and so are pest birds. They’ll be looking for a place to roost and nest, and for them, your commercial aviation hanger is ideal. It has large, wide open doors and lofty ceilings with plenty of high places to build a nest. Since many airports and airfields have been built near marshlands or other open bodies of water, waterfowl, such as geese will be ever present.
 
When birds occupy aircraft hangars, bird droppings, feathers and other bird debris can fall into delicate engine parts and assemblies below. Bird droppings can also pose dangerous slip-and-fall hazards to maintenance and repair crews.  These problems can cause delays and schedules to slip.
 
The solution to these spring bird problems is to implement effective bird deterrents now, before bird pests arrive. Here’s what the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone recommend:
 
Anti-Roosting/Anti-Perching Bird Spikes
 
Government agencies and aviation facilities throughout the country use bird spikes to keep birds like crows, gulls and pigeons from landing. The spiked strips are easily mounted on hangar roofs, beams, and virtually any lofty structure in your hangar. Bird-B-Gone Bird spikes come in rigid UV-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate or high strength, durable stainless steel. The plastic (poly) spikes are more economical and preferred for use near the RF antenna arrays found around aviation facilities.  
 
Heavy Duty Bird Netting Blocks Out Pest Birds
 
Bird-B-Gone Bird Net 2000 Heavy-Duty Bird Netting seals out pest birds from specific areas of your hangar—areas where birds tend to nest most often. The netting comes in several mesh sizes: choose the 1-1/8” or 2” mesh size to block out pigeons, gulls or crows; or get the 3/4" mesh for smaller birds like sparrows or starlings. Bird Net 2000 is fabricated from a UV-stabilized mesh to endure extreme industrial environments. It’s ISO 1806 protocol mesh tested, flame resistant, rot-proof and waterproof. And it comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Super Talon Catches Bird Pests

If one or two pest birds have already invaded your commercial hanger and are zipping about, distracting workers, you can safely catch and release them with Bird-B-Gone’s Super Talon Ultra Net Launcher. This heavy-duty hand-held net launcher snares bird pests quickly, efficiently and humanely. No more wasting time chasing birds with brooms or long poles. The Super Talon fires a two-inch mesh net up to 60 feet to snag even the most elusive bird. Designed to catch all types of birds, the Super Talon has been used worldwide by animal control agencies and research scientists, including the USDA, US Fish & Wildlife and APHIS. The Super Talon Kit comes complete with 10 air cartridges, multiple net launchers, accessories, and a handy carrying case.

Snooze or Lose.

The key with keeping birds out of commercial aircraft hangers is to act proactively. Which means the best time to install any bird deterrent is before the pest birds arrive.

Time to Open Your Boat, But Not to Pest Birds!

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlShiver me timbers. It’s time to open up your boat for spring and summer. Be warned mate, spring’s the time when birds come a callin’. Gulls and blue herons, pelicans and cormorants. They’ll be looking for a place to settle in on your decks and beams. And before you know it, your vessel will be covered with nests and droppings—from stern to bow pulpit. So will your gear—everything from sheets to cleats.

Time to do what the smart and rich do to keep birds off their vessels—set up some effective bird deterrents to keep the nasty critters off your boat. Ignore the warnings of squawking pest birds hovering about and your masts and spreaders, biminis, canvas covers, radars and railings will soon be covered with bird droppings. Droppings that can eventually eat into your vessel’s surfaces, permanently marring and possibly damaging them. Booms, sheets, blocks and pulleys, and rigging--all will fall victim to destructive bird droppings. And lest ye forget that wet droppings can make gunwales dangerously slippery, creating slip-and-fall hazards for you and your guests.
 
If you’re opening up your boat, keep birds away by installing some effective bird deterrents. Here’s what the bird control pros at Bird-B- Gone recommend:

Scare Birds with the Repeller 360°

Bird-B-Gone’s Repeller 360° spins in the breeze to prevent large birds like gulls from landing on specific areas of your vessel. This rotating bird deterrent protects a wide area, keeping birds from landing and loitering. The Repeller 360° catches the slightest breeze using two "sails" mounted at either end of a 5-foot stainless steel arm. Each sail boasts a reflective bird predator eye to scare birds. When the Repeller’s arms spin, they scare birds away. Like a tireless sentry, the wind-powered arms whip about continuously, day and night. The Repeller 360° is UV protected and designed for use in harsh seaside weather.

Spook Pest Birds with the Bird Spider
 
Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Spider 360 prevents bird pests from landing on your boat using the power of intimidation. Its long, breeze-powered tentacles bounce and sway, making birds too nervous to hang around your vessel. The new tips won’t scuff your boat’s surfaces. Spiders are highly flexible and can be mounted a variety of ways: there’s the Boat Base for use around masts or spreaders; the Sand Bag Base for portable, placements on canvases and Biminis; or the Railing Mount for direct  attachment to boat rails. The Bird Spider is available in four leg lengths that cover 2', 4, 6’ and 8' diameters. Designed for harsh seaside use, the Spider’s arms are made of 316 marine grade stainless steel embedded into a UV- protected polycarbonate base. No assembly is required, installation is easy, and construction grade adhesives can be used in place of the sandbag base.

Plan for Spring - Keep Pest Birds Away with Bird Control Products

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlSpring and summer are only a few short weeks ahead.  Boats are being cleaned up and made ready to go out on the waters.  Patio furniture is being bought or being brought out of the garage and backyard barbeques and just about ready to be used regularly.  Garden supplies are being purchased or at least planned out.  Bird control should be another “to do” item on the get ready for spring list.

Bird Control Products 

Spring is the busiest season for the pest bird.  They are very active at this time.  Early spring is the time when the male birds start establishing their territories for nest building.  They often attack other males to protect a territory.  You might notice birds repeatedly banging into your large windows.  The birds actually see themselves in the window’s reflection and they are trying to attack the bird they think they see.  There are window decals that can be put onto the window to get rid of birds from running into the glass.  The static cling decals reflect ultraviolet light and when you place the decals on the glass surface of the window, birds will see the ultraviolet light and realize that the window is a surface.

The swallow is another bird that could cause problems. You do not want the nasty mud nests attached to your eaves or sides of buildings.  They leave stains and a lot of bird droppings.  The droppings are acidic and damaging as well as a health hazard.  Many diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans are in the accumulated droppings.  Bird control products such as bird slopes will take care of the problem of the swallows building their mud nests on your home.  Bird slopes can be applied on ledges, eaves, I-beams and even windowsills.  The slopes create a perfect slippery, 90-degree angle that the birds will not be able to land on or build a nest on.

Woodpecker damage on the home is another springtime problem for homeowners.  Woodpecker deterrents such as bird netting will keep the relentless drumming at bay.  Woodpeckers can do a lot of damage to the wood siding on the home.  Get rid of the nuisance woodpeckers with the lightweight, plastic bird netting.  This physical bird barrier will keep woodpeckers from pecking on the side of the home.

There is never a need to harm the birds.  In fact, most migratory birds are protected under the law.  Also, there are many safe and humane bird control methods that are effective at getting rid of the pest birds.

 

Get Ready for the Birds – Install Bird Netting

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird nettingWith spring around the corner expect all the creatures to start coming out.  All the animals that have hibernated through winter start scurrying about.  There is also more bird activity in the air.  Pay attention to the early signs so that bird control can be implemented and you can keep your backyard free from bird messes throughout the summer.

As soon as you sense the bird activity or start hearing them in the early mornings, get prepared.  Their bird calls are telling others where the food sources are, where shelter is, and they are also trying to attract a mate to start nesting.

Install Bird Netting in the Garden

Beware all you backyard gardeners.  Do not let the migratory pest birds destroy the production of your garden.  To ensure an abundant garden, include bird netting as your bird control strategy.
Garden bird netting will protect your fruit trees, berry bushes and any other plants that produce anything you do not want the pest bird to get at.  Garden bird netting is a simple physical bird deterrent that creates a barrier between the bird and your treasured garden.

Garden bird netting is light weight making it easy to handle and install.  It is recommended that you suspend the netting over the plants by at least 4 inches.  Place poles around the sides of the area and attach the netting to the poles.  They can be attached using a staple gun, net clips or hooks.  Remember to leave room on the poles so they can be raised as the plants grow taller.  Plants can also be individually wrapped with the bird netting as well.   Protecting the fruit trees is easy as well.  You simply measure the circumference of the tree, and then cut an extra foot larger.  The netting is then secured to the tree with twine, zip ties or hog rings.

Combining a physical bird deterrent with another type of bird control method is suggested.  A simple Mylar flash tape streaming from trees and the netting would create a good visual distraction to go along with the bird netting.  Diverters in trees work well too.  They scare the birds away with their unique predator eye design pattern.

Take control with bird control products that will keep birds away all season long.  Once you have an effective method, they can be used over and over.
 

Bird Control Solutions for Hazardous Pest Bird Debris

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlBirds might seem innocent when you see them around the home, but they can be a hazard.  If they start building their nests and roost on your home or in your trees, their droppings will start collecting and adding up and will accrue rather quickly.  The smaller birds create more droppings that the larger birds believe it or not.  Bird control methods are needed because birds will eliminate 20 to 50 times each day and if they are roosting or nesting in the same spot, you can imagine how quickly it can add up.  A few key locations where the birds like to go are the eaves, rooftops and windowsills.  They like any place up off the ground but close to where they have a food source and hidden away enough to be out of view of their predators.

The accumulated bird droppings are not just a nasty mess to look at or clean up, but they are hazardous as well.  They can harbor disease, bacteria, parasite, molds and the list goes on and on.  Some of the diseases such as Histoplasmosis can be transmitted to humans.  It causes an upper respiratory illness when the droppings are disturbed and you are nearby and breathe in the spores in the dust of the droppings.  When cleaning up droppings, wet them down first and use protection over your eyes, nose and mouth.

Various Bird Control Options

Installing bird control products around the home and garden is a smart solution to the pest bird dilemma.  There are various types of bird control methods that you can choose from.

A bird deterrent like a repeller that spins in the wind is a very effective method to keep birds from landing on certain areas.  The repellers have a 6’ stainless steel arm with two “sails” mounted at each end.  The “sails” have a reflective bird predator eye feature that frightens the bird away and will keep the birds away from where it is located.   The repellers can be installed on rooftops, skylights, air conditioning units, rooftops and chimney caps.  They are often seen on the docks near water and on the boats themselves.

Bird netting is a type of bird deterrent method that creates a barrier.  Often times, a garden bird netting variety can be suspended over the garden area to stop the birds from pecking at the fruits and vegetables and seeds.  It needs to be suspended over the plot by at least four inches.  Bird netting can also be used in garages, balconies and the eave areas.

Bird spikes work well on windowsills and there are many other products to choose from.  Visit an online bird control company and ask them for guidance if you are unsure what method would work best for you.
 

Boating Season Needs Pest Bird Deterrents

Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsBoating season is around the corner for many people.  The days are becoming longer and the air is becoming warmer.  If you have no form of bird deterrent on your docked boat, you may go and find that it is full of bird droppings.  Hopefully, the droppings have not created the disaster that they are capable of.  Droppings are very acidic and over time they can eat through wood, canvas and even metals.  Boat owners and birds have had a long battle.  But boat owners should be winning because of all the great bird control methods out there they can be using to keep their boats bird free during all seasons.

If there is bird droppings it is not too late.  Clean the droppings and any nesting materials by using a broad spectrum hospital grade cleaner which will also disinfect and deodorize the surface.  Make sure to protect your nose, mouth and eyes so that you do not inhale any dust particles from the droppings.  This is how diseases and bacteria get transmitted from the droppings to humans. After the boat is all clean, even when you are using the boat often, in between water runs, have bird deterrent products in place so that you do not have to clean the boat and disinfect it each time you want to use it.

Bird Deterrents Ideal for Boats

Visual bird deterrents are always a good product to start with such as flash tape, diverters or scare balloons.  The visual distraction that these bird control products cause will keep birds off the boat.  It is the shiny reflective material they are made out of and the foil eye predator design that frightens the birds.

Another type of visual bird deterrent is a repeller that spins 360 degrees.  The repeller has a 6’ stainless steel arm that spins in the breeze.  On the end of each arm is a reflective predator eye feature that looks like a small red sail.  This is a popular product that is often used and seen on boats and in the marina.

Bird spikes are also used on boats to keep the boat bird free.  Plastic bird spikes can be placed on spreaders, mats and radar antennas.  They are easily installed using zip ties which make it easy to remove and stow away when using the boat.

Putting bird deterrents to work before the birds make themselves comfortable is the key to keeping the boat clean and bird free and ready to take out at a minute’s notice. 
 

Bird Deterrents for Barn Swallows

Saturday, March 22, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsBarn Swallows are very adaptable birds.  You can find them feeding in fields, parks, roadway edges, marshes, ponds and near coastal waters.  Their nests are very easy to spot.  They build their mud nests under the eaves or inside of sheds, barns, and under bridges and other structures.  Safe and humane bird deterrents are needed for the swallow because they are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. The Act states that once an egg is in the mud nest, the nest needs to be intact until the fledglings have left the nest. Huge fines can be applied for removing nests that are occupied.

Both the male and female build the nests.  They are unique nest builders as they build their nests on vertical surfaces.  That is why a bird deterrent such as the bird slope would be a great choice in bird control to stop them from building their nests.  The swallows starts building their nest by creating a small shelf-like structure out of their mud and grass mixture.  This gives them an area to land on while they construct the rest of the nest.  Swallows will often time use old nests, if they are still there.

The Slope Bird Deterrent

The bird slope creates a 90 degree angle which makes it impossible for them to land and build their nests.  The slope is also made of a slippery PVC material making it very difficult to land on it without sliding off.

The bird slope is sold in a four foot kit that contains two, two foot long sections of slope, two end caps and one tube of glue. Gluing down the bird slope is easy. If there is any trouble with the installation, there are professionals that can help you with your installation. They might even suggest other types of bird deterrent products such as swallow repellents, swallow bird netting and other bird control products that are on the market and will be effective in deterring the swallow.

The reason you do not want the mud nests on your structures is because they can stain the surface.  The droppings from the swallow are acidic and can damage the surface.  They also harbor disease, bacteria and parasites as well as other bugs that could get inside the buildings spreading transmittable diseases.

It is best to install swallow bird deterrents before they arrive.  This will help with any clean up you might have to do and keep you within the laws concerning migratory birds.

 

Get Ready – Spring is in the Air – Pest Birds Need Bird Deterrents

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Spring is not the only thing in the air.  Late winter, is when the life cycle for geese begin and when goose control methods need to be in place.  The adult pairs return to their nest areas from the previous year.  Late February and March is when the waters begin to open up.  The non-breeding geese also are close by in large flocks for feeding during the nesting season.  There are resident geese and migratory geese.  The resident geese will spend their lives in one area as opposed to migratory geese.  Canada geese are migratory and they have a very strong inclination to return to where they were born year after year looking for the same nesting areas and feed areas.

There are goose deterrents that will discourage the geese from settling in an unwanted area.  A mixture of methods with a persistent application of products will produce the best results of deterring the geese.  In more suburban areas, geese are more use to people and they are not as afraid, so scare techniques need to be fresh and innovative.

Two types of Scare Bird Deterrents

Sound goose deterrents have been proven very effective in large open spaces. There are sound deterrents that broadcast goose-distress calls.  The calls are played every ten minutes and they alert the geese that there is danger and they will want to flee the area.  Each unit covers an acre of space.  With additional speakers, more acres can be covered and protected from the pest geese.   The sound bird deterrents have an LCD display panel that is easy to program.

Another type of goose deterrent that is effective on geese is a motion activated sprinkler.  The sprinkler hooks up to a regular garden hose.  There is motion sensor that detects the larger pest bird such as geese.  It detects them from 35 feet away.  Once the geese are detected, the sprinkler immediately releases a burst of water.  The water spray will scare the geese.  They will remember the water and will not want to return to the location.  This deterrent also keeps the crows and pigeons away.  The motion activated sprinkler works day and night.  A nine volt battery will keep this bird deterrent in action for at least six months.