Bird Deterrent Installation is Integral in Building Maintenance Plans

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swallow Bird Deterrents

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

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

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

Get Rid of Canada Geese in Parks

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

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

Geese Control Methods

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

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

Motels Need Critter Control to Attract and Keep Guests

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

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

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

The Lights & Sound Solution

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

Dual Operating Modes

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

Easy to Set Up and Keep Up

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


Universities Prepare for Graduation – Bird Control Needed

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

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

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

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

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.