When Winterizing, Bird Proof Your Home

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Winter is here and it’s time to winterize your home. This is typically when you seal all the cracks between wood and stucco, wood window casings, etc.  It’s also the time when you need to check your rain gutters and spouts, and when you check around chimney areas and vents. It’s also the time when you should be thinking about bird proofing your home. Bird, after all will be looking to settle in for the winter and if your home isn’t protected with bird deterrents, they’ll gravitate to your home and you know what that means: nests, feathers and bird droppings.  Nests in your rain gutters, patio covers, gazebos and all those nooks and crannies in your home’s exterior.

The good news is, you can prevent birds from flocking around your home by implementing an effective and humane bird control strategy. Here are several bird deterrents that you should consider installing when winterizing your home:

Sonic Bird Deterrents

You can blast air horns and set off firecrackers to scare birds away. But they’ll come back as soon as you go backing the house. Sound Bird Deterrents have been proven effective because they emit distress and predator sounds that frighten birds. The best sonic deterrents will emit sounds that birds can hear (unlike ultrasonic deterrents which emit sounds birds can’t hear).  If you had crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants last year, you might want to consider using the sonic system many have turned to: it emits distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. By the way, sonic bird deterrents only create sounds that resemble normal birdcalls, so they won’t annoy your neighbors and pets.

Balloons and Banners

Easy to install and quite effective in deterring birds from your home and backyard, Banners, Flash Tape and Balloons make pest birds feel too uncomfortable to stay. These deterrents rattle and reflect sunlight as they twist and flap in the breeze. Balloons have the added advantage of large, predator eyes that spook birds, making them think a large predator is eyeballing them. For best results, these visual bird deterrents should be moved around occasionally to keep the threat looking alive and real.

Bird Spiders

Easy to place on rooftops, patio covers and other elevated areas, Bird Spiders boast long spindly arms that prevent birds from landing. Spiders come in 2-, 4- and 8-foot diameter arm lengths to protect increasingly wider areas. A variety of mounting bases allow for easy positioning on most flat areas.

Bird Slope™

Angled, slippery PVC panels, Bird Slope deterrents are easy to install in all those 90-degree nooks and crannies where birds tend to nest. The panels come in a variety of colors to blend in with your home’s aesthetics. The best panels are made of UV-stabilized polycarbonate to last longer in tough outdoor weather.

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Say Hello to Commercial Bird Control and Good-Bye to Bird Droppings

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Businesses have a lot to lose when it comes to pest birds. A long roofline, parapet wall or ledge can quickly draw dozens of birds. And once they take hold and start to nest, you’ll have an ever-increasing flock to deal with. The solution is to implement some effective commercial bird control.  While you may not like the idea of investing in such protective measures during these hard economic times, the cost of not keeping birds away will be far greater—in cleanups, repairs and even lost business.

In terms of cleanups, you’ll have to remove unsightly bird droppings from your store entrance, signage, windows and doors. That means your staff will be wasting time doing cleanups instead of other vital business functions. Wait too long and cleanups will become a daily job.

In term of repairs, birds can cause considerable damage to your electrical signage, lighting systems, security cameras and rooftop AC units. They can even clog your rain gutters, causing eventual roof damage. Without effective commercial bird control, you’ll have to pay for this damage sooner or later.

In terms of lost business, nothing ruins your image faster than bird droppings on your signage, windows, awnings, doors and walkways. So if you don’t clean these off—a costly, time-consuming chore—you’ll lose customers.  And that’s the last thing you need in this tough economy.

The good news is that professional bird control companies know exactly what you’re facing. And they’ve developed entire lines of commercial bird control products to help you get rid of pest birds.  These include:

Bird Spikes. Available in strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate or flexible stainless steel, bird spikes won’t allow birds to land. They’re easy to install using nails, screws or glue, and they won’t harm birds.

No Knot Bird Netting. To block pest birds from gathering around AC units, signage, eaves, canopies and other areas. This netting is light, handles easily, and is made of flame resistant polypropylene. When buying bird netting, look for brands that are ISO 1806 Protocol mesh tested and UV stabilized.

Bird Slope. These angled, slippery PVC panels won’t allow birds to land. Look for slope panels that are UV protected and sun- and weather-resistant. The panels come in stone and grey to blend in with most architectural styles.

Bird Sonics. These emit predator and distress sounds that discourage birds from nesting and roosting. One bird control sonic system emits distress and predator calls for up to 22 types of birds. The calls resemble normal bird sounds to the human ear and won’t irritate pets or annoy people.

Electric Tracks. Ideal for use on ledges, rooflines, parapet walls, eaves and signs, these electrified tracks impart a harmless shock to birds’ toes so they’ll move on.  The best tracks have a low-profile design and measure just 1/4-inch at their highest point. Another feature to look for: a flow-thru design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops.

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Bird Proof or Put Up with Pest Birds

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Several years ago, thousands of birds swarmed into South Pasadena, a small enclave near St. Petersburg, Florida. The horde of mostly crows filled shopping centers, dumped on cars and SUVs, and filled the air with their incessant screeches, cackles and caws. One observer noted crows in clusters of as many as 500 with a total of about 6,000. Other local residents said the crows had destroyed fruit trees, and cluttered sidewalks, benches and power poles with their droppings. Had South Pasadena taken steps to bird proof its streets and buildings, it might have been able to discourage the avian onslaught.

While most towns aren’t normally invaded by birds reminiscent in an Alfred Hitchcok film, there are instances where birds seem to have taken over a park, building, boat dock or other facility. Although this may not strike fear in the hearts of most people, it can be quite a nuisance. For even hundreds of pest birds can create a huge mess and destroy property. An outdoor eatery, for example, could lose considerable business were it invaded by pest pigeons pooping on tables and chairs. Mothers would be loath to allow their children to play in a park covered with large black crows. Vintners and growers have lost thousands of dollars worth of grapes and other crops, no thanks to bird swarms. And many a building owner has spent hefty sums sandblasting bird poop from building facades. All this points to the need to bird proof an area or building. Fortunately, there are many humane and effective ways deter pest birds.

They Can’t Land on Bird Slopes

Bird Slopes prevent pest birds from landing on many structures. The slippery PVC panels fit just about anywhere–on eaves, ledges, beams and other similar niches–and they just don’t allow pest birds to get a solid footing. After several tries, birds give up and head for better landing areas. The angled bird proof panels are easy to install on almost any surface and will discourage a wide range of pest birds.

Bird Gel Works Well

Birds get the message real quick with this bird proof goop. Bird Gel presents pest birds with an icky, sticky landing zone that they can’t stand. The gel will discourage all manner of pest birds.  It’s easy to apply on virtually any surface and is ideal for use on conduit, pipes, ledges, I-beams and parapet walls. The goop hardens after about six months, so you’ll need  to reapply it for best results.

Pest Birds Spurn Spikes

Humane and highly effective, Bird Spikes have gained widespread popularity in cities and towns across the country. While they may look like they could impale anything that comes near them, the blunted spikes are actually quite harmless to birds, pets and people. Spikes rely on a simple principle: birds simply can’t navigate their wings and feet around them, so they move on to better landing zones. Bird spikes come in long-lasting stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Installation is fast and easy on any flat surface or ledge. Some spikes come in two-foot long strips for easier installation. Spikes are an ideal way to bird proof most structures and the best spikes are virtually maintenance free.

To address varying bird problems, you can get a Mega Spike, which has long 7-inch spikes–ideal for most seagulls, cormorants, turkey vultures, raptors and other large birds. Mega spikes are usually made of marine-grade stainless steel to endure harsh outdoor weather. If you can, opt for crush proof spikes with a non-reflective metal finish. And choose spikes with a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base that you can angle to fit around curved surfaces.

Finally, there’s the Gutter Spike. It’s designed to keep large pest birds like seagulls, crows, and pigeons from nesting in gutters. Look for gutter bird spikes that have adjustable clamps at the base for easy installation to the lip of a gutter.

Bird Spiders For Stubborn Pest Birds

Resembling a giant Spider, Bird Spiders do a nice job of discouraging pest birds to stay away from restaurant tables, canvas boat covers, awnings, patios and other flat surfaces. The spider’s spindly arms wave and flagellate in the breeze to bird proof an area. Bird spiders come in several arm lengths to scare away a wide variety of bird species.

Deter them with Foggers and Misters

Pest birds get all misty eyed after flying through an area protected by Bird Foggers and Misters. These systems effectively bird proof an area by releasing a fine mist of food-grade methyl anthranilate. This grape extract is harmless to birds and humans, yet pest birds hate the stuff. Simple foggers/misters basically consist of a sprayer and a canister of chemicals. More sophisticated systems use timers and multiple nozzles that allow you to direct the mist to specific sites and varying times and durations.

Bird Proof with Better Net Results

Bird Netting is an ideal way to bird proof groves, vineyards, enclosed courtyards, patios and other large areas. The nets come in various mesh sizes to keep out pigeons, sparrows, starlings and seagulls. For lasting durability, choose bird netting that has been U.V. stabilized, and is rot- and water-proof.

Bird Scare Devices

No bird likes to feel threatened. And Bird Scare deterrents are quite effective as a bird proof solution. These are the reflective foils, shiny tape banners and balloons you see around buildings, parks, boat docks and other outdoor areas. Some balloons have a giant predator eye in the center to convince birds a huge predator is about to attack them. The basic principle here is to create an “Optical Distraction Zone” to scare pest birds away. Balloons can also be filled partially with water to skim the surface of swimming pools, spas and Koi ponds to frighten pest birds away.

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Bird Control for Airports, How to Stop Bird Strikes

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Birds have cost airlines big money in aircraft damage, downtime and even downed aircraft. The statistics are staggering and point to the need for aggressive bird control measures.

During a 19-year period from 1990 to 2008, 89,727 strikes were reported to the FAA across the United States. California, Texas, Florida, and New York suffered the most bird strikes (7,442, 5,963, 5,571 and 4,732, respectively). Twenty-one other states each reported more than 1,000 bird strikes.

While other wildlife sometimes contributed to aircraft mishaps, birds were involved in 97.4 percent of the reported strikes. Most bird strikes occurred between July and October and 62 percent occurred during the day. A total of 60 percent occurred during an aircraft’s landing, and 37 percent occurred during takeoff and climb. About 59 percent of the bird strikes occurred when the aircraft was at a height of 100 feet or less. Nearly 72 percent occurred at 500 feet or less and 92 percent occurred at or below 3,000 feet. Bird control measures could have prevented many of the strikes.

A total of 59,047 bird strikes did not damage the aircraft; while 5,112 aircraft suffered minor damage; 2,456 suffered substantial damage; and 24 aircraft were destroyed as a result of the strike. The aircraft components most struck by birds were the nose/radome, windshield, engine, wing/rotor, and fuselage. Aircraft engines were most frequently damaged by bird strikes.

For the 19-year period, five of the strikes resulting in seven fatalities involved unidentified species of birds. American white pelicans, Canada geese, white-tailed deer and brown-pelicans were responsible for nine fatalities. Ducks and geese caused 40 strikes, injuring 45 humans; vultures created 24 strikes, resulting in 26 injuries.

In April 2008, a Challenger 600 struck several American white pelicans at 3,000 feet during its climb from a Colorado airport. One bird penetrated the nose of the aircraft and entered the cockpit. Both engines ingested birds and one engine lost power. Fortunately, the pilot was able to return and land safely. Repair costs exceeded $2 million. Effective bird control measures might have prevented this mishap.

In December 2008, a gadwall was ingested into the #3 engine of an MD-10 at 2,700 feet during the aircraft’s approach. The entire engine and cowling had to be replaced. The aircraft was out of service for over three days and repair costs exceeded $900,000.

Effective Bird Control Measures

To prevent these and other bird strike mishaps, airports need to adopt effective and humane bird control measures. The most popular are listed below:

Bird Netting

A highly effective physical barrier method of bird control, Bird Netting keeps pest birds from gathering and nesting at airport facilities. For best results, heavy-duty bird netting should be used. The best netting is made of ISO 1806 mesh test polyethylene fabric and is UV stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof. Bird netting comes in various mesh sizes to deter specific bird species.

When covering an airplane hangar with bird netting, thousands of square feet of netting and special lifts and power equipment will be required. In this case, it’s best to call in a professional bird control installer. Improperly installed netting will sag and droop, creating gaps that allow pest birds to enter.

Misters and Foggers

Bird misters and foggers have been widely used at airports to achieve bird control. These devices emit an ultra fine mist of methyl anthranilate–a grape extract that naturally occurs in concord grapes–to disperse and discourage pest birds from gathering around tarmacs and runways. Recognized by the FDA as a safe substance, the chemical can be used to deter a wide range of pest birds, including, sparrows, pigeons, starlings, crows, blackbirds and geese. The chemical works by irritating the trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes of birds when they fly through it. One whiff and they’re gone.

Bird Slopes

Bird Slopes achieve bird control by denying pest birds a landing zone. And if they can’t land, they won’t stay. Birds simply slide off these angled, slippery PVC panels no matter how many times they try to “get a grip.” Suitable for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas where pest birds tend to nest and roost, the panels install easily using glue, nails or screws. Bird slopes even come in different colors to blend in with an airport’s décor.

Electric Tracks

For on-the-spot bird control, Electric Track bird repellers work quite well as a bird control measure. Mount them on ledges, rooftops, in and around airport structures and birds will disappear from those areas. They work by delivering a harmless electric shock that quickly discourages pest birds. The best electric tracks feature a low-profile flow-through design to keep water from damming up around them.

Bird Gels

This is another localized bird control measure that will keep pest birds off towers and other airport structures. Bird Gels are easy to apply using a standard caulking gun. The gel stays sticky and tacky for about six months–a surface birds hate to set foot on. Safe for birds (except swallows), gels are an ideal bird deterrent for use on ledges, I-beams, parapet walls, conduit, pipes, and most flat or curved surfaces.

Bird Sonic Devices

Like most creatures, birds feel very uncomfortable when they hear the sounds of predators nearby. Bird Sonic devices exploit this fear to the max, broadcasting a variety of predator calls and birds in distress over a wide area. Some devices emit the sound of Peregrine falcons defending their territory (a pigeon’s natural enemy). Another sonic device aimed at starlings and seagulls blasts the sounds of predator hawks screeching and gulls under attack. One versatile device emits distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. In some cases, the sounds are amplified and broadcast through special generating units, covering up to 40 acres.  These sonic units, used in open areas, are best used with other methods of bird control such as the misting devices.

Plastic bird spikes

Plastic bird spikes are a highly effective method of bird control for use around airports. The chief advantage they have over stainless steel spikes is that they are non-conductive and won’t interfere with EM transmissions. This means they can be used where high frequency transmissions like radar and other flight transmissions are being generated.

Installed on air-traffic control towers, hangars and maintenance bays, plastic bird spikes won’t allow pest birds to land. They are especially effective in preventing large pest birds from landing on flat or curved surfaces. Birds like pigeons, crows, gulls, vultures and raptors.

Bird Strike Statistics Courtesy of U. S. Department Of Transportation, FAA Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the U.S. 1990–2008 U. S. Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services.

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Best Bird Repellents for Fruit Trees

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by Alex A. Kecskes

If you’re like many homeowners, you probably have one or even several fruit trees. You carefully planted and pruned them. Even sprayed for insects. Your trees have finally grown big enough to bear fruit–when the birds arrive. They perch and peck, and before you know it, the fruit looks like Swiss cheese with half the fruit rotting on the ground. Not a good scenario. So what can you do to keep pest birds out of your trees? Forget BB guns and poisons. They’re too dangerous, especially with kids and pets around. What you need are proven bird control solutions that are both humane and effective. Here are a few of the most popular pest bird repellents:

Scare Bird Repellents

Many homeowners and professional growers have used these inexpensive bird deterrents to keep pest birds out of their trees. There are several different types, but they all accomplish the same thing: they make birds feel uneasy and cause them to move on to someone else’s yard. Perhaps the simplest of these deterrents is the reflective foil and banner tape. Both reflect the sunlight as they wave in the breeze. You can also get balloons covered with large predator eyes. These make pest birds feel the imminent presence of a large predator. For best results, you need to move these bird repellents around from time to time, lest birds get used to them.

Lightweight Plastic Bird Netting

Plastic bird netting works well for small fruit and nut trees (about 8 feet tall). Keeping trees pruned and small makes it easier to use bird netting. Netting is also ideal for berries, grapevines and vegetable gardens. Just be sure to properly tie bird netting at the bottom to prevent birds from becoming tangled in the netting. And allow a space between the fruit and the netting or birds will simply sit on the branch and eat your fruit through the holes in the netting. Plastic bird netting comes in various mesh sizes to exclude pigeons, sparrows, starlings, seagulls and other birds. The best high quality bird netting is available in various colors to blend in with your trees or garden. One manufacturer offers a bird netting kit for fast, easy installation. The kits include perimeter cable, cable crimps, turnbuckles, intermediate attachments, hog rings, and accessories and tools.

Sonic Bird Repellents

Easy to set up and use, Sonic Bird Repellents broadcast distress and predator calls that make birds far too uneasy to feed on your fruit trees. One popular sonic system will generate distress and predator calls for 22 different species of birds. The calls resemble natural birdcalls to humans and won’t annoy pets. A volume control lets you control the sounds from 65 to 105 decibels. You can even program the system to turn on or off at night. The best bird sonic units include a built-in speaker that protects backyards up to an acre.
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Bird Spikes Can Save Your Commercial Building

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Pest birds can become a hugely expensive problem for commercial building owners. Initially, you may only have a few birds on your building, but the scent of birds roosting and nesting will quickly attract other birds. Before you know it, you’ll have a swarm of birds laying claim to your rooftops, AC units, junction boxes and other elevated areas on your building.

The nests and feathers will eventually clog your rain gutters, rain spouts and vents. The birds will cover your skylights with bird droppings and debris. Over time, the bird droppings will jam up anything that slides or moves on your roof, windows and doorways. Bird droppings will have to be cleaned off skip loaders, power dollies and pallet trucks. Expediters and shipping crews will have to remove bird droppings from product labels and boxes. And they’ll have to avoid bird droppings on walkways and loading docks to keep from slipping and falling.

Bird droppings can also obscure and eventually eat into your signage. Birds nesting inside electrical signs can cause a short and possibly a fire–the last thing you need in this economy.  Birds can even damage your roof over time. This can lead to leaks and expensive damage to products and computers inside the building.

As you can see, the headaches and expenses associated with pest birds go on and on. And they won’t stop until you implement an effective bird proofing strategy.

Bird Spikes are one way to solve the pest bird problem. They simply won’t allow large birds to land wherever they’re installed. That means they can’t gather to perch, roost or nest. In which case, they will move on.

When you order bird spikes, they come in spiked strips in your choice of stainless steel spikes or plastic spikes. The stainless steel spikes are extremely durable and will last many years. The plastic spikes are less expensive, non-conductive, virtually invisible, and they even come in a variety of colors– including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan.

If you go with the plastic bird spikes, choose the ones made of rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate. They resist weathering and sun exposure. By the way, bird spikes are blunted at the tips, so they won’t harm birds or installation crews. They have been approved by virtually every humane group in the world–including The Humane Society of the United States and PICAS.

If your commercial building is being invaded by large birds like gulls, cormorants, turkey vultures or raptors, you might want to invest in a product called the Mega Bird Spike. These massive 7-inch spikes will convince even the most stubborn birds to move on. Made of marine-grade stainless steel, Mega spikes are designed to last for years.

To keep pest birds out of rain gutters and drain spouts, you’ll need Gutter Bird Spikes. They’ve been especially designed to keep seagulls, crows, and pigeons out of gutters. The best Gutter spikes have adjustable clamps that allow them to easily attach to the lip of a gutter.

With proper instruction, your maintenance crew will be able to install bird spikes fairly quickly. The spike strips can be glued down, nailed or screwed into most any surface. The best bird spikes are already pre-drilled with holes or glue troughs for easy mounting.

Before installing bird spikes, your maintenance crews should first thoroughly clean the surface. That means removing any loose rust, peeling paint, bird droppings, feathers and nesting materials. The use of commercial disinfecting cleaning agents is recommended to prevent exposure to any of the 60 known airborne diseases carried by birds. It’s also advisable to provide eye and respiratory protection if the area is heavily contaminated with bird droppings.

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Bird Repellents for Banks

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Pest birds can be a real nuisance. So much so that they can actually drive customers away form your place of business.

In the parking lot of Hallandale Beach bank in South Florida, birds have been attacking people for some time now. The slender-billed grackles have been nesting on a ledge just outside of the bank and have been swooping down on customers. Some believe that the birds who arrived about four years ago are simply protecting their turf. Bank officials say their hands are tied because the grackles are a protected species, so no lethal means can be used to remove them. The birds make their attack runs just before the bank closes, which is when most people are coming and going out of the bank. One woman was recently attacked by five birds and ran for the cover of her car.

Banks and other commercial enterprises needn’t stand by helplessly as their customers are attacked by birds. There are a number of commercial available bird repellents that they can use to discourage the birds from nesting on their premises. Two of these bird repellents are listed below:

Chemical Bird Repellents

Humane and effective against a wide variety of large and small birds, Chemical Bird Repellents create a sticky landing area that birds would rather avoid. While not actually trapping them, it makes birds feel trapped. Once they land on the tacky surface, they will leave and seek a more hospitable area to build their nests. Ideal for keeping birds off ledges, trees, fences and bushes or shrubs, the non-toxic liquid gel won’t harm birds or people. It’s easily applied using a hand or pressure spray gun with a discharge pressure between 40 to 150 psi (you can get these hand-held pump sprayers at most local hardware stores). A one-gallon container will treat about 120 square feet. And a single application lasts as long as six months outdoors. One caveat: Avoid using chemical bird repellents on building structures, vertical or porous surfaces, or where birds have been nesting.

Fogging Agents

An ideal pest bird repellent, Bird Fogging Agents will clear out a wide range of birds that stubbornly resist leaving an area. They will “persuade” gulls, mallards, Canada geese, pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, cowbirds and many other species of birds to move to another site. If pest birds have commandeered your building, one quick way to convince them to leave is by fogging the area. Most fogging agents are humane and won’t harm birds, people or pets. This is because the chemical they use is a food-grade methyl anthranilate—basically a non-lethal grape extract regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) under FIFRA (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act).

For best repellent effect, fogging agents should be used in the early morning or late evening when the birds are flocked together and eating. Keep in mind that these chemicals require training and experience to properly handle and apply. If you have a bird problem, it’s best to consult an experienced professional.

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Deter Pest Birds with Bird Repellent Netting

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Okay, you’ve tried noisemakers and BB guns, waving and shouting–and still the pest birds come. In bigger and bigger flocks. Pooping and nesting and doing all sorts of damage. It’s costing you time and money. If only there was something you could do to keep them out of your area. Something humane, because you really don’t want to hurt the little pests. You just want them to get discouraged and leave your property alone. They’ve caused you so much grief and expense that you’re ready to open your window, stick out your head and yell, “I’m not going to take it anymore!”

You Need Bird Repellent Netting

Growers and farmers know first hand just how much damage pest birds can cause to cornfields, fruit orchards and vineyards. They’ve seen pest birds eat their prized blueberries and blackberries. They’ve watched helplessly as winged pests invaded their barns, stockyards and chicken coops. They’re also painfully aware that bird droppings, bird nests and the mites birds carry pose a serious health hazard, since birds have been known to carry any of 60 known diseases. In fact, most people who have been on the receiving end of pest birds know that sparrows and feral pigeons can carry bacteria causing Salmonellosis. Feral Pigeons have been known to carry Ornithosis, a serious disease that resembles viral pneumonia. Clearly, it’s time for a pest bird deterrent that works. The solution? Bird repellent netting. Continue reading

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Bird Repellent Strategies for Apartment Owners

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One of the biggest problems faced by apartment owners and their management companies is pest bird infestation. Most buildings have at least one renter who refuses to allow pest control professionals to rid the property of birds. To assuage this difficult renter, owners need to adopt non-lethal and humane bird repellent strategies.Aside from this minor problem, apartment managers should consider implementing a multi-pronged approach to rid their properties of pest birds. One must go beyond the one-size-fits-all solution to bird control. But before any bird repellent programis implemented, managers should take the following prudent steps to ensure maximum effectiveness:

Inspection.See where the birds are concentrated, where they nest and roost. Look for nests, telltale signs of droppings, and feathers. You may be surprised at the damage birds have already caused to the painted surfaces, wood, roofing tiles, and electrical equipment and wiring. AC units and rain gutters are particularly vulnerable. As are swimming pool areas, which can become easily contaminated with bird droppings. And, of course, there’s the legal liability of slip-and-fall hazards that bird droppings create.

Identification. Identify the types and size of pest birds on the property. Take photographs if the birds seem unfamiliar to you. This will help your pest control companychoose the right bird repellent for your particular problem.

Monitor. Once your bird control companyhas installed the proper bird repellent on your property, monitor the effectiveness of the repellent. If birds continue to nest or roost on the property or they decide to move to another area of the property, take note and notify the bird control company.  This will allow them to alter their bird repellent strategy to fit the new situation.
Exclusion. If pest birds are finding their way inside the attic areas or other enclosed areas of your units, your bird control company may decide to employ exclusionary bird repellenttechniques—like bird netting. Copper mesh may also be used to seal up smaller entry points.Sanitation. Pest birds are often drawn to food scraps found in and around refuse dumpsters.  These areas should be kept clean and dumpster lids should always be kept shut. Bushes, trees and shrubbery should be kept well maintained to eliminate possible nesting and roosting areas. Leaky pipes or poor drainage should be addressed as birds are always on the lookout for easy access to water.

Treatment. Depending on the type of pest bird that has invaded your apartment complex, your bird repellent strategymay include variations in devices. For example, you pest control company may decide to use netting, bird spikes on the rooftops and ledges, followed by non-lethal chemical bird repellents.Educate Tenants. Let them know that you will be using bird repellent strategiesto deter birds from your property. Tell them that the methods you will be using are essentially harmless to birds and humans. And remind them not to feed any birds coming around the property. Also let them know that you are doing this to protect them from any of the 60 diseases that many pest birds carry, disease that are serious and communicable. The goal is to enroll them in your bird repellent efforts.

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Bird Repellents for Historical Buildings

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Pest birds have been known to cause major damage wherever they gather in large numbers. One type of building that seems particularly vulnerable is the historical building. This is because many of these structures are constructed of limestone or calciferous sandstone, materials that easily succumb to the effects of acids released by bird droppings. These corrosive acids are produced by the organisms that live on and in the droppings.

The fungi that live on pigeon droppings, for example, are primarily responsible for corroding stonework. The root-like mycelium of the fungi enter the stone, transporting the naturally produced acids into the stone to eventually dissolve it. This makes the stone more porous, allowing water to penetrate the deep recesses of the stonework. When this water freezes during the winter, the expanding ice crystals weaken the stone, causing the stone to break up into chips. Water also causes soluble salts in the stone to re-crystallize, creating a bloom of salts on the surface of the stone. If this crystallization occurs just below the surface, the crystals exert pressure on the stone’s pores and the stone will eventually crumble.

City Managers Taking a Pro-Active Approach

In an effort to protect a city’s historical landmarks and buildings, city managers have come to the conclusion that they must become proactive is repelling pest birds. To this end, many cities have decided to employ a number of humane bird repellents on or near their historic landmarks.

Variety of Bird Repellents

Unlike poisons, shotguns and similar culling methods, today’s bird repellantsare humane and highly effective. These new bird control methods rely on technology and a bit of bird psychology. All are easy to install and require very little maintenance.

Historically Proven Bird Spikes 

The highly acclaimed Bird Spike is among the most widely used pest bird deterrent.  These simple devices rely on their ability to prevent larger birds from landing on any surface upon which they are installed. The threatening-looking spikes are made of either stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. The blunted spikes are harmless to birds or humans, having won the approval of the U.S. Humane Society and PICAS.

Bird spikescome in a wide range of types, sizes and colors. Many manufacturers offer spike strips in 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths. Stainless steel spike strips typically come in 1″, 3″, 5″ and 8″ widths. These are available in two-foot sections and are easily installed using glue, nails or screws. Some spikes have a flexible base, which allows them to follow curved surfaces. Crush proof spikes with a non-reflective metal finish are ideal fro historical buildings.

To discourage larger pest birds, opt for Stainless Steel Girder Spikes. These usually come in standard two-foot sections and 3”, 5”, and 8” widths. The spikes use adjustable “C” clamps along the base, which makes them easier to install. For large birds like seagulls, cormorants, turkey vultures, and raptors, there’s the Mega Spike, which has long 7” high spikes made of marine-grade stainless steel.

To keep pest birds from clogging exterior drains and gutters, there’s the Gutter Spike. Ideal for repelling seagulls, crows and pigeons, these spikes come in two-foot long spike stripsand adjustable base clamps for easy installation.

Spiders For Out of the Way Ledges

The handy Bird Spider is an ideal bird repellentthat, like the spike, discourages pest birds from landing. Essentially bases with spider-like tentacles waving in the breeze, spiders are easily placed just about anywhere; ideally used on rooftops covering vents and AC units. They come with different length spider arms to deter a wide range of bird types and sizes.

Watch ‘em Slip on these Nifty Slopes

Bird Slopes deny all pest birds the ability to land. As a bird repellent,they are surprisingly simple and very effective.  The PVC panels create a slippery angled slope birds can’t seem to get a grip on. Aesthetically pleasing and available in several different colors, bird slopes blend in easily with most architectural designs. They are easy to install and ideal for use on eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas.

Icky, Sticky Bird Repellent

Pest birds will land on this bird repellent and never come back. Widely used on buildings and other structures, Bird Gel is basically a sticky chemical goo that birds hate. It’s safe for birds and is easy to apply to almost any surface using a standard caulking gun.

Your Basic Netting Bird Deterrent

Keeping them off by keeping them out is a simple tactic that has worked for centuries against pest birds. Thus the raison d’tre of Bird Netting. This simple but effective bird deterrent comes in several different mesh sizes to deter all manner of pest birds–including pigeons, sparrows, starlings and seagulls. The best bird nettingis flame resistant, U.V. stabilized, and rot and waterproof. Netting also comes in various colors to blend in better with surrounding architectures.

Electrical Repellents Give Pest Birds a Charge

Electric Track Bird Repellantsare both humane and effective. Pest birds daring to land get zapped on these electrified tracks. These devices are simple to install and will repel a variety of birds–including pigeons, seagulls and larger birds. The best electric tracks incorporate a flow-through design that prevents water from pooling around them.

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