Large birds, such as pigeons and gulls, are notorious for landing on the ledges of buildings causing hazardous situations as well as structural damage and a very unpleasant visual appearance. Bird control is necessary to keep large birds away.
There are huge risks associated with pest birds on buildings and ledges. Bird droppings are acidic and can cause structural damage by eating through paint, some roofing materials and fabrics resulting in massive spending on restoration and/or complete replacement. Health hazards associated with pest birds pooping on and around buildings are serious since birds carry a multitude of diseases that are easily spread when droppings dry and form a dust that is sucked through AC units and then inhaled. And of course legal issues arise when slip and fall incidents occur on your premises due to messy bird droppings.
How do you get rid of birds on your buildings and ledges? Bird Spikes! Bird•B•Gone has top class bird spikes that will keep birds away. Bird spikes come in polycarbonate (plastic) or stainless steel and are the ultimate solution to getting rid of birds on buildings and ledges. The bird spikes are durable, effective and long lasting with a five year guaranty on the polycarbonate bird spikes and a 10 year guarantee on the stainless steel bird spikes. Bird•B•Gone’s patented technology on its stainless steel bird spikes make them superior to any spike on the market. Bird spikes are available in a variety of sizes (and colors in the plastic bird spikes) to suit your bird control needs.
Installing bird spikes will save your company time and money by ensuring birds stay off of your buildings and ledges. Installation is easy as bird spikes can either be glued down with polyurethane adhesive or nailed down. Bird•B•Gone also offers a free training class to guide installers through the process and if you don’t have your own installation crew, Bird•B•Gone can connect you with professional installers in your area.
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admin @ May 14, 2013
With their open courtyards, outdoor eating tables and overflowing garbage cans, schools can draw pigeons by the hundreds, especially during bird season. Without effective pigeon control measures to deter them, pigeons can deface school property and leave mounds of disease-carrying droppings. These droppings—which can carry salmonella and e-coli—will cover benches, tables, playground equipment, even doorknobs. Wet pigeon droppings are very slippery and leave dangerous slip-and-fall hazards.
Pigeon poisons are dangerous to use around children. And just frightening the birds away with loud noises or water hoses are ineffective. What’s needed are professional-level pigeon control devices. Here are some proven-effective pigeon deterrents recommended by bird control experts:
Deny them a Place to Perch with Bird Spikes
Pigeons love to perch on rooflines, parapet walls and most any elevated area around a school. Bird Spikes deny them the opportunity by making it impossible for them to land. The bird spikes most often preferred by government entities are made of stainless steel with the spikes embedded in a UV-protected polycarbonate base. These have a 10-year guarantee and come in 1”, 3”, 5” and 8” widths to cover wider and wider areas. The spikes have a 1.5” base, which allows them to be glued, screwed, or tied down to narrow landings. The best, high quality bird spikes have been approved by several humane groups around the world–including the US Humane Society and PICAS (Pigeon Control Advisory Service).
Whisk them Off with the Repeller 360°
Ideal for use on rooftops and other flat, elevated areas where pigeons tend to flock, the Repeller 360° is entirely wind powered. The device’s large arms rotate continuously to discourage pigeons from landing. The arms cover a 6-foot diameter area. The end of each arm is covered with a large reflective “predator eye” to intimidate the most determined pigeon. For lasting durability, the stainless steel arms are attached to a UV-protected polycarbonate base. The Repeller 360° assembles easily and can be attached with a variety of available bases.
Bird Wire Systems Keep Pigeons Away
Birds like a nice steady landing perch. Pigeons are no exception. Which is why Bird Wire Systems are so effective in denying them a place to perch. These post-and-spring-wire set-ups are easily installed along any roofline, elevated railing or parapet wall. Post Wire Systems are often used by Federal and State government buildings. As with all bird control devices, it pays to go for quality. The best bird wire systems feature nylon coated stainless steel wire for lasting durability, rain or shine.
Pigeons Fear to Tread on Bird Gels
Pigeons don’t like walking on a sticky surface. One or two steps on Bird Gel and off they go. Bird Gels are easy to applied using the standard caulking guns your maintenance people already have. The chemical stays sticky for six months.
admin @ May 9, 2013
If you have a shed, barn or even an open storage area, and you happen to live anywhere but the inner city, you’ll have critters trying to sneak in. These critters can include bats, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, even deer and bears. If you store any kind of food in these structures, these critters will make a beeline for them to seek not only food but shelter.
Chances are, you’ve encountered this problem before and probably thrown up your hands in frustration. For you’ve tried traps and poisons and all manner of homegrown critter deterrents—all with minimally effective results. You’ve even tried mothballs and animal urine—no help. You’re just about ready to whip out your shotgun, but unless you live “in the sticks,” there are legal and safety concerns in going that route.
But the fact remains, you’ve got to find some way to get rid of animals. As you’ve undoubtedly experienced, critters can create a lot of headaches in time and money. They can eat virtually anything you’ve stored inside or outside–grain, crops, feed, the list goes on and on. Critters can also chew up the electrical wiring inside barns and sheds. Some, like raccoons and opossums, can chew into a roof faster than you can say holy critter! And they sure can leave a smelly mess if they’ve been there awhile or if they died there.
Fortunately, there is a humane, inexpensive animal deterrent that will keep critters away from your shed, barn or even an open storage area. It’s called the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™. And critters don’t like it.
Light and Sound Deters Any Critter Around
The Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™ has been proven effective to keep a wide range of bats and four–legged critters away from your property. It uses a motion sensor that springs to life the second a critter crosses its area of protection. Once activated, a dog barking and flashing LED light scare critters away.
Works Day or Night to Give Critters a Fright
The Sonic Shield™ has both a daytime and nighttime mode of operation. For the daytime mode, flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds work in unison to frighten all types of critters from your property. In the nighttime mode, just the flashing LED lights come on—perfect for neighborhoods where night noises would wake up the neighbors. Either way, the Sonic Shield™ is a very cost-effective way to get rid of bats and four-legged critters. And it sure beats those ultrasonic deterrents, which emit sounds most critters can’t hear.
The Set-and-Forget Animal Deterrent
The Sonic Shield™ is self-contained, portable and goes wherever critters creep. It runs on four standard AA batteries. So you can position it practically in the path of suspected critter entry points. There’s no need for AC connections. And you won’t need to resort to such deterrents as shotguns, traps, smelly mothballs or urine.
admin @ May 8, 2013
Recent media reports from China highlight a new form of avian influenza (or bird flu) that has killed several people over the past few months. While we are still learning more about this strain of bird flu, we do know a lot about avian influenza in general, which may help the public, civic leaders, and bird control professionals take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of H7N9 and other bird flu strains.
What is Avian Influenza?
Avian (or bird) influenza is a disease caused by several related types of viruses. There are dozens of strains of each of these related viruses. Most of these viruses are usually only found in birds, while others, such as the common flu virus, can cause illness in humans and other mammals. While there are more than 100 different types (and even more subtypes) of avian influenza, the one recent news reports are concerned about is referred to as H7N9.
What is H7N9 Bird Flu?
H7N9 avian influenza is a strain of bird flu virus that was first reported to cause human infections in China at the end of March 2013. As of the end of April 2013, it has caused 126 cases of human infection in China, including 24 deaths. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections that can lead to death from pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or multiorgan failure. So far H7N9 cases have not spread beyond China, and appear to be limited to people that have had close contact with live infected ducks and chickens at poultry markets.
How does H7N9 Bird Flu Spread?
Bird flu viruses can potentially circulate between wild birds, poultry, and humans. H7N9 was first found in wild birds in the Republic of Korea and Mongolia during avian flu surveillance activities in 2008. During this current outbreak, H7N9 has only been found in chickens, ducks, quail, and captive-bred pigeons at live poultry markets in China. There is evidence that chickens may harbor the disease without showing symptoms, making it difficult to track in poultry markets. No wild birds have tested positive for this strain so far. Transmission to humans is still being studied, but appears to take place primarily from close contact with live infected poultry. There is currently no evidence of direct human-to-human transmission. Officials are still looking for evidence of how the virus may spread between pigeons, other wild birds, and poultry.
How can we protect ourselves from H7N9 and other strains of Avian Influenza?
Most Americans face very limited threats from bird flu viruses at this time, since they do not come into regular and direct contact with infected birds. Other cultures, especially those that support live poultry markets and small-scale poultry production, may face greater risks. Hunters and wildlife professionals, including pest management professionals, should follow the bird handling guidelines outlined by the National Wildlife Health Center. While the risk of infection is usually small, people should avoid contact with live birds or their bird droppings, and they should wash hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based products) thoroughly after any such contact, especially before rubbing their eyes, eating, drinking, or smoking.
Can bird control help stop the spread of H7N9?
While it is too early to know exactly how the H7N9 bird flu is being spread, since it was found in pigeons at a poultry market in Shanghai, it does highlight the importance of bird control in poultry operations and markets. In general, wild birds including feral pigeons should be excluded from areas where they can come into contact with poultry, in order to limit bird flu virus transmission. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends screening, fencing, or netting be used to keep wild birds away from poultry and other animals. Backyard and commercial poultry growers should follow the bio-security guidelines published by the University of Georgia CAES. While avian influenza should not be over-hyped, bird borne diseases such as avian influenza do pose a risk that should be carefully considered and managed when dealing with wild birds, poultry operations, and other situations where people may come in contact with wild birds and their droppings.
admin @ April 30, 2013
Throughout the Malone University Campus in Canton, Ohio, a growing gaggle of geese has been camping out on walkways and lawns, honking and even attacking some students as they walk to class. Some unfortunate students have even stepped in the green-colored droppings left by the noisy intruders. The Canada geese have been congregating between Cattell Library and Mitchell Hall. In some instances, geese have completely blocked sidewalks.
While the hope is that the geese are just visiting, one faculty member who teaches ornithology noted that some populations of geese remain throughout the year in Ohio. Drawn by the manicured lawns, tasty vegetation and the absence of predators, the geese are likely to call this campus their home. While there are no large bodies of water on campus, experts believe the geese, like the ducks before them, will adapt and make nests there.
Campus officials worry that once the geese take to nesting, the campus will be overrun since geese are prolific reproducers. The other concern is that Canada geese are protected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, so permits are needed to hunt them out of season or destroy their eggs.
So far, campus officials have considered resorting to dogs, scarecrows and lasers to get rid of the geese. Malone’s Director of Physical Plant suggested some goose controls but these were considered inhumane. A Department of Natural Resources publication noted that hunting virtually eliminated Canada geese from Ohio by 1900. But by 2000, the Division of Wildlife estimated there were 84,000 Canada geese in Ohio.
Perhaps it’s time for Malone University to implement some professional goose control measures. Here are two —a goose repellant and a goose deterrent—that will get rid of geese quickly, efficiently and humanely:
Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic Goose Deterrent
Broadcasting pre-recorded goose-distress calls, the Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic system intimidates geese over a wide area. The system comes with one internal speaker that covers a full acre and more speakers can be added to cover up to five acres. The Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic is fully programmable to operate between 65 to 105 decibels and can be turned on or off at night. The system is ruggedly designed for outdoor use, with UV-protected materials to endure harsh sun and weather.
Migrate Goose Repellent
Turning a goose food source into a sour-tasting substance, Migrate Goose Repellent transforms grass areas and shrubs into a natural repellent. This non-toxic liquid is easily applied by grounds crew and won’t harm people or pets. Its active ingredient is Methyl Anthranilate, a harmless grape extract that irritates a goose’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes. One or two bites of a chemically treated lawn or shrub will make geese think twice about considering campus lawns and shrubs as a food source. Migrate lasts up to three months outdoors, and won’t wash off with rain or sprinklers. One gallon covers about 16,000 square feet for one application.
admin @ February 22, 2013
by Toni Clarke, Reuters (via The Chicago Tribune)
A sign for pharmaceutical compounding company NECC, a producer of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, is seen in Framingham, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)
(Reuters) – U.S. health inspectors found bugs, a flying bird and other unsterile conditions at Ameridose LLC, an affiliate of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the heart of the deadly meningitis outbreak.
Westborough, Massachusetts-based Ameridose was closed on October 10 to allow state and federal investigators to inspect its facilities. On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the results of its investigation.
The agency’s report details a list of quality control failures at Ameridose, including a failure to test the potency of its products, a failure to properly classify patient complaints and the use of “vague, canned language” when describing negative patient reactions to its drugs.
The company, an affiliate of the New England Compounding Center, said it is in the process of preparing a full response to the FDA.
“Ameridose’s history shows clearly that we have not had any instance of contaminated products over the course of the past six years, which covers the manufacture and shipment of 70 million units of product,” the company said in a statement. “Ameridose is committed to addressing all observations in order to enhance our existing systems.”
The investigation of Ameridose follows the closure of the NECC, which distributed thousands of vials of a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has hit 19 states and claimed 32 lives.
Inspectors found that Ameridose failed to investigate customer complaints related to drug potency, under-filled products and syringe volumes. It also failed to classify “patient response” complaints as “adverse events.”
Several such complains referred to the drug oxytocin, used to induce labor in childbirth. One referred to “fetal distress and hyper stimulated uterus.” Another customer called to report an increase in post-partum hemorrhaging. Another reported that a patient had shortness of breath and that “the throat was closing.”
A complaint related to the painkiller fentanyl noted that the patient was “oversedated” and “unresponsive.” Another patient given the blood-thinner heparin experienced a “life-threatening” negative reaction.
Inspectors said buildings used to make, process, pack and hold the drugs were not maintained in a good state of repair. The firm failed to perform a microbiological assessment after “penetrating leaks” were found in a building and water dripping above the clean room.
“During the inspection we observed totes placed in the location of the penetrating leaks containing water,” the inspection report noted. “There is no documented evidence that the leaks were permanently corrected.”
Walls were cracked, corroded and covered with what appeared to be adhesive material in a room where sterile drugs are prepared, the report noted.
Equipment and utensils were not cleaned or sanitized at appropriate intervals to prevent contamination that could alter the safety, identity, quality or purity of the drugs, according to the report.
Certain metal surfaces “were observed to contain what appeared to be brownish structures, atypical in shape,” the report noted.
Moreover, the buildings used “are not free of infestation by rodents, birds, insects and other vermin,” the report said.
Specifically, insects were located in an area where finished sterile product is packaged and stored. The insects were also located within three to 10 feet of the controlled area where sterile products are manufactured.
At least one bird was observed flying in an area where sterile finished product is packaged and stored.
On Friday, Ameridose, which has the same owners as NECC, said it would lay off about 90 percent of its work force. About 650 employees at Ameridose will be affected, as well as 140 employees at Medical Sales Management, a company that provides sales, technology and human resources support to Ameridose.
admin @ December 26, 2012
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Denver-based oil company has pleaded guilty to violating federal law in the deaths of migratory birds in fluid pits at the company’s oil and gas drilling facilities in Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska and has been fined $22,500.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montana said SM Energy Co. pleaded guilty Wednesday one misdemeanor count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in each state. U.S. Magistrate Carolyn Ostby also placed the company on probation for a year and ordered it to make a $7,500 payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The case dates back to 2005, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documented deaths of a dozen migratory birds at uncovered open fluid pits at Nance Petroleum sites in Wyoming. Nance later become an SM Energy subsidiary.
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admin @ December 20, 2012
by Xinhua News Agency
Image credit: US EPA
Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday announced that the bird flu having broken out four months ago in the western Jalisco state has been “totally controlled.”
“After 68 days with no new cases reported, we are entering the stage of eradication” of the H7N3 virus, Calderon said at the presidential residence.
Mexico will recover very soon from the highly dangerous avian influenza, he said, stressing that the control of this disease is the result of “great effort of the government and producers.”
Among the measures, he said the culling of over 22 million chickens, the establishment of a sanitary cordon and the development of an “effective vaccine against the disease, are crucial to control the virus quickly and decisively.”
In the past months, “around 140 million doses of vaccine have been applied, and we also have a sufficient reserve bank to use if necessary,” the president said.
Thanks to efforts to restore the productive capacity of the farming, Mexico is expected to recover in November the number of laying hens to the level prior to the outbreak of the avian influenza, he said.
Calderon noted that the goal now is to stimulate the creation of new chicken producers’ centers in other parts of Mexico to diversify regional egg production and prevent such an impact in the future. However, Jaime Crivelli, president of the National Poultry Union, criticized the government for minimizing the impact of the bird flu on egg production.
As a response, Calderon said his government acted in time, because otherwise the damage to egg production would have been irreversible in his country, the fifth largest producer in the world and the largest per capita egg consumer.
He announced a support of $16.6 million (215 million pesos)in normalizing egg production and credits for those who want to engage in egg production.
The president noted that so far 65 percent of egg production has been restored. Besides, the country has imported nearly 14,000 tons of eggs, mainly from the United States, to meet demand.
admin @ December 19, 2012
In a YouTube video (Golden Eagle Snatches Kid) currently going viral and shown on Fox News, a Golden Eagle is supposedly shown attempting to carry off a small child. Fortunately for all of us, this video is a fake. Some viewers familiar with CGI animation claim that the sequence is most likely computer generated. No matter how the clip was created, the bird in the video is definitely not a Golden Eagle. The wing shape and plumage pattern are not at all similar to a Golden Eagle. In fact, the exact plumage does not seem to exactly match any known eagle species—though some birders suggest that it most resembles an Australian Black-breasted Buzzard—which are frequently owned and flown by falconers. If the clip is not computer generated, than this had to have been staged by someone with an exotic bird of prey and a doll. Despite what we may see in the media, birds of prey are not a threat to small children, or even most household pets over 3 lbs.
admin @ December 19, 2012
by Richard Wheeler (via Norwich Evening News 24)
The battle to protect Norwich’s historic buildings from feathered invaders has intensified – as officials attempt to defend two more city attractions from their droppings.
How it could look if pigeons attacked Norwich Castle. (Image credit: Norwich Evening News 24)
Proposals to install pigeon-guarding systems have been put forward for the Bridewell and Shirehall, following a successful application for a similar idea at Norwich Castle. Mess on the pavement outside the Shirehall, in Market Avenue, below where the pigeons roost, affects access to the building for visitors according to planning documents from the Norfolk museums service.
The papers add that the droppings are also causing white staining to the stonework, which cleaning is “unlikely to remove”, as well as health and safety issues. At the Bridewell, the documents state the volume of pigeon waste creates a risk of “slipping on wet foul”.
Measures to deter pigeons from sills and ledges in the museum’s central courtyard were installed during a recent £1.5m refurbishment. But the plans reveal these are ineffective in many areas.
There are concerns at both sites that the mess stops workers being able to reach and clean out gutters and pipes to stop them getting blocked. There is a risk water could seep into the walls and damage the buildings’ walls if these are not unblocked.
Posts with thin wire on them are proposed for both buildings. These aim to stop pigeons from being able to roost or perch.
Museum officials are also bidding for cash to fund a similar defence system at Norwich Castle after the city council approved the plan. It is hoped these measures will protect the 11th century structure from further damage. The post and wire system was trialled and also checked by English Heritage before permission was granted, to try and ensure it will not ruin the appearance of the castle.
Stuart Garner, operations manager for Norwich museums, said: “We’ve had the pilot and we all agreed on the best way forward with English Heritage. We’ve got the majority of listed-building consent. Now, it’s preparing the documents for the funding.”
Mr Garner said it was Norfolk County Council’s responsibility to look after the attractions, but the city council has agreed to contribute 30pc toward the costs of pigeon-proofing them. No cost figures have yet to be made public.
Dr Will Fletcher, English Heritage’s inspector of ancient monuments in Norfolk, said it is difficult trying to protect historic buildings from pigeons.
But he said it involved pinpointing the ideal roosting locations and then installing new equipment without damaging the fabric of the building while ensuring it is “sympathetic” to its appearance.
Dr Fletcher said of the Norwich Castle plans: “It can all be taken away without damaging the fabric and leaving the castle intact.
“We will come back six to eight months or a year later down the line to see how effective it’s been.
“We are aware of the fact pigeons can be a problem elsewhere. We’ve talked about the issues, falconry and other options around the town but it pushes it from one place to another.
“There will be an ongoing issue and it’s really something for the people of Norwich to get involved in and we welcome their views.”
admin @ December 18, 2012
by Maggie Menderski (via Quincy Herald-Whig)
HANNIBAL MO. — The Hannibal City Council thought it had addressed a problem with pigeons.
Now it is being forced to address pigeon activism.
A large flock of pigeons roost atop the steeple of the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo. The City of Hannibal is looking for solutions to control the pigeons. (Image credit: H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Councilmen unanimously voted Oct. 16 to accept a bid from Reliable Pest Solutions to handle the local pigeon population with poisoned feed. Garry Allen, general manager of Reliable, estimated 500 pigeons live in Hannibal, and this surplus of birds causes a danger to the community’s property and health.
Since that vote, People for Ethnical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent a letter asking for the city to cancel the plan, and news sources nationwide have picked up on the story. The negative press has caused Reliable and another local company, Big River Pest Control, to withdraw their estimates from the project.
“If Hannibal officials have decided that poisoning is the best way to control the pigeon population, they simply haven’t done their homework,” PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch said in a press release. “It’s unconscionable that the city would subject birds to agony and its own citizens to the spectacle of having to watch birds convulse in the streets when humane, proven and cost-effective measures are readily available.”
PETA Senior Cruelty Caseworker Kristin Simon said the organization had received several emails expressing concerns for the pigeons and the community. Her letter to Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark states that the poison, Avitol, would impair the birds’ the nervous systems. After consumption, the pigeons suffer from disorientation, which leads to erratic flight and eventual death.
“Everyone has a big concern and a right to a big concern with such dangerous (chemical),” Simon said.
Since the media explosion, Allen has fielded dozens of phone calls regarding the poisoning method. Councilman Mike Dobson, who supported the method during the Oct. 16 city council meeting, has answered several calls as well, but the complaints he’s heard have come from outside Hannibal.
“I haven’t had one phone call with a local person against it,” he said.
The $3,560 bid from Reliable Pest Solutions would have required the city to gain access to local businesses and place poisoned feed on the top of buildings for the pigeons to eat. The poison would then have killed a small amount of the birds and startled the rest out of the city.
Allen said this method had been successful with local business owners in the past several years.
“The problem with it is that we didn’t keep it up,” Allen said. “You just can’t do it once and walk away.”
Pigeons, starlings and sparrows are the only three birds classified as pests. Because of birds’ habits and flocking tendencies, exterminators may diminish the population just as they would handle a surplus cockroaches or ants. Allen said pest control companies use poisons in some situations, but the products are not used carelessly.
“It doesn’t make sense for a responsible company to do something irresponsible,” he said. “You don’t make money.”
Dobson supported the poison method because he has seen it work firsthand for a company in Quincy. While Avitrol may shock the pigeon population out of Hannibal, Simon feared the poison could harm domestic animals as well as other birds and wildlife. Allen said only 10 percent of the feed would be poisoned. Dobson reasoned a 100-pound dog would have to eat a minimum of 15 pigeons before the poison in the feed would cause the dog to be sick.
“If I was in the business of killing people’s pets, then you don’t have a business,” Allen said.
The city now must pursue another solution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had submitted a $6,700 bid for a pellet gun program, which would also involve pigeon mortality.
Dobson also has been in contact with a horse whisperer for pigeons. Horse whisperers adopt training and handling techniques for horses that are kinder and gentler than traditional methods. This person has offered to come speak with the birds at no cost to the city.
Simon recommended installing anti-roosting products such as bird spikes, slides and coils. She also suggested implementing statues of natural predators, creating a wildlife feeding prohibition, keeping garbage tightly contained and avoiding artificial sources of standing water.
Allen also had presented the city with a birth control plan for the pigeons. The process involves providing sterilizing feed to the population and then letting them die off naturally without being able to reproduce. This process requires more money to pay for continuous feeding. It also happens gradually, rather than in a couple weeks’ time.
During the Oct. 16 meeting, Dobson stressed nuisance and dangers pigeons cause to a city. Pigeon feces, which is acidic, wears away at roofs and damages cars, and it also can cause health-related issues.
Marion County Health Department Administrator Jean McBride declined to comment about potential health hazards pigeons might have on the community.
According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website, pigeon droppings pose a small health risk. Humans may contract histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis by inhaling particles from pigeon droppings. Cleaning pigeon droppings does not pose a serious health risk to most people, but avoiding direct contact with the droppings is recommended. People cleaning feces off a car or a windowsill should wear disposable gloves and washable clothing.
Allen said the pigeons have taken to Hannibal for its architecture and river access, explaining that they look for structures to sit on and ways to obtain food.
“It’s all about habitat, and they found a place they like,” he said.
Hark anticipates a solution would be discussed at the Nov. 6 council meeting.
“We’re still looking at what we can do, but we haven’t made a decision,” Hark said.
admin @ December 12, 2012
Southern California Radio Host Calls for Much Needed Bird Control Action
Accumulated bird dropping have created quite the stink at La Jolla Cove, giving local San Diego residents something to complain about. Merchants say the smell from the accumulated bird droppings have been driving away business and sickening patrons. Recently, the New York Times reported on the incident, bringing the problem into the national light, generating embarrassing publicity or the scenic spot.
This problem can be easily fixed with the following bird deterrents from Bird-B-Gone:
Bird Traps: A “live” bird trap that captures pest birds for later release or relocation
Bird Chase: Super Sonic: A bird sound system that is ideal for keeping birds out of open, outdoor spaces
Bird Spikes: Spikes used to humanely prevent birds from landing on unwanted surfaces
Bird Net: A U.V. stabilized polyethylene mesh that keeps birds from entering unwanted areas, especially where people eat.
Bird Jolt Flat Track: Electric track system that produces a mild electrical shock when birds land on its surface, conditioning them to stay away from the area
Bird Spider: Made of stainless steel arms attached to a U.V. protected polycarbonate base that prevent birds from landing
The above bird problem can happen anywhere – the key is to have access to the proper bird control products to rectify the situation and ensure the birds do not return and the patrons remain happy and healthy.
admin @ December 11, 2012
Northern Illinois University has been invaded by geese. The fearless birds seem to be everywhere on campus, walking on the sidewalk outside DuSable, paying no mind to buses and cars, picking at trash on the ground–the problems are almost too numerous to mention.
The geese return to NIU every year. One goose, known as Boris, after having settled near the Chick Evans Field House, would chase, bite and squawk at all passersby. The geese also cause dangerous traffic situations. The large birds routinely take over crosswalks, stopping buses, cars and motorcycles, causing near collisions. Nesting on residence hall roofs, taking up sidewalks and crosswalks, these geese have literally taken over the campus.
Canada geese are big–they can weigh up to 24 lbs.—and also quite aggressive, chasing students and pets with an annoying “honking” noise. In flight, geese can reach speeds up to 50 mph, so they can injure people who don’t duck out of their way. Since they are territorial birds, they will protect their nest and eggs from a human or pet.
Goose droppings can carry diseases, including histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis and giardia. The parasite larvae crawl onto the skin and burrow under it, creating a red itchy rash.
To keep geese off campus, you’ll need some serious goose deterrents. Banging pots, shooting BB guns and leaving poisons are ineffective and dangerous. Fortunately, there are several deterrents that are both humane and effective.
Super Sonic Goose Deterrent
Broadcasting pre-recorded goose distress calls to deter geese from outdoor areas, Super Sonic Goose Deterrents feature a built-in speaker that covers up to an acre of land. These sounds are repeated every ten minutes to warn geese of impending danger. When geese hear these calls, their natural instinct is to leave the area. You can add more speakers to cover larger areas. The best sonic deterrents can be programmed to shut off automatically at night. Incidentally, ultrasonic deterrent devices are ineffective, since geese can’t hear these high frequency sounds.
Geese love to nibble on shrubs and lawns. Goose Repellent makes grass areas and shrubs inedible to geese. The liquid repellent is non toxic and safe to use around people and pets. It uses a non-toxic grape extract (Methyl Anthranilate) that irritates a goose’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes. One gallon of Goose Repellent covers approximately 16,000 square feet and lasts three months. It can be applied with any simple hand held sprayer.
These motion-activated sprinklers hit geese with a “Hello” but harmless blast of water whenever the birds wander into their radius of protection. The combination of water spray, startling sound and realistic looking bird head convince even the most stubborn geese to disperse and avoid the area. Scarecrows are easily connected to any garden hose, and their sensitivity and blast radius are easily adjusted to suit the specific venue. Scarecrows typically cover an area of about 1,200 square feet (35-foot by 45-foot wide). And you can get up to 1,000 “firings” on a single 9-volt battery.
admin @ November 6, 2012
As seen in Will and Guy’s Strange But True Stories of Dangerous Seagulls, workers at a weather forecasting facility in Devon, England have resorted to wearing crash helmets to protect themselves from dive-bombing seagulls. It seems flocks of seagulls have been attacking staff gathering weather data from the roof of council offices in Newton Abbot (a market town and civil parish in the Teignbridge District of Devon on the River Teign).
One victim noted that the gull attacks can quickly go from bad to worse. He indicated that more gulls seem to be on the attack every year—and that this is his fourth year in dealing with the aggressive gulls. He recounted how the big gulls swoop down on his head followed by half a dozen others that dive-bomb him. He described the situation as very distressing, but noted that at least he now has a helmet to protect his head and face.
Unless discouraged by bird control measures, large birds like gulls will gather and roost around buildings and structures near bodies of water. In seaside towns worldwide, seagull attacks have been on the rise. The gulls can pose quite a problems for people working near gull nests. The large birds can easily reach speeds of up to 25 mph and rake heads with their sharp claws. Large gulls like the abundant herring gull have 4.5-foot wingspans and weigh over 2 pounds, which is why they can inflict some pretty nasty injuries.
Fortunately, workers around or near bodies of water don’t have to put up with gulls and the problems they bring. Today, there are many effective and humane bird deterrent measures one can turn to. Here are just a few:
Bird Spikes—Perfect deterring large pest birds like gulls, Bird Spikes have proven themselves time and again. The spiked strips are blunted and safe for birds, yet they will not allow the birds to land. They are available in stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. For really large birds, invest in the Mega Spike, which features huge 7-inch spikes.
Bird Slopes—The bird control device, you’ll never notice, bird slopes blend in with your architecture, creating a slippery surface birds will simply slide off of. Ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other similar niches gulls often use to roost and nest. The panels are easily installed using nails, screws or glue.
Bird Foggers and Misters—If you already have flocks of gulls that won’t budge, Foggers and Misters deliver a fine mist of food-grade methyl anthranilate to the infested area. This grape extract irritates gulls, yet is harmless to gulls and humans.
Bird Scare Deterrents—Easy to install just about anywhere, these bird deterrents consist of foils, shiny tape banners and balloons that crackle in the breeze and reflect flashes of sunlight to make gulls too nervous to stay. Balloons have the added intimidation of a giant predator eye.
admin @ October 29, 2012
Bird strikes at airports are not uncommon and can end in tragedy. The Telegraph recently reported a plane crash in Napal that took the lives of 19 people when a vulture flew into one of the engines as the plane was taking off. Tragedies like these underscore the importance of effective bird control.
Civil Aviation Authority officials noted that the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after the plane’s front engine had been hit by a bird and ceased to function. After trying to start a second engine, the damaged engine burst into flames. When the pilot attempted to land in the nearby Monahara River (to snuff out the flames), the plane crashed into a soccer fi eld on the riverbank and was engulfed in thick, black flames. The plane crashed just 500 meters from the airport. Luckily no one was on the ground in the plane’s path. It took firefighters over 40 minutes to extinguish the flames.
It was later determined that the bird was not sucked into the engine, but hit the right side propeller. A local engineer noted that 90 percent of bird strikes occur during ta keoff. Bird collisions can result in aircraft damage, especially if the bird is large and is ingested into a jet engine. In this case, a bird will damage a fan blade in the engine, which causes adjacent blades to displace and impact all the blades in the engine. Without effective bird control measures, airports are literally at the mercy of pest birds.
Keeping Aircraft Hangars Bird Free With Bird Netting
Since most aircraft hangars are wide open during operating hours, birds can easily flock around door openings, overhangs, eaves, canopies, support beams and other lofty areas. Birds attracted to hangars include European starlings, house sparrows and pigeons. Once they begin to nest inside, their droppings and nesting materials can easily fall onto aircraft engines, maintenance and testing areas, and parts storage bays. Parts contaminated with bird debris can fail during testing and even cause mishaps during flight. Workers can also slip and fall on bird droppings.
One popular bird deterrent currently used to keep birds out of aircraft hangars is Heavy Duty Bird Netting. Correctly installed by Authorized Bird Control Installers, bird netting effectively prevents birds from accessing sensitive areas. Heavy duty bird netting comes in a variety of mesh sizes. To block out pigeons or seagulls, consider using 1-1/8- to 2-inch mesh size netting. To seal out smaller birds like sparrows, a 3/4-inch mesh netting is recommended.
Bird control experts will tell you that it’s important to specify high quality netting. The best heavy duty netting is made of high-strength polyethylene. One manufacturer offers netting that has a burst strength of up to 40 pounds. It meets ISO 1806 and 9001 protocols, is UV stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof. The best netting will have a 250-degree Fahrenheit melting point and will also remain intact in “sub-zero” temperatures. This netting is black, comes with a 10-year guarantee and is virtually invisible when properly installed.
Installing heavy duty netting in aircraft hangars should be done properly by Authorized Bird Control Installers. Such installations typically require thousands of square feet of netting. For example, to properly install the netting horizontally across an entire hangar ceiling, special boom lifts and power gear are required. Improperly installed netting can droop and sag, allowing birds to enter through spaces.
Heavy Duty Pond Netting for Wetland Areas
Properly installed, Heavy Duty Pond Netting creates a physical barrier that prevents migratory birds from landing in ponds or other water areas around aviation facilities. The netting is made from a durable, UV-stabilized Dupont® knotted mesh nylon and designed for prolonged use in harsh environments. The netting comes in large stock sizes and custom cuts. Mesh sizes vary from 3/4” to 4” to exclude a variety of large and medium sized migrating birds.
Avian Control™ Bird Repellent
Ideal for repelling birds from large expansive areas like airports, Avian Control™ Bird Repellent is a non-toxic solution that discourages geese, gulls ducks starlings and other birds from gathering and grazing. Avian Control’s unique patent pending formula irritates the mucous membranes of birds, yet it’s harmless to birds, pets and people (all ingredients are considered “Generally Regarded As Safe” by the FDA). It lasts up to three times longer than other goose deterrents. The repellent can be sprayed and is highly economical when fogged (fogging uses just 12 to 16 ounces per acre). Avian Control™ should be applied by a licensed pest control operator.
For additional advice on how to prevent bird strikes at your airport, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.
admin @ October 3, 2012
Officials from the Millville Police Department, Vineland Hazardous Material Team, and the Cumberland County Department of Health joined the county Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. All sought answers to the bizarre occurrence. Residents were advised to keep children and pets away from the dead birds.
Finally, the Cumberland County Department of Health revealed that the strange bird deaths were caused by the application of a granular pesticide known as Avitrol Double Strength Corn Chops. The pesticide is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency to control blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles and starlings. Nearby Ingraldi Farms had been using the pesticide to control the crop damage done by invading flocks of birds.
This problem could have been avoided had Ingraldi Farms used bird deterrent products that are safe, humane and effective. These taste deterrent products will not harm birds. Here are two examples of products that will deter birds without harming them:
This taste-aversion bird repellent won’t harm birds and prevents them from grazing and feeding in unwanted areas. Avian control is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on a variety of crops to prevent foraging birds from damaging them. It uses natural extracts that, when sprayed on crops, makes them inedible to birds. Avian Control can be also used for deterring birds from large open spaces—like golf courses, parks, athletic fields, airports, vineyards and other areas where birds tend to graze and congregate. The repellent uses a unique patent pending formula that irritates the birds’ mucous membranes. Crops, grass and shrubs quickly lose their appeal as a food source, prompting birds to leave for more hospitable areas. Sold by the gallon, Avian control can be broadcast by either fog or spray. When used as a fogger, it uses just 12-16 ounces per acre. It lasts up to three times longer than other bird deterrents. As a liquid concentrate, Avian control is easily mixed with water. For best results, you should repeat the application in two weeks.
Migrate Goose Repellent
An equally effective taste-aversion goose repellent, Migrate is a non-toxic liquid goose repellent that makes grass and shrubs inedible and unpalatable to geese. The active ingredient in Migrate is a grape extract known as Methyl Anthranilate. The extract irritates birds’ trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes, which causes birds to leave for better tasting meals. This goose repellent is sold by the gallon and each gallon covers about 16,000 square feet. The repellent lasts about three months outdoors and won’t wash off with rain or water. And yes, it’s safe to use around people and pets.
admin @ August 17, 2012
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Mission Viejo Ca: Bird-B-Gone has just been awarded three new patents.
Bird-B-Gone supplies the commercial, industrial and residential market with effective, humane bird deterrents manufactured in the USA.
The company makes it their mission to stay on top of the latest advancements in the bird control industry incorporating new technologies with tried and true methods to develop the most effective bird deterrents available.
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Meredith @ July 31, 2012
Article Shared From: St Augustine.com
The pigeons are causing a stink near the Bridge of Lions, and they’re bringing the rats with them.
The St. Augustine Police Department is asking people to help stop the problem by no longer feeding the birds.
According to the department, people have been putting bags of bird feed on the sidewalk near the Bridge of Lions. Those good intentions are causing a problem. More on page 1366
Meredith @ July 30, 2012
Bird-B-Gone, Inc. would like to announce the addition of a new product, The Bird Spider 360°.
The Bird Spider 360° is a physical bird deterrent that rotates and bounces in the wind to deter birds from landing on unwanted areas such as light fixtures, boats, docks, signs, rooftops, A.C. units and more. The moving parts make it impossible for large birds such as pigeons, crows and gulls to land in concentrated areas.
An improvement on the original Bird Spider design, the Bird Spider 360° is made of durable yet lightweight materials that are designed for prolonged outdoor use. The body and base are composed of a U.V. protected polycarbonate plastic, and the arms marine grade stainless steel. Bird Spider 360° is manufactured by Bird-B-Gone in the USA ensuring high quality construction and lasting performance. More on page 1351
Meredith @ July 25, 2012