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Fowl Ball – Controlling Pest Birds in Ballparks

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Bird control in athletic stadiums

by Alex A. Kecskes

Several years ago, during Detroit Tigers home games at Comerica Park, 60 or so herring gulls descended on the stadium, dive bombing players and fans alike. Were they after the foot-long hot, dogs?  The ketchup-dAT&T-Ball-Park–001_Page_2renched French fries? The roasted peanuts?  No way. They were gobbling up the recently hatched army moths fluttering about the stadium lights.

While in Comercia’s case, it was moths that provided the snacks, more often, our feathered friends will settle for leftovers provided by fans. It’s a scenario oft repeated in open-air facilities around the country. A stadium’s geographic location can also contribute to the problem. In Comerica’s case, it was their proximity to the Detroit River and several other large bodies of fresh water that accounted for the speedy invasion of gulls.

Throughout the country, annoying starlings, sparrows and pigeons have stadium operators on alert as they roost in rafters and other structures that provide shelter, protection from natural predators and, of course, snacks. Regrettably, unlike the moth-hungry gulls in Detroit, sparrows, starlings and pigeons will usually stay for the season. And the longer they entrench themselves, the more stubborn they become.

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Bird Control is an INVESTMENT!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Bird Control? Why should we care about pest birds? It
seems the latest issue concerning property management and building
maintenance companies is Pest Birds. Every year millions of dollars are
spent cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by pest birds
such as pigeons, sea gulls, crows and other urban birds. Not only are
these problems unsightly; pest birds and their feces can spread 60 plus
transmittable diseases. Safety, sanitation and health hazards caused by
bird droppings can pose serious liability risks, and left untreated,
can lead to accidents and lawsuits. Bird feces, bird nests and debris
can also crate a bad public image with tenants and patrons.

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pigeons can cause thousands of dollars of damage a year to buildings,
industrial facilities, equipment and machinery. Individuals, companies
and government agencies are tired of spending thousands of dollars a
year cleaning up bird feces or repairing the damage that is caused by
the birds and their droppings. Instead they have decided to invest in
an Integrated Bird Control Solution. An Integrated Solution is one that
may use several types of bird control products to eliminate the problem
birds and their mess. One product or solution will not always work to
get rid of pest birds, especially on large buildings. It may take
several different products and methods to get rid of the pest birds.
Trapping and relocating may be done first to eliminate large
infestations of pest birds; then a physical bird deterrent may be
applied such as bird spikes, bird netting or electric track systems to
keep the birds away. It is common to have more than one type of product
installed on a building. Bird spikes may be used on ledges and bird
netting used under overhangs. The money saved in cleanup costs and
damage repairs is well worth the investment in bird control products.
Most building managers find that they make up the cost within the first
year after installation.

Urban Bird Control is becoming a big
business in the United States. Many companies are specializing in bird
exclusion installations. You can also contact a local pest control or
animal control company and ask if they install bird control products. A
custom integrated bird control program, once installed can save
companies millions in clean-up and maintenance dollars each year. It
will also enhance their public image, clean buildings make a much
better impression on customers and patrons than do feces covered ones.

Need help to get rid of pest birds? Want to become a Bird-B-Gone Authorized Installer? Contact Bird-B-Gone, Inc. the experts in bird control solutions since 1992. Call today 1-800-392-6915 or visit us at http://www.birdbgone.com

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