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Excluding Pest Birds with Bird Netting

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

By Fran Prisco

Bird NettingBirds can be considered a pest when they decide to roost or nest in areas where their feces and debris can be considered a hazard.  Each year building owners and homeowners spend countless hours and money cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by pest 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 create a bad public image with tenants and patrons. Individuals, companies and government agencies are tired of cleaning up bird feces or repairing the damage that is caused by pest birds and their droppings. Instead they have decided to invest in a Bird Control Solution, which is often as simple as installing bird netting.

Bird netting is used to exclude pest birds from areas such as rooftops, warehouses, airline hangars, overhangs, eaves of homes and other enclosed areas that pest birds are to be kept out of.  Netting will provide 100% exclusion of pest birds and is a long-term bird control solution.  Bird netting comes in several different mesh sizes ranging from ¾” mesh for use with all types of birds, to 2” mesh to use when larger birds like pest pigeons and seagulls are a problem.  Netting comes in several colors as well; white, stone and black.  Black bird netting is usually preferred because of its natural U.V. protection and lack of discoloration due to dirt and dust.  When installed properly, the netting will be virtually invisible, not interfering with the architectural features of a building.

Choosing the right bird netting:



Bird Proofing Hangars, Parks and Government Buildings

Monday, July 27th, 2009

by Alex A. Kecskes

hangarinstall03Bird proofing government buildings, parks, military bases, and aircraft hangars has been a problem for quite some time.

At the dawn of aviation, the Wright brothers recorded a bird strike that interfered with their early flights. More recently, Hanscom Field in Bedford Massachusetts had roughly 5,000 starlings roosting in their hangar. Clinton Air Force Base in Oklahoma had six hangars with 200-300 house sparrows in each hangar. Lockbourne Air Base in Ohio had 2,000 to 3,000 house sparrows between three hangars with an additional 2,000-3,000 starlings. Wright-Patterson Field had pigeons in their propeller testing area. Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan suffered from a sparrow invasion. The list goes on and on. Pest birds, it seems, love to hang out in hangers.

Birds entering various openings within aircraft hangars, roost in the I-beams high inside these structures. The Air Force says that the accumulation of droppings, feathers, and other matter poses a big problem. Bird droppings, accumulating on the aluminum skin of airplanes, can corrode the metal and eventually weaken the structure itself. Another concern is that if droppings, feathers, and other matter get into the engines, critically important parts must be cleaned as they could stall an engine during flight. Cleaning an aircraft engine is very expensive and time consuming.



Bird-B-Gone Merchandise Now Available

Monday, July 27th, 2009

bgg hat Choose between t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, bags, and more.

Over the years, we’ve treated our customers to Bird-B-Gone gear, as a thank you for their business. The feedback was always very positive; people loved the logo, and wanted to know where they could get more. We wanted to make hats and shirts available to anyone who wanted one.

Café press is an online store that allows people to apply their own designs or logos to merchandise. You can even customize your Bird-B-Gone Gear by adding your name to the item. To visit the Bird-B-Gone Café, go to: http://www.cafepress.com/birdbgone.

Bird-B-Gone is the worlds largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, and is dedicated to solving pest bird problems. At Bird-B-Gone, it’s more than just Bird Control, its Faith, Family, & Friends!


Urban Areas Need Pigeon Control

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

By Arlene Connelly

pigeon controlMany urban dwellers are unaware that more than 60 human diseases — including avian flu, salmonella, E coli and West Nile virus — are related to pigeons, other pest birds and their droppings. Besides being a public health issue in many cities, they often create a safety hazard for pedestrians, and they carry dangerous parasites and harmful bacteria. Some of these illnesses can even be fatal to humans; they can be contracted through contact with the skin and exposure through inhalation as people go about their daily activities.

Why pest pigeons are especially dangerous

Pigeons are generally considered to be “the number one bird pest” in America today, their numbers are increasing, and their nesting instincts are strong. They usually mate for life, live in communal flocks that travel together, and tend to roost where they can find adequate food and shelter. Along with that, experts in the field now consider pigeons to be a genuine “urban menace,” threatening the quality of life in America’s great cities, including San Francisco, Chicago and New York.



Controlling Pest Seagulls

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

by Fran Prisco

Pest SeagullsSeagulls are not just an issue along the coastline; they have been known to take up residence hundreds of miles inland.  It seems that they will congregate anywhere there is a viable food source.  They especially like dumps or landfills, and supermarket parking lots; they are the “dumpster diving” bird.  They are not particular at all about what they eat.  On one trip to the beach, I had the pleasure of watching a gull steal a piece of fried chicken out of a bucket and carry it away.  Seagulls will find a secluded spot to spend the evenings and sleep; these include small islands, tall buildings, and even the roof of your home.  Seagulls have been known to travel several miles from where they forage to where they sleep.

Seagull damage:

Not only do seagulls like to land and rest on the roof of your house, your boat or business; they also leave behind their droppings.  Seagull droppings are nutrient-rich waste, a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other organisms that may cause diseases.  Some if the common disease-causing organisms found in their droppings are E. Coli, Cryptococossis and Histoplasmosis.  Their droppings are also corrosive, causing damage to roofing material, your boat finish and building materials.  Bird droppings are also difficult to clean.


Goose Repellent helps keep Pesky Geese at Bay

Friday, July 17th, 2009

goose repellentCanada Geese are recognized by the “V” formation they create as they migrate in the spring and fall over North America. Up-close, they can be identified by their long black necks, a white “chin strap”, and brownish grey feathers.

Many people assume that Canada geese fly south in the fall to reach warmer climate, then return to nest in early spring. This behavior has changed over the years due to many variables, and Wildlife specialists are seeing more geese remain in one spot year round. Known as residential Geese, there are usually three common denominators that define their ideal location: a mild climate, food and water. Resident geese have been staking their claim on residential and commercial properties across the nation, leaving many property owners with one question, what can I do?

Geese are grazers, and lawns near water provide an excellent food source. Golf Courses, gardens, beaches, residential lawns, and parks are regularly becoming swamped with pesky Geese. Treating grass areas with a goose repellent is a good start to controlling a goose problem. If you take away the food source, the geese will have to move on.
Migrate turf Spray is a goose repellent used to prevent geese from grazing. The repellent is made of a non-toxic grape extract that has been used to repel geese and birds for ages. The extract, methyl anthranilate, is a food grade substance, approved by the FDA, also used in grape flavored candy and soda. When the repellent is applied to a lawn area, the grass will no longer be edible for geese; they will have to move on to a better location with a food source.

Beyond the Migrate Goose Repellent, there are also visual and audio products available to help deter pest geese. Visual deterrents include coyote decoys, balloons, and flash tape. These products work well when set up where the geese are entering a property.  If you have geese entering your lawn from a water area, the bank is ideal spot for placing such products. There are audio systems that can also be used to repel pest geese. The Goose-B-Gone Sonic is an outdoor sound deterrent that plays a mixture of predator and distress calls. When the geese hear these calls, their natural instinct is to flee from the area. The Goose-B-Gone Sonic is weatherproof, and can cover between 1-5 acres.

Many wildlife specialists recommend using an integrated approach to deterring geese. That is, using a repellent in addition to other products to try and appeal to different senses. Combining a few different methods will render the property undesirable to the Geese. If one method is used the geese may adapt, but taking away the crucial elements can bring you on step closer to a goose free property.


Bird-B-Gone Launches Improved Website

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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Mission Viejo CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of professional bird control products, would like to announce the launch of their new & improved website.  Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of effective and humane bird control products for the professional bird control industry.

The new site offers in-depth information on each product and includes installation tips, species specific solutions, specifications, CAD details and more. A press section details recent pest bird jobs and bird control news, and new forms allow customers to give feedback on products, or receive help quoting jobs.

At Bird-B-Gone our expertise, training and customer service set us apart. Our products carry the longest industry guarantees, and are made in the United States. The new website was designed to help our customers choose the products that they need with confidence, and set’s the standard of information for the bird control industry. Visit the new site today! www.birdbgone.com or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.


The Art of Urban Bird Control

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Birds-PoopFree Training Classes Available
by Fran Prisco

Urban 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, but also 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 create a bad public image with tenants and patrons.

Pest birds such as pigeons, gulls, starlings, sparrows and swallows can cause thousands of dollars of damage a year to buildings, industrial facilities, equipment and machinery. Building owners and managers 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. Bird droppings are acidic and can eat away at paint and erode building materials requiring clean up, painting and repairs.  Pest birds will roost and nest on building roofs causing damage and possible health hazards.  Pest pigeons like to build their nests on flat surfaces that are elevated such as ledges, windowsills, and under HVAC units.  Left unchecked pest pigeons will take over a rooftop making it a potential health hazard.  Finding a solution to a pest bird infestation can be a daunting task.

Learning Bird Control:

The first step in adding bird control to your service line is to get training.  There are companies across the country that sell and distribute bird control products.  Some offer training classes in product installation.  The most comprehensive course out there is Bird-B-Gone University.  They not only train you in product installation, but also bird behavior, marketing and selling bird control and how to estimate and quote jobs.  The Bird-B-Gone University is a free course and is accredited in the state of California.  You will receive hands on product installation training as well as classroom training.  Classes generally meet once a month in Orange, California.  Bird-B-Gone University will also come to your for your corporate training.

Adding Bird Control Services:

Once you have been trained in the “art” of urban bird control, it is now time to add it to your service line.  Bird control is an excellent add-on to services such as pest control, window washing, roofing and other construction activities.

Marketing and Selling Bird Control:

Companies like Bird-B-Gone, Inc. will be happy to provide you with product catalogs, display cases that you can carry to your customers sites and personalized literature to leave behind at prospective job sites.  It is also a good idea to add bird control as a service to your website, yellow page ads, business cards and other marketing materials.

Selling bird control is a mater of need.  If a business has a bird issue, be sure to point out the cost savings no longer having to clean-up and repair damage caused by the birds.  Bird feces also give business a bad image to their customers.  Remind your customer that birds carry disease, bird droppings not only cause damage to building materials but they can carry any of over 60 transmittable diseases.

Whether bird control is an add-on to your existing line of business or your total business, it can be very profitable.  Be sure to use top of the line products like those from Bird-B-Gone, Inc.  Once you get ride of the birds at one building or business, look next door; because the birds may have gone to your next customer.


Bird-B-Gone Featured in American Window Cleaner Magazine

Thursday, July 9th, 2009


“American Window Cleaner magazine is the #1 trade magazine devoted to the window cleaning industry and to the professional window cleaner.”

The July / August  issue was entitled “Bird Control! A profitable add-on, up and coming Industry Associations”. The owner of Bird-B-Gone, Bruce Donoho, was interviewed by the magazine for his expertise and insight into the business of Bird Control. Bird-B-Gone is commited to customer service, we measure our success by the succes of our customers.  Bruce discused the training and support opportunities Bird-B-Gone  provides,  helping businesses grow by expanding the services they offer.

“We have Bird-B-Gone University the last Friday of every month at our company training facility….It’s a one-day course on how to install the products, how to market and sell them and how to price jobs. It’s a pretty intense program and is certified in California.”

We Thank American Window Cleaner Magazine for giving us this opportunity.


Bird Deterrents

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

What they are, why you need them
By Alex A. Kecskes

bird deterrentsBirds love to perch in covered areas, and once they’ve targeted your property as “home,” they’ll come back time and again to create quite a mess. It’s a problem that goes beyond appearance.  The damage pest birds and bird droppings cause can cost you big money. The high concentration of uric acid found in bird waste can discolor paint, stain wood and eventually erode metal. There’s also the health risk of bacteria and parasites that live and grow in bird droppings. These can carry and transmit any of over 60 known diseases. All the more reason to birdproof your home or business. Taking steps to rid your property of birds is an investment that will save you time, money and lot of aggravation.

There are a number of humane bird-deterrent products that can keep pest birds off your property. They require no maintenance and are easy to install. Bird deterrent spikes are ideal for pigeons and other large birds. Some have spikes made of strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Others have flexible stainless steel spikes. Bird deterrent spiders are particularly useful for light fixtures, and patio covers. The spider arms move with the breeze, keeping birds from landing. They are sturdy and stable, come in a variety of sizes, are easy to install and maintenance free. The products won’t harm birds, large or small.


Bird on a Wire

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Bird control in the Transmission and Distribution industry
by Alex A. Kecskes

pest birdsPest birds cause more power system outages worldwide than any other animal. When they land, poop and nest in areas vital to the transmission and distribution of electrical power, the resultant outages can be costly to both utility companies and customers. Electrical lines are ideal bird perches that combine observation and safety. Substations are attractive nesting places that invite birds to take up home. Birds such as red-tailed hawks, pigeons, sparrows, flickers and starlings will often inhabit large stations. The damage they cause usually falls in one of two categories: “Bird Strikes” and bird poop.


Goose Control at Airports

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

by Fran Prisco

GooseFlock_001Controlling pest geese at airports has become quite a topic in the news today.  On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 ended up in the Hudson River after losing both of its engines to bird strikes.  On its initial climb out of LaGuardia Airport, the plane flew through a flock of Canada Geese, which resulted in a complete loss of thrust from both engines.  Although it is unusual for a plane to lose both engines to bird strikes, The FAA says that in 2008 there where almost 7,000 reported incidents of bird strikes with planes, and that’s only a quarter of the actual ones that are happening each day.

For obvious reasons most wide-open grassy areas surround airports, which make perfect places for pest birds such as Canada Geese to make their homes.  These areas are usually fenced in and off limits to the public, so the geese have found a nice home where they are virtually undisturbed.  There is plenty of grass to graze on and often a water source as well. Having a growing population of geese residing just a few miles off the departure end of a runway is a big concern for any air traffic control manager. Most airports try to chase the birds with sounds such as cannons and banging or screeching shells which birds can become accustomed to.  They spend countless hours chasing the birds with these devices and yet the geese keep coming back.  So how can airports rid the surrounding areas of pest geese more effectively?



Using Bird Barriers to Control Pest Birds

Monday, July 6th, 2009

by Fran Prisco
iStock_000004592025MediumEach year building owners and homeowners spend countless hours and money cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by pest 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 create a bad public image with tenants and patrons. Individuals, companies and government agencies are tired of cleaning up bird feces or repairing the damage that is caused by pest birds and their droppings. To solve the problems with pest birds, you must use some sort of bird barrier.

Bird Barriers are safe and humane products that deter pest birds from landing, roosting and nesting where they are not welcome.  They come in several different types; physical bird barrier deterrents, visual bird barriers and sound devices to keep pest birds away.  Choosing the correct bird barrier depends on the type of pest bird you are having a problem with and what they are doing.


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