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Why Bird Netting

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Let’s face it, pest birds can cost you a lot of money. Especially when they gather, nest and poop in airplane hangars, canopies, garages, factories, warehouses, eaves and other covered areas. There are many ways to humanely get rid of pest birds. One of the most effective is bird netting. But before getting into why bird netting works so well, we should look at why doing nothing is not a good idea.

When pest birds make their home in warehouses, their droppings can ruin expensive products awaiting shipment in loading bays. We all know that pest birds like to invade covered areas in large numbers. And that means lots of bird droppings. Droppings that can freeze up forklifts, chain-driven power lifts, loading dock doors, windows, and access panels. Droppings that can cover and damage electrical panels and outlets. Another problem is that bird droppings can create slip-and-fall hazards for workers and visitors. This can become a huge legal liability to both public and private concerns. One begins to see why bird netting could be indispensable.

Birds in aircraft hangars can create all sorts of problems. 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. Bird droppings, accumulating on the aluminum skin of airplanes, can corrode the metal and eventually weaken the structure itself. Another serious concern is that if droppings, feathers, and other matter get into the engines, critically important parts must be cleaned as they could stop an engine during flight. Cleaning an aircraft engine is very expensive and time consuming.

Pest bird droppings can also pose significant health risks, carrying and transmitting any of 60 known diseases. Sparrows and Feral Pigeons can carry bacteria causing Salmonellosis. Feral Pigeons carry Ornithosis, which is similar to viral pneumonia. Birds, bird droppings and their nesting materials contain insects and mites. These insects can damage property, foods and fabrics stored in warehouses. More reasons why bird netting is so important.

Bird netting has been shown to be an effective and humane bird control solution for a growing  variety of commercial  applications. It comes in a number of colors, including white, stone and black.  Black bird netting provides natural U.V. protection and won’t discolor when it gets dirty and dusty. Installed properly, this type of bird netting is almost invisible.

You can get bird netting in several mesh sizes to control pest birds without trapping them. For large birds like pigeons and seagulls, a 1-1/8” to 2” mesh size is recommended. For smaller birds like sparrows and starlings, smaller sizes are available. Some netting is U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof to last longer. Heavy-duty bird netting is made of high strength polyethylene. Then there’s knotted polyethylene bird netting, which is available in U.V. treated twine for extended life and comes in burst strengths of up to 40 pounds. Many of these nets are flame resistant and have a high melting point. Ideal for hot enclosed areas.

If you want to cover an airplane hangar, warehouse or other large area with sufficient bird netting, you’ll need thousands of square feet of netting and special lifts and power equipment to hoist it into place. To ensure a proper installation, a cable should be set up around the perimeter of the area being netted, and the netting should then be attached to this cable. A big job like this usually requires a professional bird control installer. Keep in mind that if bird netting is not properly installed, it will sag and droop, creating gaps that allow pest birds to enter.

If you’re a facilities manager in charge of a hangar, warehouse or other large building,  and you can’t afford the problems of pest birds invading your space, it’s easy to see why bird netting is such a viable solution.

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How to Clean up Pest Bird Droppings

Friday, August 14th, 2009

How to Clean Up Pest Bird Droppings!

Each year pest birds such as pigeons, seagulls and crows cause thousands in damage and clean up costs to building owners, homeowners and government agencies.  Pest bird droppings can carry over 60 transmittable diseases.  Several of these diseases have been known to be transmitted to humans and other animals.  Even though these diseases pose minor public health threats, they can be further minimized if safety measures are taken. Wearing protective clothing like disposable coveralls, boots, gloves, and respirators should be used for protection.

If a high-powered water hose is used to strip off dried bird droppings, dust control measures such as containing the area with plastic sheeting, should be taken. Wetting down the work area will prevent inhalation, reduce the risk of infection and will also prevent the spread of dust outside the work area. Those with a compromised immune system such as people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer patients should not be directly involved in the removal of the droppings. Always wash hands and any exposed skin before eating or drinking and when finished with work.

Several alternatives to using a high-powered water hose exist. One such alternative includes soaking the droppings with water and then shoveling it into a disposable container.   Workers should never clean DRY bird droppings from surfaces as the dust might be inhaled and transmit disease to the worker. The wet material should be collected in heavy-duty plastic bags or another type of secure container and discarded with the regular trash.

Once the structures are cleaned they may also be disinfected.  You can use a simple solution of ammonia or bleach and water and apply to the surface to disinfect and remove the odor associated with pest bird droppings.

The key to reducing the risk of disease from bird droppings is to create an environment that excludes them from affected areas:

1)     Eliminate Food Sources

  1. Clean up trash bins and garbage areas
  2. Discourage people from feeding birds
  3. Pick up trash and food scraps in outdoor eating areas

2)     Eliminate Nesting / Roosting Areas

  1. Use some sort of physical deterrent to keep birds from landing and roosting on flat surfaces; sound deterrents to scare pest birds from outdoor areas or visual deterrents to keep them out of gardens and vineyards.

3)     Call For Help!

  1. Contact a local pest control or animal control company and have them install a bird control system.

It is important to keep buildings and other areas that people inhabit free of pest birds and their debris.  Installing a bird control system will save time and money spent on clean up of bird droppings and damage made by the birds.


Product Highlight: Bird Net 2000

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Pest Control and Wildlife Control Specialists agree, netting is the absolute best way to deter nesting birds. Bird netting can also be used to deter birds that are roosting or perching.

Bird-B-Gone Bird Netting is available in both stock and custom sizes, and carries an industry leading 10 year guarantee.


Bird Net 2000 Heavy Duty Bird Netting is a strong polyethylene netting used to block pest birds from entering unwanted areas including air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, eaves, canopies and more. Bird Net 2000 has the longest guarantee on the market – 10 years, and is made from a U.V. resistant mesh available in various sizes, and custom cuts. Bird Net 2000 is the most efficient and effective method for excluding birds, and is the #1 bird net specified by architects.

Bird Net 2000Heavy Duty Bird-Netting from Bird-B-Gone!


  • Affordable…the Strongest Bird Netting at THE LOWEST PRICE!
  • Industry leading 10-Year Guarantee!
  • #1 Specified by Architects!
  • ISO 1806 Mesh Test!
  • U.V. Stabilized – Rot Proof – Water Proof!
  • Flame Resistant – 250 Degree Melt Point!
  • “Sub-Zero” Stable…Non-Conductive!
  • Independent Strength Tested

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Bird Netting for Warehouses, Hangars and Large Commercial Applications

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

by Alex A. Kecskes

bbg 002Pest birds can be both a hazard and an expensive nuisance when they nest and gather in  hangars, under overhangs, warehouses and other large covered areas. But thanks to bird netting, many of these problems can be avoided.

Clearly the most obvious problem created by pest birds is their droppings. These can quickly clog gutters and down pipes. They can also cause ceilings, rooftop turbine ventilators, siding windows and doors to seize up. And they can rapidly deteriorate corrugated metal surfaces, block light sensors and security cameras. Left unchecked, these bird by-products can lead to structural damage and huge repair costs. Equally problematic, bird droppings deposited on entrances and fire escapes can create slip-and-fall hazards for maintenance crews, which can become a huge legal liability to public and private enterprises. Bird netting can solve these problems by keeping pest birds out using a proven humane method.

Without bird netting, one would also have to contend with the incessant and irritating noise pest birds produce when they gather in sizeable numbers. And they do tend to gather in large commercial areas. In warehouses, for example, bird droppings can spoil finished products in loading bays and storage areas. They can severely stain and damage goods, and mar the appearance of costly finished goods and metal panels.



How to Install Pigeon Spikes

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Keeping your property free of Pest Pigeons

by Fran Prisco

Pigone SpikesEach year homeowners spend hundreds of dollars cleaning up after and repairing the damage created by pest pigeons.  The domestic pigeon has become quite a nuisance in urban areas. Pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days. Pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days.  Pigeons have adapted to most of the habitats available on the planet.

How to Install Pigeon Spikes

There are many products out there that can help to get rid of pest pigeons from your property.  By far the easiest to use and one of the most effective are pigeon spikes.  Pigeon spikes are made of plastic or stainless steel.  Some have a plastic base with stainless steel spikes.  They usually come in either one foot or two-foot sections.  Pigeon spikes come in different widths some as wide as 7” to be sure to cover the entire surface where pest pigeons are landing.  They are used on flat as well as curved surfaces such as window ledges, roof edges, patio covers, arched entryways and other areas that pest pigeons like to roost and nest.

Installation of pigeon spikes is relatively easy.  You can glue or screw them down.  Make sure that all debris left behind by the birds is cleaned up first.  Use a mixture of bleach or ammonia with water to wet down the area and rinse it clean.  Do not clean bird droppings dry as they can be inhaled in dry form and cause illness.  When cleaning bird droppings use a mask and gloves.  Use enough pigeon spikes to cover the entire area that the pigeons are landing or roosting on.  If they are in an area that is hard to get to it might be wise to call an expert.  There are many companies that install bird control products like pigeon spikes.

How Pigeon Spikes Work

Once properly installed pigeon spikes make it difficult for pigeons to land.  The pigeon spikes are usually 4.25” to 4.50” high so that pigeons and larger birds can not straddle the spikes.  Be sure to look for a spike that has a “center” spike running down the middle.  This will keep the birds from building nests in the spikes themselves.  Covering all of the surface of a ledge or widow sill, will keep the pigeons form landing as birds land feet first, they will sense that something is there and move on.  When first installing pigeon spikes, you may want to watch and see if the birds find another area of your home or building to land on.  That area too will need to have pigeon spikes installed.

If you are unsure if you can put in the pigeon spikes yourself to call a local bird control installer.  Most pest control companies can help, or call the pigeon spike manufacturer for an installer near you.  Getting ride of pest pigeons can be as easy as “gluing and screwing”!

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