Archive for August, 2010

Are Your Hog Facilities Bird-proof?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

From Pork Magazine:

Are Your Hog Facilities Bird-proof?
By Pork news staff  |  Monday, August 30, 2010

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For years, it’s been widely recognized that waterfowl such as ducks and geese are carriers of avian influenza virus and pose a transmission risk to humans as well as livestock. Now researchers are suggesting that some songbirds also carry AIV.

A team of researchers, including Trevon Fuller, University of California, examined samples from 225 bird species in 41 states. They found the average prevalence of AIV in passerines — or perching birds — is greater than the prevalence in eight other bird groups. Perching birds include sparrows, robins, blackbirds, starlings, jays and finches.

Read the complete article HERE

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From Bird-B-Gone:

Facilities that house and feed animals are a favorite roosting site of pest birds. Often these facilities are open and provide ample rafter areas, food and water needed for survival.  Pest Birds pose a serious health risk, as their droppings carry and transmit disease, such as salmonella. Birds will sit in rafter areas and defecate in feeding troughs or water supplies – posing a direct health risk to the animals.

Feed houses and barns must take measures to protect their livestock from disease by bird proofing their building. Bird Netting is one simple way to remedy such a problem. If you net off a rafter area, birds will simply not be able to land. Netting acts as a physical barrier to block birds. There is heavy duty bird netting that will last 10+ years, and lieghtweight, temporary options.

Bird Gel or Bird Spikes are another great way of keeping birds out of a feed house.  You apply these items to the rafters themselves to keep birds from landing.

To learn more about keeping birds out of hog facilities, barns, feed houses or more, visit Bird-B-Gone at http://www.birdbgone.com or call us direct at 1-800-392-6915 – our sales team can help you choose the right product for your application.

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Resident Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Gives Radio Interview – Listen

Friday, August 27th, 2010

In June, Bird-B-Gone added Ornithologist Dr. Rob Fergus to their team of bird control specialists to help “close the gap between the science of nature and the nature of bird control“.

Since then, Dr. Rob has answered countless email questions from customers looking to solve pest bird problems.

Recently, Dr. Rob was interviewed on a radio show called “Home Grown”. Based out of Louisville Kentucky, the show focuses on all aspects of backyard gardening and is hosted by Louisville columnist Bob Hill and garden writer and enthusiast Jeneen Wiche.

You Can Listen to the interview by Clicking Here

Dr. Rob Fergus is an ornithologist who specializes in urban ecology and human/wildlife interactions. Dr. Fergus received his Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. After founding the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, Texas he created additional bird conservation programs in Austin as the first executive director of the 2,500 member Travis Audubon Society. In 2004 he moved to suburban Philadelphia where he was the Senior Scientist for Urban Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society until 2009. In addition to researching and consulting on human/bird interactions in cities across the United States, Latin America, and Europe, Dr. Fergus currently teaches at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and Rosemont College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Have a pest bird problem? Visit the “Ask the Bird Expert” today at http://www.birdbgone.com/ask-the-expert/blog or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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Authorities investigating what role pigeon poop played in man’s death

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

From the National post:

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Too much pigeon poo might have caused an awning to fall and kill a man in Australia.

August 18, 2010 – 11:00 am

Could an overabundance of pigeon poop have caused an awning to crash down and kill an Australian man?

That’s what authorities are trying to figure out through a five-day inquest into what caused Craig Taylor to be crushed to death.

Mr. Taylor, 53, had been taking shelter from a storm under a pharmacy’s awning when it collapsed in December, 2007, the Daily Telegraph reports. Dozens of pigeons were apparently nesting in the structure. Live birds were even found in the wreckage.

Authorities think the weight of the pigeons’ droppings, combined with the heavy rain, could have caused the awning to fall.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported in 2008:

A structural examination of Hadley’s Chemist found the cause of collapse was a lack of maintenance, poor workmanship and a large quantity of pigeon droppings.

The droppings had built up and had become saturated by the rain leaking into the roof.

The report found that crucial structural points on the awning were poorly maintained and badly corroded, although this would have been difficult to examine before the collapse.

The coroner’s office is investigating what role store owners and the city have in keeping awnings clear of pigeons, and who exactly should be responsible for the structures’ maintenance.

This wasn’t the first awning collapse in Australia. Six-months earlier another fell in Fairlight, Australia, but no one was injured. There’s no word on whether pigeon poop played a role in that incident.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

The sooner you address a bird problem, the easier it will be to take care of .
Did you know that besides carrying over 60 transmittable diseases, bird droppings can corrode paint, metal, stone and masonry? If you notice birds congregating under a sign, awning or eave area, call Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone has a complete line of effective and humane products to help solve any bird problem. Can’t/ don’t want to take care of the problem yourself? Bird-B-Gone has a network of authorized installers who can come out and and remedy your pest bird problem. Call us at 1-800-392-6915 or email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com / visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com
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Pigeon debris believed to be cause of sign fire

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Pigeon news from the Yuma Sun:

Yuma firefighters respond to several fires Wednesday

August 12, 2010 7:06 PM

Debris from pigeons roosting in a restaurant’s electrical sign is believed to be the cause of one of several fire-related calls that firefighters from the Yuma Fire Department responded to Wednesday.

At about 8:35 p.m. a fire was reported in the free standing sign in front of Rocky’s Pizzeria, located at 2601 South 4th Avenue.

Erfert said a passerby reported seeing flames coming from the sign. Power to the sign was shut down and the fire was extinguished.

The cause of that fire, Erfert said, was believed to be electrical and debris from roosting pigeons that had been on fire.

Complete article here

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From Bird-B-Gone:

Have birds nesting on your home or business? Birds nests can be a fire hazard, but many are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. To make sure you are protecting your structure and humanely and lawfully addressing the bird nests, hiring a professional may be the best route.

Bird Control Professionals have experience deterring birds from all types of settings, and work with Bird-B-Gone’s humane and effective products.  Once the nest is removed, screening or netting off the area is typically the most effective way to  prevent birds from nesting.

Bird-B-Gone has a network of authorized installers across the U.S. who can help solve your bird problem. Call us at 1-800-392-6915,  email nobirds@birdbgone.com, or visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com and we will get you in touch with a professional bird control installer in your area.

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Pigeons tapped as source of pollution around Pismo Pier

Monday, August 9th, 2010

From the Lompoc Record:

Pismo Beach Pier/ credits to pismobeach.org

Staff Report | Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 10:16 am | (0) Comments

A recently completed scientific study has concluded the main source of water pollution near the Pismo Pier is caused by hundreds of pigeons that roost on the wooden structure.

The pigeon flock at the popular pier is estimated to be at least 400 birds, with more than 200 nests under the structure. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the bacteria samples collected from the water around the pier matched bird fecal sources, and the highest count of bird droppings was within 100 meters of the pier, according to the study.

Water samples for the research were collected from three sites extending up Pismo Creek, 10 sites along the beach bracketing Pismo Beach pier, five sites in the ocean off Pismo Beach and one site over the joint Pismo/Arroyo Grande/Oceano wastewater outfall to the south of Pismo Beach. “The data collected in this study clearly show the main source of fecal contamination on the beach is bird droppings near the pier,” Cal Poly professor Dr. Chris Kitts wrote in a final report for the study. Kitts, along with several of his students, conducted the study that aimed to identify the biological sources of fecal contamination in the water. Read The complete article here _______________________________________________________________

From Bird-B-Gone:

According to the article, the City of Pismo Beach will be holding a public workshop this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the findings and possible solutions to the pigeon problem.

One clear way to prevent pigeons from further contaminating the water under the  pier would be the installation of  Bird Netting. Bird Netting is a humane solution for blocking birds from unwanted areas. When installed correctly, it’s low profile, long lasting, and a humane deterrent for preventing birds from sitting on rafters or beams.

The city might also consider hiring a pest control company who has experience in Bird Control and Bird Net installation. Bird Netting is installed by bird control professionals across the nation in commercial and industrial settings including warehouses, air hangars, loading docks, and other areas. Bird Netting will not harm birds, it would simply block them from the area. To learn more about Bird Netting, Bird Net Installation, Humane Bird Control, or to get in contact with a bird control professional in your area, please call Bird-B-Gone, Inc. at 1-800-392-6915, or visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com

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7 Ways Pest Birds Cause Damage

Monday, August 9th, 2010
The acid in bird droppings will eat into many tar-based roofing substrates. Without effective bird deterrent measures, these droppings will accumulate , allowing the acids to eventually perforate a roof and leave it vulnerable to leaks. Bird nest built under clay roofing tiles can also cause leaks when tiles are displaced.
Roof nests and nesting materials, especially those of pigeons, starlings and sparrows, are notorious for clogging rain gutters, drains and roof corners. Many industrial buildings with flat roofs suffer water build up and collapse during rains due to clogged  gutters and spouts. Proper bird control can keep birds out of gutters.
Nesting materials and acidic bird droppings can severely damage A.C. systems, vents and compressors. Rotating air circulation vents, skylights, and solar panels—all can be damaged to the point of inoperability. Bird droppings can block exterior security cameras and “freeze up” their motion servos. Bird deterrent measures help prevent this damage
If you’re looking to start a fire and need some good kindling , bird nests are ideal. The straw, twigs and dried droppings ignite at the slighted spark. Which is why bird nests inside electric signs or other machinery pose such an extreme fire hazard.
Bird nests built in chimneys and ventilation systems can create potentially lethal air blockages . Bird control is a must in these situations.
The acids in pigeon and gull droppings can eat into painted finishes on cars, BBQs, boats and anything else left unprotected. Unless removed, these acids will eat deeper and deeper, permanently destroying the painted finish.
Birds who invade warehouses, loading docks and storage areas can chew into packaged food products and contaminate them. Bird control can save retailers millions of dollars in waste.
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PCT Magazine Interviews Bird-B-Gone Owner, Bruce Donoho, About Recent Trip to Africa

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Headline news  From PCT – Pest Control Technology:

Q&A: Bruce Donoho Discusses Efforts to Build Orphanages in West Africa

8/4/2010

Donoho, owner of Bird-B-Gone, recently returned from a trip to West Africa in which he and representatives of Children o the Nation laid the groundwork for construction of an orphanage in Liberia. PCT interviewed Donoho about this experience.


Bruce Donoho at the Liberian Children’s Village and Orphanage.
Safia, an orphan girl living at a shelter that was due to close. Unfortunately, there are many orphans in Sierra Leone and Liberia, countries that have been ravaged by war.

Editor’s note: Bruce Donoho, owner of Bird-B-Gone, recently returned from a trip to West Africa in which he and representatives of Children o the Nation laid the groundwork for construction of an orphanage in Liberia. PCT interviewed Donoho about this experience.

PCT: Did your recent trip to Liberia meet your expectations?
Bruce Donoho: I approached my journey to Banta Mokelleh/ Sierra Leone as a chance to gain “hands on” and “in person” knowledge of the organization Children of the Nations (C.O.T.N.). My wife has been sponsoring a child at the C.O.T.N. children’s village for three years. His name is Alfred, and his picture hangs in our home. I wanted to meet Alfred and validate the integrity of C.O.T.N. Additionally, Chris Clark, founder of C.O.T.N., and I traveled to the neighboring country of Liberia to evaluate the need of opening up an orphanage/C.O.T.N. facility there. Children of the Nations is for real! They are saving the lives of thousands of children by offering medical aid, nutrition, safety and education.These children are being transformed into future leaders and productive members of the future Sierra Leone. I have never seen an organization more steeped in integrity than C.O.T.N. I met our sponsored child, Alfred. His father was killed in the war, and his mother left him in November. He is being raised in a village 5 miles from the C.O.T.N. facility. He walks 10 miles per day through the jungle to school. One day I joined him on his journey home to visit his village and his family. It was quite a hike — fulfilling and affirming in many ways. We traveled to the neighboring country of Liberia where the effects of a long and savage civil war are still evident. Much of the infrastructure of the country was destroyed, and as in Sierra Leone, the unemployment rate is over 80%. There is a great need in Liberia for what C.O.T.N. has to offer.

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