Archive for July, 2011

Birds on Buildings

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Written By: Dr. Rob Fergus

Many people are surprised to find birds causing problems on buildings in urban areas, but birds are actually very common in cities and many species may potentially create problems on buildings.  Fortunately, by understanding the birds that most often cause problems, as well as the architectural features that attract them to buildings, nuisance bird problems can usually be addressed by making the building less attractive to the birds.

Problem birds

While any bird can potentially cause a problem on buildings, most problems in American cities are caused by three bird species introduced from Europe—pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows.  These birds adapted to living in European settlements and cities for thousands of years, and found an easy life living in and around our buildings when first brought to America in past centuries.  Early colonists first brought pigeons to America as a food source, while 19th Century enthusiasts brought over starlings and house sparrows in a misguided effort to control caterpillars (house sparrows) or introduce to America all the birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare (starlings).  All three of these species readily eat discarded human food and nest on buildings—making them the perfect urban invaders.  In addition to these non-native birds, a few native birds may cause problems, especially when large numbers congregate on rooftops (crows, gulls, and occasionally vultures) or nest on exterior walls (swallows).  In fact, birds that are urban invaders do so well that there are usually more individual birds per square mile in cities than in the countryside!

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Article from My San Antonio: Cell revolution’s underside: tower bird droppings

Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Written By: MARK RANZENBERGER, Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)
Published 08:41 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2011

UNION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It’s a dirty job, but later this summer, a crew of steeplejacks will help Isabella County’s Union Township deal with the unintended consequences of the mobile communications revolution.

The crew from Fedewa Inc. of Nashville, Mich., will climb atop the township’s water tower at Broadway Road and U.S. 127 with high-intensity power washers. That tower, located strategically along the freeway near Mount Pleasant, is valuable “vertical real estate” for mobile communications providers, and a forest of antennas sits atop of water tower’s bell.

Those antennas are great places for birds to roost. They’ve also left behind substantial signs that they’ve been there in the form of, um, organic material, according to township Public Works Coordinator Kim Smith.

“We should clean there every three to five years,” Smith said.

Five years’ worth of bird droppings can start to damage the paint on the water towers, Smith said. Painting a water tower isn’t cheap; typically, it might cost $100,000.

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Bird-B-Gone University – Free Training Course on Bird Control – August 19th

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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Bird-B-Gone University is a FREE training course designed to teach the basics of bird control .

The Next class will be help Friday August 19th at our warehouse in Santa Ana, CA

If you are looking to expand your business by increasing the services your company provides, or just looking to develop your bird control knowledge, this is an excellent opportunity for you!

Bird-B-Gone is the leading manufacturer of professional grade bird deterrents and provides superior customer service, training and support. Those who attend the class will receive a certificate of completion and are added to our list of authorized installers. Attendees who work in California will receive credits towards their branch II SPCB license.

The next class is Friday, August 19th 2011

Classes are held at the Bird-B-Gone manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, California. The all-day course includes:

Bird Spikes Stainless Steel TileRoof Bird Netting

Learn from a company who supports you!

 

Bird-B-Gone actively promotes our line of products and puts a heavy emphasis on marketing. This marketing generates leads for residential, commercial and industrial “bird jobs”. We pass these leads on to our Authorized Installers! Class starts at 8 a.m. -  free lunch is served!

 

Classes fill up quickly, so contact Chris Fields today at 1-800-392-6915 or email chris@birdbgone.com

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Window washers: Bird Control is an excellent add on service for adding extra revenue

Monday, July 11th, 2011

We were recently interviewed for American Window Cleaner Magazines’ annual bird control issue, found HERE.

In it owner Bruce Donoho explains why Bird Control is good fit for window cleaners looking to increase their revenue stream. Not only are window washers exposed to bird problems on building exteriors, they usually have the equipment and experience for reaching those hard to reach spaces where birds like to land and roost.

American Window Cleaner also featured our product, Bird Jolt Flat Track, a low profile electric track system used to prevent birds from landing or roosting in unwanted areas. Bird Jolt Flat Track from Bird-B-Gone is the only electric bird abatement system with a patented anti-arcing design to prevent track short-outs. Bird Jolt is made by Bird-B-Gone in the USA and is ideal for areas where aesthetics are a concern.

If you are in the window washing business and are looking to expand the services you provide, call Bird-B-Gone today at 1-800-392-6915, visit us online, or email nobirds@birdbgone.com. Our sales team is known in the industry for excellent customer service and training, it is the cornerstone of our business. We offer a free training course on Bird Control, Bird-B-Gone University, free marketing materials to help you let your customers know your provide bird control as a service and more!

Window Washing Companies Adding Bird Control

Written By: Alex Kecskes

More window cleaners are adding bird control to their list of services and doing quite well at it. Add-on services are ideal for all window cleaners.  It’s rare to find a window cleaning company that only offers window cleaning service.  Most companies offer at least 2 or 3 add-on services. Adding bird control services to a window cleaning company’s offerings can fatten service contracts, especially when the client must comply with public health codes to operate—like restaurants.
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Bird-B-Gone donation helps to create new buildings at a children’s village in Africa

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Bird-B-Gone, Inc has  teamed up with Children of the Nations (A non-profit organization that provides holistic care to orphaned and destitute children across the globe) to help fund the building of new orphanages in Liberia and Sierra Leon. Visit our blog “Bird-B-Gone Gives Back” for details and updates.

Earlier this year Bird-B-Gone donated two portable brick making machines to help get new dorms and guest rooms built at a children village in Africa.

From the Bird-B-Gone Gives Back Blog:

The roof is ready to go up on the Guest House and dormitories being built in Sierra Leone just in time for the rainy season. Bird B Gone has donated two portable brick making machines that have made the bricks to build the dorms. The bricks are made on-site using local materials.  This saves on costs of transporting building materials into the areas where the childrens villages are.

The dormitory is a part of the Childrens Village in Sierra Leone run by Children of the Nations. It will be used to house orphaned children in Sierra Leone, as well as visitors to the orphanage.

Bird B Gone would like to thank all of our customers.  Without your help we would not have been able to raise this building. A big thank you also to our friends who have given support to the children of Sierra Leone.

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