Archive for September, 2011

Bird Netting May Have Contributed to Improved Water Quality

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Bird Exclusion Netting installed under the Santa Monica Pier could have contributed to improved water quality says Heal the Bay. The Bird netting was installed under the pier to prevent birds such as pigeons from landing or nesting. When the birds were inhabiting the underside of the pier, an accumulation of droppings in the water was causing higher bacteria levels.

“A combination of water-quality improvement projects including new storm drain infrastructure, runoff diversion replacement and the installation of bird exclusion nets under part of the pier, may have contributed to the drastically improved grades” in the End of Summer Beach Report Card, Heal the Bay said.

From The Santa Monica Patch:

Santa Monica Bay Water Quality Improves

By Kurt Orzeck
September 27, 2011

Good news for Santa Monica Bay buffs: The quality of its water has improved since last year, Heal the Bay announced Tuesday morning. And in even better news for Santa Monica, the pier has earned an A grade for the second year in a row.

The news was noted on the nonprofit’s End of Summer Beach Report Card, which tracks bacterial pollution from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During that time frame, Heal the Bay monitors and rates 447 beaches in California. Heal the Bay’s previous Beach Report Card, released in May, indicated the overall water quality at Los Angeles County beaches worsened in 2010-11.

This summer, 89 percent of Santa Monica Bay beaches earned A or B grades, compared with 87 percent last year. In Los Angeles County, the number of A or B grades rose from 79 to 85 percent of beaches monitored.

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MCC mulls gulls as avian invasion mars finals

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Photo: Vince Caligiuri

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The seagull infestation at the MCG could offer the AFL a unique opportunity to revitalise its grand final pre-match entertainment.

A survey of the options for ending the avian invasion reveals an exciting range of techniques that could be incorporated into a dramatic Hollywood-style production.

Here are some of the suggested solutions for ridding an area of seagulls: ultrasonic devices; pyrotechnics; shellcrackers; gas-powered exploders; spikes, wires and nets; broadcasts of distress and alarm calls; and harassment by trained birds of prey or radio-controlled small aircraft.

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From Bird-B-Gone, Inc:

Our Bird Net 2000 was installed at Wrigley Field in Chicago to keep the stadiums bird population down. Blocking off the rafters with netting took away a key landing and roosting area for the birds which were forced to move on.  Wrigley said they had worked with various bird deterrents, many of the ones proposed for the stadium in Sydney, and didn’t have much luck with the visual or ultrasonic sound deterrents. The maintenance department reported that the bird netting solved nearly 90% of the bird problem.

Read “Bird Netting Solves Wrigley’s Pest Bird Woes” HERE

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Add to Your Revenue by Adding Bird Control

Friday, September 16th, 2011

As a contractor, you’ve learned that one of the best ways to increase revenue is to increase the number of services you offer your customers. And one of the most revenue enhancing services you can offer today is bird control. Regardless of the size or type of building, and no matter what the job, bird proofing is a vital part of protecting any building or structure from the damages imposed by pest birds.

 

Bird proofing is essential to protect a building’s heating, cooling, ventilation, and air conditioning system from falling victim to the damage caused by bird droppings, bird nests and other bird related debris. Your customers know that these systems can be very costly to repair or replace.

 

The same holds true for a building’s plumbing systems, drains, drinking fountains, and sprinkler systems. Even the timers that control them must be kept free of bird droppings and other debris to function properly. Likewise, outdoor walkways, tables and chairs used by employees should also be kept free of disease-carrying bird droppings lest they contaminate these and other areas.

 

Outside lighting and security systems must be kept clear and fully functional to ensure the safety of visitors, customers and employees. Bird droppings and other bird debris can obscure and render these systems ineffective unless bird-proofing measures are installed. Similarly, outer locks, doors and windows can seize up, leaving gaps in a building’s security and necessitating expensive repairs.

 

What’s more, many property owners have seen their roofs, exterior facades and signage permanently damaged by pest-bird droppings and nesting materials. The acid in bird droppings can quickly eat into painted signs and plastic moldings, and they can crumble stone facades. All the more reason your customers will be asking if you also provide bird-proofing services.

Bird Proofing Solutions You Can Offer

Today’s bird proofing solutions are humane and highly effective. These scientifically designed bird deterrents are easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Most are visually unobtrusive and balance aesthetics with function. Here are just a few bird control products you can install to boost your revenue.
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Bird-B-Gone Technician Featured in Pest Management Professional Magazine

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Bird-B-Gone: Bird Control Tips

1 Aug, 2011 By: Rich Martin, Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Rich Martin giving Bird Net Installation Training at Bird-B-Gone University

Pest Management Professional

Just like general pest control, a proper and thorough evaluation of the property is key to a successful bird exclusion program. There are steps that need to be followed and considerations to be taken to determine the proper solution.

Assessing the customer’s situation is one of the first steps to take. It’s important to talk with customers and allow them to tell you what they perceive to be the problem. In a lot of cases, customers won’t call you just because there is a bird on their building. However, they will call you if that bird is costing them money.

Customers don’t call unless they have a specific reason to invest in bird control. In most cases, they buy bird control because of the negative effect on their image, the cost of cleanup, work stoppages, property or equipment damage, or possibly inventory damage. By listening to customers, you can determine their reason and then determine an appropriate cost for their situation. This will show value for the service that you will be proposing. Remember, always restate their reason for buying in your proposal.

When installing bird exclusion products, you will likely be changing the way that the building is going to look. Determine how important aesthetics are to your customer. This will help in choosing what products may or may not be used. During your initial visit, you should determine whether the customer has a budget in place for the project, and whether anyone else is providing a quote.

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