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2011 November | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Archive for November, 2011

Bird Droppings Cause of High E-Coli Counts at Bayfront Beach…

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Pier 4 style changes can help Bayfront Beach, public health says 

From: The Hamilton Spectator
Sun Nov 27 2011

Hamilton public health will submit A Tale of Two Beaches to the board of health Monday, backing up the need for structural and bird management changes at Bayfront Park.

Dr. Chris Mackie, associate medical officer of health at Hamilton’s Public Health Services, says the reports supports changes to improve water quality at Bayfront Park — where bird droppings are a major factor in excessive E. coli bacteria counts — and offers the “significant” improvement following such measures at Pier 4 to back it up.

Changes at Pier 4 have resulted in fewer closure days since stakeholders — including the city, Bay Area Restoration Council, public works, public health, the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and National Water Research Institute — began adding bird control measures and surface drainage capability at Pier 4 in August 2005.

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1986 Department of Defense Video on Airfield Bird Control

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

FRIGHTENING TECHNIQUES FOR AIRFIELD BIRD CONTROL

 

Great video made by the Department of Defense in 1986 entitled Frightening Techniques for Airfield Bird Control“. The video is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and compares different methods commonly used or suggested to control birds near airfields, as their proximity poses a risk for bird-plane strikes. The varying degrees of success of  the different bird deterrents available at the time are discussed including information on Ultrasonic and Sonic Bird control units. It’s likely that this was distributed to military bases to educate the pest control and maintenance departments on how to rid their fields of birds.

 

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Bird-B-Gone’s Donoho Builds Children’s Refuge in Sierra Leone

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

From Pest Control Technology Magazine:

MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. — When Bruce Donoho, owner of Bird-B-Gone, traveled to Sierra Leone in 2010 to meet Alfred, an orphan he and his wife Julie had sponsored, he had no idea of the lasting impact it would have.

What has unfolded for Donoho and Bird-B-Gone since then has affected numerous lives both at home and in the West African nations he visited.

Donoho recently returned from his second trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone, where he completed one major philanthropic project, building a children’s dormitory, and set plans in motion for others. The impoverished nations continue to suffer from the devastating effects of extended rebel wars that destroyed much of their infrastructures and left many children orphaned. With unemployment rates topping 80 percent, most families live in poverty and malnutrition is common.

The Donohos first heard about Alfred through Children of the Nations International (COTN), a charitable organization pledging medical aid, safety, nutrition and education to the children of these and other nations in need. After sponsoring the child for three years, the Donohos wanted to meet Alfred and check out the credentials of the organization they’d backed. (more…)

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Pigeons cause over $68,000 worth of damage to town hall

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

From: BBC News

November 3rd, 2011

Morley Town Council agrees pigeon cull

A cull of pigeons has been approved at a meeting of a West Yorkshire town council.

Bird droppings have caused £50,000 of damage to Morley Town Hall by blocking drains which have caused flooding.

People have been told not to feed the problem birds and now council officials say that they have to decide on the most effective method.

The Pigeon Control Advisory Service told the BBC that culling “causes the birds to rebreed”. (more…)

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Got Pest Birds? Hire a Bird Control Professional

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Written By: Alex Kecskes

Pest birds cause millions of dollars in damage every year. They destroy building facades, paint finishes, statues, food, crops and private property. In the past, keeping birds off property was a huge challenge. Poisons, guns, cannons, and various culling methods offered only limited success. These “solutions” were, for the most part, inhumane, often injuring birds, pets and people. The other problem with these methods was that pest birds just kept coming back. Sometimes in larger numbers.

Enter the Bird Control Professional

Here at last is someone who really understands birds, their habits and how to humanely and effectively deal with them. Someone who is more than just a supplier of bird deterrent or bird repellent devices, but an expert who gauges his or her success by how effectively they solve your pest bird problems. This was a true professional who understood bird control and the many devices that were becoming available to achieve a satisfactory result.

The point is, anyone can sell spikes, netting or sonic deterrents online.  The fact is, some companies have switched to e-commerce, leaving you alone to purchase and install a bird control product using instructions you have to hunt for online.

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