Bird Control Options for Today’s Facilities Managers

Article Written By: Alex Kecskes 

If you’re a Facilities or Maintenance Manager, you need to keep your industrial facility clean and your repair and maintenance costs to a minimum. If you have pest bird problems, they can pose a challenge—unless you implement some effective bird control measures. Pest birds can become a costly nuisance, both inside and outside various types of industrial structures. From slippery loading docks to jammed up skylights on manufacturing roofs, pest birds can cause you all sorts of grief.

As a Facilities Manager, the buck stops with you when it comes to getting rid of pest birds. Adopting an effective bird deterrent strategy can save your maintenance crews from doing constant cleanups and repairs on expensive AC units, rooftop ventillators and other equipment in and around your facility.

The good news is that there are ways to keep pest birds away from your industrial facility. These are proven methods that have been used by Facilities Managers around the country. They include:

Flat Track Electrical Systems

These low profile electric track systems give pest birds who land on them a harmless but unforgettable electric shock, convincing them to move on. The goal here is behavior modification. The tracks are easily installed on window ledges, parapet walls, open beams and other open-air flat surfaces where birds tend to loaf and perch. Anyone with basic electrical knowledge will find these systems easy to install. The best flat track system is made in the USA and features a patented anti-arcing design. It comes with a glue trough for easy mounting and has been specially engineering to be the safest, most effective electric track available. While highly effective, flat track electrical systems should not be used around gas stations, or where contact with flammable liquids, vapors, or fumes is likely.

Stainless Steel Bird Spikes

One of the most effective and versatile bird deterrents ever devised, Stainless Steel Bird Spikes won’t allow large birds like crows, gulls and pigeons to land on or near them. They are ideal for keeping pest birds from perching, roosting or nesting on rooftops, parapet walls, ledges, light fixtures and signage.  They can be installed in multiple rows to protect large, wide areas like AC units and other equipment; they can be attached to wires, conduit, gutters, and pipes using common hose clamps, Nylon ties or wire lashings; they can be installed in common nesting areas using intertwining vertical and horizontal rows to prevent nesting or roosting; and they can be mounted on lampposts, signs, letters, and other curved surfaces using adhesive with Nylon ties or hose clamps. The best Stainless Steel Bird Spikes will have their spiked pins tightly secured in a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base. These bird spikes come in 1”, 3”, 5” and 8” widths to provide wider and wider areas of protection. And they will feature pre-drilled holes and glue troughs for fast, easy installation.

For additional advice on how to properly install bird deterrents around your industrial facility, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.



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