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Bird Proofing an Integral Part of Building Maintenance | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Bird Proofing an Integral Part of Building Maintenance

Like everything else you own or manage, buildings require regular maintenance to keep them from deteriorating. Regardless of the size of your building, certain specific tasks must be performed to ensure heating, cooling, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are operating properly and continue to meet health and safety codes. Bird proofing can prevent droppings, nests and other and other bird debris from damaging these important systems–systems that can be very costly to repair or replace.

 

Likewise, a building’s plumbing systems, drains, drinking fountains, sprinkler systems and the timers that control them must be kept free of bird droppings and other debris to function properly. The same holds true for outdoor walkways, tables and chairs used by employees. Bird proofing will keep disease-carrying droppings from contaminating these areas. They can also prevent costly litigation should someone slip and fall on bird droppings.

 

Exterior lighting and security cameras must be kept clear and fully functional to ensure the safety of visitors and employees. Bird droppings and nests can obscure and render these systems inoperative unless bird-proofing devices are installed. Similarly, exterior locks, doors and windows can jam up, leaving gaps in a building’s security and resulting in the need for expensive repairs.

 

Finally, roofs, exterior facades and signage can be seriously damaged by pest-bird droppings and nesting materials. Roofs, especially, can be prohibitively expensive to repair or replace. The acid in bird droppings can quickly eat into painted signs and plastic, ruin expensive entry monuments and artwork, and crumble stone facades. All the more reason to invest in bird proofing before damage occurs.

 

Bird Proofing Solutions

Today’s bird proofing solutions are humane and highly effective. Poisons and shotguns are out, scientifically designed bird deterrents are in. These are easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Most are visually unobtrusive and balance aesthetics with function.

 

Bird Spikes Get the Job Done

As an effective bird-proofing device, few deterrents come close to the Bird Spike. Birds have one heck of time trying to land anywhere near them. That’s because the menacing-looking spikes really intimidate most birds. The spikes come in stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. And while they look like they would impale a bird, the blunted spikes are harmless to birds or maintenance crews. Bird spikes can be used to deter a wide range of birds and work quite effectively on rooftops, signs, building ledges and other outdoor areas.

 

Bird Spiders for Smaller Areas

For smaller nooks crannies, there’s the Bird Spider. Like the bird spike, it keeps pest birds from landing and nesting. While bird spikes are motionless, a spider’s arms whip around in the breeze to catch a pest bird’s eye. Spiders come in different sizes (different length spider arms) to deter different bird species.

Pest Bird Problems Just Slip Away

One of the most elegantly simple bird proofing devices ever developed, Bird Slopes work their magic by denying pest birds the ability to land. These slippery, angled PVC panels make it impossible for birds to “get a grip.” They slip and slide off these panels like Keystone Cops on ice. Bird slopes are easy to install using glue, nails or screws, and they’re ideal for use on eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas.

They Won’t Stick Around with this Gel

 

Pest birds hate this next bird proofing solution–Bird Gels. Once they set foot on this gooey stuff, they take flight and never come back. The sticky chemical tugs at their toes and makes them feel trapped, which is one thing all birds fear. Not to worry, gels are safe for most birds. You apply the chemical onto virtually any flat surface using a standard caulking gun. The chemical stays gooey for about six months.

The Net Result…No Pest Birds

Bird netting can control many bird species and comes in different mesh sizes to deny pest birds access without trapping them.

For large birds like pigeons and seagulls, a 1-1/8” to 2” mesh size would be best. For smaller birds like sparrows and starlings, a 3/4″ mesh would suffice. Bird proofing pros recommend ISO 1806 protocol mesh test netting for lasting strength. Some manufacturers will custom cut the netting. Others offer U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof netting. You can also get flame resistant netting (250 degree F melting point) and nets that can tolerate “sub-zero” temperatures. You should choose non-conductive netting in areas where electrical conductivity or radio frequency interference presents a problem.

 

The best heavy-duty bird netting is made of high strength polyethylene–ideal for factories, warehouses, and other demanding applications. Today, you can even get netting in different colors–like white, stone and black–to blend in with a building’s décor.   Black bird netting offers natural U.V. protection and won’t discolor when it gets dirty and dusty.

 

Covering a warehouse or other large area with sufficient bird netting calls for thousands of square feet of netting and special lifts and power equipment. Improperly installed netting will sag and droop. This will create gaps that allow pest birds to enter. For this reason, it’s best to call a bird-proofing firm to set up your netting.

Using Electricity Deter Pest Birds

No list of bird deterrents would be complete without mentioning Electric Tracks, the bird proofing devices that give pest birds the jolt. Humane and highly effective, these electrified tracks are ideal for deterring pigeons, seagulls and larger birds from buildings and structures. The best electric tracks have a flow-through design that won’t allow water to pool around them to damage surrounding areas.

Sound Deterrents

Sonic bird proofing systems are highly effective in deterring a wide variety of pest birds. Humane and easy to use, these systems are ideal for use against pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many others. The best sonic repellers are capable of continually altering the pitch, frequency, timing and intensity of their sounds. This prevents birds from getting used to a specific sonic threat. One commercially available system blasts the sound of Peregrine falcons defending their territory. Another emits the sounds of predator hawk screeching and gulls under attack. Still another popular system emits distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. Many systems can be set up to emit distress and predator calls day or night. Extra speakers can be added to expand the coverage radius up to six acres.

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