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Battle to Protect Norwich’s Historic Buildings From Pigeons Widens

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

by Richard Wheeler (via Norwich Evening News 24)

The battle to protect Norwich’s historic buildings from feathered invaders has intensified – as officials attempt to defend two more city attractions from their droppings.

How it could look if pigeons attacked Norwich Castle. (Image credit: Norwich Evening News 24)

Proposals to install pigeon-guarding systems have been put forward for the Bridewell and Shirehall, following a successful application for a similar idea at Norwich Castle. Mess on the pavement outside the Shirehall, in Market Avenue, below where the pigeons roost, affects access to the building for visitors according to planning documents from the Norfolk museums service.

The papers add that the droppings are also causing white staining to the stonework, which cleaning is “unlikely to remove”, as well as health and safety issues. At the Bridewell, the documents state the volume of pigeon waste creates a risk of “slipping on wet foul”.

Measures to deter pigeons from sills and ledges in the museum’s central courtyard were installed during a recent £1.5m refurbishment. But the plans reveal these are ineffective in many areas.

There are concerns at both sites that the mess stops workers being able to reach and clean out gutters and pipes to stop them getting blocked. There is a risk water could seep into the walls and damage the buildings’ walls if these are not unblocked.

Posts with thin wire on them are proposed for both buildings. These aim to stop pigeons from being able to roost or perch.

Museum officials are also bidding for cash to fund a similar defence system at Norwich Castle after the city council approved the plan. It is hoped these measures will protect the 11th century structure from further damage. The post and wire system was trialled and also checked by English Heritage before permission was granted, to try and ensure it will not ruin the appearance of the castle.

Stuart Garner, operations manager for Norwich museums, said: “We’ve had the pilot and we all agreed on the best way forward with English Heritage. We’ve got the majority of listed-building consent. Now, it’s preparing the documents for the funding.”

Mr Garner said it was Norfolk County Council’s responsibility to look after the attractions, but the city council has agreed to contribute 30pc toward the costs of pigeon-proofing them. No cost figures have yet to be made public.

Dr Will Fletcher, English Heritage’s inspector of ancient monuments in Norfolk, said it is difficult trying to protect historic buildings from pigeons.

But he said it involved pinpointing the ideal roosting locations and then installing new equipment without damaging the fabric of the building while ensuring it is “sympathetic” to its appearance.

Dr Fletcher said of the Norwich Castle plans: “It can all be taken away without damaging the fabric and leaving the castle intact.

“We will come back six to eight months or a year later down the line to see how effective it’s been.

“We are aware of the fact pigeons can be a problem elsewhere. We’ve talked about the issues, falconry and other options around the town but it pushes it from one place to another.

“There will be an ongoing issue and it’s really something for the people of Norwich to get involved in and we welcome their views.”

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Lethal Chemical Bird Deterrents Create Uproar in New Jersey

Friday, August 17th, 2012

bird controlOfficials from the Millville Police Department, Vineland Hazardous Material Team, and the Cumberland County Department of Health joined the county Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.  All sought answers to the bizarre occurrence. Residents were advised to keep children and pets away from the dead birds.

Finally, the Cumberland County Department of Health revealed that the strange bird deaths were caused by the application of a granular pesticide known as Avitrol Double Strength Corn Chops. The pesticide is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency to control blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles and starlings. Nearby Ingraldi Farms had been using the pesticide to control the crop damage done by invading flocks of birds.

This problem could have been avoided had Ingraldi Farms used bird deterrent products that are safe, humane and effective. These taste deterrent products will not harm birds. Here are two examples of products that will deter birds without harming them:

Avian Control

This taste-aversion bird repellent won’t harm birds and prevents them from grazing and feeding in unwanted areas. Avian control is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on a variety of crops to prevent foraging birds from damaging them. It uses natural extracts that, when sprayed on crops, makes them inedible to birds. Avian Control can be also used  for deterring birds from large open spaces—like golf courses, parks, athletic fields, airports, vineyards and other areas where birds tend to graze and congregate. The repellent uses a unique patent pending formula that irritates the birds’ mucous membranes. Crops, grass and shrubs quickly lose their appeal as a food source, prompting birds to leave for more hospitable areas. Sold by the gallon, Avian control can be broadcast by either fog or spray. When used as a fogger, it uses just 12-16 ounces per acre. It lasts up to three times longer than other bird deterrents. As a liquid concentrate, Avian control is easily mixed with water. For best results, you should repeat the application in two weeks.

Migrate Goose Repellent

An equally effective taste-aversion goose repellent, Migrate is a non-toxic liquid goose repellent that makes grass and shrubs inedible and unpalatable to geese. The active ingredient in Migrate is a grape extract known as Methyl Anthranilate. The extract irritates birds’ trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes, which causes birds to leave for better tasting meals. This goose repellent is sold by the gallon and each gallon covers about 16,000 square feet. The repellent lasts about three months outdoors and won’t wash off with rain or water. And yes, it’s safe to use around people and pets.

For additional advice on how to deter pest birds effectively and humanely, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.

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Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Awarded Three New Patents

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Bird Jolt Flat Track is the only electric bird abatement system with patented anti-arcing designs.

 

Shared From: Yahoo News

Mission Viejo Ca: Bird-B-Gone has just been awarded three new patents.

Bird-B-Gone supplies the commercial, industrial and residential market with effective, humane bird deterrents manufactured in the USA.

The company makes it their mission to stay on top of the latest advancements in the bird control industry incorporating new technologies with tried and true methods to develop the most effective bird deterrents available.
(more…)

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Fundraising under way for pigeon control

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Article Shared From: The Star Herald

Written By: MAUNETTE LOEKS Staff Reporter

An initiative of the downtown revitalization project will include ridding the downtown of pests — pigeons.

For years, downtown business owners have complained about pigeons roosting in the downtown community. Efforts to rid downtown of the pigeons have not been successful, including demolition of the former Hergert Mill property made possible by Neighborhood Stabilization grant funding.

Instead, the pigeons have continued to call the downtown home. (more…)

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Next Bird-B-Gone University Class August 24th

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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Bird-B-Gone University is a FREE training course

designed to teach the basics of bird control

If you’re looking to expand your business by adding bird control, or just want 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. We pride ourselves on our level of commitment to customer service and provide superior training and support.

Those who attend receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to apply to become a Bird-B-Gone Authorized Installer. Attendees who work in California will receive credits towards their branch II SPCB license.

The next class is Friday, August 24th, 2012

Classes are held at the Bird-B-Gone manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, California from 8:00am-5:00pm with a complimentary lunch and refreshments. The all-day course includes:

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  • Free training manual for future reference
  • Bird control products basics for success
  • How to market and make a profit in bird control
  • Choosing the right product
  • How to install products/ hands on training
  • Quoting bird jobs
  • How to hang bird netting
  • How to avoid problems / troubleshooting

 

Learn from the worlds leading manufacturer of bird control products!

Classes fill up quickly, contact Chris Fields today at 1-800-392-6915 or email chris@birdbgone.com to reserve your seat! 

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Mexico bird flu outbreak affects 2.5 million chickens, 1 million destroyed

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Article Shared From: The Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, July 5, 12:45 PM

MEXICO CITY — ?An outbreak of the H7N3 bird flu virus in western Mexico has infected about 2.5 million chickens and led authorities to destroy or dispose of almost a million birds.

The country’s Agriculture Department says that 129 farms in the western state of Jalisco have been inspected. Flu was confirmed in birds at 24 of the sites, and tests continued on most of the rest.

The farms in question have been placed under quarantine, the department said in a Tuesday press statement.

The outbreak has caused price increases in chicken and egg products in Mexico.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

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Repeller 360° Uses Wind Power to Prevent Birds from Landing

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Mission Viejo CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc. leading manufacturer of effective, humane bird deterrents would like to announce the addition of a new product, The Repeller 360.

The Repeller 360° is a physical bird deterrent that rotates in the wind to deter large birds from landing in unwanted areas such as boats, docks, signs, rooftops, A.C. units and more.

Covering a 6 ft diameter, the Repeller 360° features reflective “predator eyes” to confuse and scare birds from coming near the protected area. The arms work to “sweep” birds off surfaces, while the reflective predator eyes create a visual scare zone that birds will want to avoid. (more…)

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Bird-B-Gone has worked with Architects and Engineers for 20 years in the design phase of building projects

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. is the #1 specified bird control company by architects, engineers and government agencies. Since 1992, we have worked closely with the AEC industry in both the design and implementation of effective, humane and cost efficient bird control solutions. Our products are specified on building projects on a regular basis. The AEC industry has for several decades been aware of the damage birds can cause to buildings and architectural features and work proactively to ensure their designs are protected.

We provide architectural specifications, CAD and BIM details on our products and have a dedicated team of bird control specialists who can help specify bird control, or help installers get the information they need when bidding on a project. We also have an extensive network of professional bird control installers for recommendation.

Architects, Engineers and Installers rest assured knowing Bird-B-Gone’s high quality professional grade bird control products are manufactured in the USA and carry industry leading guarantees. Our products have proven success and are built for commercial and industrial use. One of our motto’s is “no gimmicks, just products that work”.

You can contact our on staff Architectural expert, Jeff Watts, directly at jeff@birdbgone.com with any questions. Read About Jeff’s involvement with the AEC industry for the past 10 years on our “Ask an Expert” page HERE

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Bird-B-Gone Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Mission Viejo, CABird-B-Gone, Inc. leading manufacturer of professional grade bird deterrents celebrated their 20-year anniversary, June 21st 2012.

Bird-B-Gone supplies the commercial, industrial and residential market with effective, humane bird deterrents manufactured in the USA.

In 1992, Bird-B-Gone started in the home of owners Bruce and Julie Donoho with little more than a school desk, a phone and a fax machine. Today, they supply the world with professional grade bird control products in nearly every major city across the globe. (more…)

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Bird Strike Against Power Line Sparks 7 Acre Fire

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Article & Video Shared From: Fox40.com

Kai Beech and Cecilio Padilla FOX40 News
6:38 p.m. PDT, June 10, 2012

RIO VISTA—

With the Red Flag Warning still in effect for most of the valley, officials have been warning the public about how quickly a fire can start.

In a field near Rio Vista Sunday afternoon, all it took was a bird strike against a power line to spark a fire. With wind still being a factor, the fire was able to quickly spread 7 acres. (more…)

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Pigeons a Problem for Green Brook Housing Complex

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article Shared From: The Watchung-Greenbook Patch

Written By: Eric Haftel June 5, 2012

Jeffrey R. Pocaro, an attorney representing a Green Brook resident who lives in the Mountainview at Green Brook Complex, came to the the Green Brook Township Committee on Monday looking for help.

After pointing out a spelling error in the township’s property managment code, Pocaro then asked for an amendment to it to address an issue he said is causing a problem at the complex: pigeons.

“I…ask you to add mold and feces as items that the code can require a homeowner to clean up,” Pocaro said. He charged that a ”pigeon clan” is “taking over the buildings.” (more…)

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Witham: Call for action to keep pigeon droppings off pavement

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A Small English Community Calls for Bird Control Measures

Article Shared From: Braintree and Witham Times

Drastic action is being called for to clean up a street covered in pigeon droppings.

Guithavon Street, in Witham, has been condemned as “filthy” by businesses, shoppers and councillors.

Although Braintree Council cleans the pavements, it insists that pigeon control is the responsibility of those who own and lease property in the road.

Read more in this week’s Witham and Braintree Times.

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Bird-B-Gone University – Class Moved to June 29th

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
The June 22nd Bird-B-Gone University Class
 has moved to June 29th!

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Bird-B-Gone University is a FREE training course

designed to teach the basics of bird control .  

We apologize for any inconvenience! The next scheduled Bird-B-Gone University class has been re-scheduled for June 29th. Email Chris Fields – chris@birdbgone.com if you need to make changes to your RSVP – or would like to attend this class.   (more…)

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How to Market Your Bird Control Services

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Written By: Meredith Walako 5-16-12 / Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Marketing – for some business owners and operators this can be a frightening term. With all of the new platforms (and more popping up every day) it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you  are already looking at a full plate.

Adding bird control services is a lucrative way to bring in some extra revenue for Pest or Wildlife Control businesses and other service companies. But how do you get the word out that you do “bird work“? Today, marketing is all about being creative, resourceful, and original – and its easier (and cheaper) than you’d think.  Thanks to the internet, there are many free avenues to help let people know that you can help solve a bird problem – too. You can also still rely on some conventional marketing strategies. With a little foresight and planing, you can start your bird control marketing campaign today. (more…)

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Next Bird-B-Gone University – June 22nd

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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Bird-B-Gone University is a FREE training course

designed to teach the basics of bird control

 

If you’re looking to expand your business by adding bird control, or just want 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. We pride ourselves on our level of commitment to customer service and provide superior training and support.

Those who attend receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to apply to become a Bird-B-Gone Authorized Installer. Attendees who work in California will receive credits towards their branch II SPCB license.

The next class is Friday, June 22nd, 2012 (more…)

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Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Launches New Website

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Mission Viejo, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2012

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. leading manufacturer of professional grade bird deterrents would like to announce the launch of their newly designed website.

Bird-B-Gone supplies the commercial, industrial and residential market with effective, humane bird deterrents manufactured in the USA. Beyond offering high quality products with industry leading guarantees, the company prides itself on the level of customer service, support and free training provided to customers.

The new, improved website will be a helpful resource to pest control and wildlife professionals or anyone looking to deter birds from their property. The site offers specific information for nearly every industry affected by pest birds. (more…)

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Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Featured in Pest Control Technology Magazine

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Article shared from: PCT Magazine

Bird Whisperer

Features – Bird Control

Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Rob Fergus has spent a lifetime understanding our “feathered friends” and he’s more than happy to share his insights with the industry.

PCT Magazine | April 30, 2012 |

Editor’s Note: Bobby Corrigan is considered the industry’s foremost “rodentologist” but when it comes to understanding the biology and behavior of birds that honor may go to Dr. Rob Fergus, an ornithologist with Bird-B-Gone, Mission Viejo, Calif. PCT magazine recently interviewed Fergus, who has a Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas, about the challenges of managing bird populations in urban settings, as well as the science of ornithology.

In layman’s terms, how would you describe what an ornithologist does on a daily basis?

A. An ornithologist is anyone who is involved with the scientific study of birds, which can cover anything from their DNA, anatomy and behavior to their ecology and distribution. Some ornithologists study birds or their genes in a lab, while others study free-flying birds in the wild. Academic ornithologists also spend a lot of time teaching university courses on birds, biology or ecology. Most of us do a little of all of this, so on any given day I will be out in the field observing bird behavior, corresponding with other researchers, as well as preparing or teaching university courses. My work with Bird-B-Gone involves field work studying nuisance bird behavior, as well as researching potential bird control solutions, and consulting on commercial and residential bird nuisance problems across the United States and around the world. (more…)

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Biden plane suffers bird strike

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

AFP  AFP – Fri, Apr 20, 2012

US Vice President Joe Biden’s Air Force Two plane suffered a bird strike as it came into land in California on Thursday night and had to be grounded, a US official said.

The plane, a Boeing C-32 modeled on the 757, in blue and white air force livery, was hit by birds as it came into land in Santa Barbara, California, after a flight from Los Angeles where Biden attended a campaign event.

The pilot brought the aircraft onto the runway safely but the plane was not fit to bring the vice president back to Washington on Friday so an alternative aircraft was used, the official said.

Local news crews showed pictures of one of Air Force Two’s engines being worked on at the airport in Santa Barbara.

Biden’s plane was involved in another mishap in August 2010, when it flipped over a small light aircraft while it was taking off from West Hampton airport in New York state.

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6 Feet of Bird Droppings in Abandoned University Chimney

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

A researcher takes a sample from the two-metre chimney swift guano deposit inside a chimney at Ontario's Queen's University. (Chris Grooms/Queen's University)

6 feet of bird droppings discovered in an abandoned chimney at Ontario University is being “excavated” for clues on the decline of Chimney Swifts in the area. The 6 foot tower of bird droppings have sat in the tower ever since it was sealed off with bird netting in 1993, but represented 50 years worth of “deposits”.

“Bird poo tower could prove research goldmine”

Article Shared From: CBS News

Written By: Max Paris, Environment Unit, CBC News

A two-metre tower of bird excrement at an Ontario university has become an unlikely archive that may reveal the reasons for the declining population of the North American chimney swift, according to new research by Canadian scientists.

The study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B document the discovery and cataloguing of the droppings in an abandoned chimney on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

“What we have is a history book that we didn’t think we had before,” said Dr. John Smol, one of the study’s authors. Smol went on to explain that, to his knowledge, this is the first time anyone has ever measured stratified towers of bird droppings. (more…)

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Water source draws pigeons to Casa Grande community causing illness, property damage

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Article Shared From: TriValleyCentral.com

Courtesy of a Mission Royale resident, Pigeons leave quite a mess on the roofs of some Mission Royale homes last month in Casa Grande.

Written By: Melissa St. Aude

 

When Lyle Roorda bought his home in the Mission Royale community in 2006, he did not anticipate sharing his house with dozens of pigeons.But despite Roorda’s best efforts to eradicate them, the pigeons continue to nest on his roof. At last count, he had at least 30 or 40 pigeons living on top of his house and the mess they create — feathers and droppings as well as the maggots and other insects that live and breed in the bird debris — has become intolerable and a health hazard, he said.

“It’s a major problem,” Roorda said. “And it’s getting worse. The mess they leave behind is sickening.”
(more…)

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