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How To Control Birds | Bird•B•Gone Blog - Part 2

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Bird Spikes Added to Radio Communication Tower

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Adding anti perching devices/ bird spikes to new towers is now a USDA Forest Services guideline for bird conservation in Southern California 

Blog & photo’s shared from: Earth Signals

Tepusquet Peak Anti-Perching and Flight Diverter Devices

These photographs are from the government site on Tepusquet Peak in Santa Barbara County, CA.  Anti-perching and bird flight diverter devices have been added to bring the site into compliance with Forest Service Appendix G. Shown are anti-perching wire spikes on the perimeter of a building roof and flight diverter metal coils that have been added to guy wires to hopefully alert birds to the presence of the wires.

In addition, Appendix G requires that anti-perching devices be added to microwave dish tops, cable tray tops and certain other long horizontal members.  All microwave dishes must now be randomly covered and new towers are limited to 199 feet in height above ground.  Photographs posted April 2012.

See the original post from Earth Signals and additional pictures HERE

 

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Spring Bird Proofing with Bird Slope

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Written By: Alex Kecskes 

Spring is here and pest birds will be looking for a place to roost and nest. Better hope they don’t land on your property. If they do, you’re in for some major headaches.  For once they’ve settled on your commercial building or warehouse, hello expensive cleanups and repairs and goodbye peace and quiet. Here ‘s just one problem you’ll be facing if pest birds get the upper hand–and one way you can prevent it.

Problem: When pest birds lay claim to your commercial  property, they’ll nest, eat and poop. This poop is not just unsightly, the acid produced by the fungi that live in bird droppings can corrode metal and erode stone. It can jam up windows, doors, rooftop ventilators and skylights. Bird droppings can also block out those skylights. And it can render security cameras inoperative.  In fact, if allowed to collect, bird droppings can damage expensive A.C. units (you know how costly they are).

To keep up with birds and their droppings, you’ll have to hire expensive cleaning crews. Bird nests and droppings can also clog gutters and down pipes, causing rooftops to overflow with water. Some roof sections have actually collapsed due to bird damage. (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.”
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Heavy Duty Pond Netting Protects Migrating Birds from Collection Ponds

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Article Written By: Alex A. Kecskes

Recent studies have shown that every year, thousands of protected migratory birds die in tailings or detention ponds used for industrial waste or filtering. Tailing ponds may contain bitumen, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, naphthenic acids, brine, heavy metals, and ammonia—substances that are harmful, even fatal to birds.

The problem arises when birds mistake these ponds for fresh water. Without effective bird control measures to keep birds out of these ponds, the birds are doomed to suffer illness or even die. Most government agencies require companies to implement a comprehensive bird deterrent system if they plan to operate these types of ponds.

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Bird Control for Facility Managers

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This content was written by Bird-B-Gone and added to the Bird Control Page on Today’s Facility Manager 

Bird-B-Gone is a company you can trust. We have first hand experience in the field of bird control. Our content, advice and expertise comes from extensive experience in installing and developing professional grade bird control products, giving hands on trainings or on site installation advice and our ongoing research in the field of effective bird deterrents.

Need help with a complicated bird net installation? Have a specialized bird problem that needs troubleshooting? Bird-B-Gone can help every step of the way. Call us today at 1-800-392-6915 or email nobirds@birdbgone.com. We even have an on staff ornithologist, Dr. Rob Fergus, who can help answer your tough bird questions: asktheexpert@birdbgone.com.

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Why Bird Control is Important

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This content was written by Bird-B-Gone Inc, taken from our Bird Control page on Today’s Facility Manager. Bird-B-Gone, no gimmicks, just products that work!  

It’s important to take a proactive approach when dealing with pest birds. In the long run, it can save you time and money.

There are many reasons to consider deterring birds from your facility. In a nutshell, birds carry and spread disease and bird feces can corrode building materials.

The build-up of bird droppings or nesting materials is not only unsightly, but can host parasites such as bird mites. If birds are allowed to inhabit an area long enough, they will persistently defend it as their territory. (more…)

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Why Bird Netting?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Written by: Alex A. Kecskes

Let’s face it, pest birds can cost you a lot of money. Especially when they gather, nest and poop in airplane hangars, canopies, garages, factories, warehouses, eaves and other covered areas. There are many ways to humanely get rid of pest birds. One of the most effective is bird netting.

It makes sense when you have hundreds to thousands of square feet to cover. The netting can stretch over all beams, ledges pipes and other areas birds can roost or nest on. Not to mention, Bird Netting is one of the few products that can successfully solve a bird problem where birds have been nesting. When birds establish a nesting site they can be very territorial about keeping their home. Bird netting acts as a humane barrier that completely blocks birds from reentering the site.

But before getting into why bird netting works so well, we should look at why doing nothing is not a good idea. (more…)

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Preventative Maintenance: Check for Birds

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article Written By Bird-B-Gone Featured on Buildings Magazine’s Website:

Click Here for The Original Post on Buildings.com

It’s been said “preventative maintenance is the best kind of maintenance.” If you routinely check your facilities operational systems and equipment, it will save you time and money. Problems are easier and less expensive to fix the sooner they are noticed. Bird control is no different.

Adding bird control to your routine maintenance checklist is a wise decision, considering the impact birds can make on your building. Bird control can save your company time and money, and bird problems are easier to solve the sooner they are detected.

Most preventive maintenance checklists include roofing, HVAC, lighting, furnaces, cooling towers and electrical systems. Birds can negatively impact nearly all of these areas, so including bird control in your regular maintenance makes sense. (more…)

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Thinking Inside the Big Box – Article About Bird Control in Big Box Stores

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Article Shared From: Pest Management Professional Magazine

Written By: Stuart Aust – Contributor for PMP Magazine

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Obstruction Lights 101 – Use Bird Spikes to Prevent Birds From Landing

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article Shared From: Wind Power Engineering and Development Magazine

Written By: 1/24/12

Flashing warning lights on turbine nacelles are mostly for the benefit of aircraft flying at night. The lights have progressed from incandescent to LEDbased units. The features of several recent lights show advanced systems.

twr wholeThe L450-864-G from TWR Lighting is one type of obstruction light for wind turbines. 

One model of obstruction light comes in a one-piece mount. An internal enclosure houses the flash circuitry and GPS synchronization circuitry, so it can synch up with other lights of the same model in the vicinity. A bird spike on the dome discourages its use as a resting pad. The light’s beam projects 360° with a 3° divergence at 50% peak vertical. The 33-lb light comes with a regulated power supply with over-voltage protection, and contacts for monitoring and alarms. An internal photocell eliminates need for an external one, and it runs on 100 to 240 Vac.

Another light features a compact flash head to reduce wind load on fixed obstructions such as wind turbines, towers, and bridges. Operating at just 20W, the series of lights is said to offer the lowest power consumption of any L-864 product (FAA designation for a flashing red obstruction light, 20 to 40 flashes per minute) to help save energy and reduce operating costs. With less than an 8.5-in. height, the shock and vibration-resistant lights offer a low profile to reduce the impact of wind shear on the mounting structure, making it well-suited for high-altitude applications and improved performance in inclement weather.

Read the complete article from Windpower Engineering and Development Magazine HERE

 

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Bird Control: Handling Pest Bird Problems at Your Facility

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A proactive approach can save time & money

Article written by: Meredith Walako / Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Published in: American School and Hospital Facility

November/ December Issue 2011

You have birds. Whether its pigeons roosting on window sills or gulls nesting near rooftop A.C. units, you know the are creating a problem that must be addressed.

Where Do You Start?
Many facilities pay for landscaping, window washing and other general services to help maintain the appearance and functionality of a building. But what about bird control? The first step is acknowledging the potential hazards birds and bird droppings can create.

Bruce Donoho, Owner of Bird•B•Gone, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of bird control products, says birds can cause considerable problems for buildings. “The build up of bird droppings and nesting materials can pose a health risk for building tenants, especially if found near ventilation systems. Bird droppings carry disease and those most susceptible are people with compromised immune systems which include the young, elderly, and those with chronic illness. Bird droppings can also corrode building materials and machinery, ruin stored product and cost a business thousands of dollars every year for clean-up.”
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Airport brass worry compost will attract dreaded birds

Monday, December 5th, 2011

From CTV Montreal:

Updated: Fri Dec. 02 2011 5:44:41 PM
ctvmontreal.ca

MONTREAL — A proposed composting site near the airport could make takeoffs and landings less safe, contend airport officials.

The Dorval composting site is to be located one-and-a-half kilometers from the airport and the facility could attract the very birds that Trudeau Airport officials go to great lengths to deter.

“We have a falconry team at the airport and they have about three hawks, five people and a lot of tools to scare the birds away from the airport,” said Christine Beaulieu of Aeroports de Montreal.

The airport officials point out that birds can conceivably cause a plane to go down, as one flight hit the drink in the Hudson River due to an errant avian.

One bird expert says that with some preventive measures, birds will not wing near the composting site.

David Bird recommends, “fast roll-up doors, enclosed trucks, allowing none of the compost material to be outside the building in any way shape or form and even putting up deterrents for birds not to be able to perch near the facility,” said Bird, Professor of Wildlife Biology.

However the City of Montreal insists that the compost facility poses no risk.”We’ve done our homework, we know exactly how the facility will operate and we’ve done a lot of research to make sure that any risk, no matter how small, can be minimized,” said Executive Committee member Alan de Sousa.

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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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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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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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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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Funny: Alternative Bird Control Methods

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

At Bird-B-Gone we have more than a few sayings… “It’s More Than Just Bird Control, It’s Faith, Family, Friends”, “Ladies and Gentleman, the Birds Have Left the Building” and on a lighter note to help us keep things in perspective, “It’s Only Bird Control”.

Here’s a look at some funny bird control methods we came across online this week:

New Product: SEAGULLAWAY

 

Dancing The Birds Away: From the Globe and Mail

(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Amy Mitchell busts a move atop the City of Vancouver’s landfill in Delta. Dancing is one of the many ways in which Amy Mitchell is able to stop the birds from landing at the dump site.

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These methods were pretty hilarious, and most likely effective, but pest birds can be no laughing matter if their droppings or nesting materials are staining or corroding surfaces, clogging drains, creating a health hazard or just a plain mess. If you have a problems with birds landing or nesting in unwanted areas, contact us at 1-800-392-6915 or email nobirds@birdbgone.com. Our Bird Control Engineers can help consult you on which products to use, how to install them, or get you in contact with an authorized installer in your area.

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Bird-B-Gone University – September 23rd

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Bird-B-Gone University is a FREE training course designed to teach the basics of bird control .

The Next class will be help Friday September 23rd at our warehouse in Santa Ana, CA

If you are looking to expand your business by increasing the services your company provides, or just looking 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 and provides superior customer service, training and support. Those who attend the class will receive a certificate of completion and are added to our list of authorized installers. Attendees who work in California will receive credits towards their branch II SPCB license.

The next class is Friday, September 23rd 2011

Classes are held at the Bird-B-Gone manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, California. The all-day course includes:

Bird Spikes Stainless Steel TileRoof Bird Netting

Learn from a company who supports you!

 

Bird-B-Gone actively promotes our line of products and puts a heavy emphasis on marketing. This marketing generates leads for residential, commercial and industrial “bird jobs”. We pass these leads on to our Authorized Installers! Class starts at 8 a.m. -  free lunch is served!

 

Classes fill up quickly, so contact Chris Fields today at 1-800-392-6915 or email chris@birdbgone.com

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