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Sky High Stops Pigeon Problem in Its Tracks | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Sky High Stops Pigeon Problem in Its Tracks

David Kibbey, president of Vacaville, Calif. -based Sky High Bird Management, believes that effective bird control is a specialized skill. With more than two decades of pest and bird control experience under his belt, he decided to start his company with a bird focus only. That was four years ago, and with a minimum of advertising (a phone directory listing and a logo on his truck), he’s been kept busy ever since. In fact, his work with chain stores and restaurants has taken him to jobs in Washington, Colorado and Arizona.

"I like that the work requires a lot of creativity," Kibbey adds. "I wanted to make it my main focus so I could concentrate on doing quality work. And I find now that many of my bird jobs consist of fixing other companies’ mistakes."

Recent work on three of a large chain’s supermarkets is a perfect example, he says. By the time he got the call, the management was less than impressed with the work of previous companies. Pigeons were still roosting on the roofs, defecating down the front of the buildings. With the chain remodeling several of its stores and making aesthetics a priority, Kibbey immediately knew the product he wanted to use: Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Jolt Flat’Irack System.
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"The low profile of the system meant that it wouldn’t interfere with the building’s aesthetics," Kibbey explains. "Plus, the electric charge leaves more of a longer-lasting, psychological effect on the birds than other types of deterrents. They’re less likely to return." 

Each of the three stores took about three days and between 400 and 500 linear feet of track to complete. The first day consisted of inspection, cleanup and gluing down track onto the terra cotta roof, which featured a steep peak and gables. His three-person crew rented a crane to reach the higher areas.

"We let the glue dry overnight, then the next day we used screws on the flat edges of the roof for the track," Kibbey says. Then, the hard-wiring process began. As the son of an electrician, Kibbey takes extra care in ensuring that the wire splicing is done correctly. He coats all of the exposed ends with liquid tape to prevent the possibility of corrosion or disconnection.
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"I’ve had really good luck with the hard-wired units," he says. "They’re waterproof and low-maintenance."

While some birds landed the first day after the track was laid down (and uncharged), they were in for a surprise by the third day, when the system was up and running. While the mild electric shock does not hurt the birds, it does send the message that they are not wanted on the building.

"This system will save the company the cost of constant cleanups," Kibbey concludes, adding that it fits in perfectly with his company motto: When aesthetics matter.

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