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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-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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Improper Bird Deterrent Installation or Application

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Spikes placed incorrectly next to an owl decoy. The crow is given plenty of room to land on the ledge while the installation looks sloppy.

Written By: Meredith Walako

Bird Deterrents are designed to humanely deter birds from landing or nesting in unwanted areas. However, improper installation or misuse of products can lead to undesirable results that can potentially harm birds while also not being effective at deterring them in the first place.

Not every product works for every bird problem and certain products require care and planning to be successful. This is why it’s important to hire or consult a professional when dealing with a pest bird problem on your home or property.

From the installers perspective, improper installation can be a liability. Bad press, lawsuits and more can ensure if birds or humans are negatively impacted due to improper usage or installation.

Avoid claims that a product will work “100%” of the time. Most seasoned bird control professionals know there is nothing further from the truth. Choosing the correct product depends on the type of bird, the area its posing a problem and whether the birds are nesting or not. Other times, one type of product may not be enough – integrated solutions – using multiple products in conjunction with each other may work best for difficult bird problems.

There have been some recent news articles that have highlighted the negative impact of using bird deterrents improperly. Here are just a few with examples of what could have / should have been done in the first place. (more…)

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Bird-B-Gone in Pest Management Professional’s Annual Bird Issue

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

An article about one customers success with our Bird Jolt Flat Track at deterring birds from the Robert Deney Federal Building in Lincoln NE:

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Bird-B-Gone Chosen as “Office of the Day” for Los Angeles Radio Station K-Earth 101

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

From the K-EARTH 101 Website:

Congrats to Fran and her coworkers at Bird-B-Gone in Irvine for being today’s office of the day! Antonio sang a special for the office while treating them to coffee and bagels for a morning break!

Make sure you sign your office up to be the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show’s office of the day! To see other Office of the Day winning offices, click here.

Listen to our on air interview: HERE

 

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Bird-B-Gone: No Gimmicks, Just Products That Work!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

At Bird-B-Gone,  we measure our success by the success we create for our customers. We respect our clients and potential customers enough to let them know that certain bird control products will not work for every situation.

Our goal is not to simply sell products, but to help solve bird problems, effectively, humanely and economically. We pride ourselves on our commitment to training and customer service and give our customers real answers when it comes to choosing the right product for the right situation.

We encourage customers to call in for advice on choosing the correct product depending on the species of bird, their behavior and the area they are posing a problem. At Bird-B-Gone we know that often our customers reputation is on the line, it’s our goal to help them make the best decisions when handling a bird problem for their clients – to help avoid that dreaded call back.

At Bird-B-Gone we are committed to giving realistic insight on handling specific bird problems. We stand behind our products and offer free training and support for all aspects of bird control. Our high quality professional grade bird deterrents are manufactured in the US and carry industry leading guarantees.  Call us today at 1-800-392-6915 or email nobirds@birdbgone.com to learn more.

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Happy Holidays from Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

 

Happy Holidays from the Bird-B-Gone Family!

At Bird-B-Gone, its more than just bird control…

It’s faith, family and friends!

Thank you for your business and friendship, we couldn’t do it with you!


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Two New Patents Awarded for Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Jolt Flat Track System

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

 

Mission Viejo CA – The United States Patent office has recently awarded two new patents to Bird-B-Gone, Inc. on the Bird Jolt Flat Track™ bird deterrent system.

Bird Jolt Flat Track is a low profile electric track system that produces a mild electric jolt when birds land on its surface.

Bird Jolt Flat Track is the only electric track bird deterrent system with a patented anti-arcing and glue trough design.

The two new patents were awarded for the systems’ glue troughs; US 8015747 & US 8020340.

Patented glue troughs along the base of the Bird Jolt Flat Track system raise and insulate the threads that secure the conductors. This design prevents water from creating a conductive channel underneath the track by wicking up the threads and shorting out the track. The glue troughs also make for better adhesion.

Combined with the anti-arcing design, the two new patents make Bird Jolt Flat Track the ultimate choice in safety and effectiveness.

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The Annual Pest World Expo is Right Around the Corner…

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

… and we have some exciting new products that will be featured at the show!

Visit Us At Booth 500!

  • New Products!
  • New Catalog!
  • Product Demonstrations!
  • Chance to Win a Bird-B-Gone Installer Kit!

Pest World, the annual pest control expo put on by the National Pest Management Association is set for October 19-22nd in New Orleans LA.

It’s one of our favorite times of year because we place high value on the personal relationships we build with our customers.  Getting to shake hands with and having face to face conversations with our loyal and new customers is always exciting and gives us motivation for the year to come.

This year Bird-B-Gone will be announcing 5 NEW BIRD CONTROL PRODUCTS!

Make sure to visit us at booth 500 for product information and demonstrations, catalogs and to enter for a chance to win a Bird-B-Gone Installer kit. The Bird-B-Gone Installer Kit is a heavy duty portable tool box that includes all the tools and hardware needed to start a successful bird control business.

You can reach us at 1-800-392-6915 or email nobirds@birdbgone.com if you have any questions or would like to reach us before the show.

 

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Bird-B-Gone donation helps to create new buildings at a children’s village in Africa

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Bird-B-Gone, Inc has  teamed up with Children of the Nations (A non-profit organization that provides holistic care to orphaned and destitute children across the globe) to help fund the building of new orphanages in Liberia and Sierra Leon. Visit our blog “Bird-B-Gone Gives Back” for details and updates.

Earlier this year Bird-B-Gone donated two portable brick making machines to help get new dorms and guest rooms built at a children village in Africa.

From the Bird-B-Gone Gives Back Blog:

The roof is ready to go up on the Guest House and dormitories being built in Sierra Leone just in time for the rainy season. Bird B Gone has donated two portable brick making machines that have made the bricks to build the dorms. The bricks are made on-site using local materials.  This saves on costs of transporting building materials into the areas where the childrens villages are.

The dormitory is a part of the Childrens Village in Sierra Leone run by Children of the Nations. It will be used to house orphaned children in Sierra Leone, as well as visitors to the orphanage.

Bird B Gone would like to thank all of our customers.  Without your help we would not have been able to raise this building. A big thank you also to our friends who have given support to the children of Sierra Leone.

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Bird-B-Gone Employees Volunteer at Children of the Nations Food Packaging Event

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Bird-B-Gone employees, friends and family members including Owner Julie Donoho work to package food for children in Haiti

Mission Viejo, CA: Bird-B-Gone, Inc, leading manufacturer of professional bird control products, recently teamed up with Children of the Nations (A non-profit organization that provides holistic care to orphaned and destitute children across the globe) to help fund the building of new orphanages in Liberia and Sierra Leon. Visit our blog “Bird-B-Gone Gives Back” for details and updates.
Saturday May 7th Children of the Nations held a food packing event in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA where  Bird-B-Gone employees and family members came out to volunteer and show support.

 

Bird-B-Gone controller Ed Perry and Son Gianluca – the youngest volunteer!

The event was designed to invite community members out to volunteer in assembly line packaging of dried foods to send to children in Haiti. By the end of the day, 82,000 meals were packaged. The event made local news “Volunteers assemble food bags for hungry children”(OC Register) and was quite a success!
At Bird-B-Gone, our motto is “It’s more than just bird control, it’s faith family friends” and we don’t just say it – we live it!
Bird-B-Gone Owner Julie Donoho had a great time connecting with the community and giving time for a good cause:
“It was a pleasure to join in the Children of the Nations Meal Packaging event and see all the other volunteers. This event is done nationwide and gives people of all ages a chance to “give back” by packaging thousands of meals for the hungry in Africa, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  I was proud to see our Bird-B-Gone family come out on a Saturday and join in the cause.  These events are organized, fun, and a chance for groups like churches, schools, and other organizations to come together for a great cause.  And, I even think Bird-B-Gone might have had the youngest participant, 18 month old Gianluca Perry!”

About:
Bird-B-Gone, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional grade bird deterrents. Founded in 1992, our products have helped solve pest bird problems in commercial, industrial and residential settings across the globe. We offer effective and humane solutions to prevent birds from landing and roosting in unwanted areas.

 

If you have any questions about our products or company please contact us:
Bird-B-Gone, Inc.
1-800-392-6915
nobirds@birdbgone.com
marketing@birdbgone.com

Bird-B-Gone Gives Back Blog: http://birdbgonegivesback.com/

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Bird-B-Gone in Pest Management Professional Magazine

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

We are very pleased with our recent inclusion in Pest Management Professionals‘ March bird issue. We chose to highlight a customers success using Bird Jolt Flat Track to keep birds off a grocery store sign.

 

Our motto has always been, It’s more than just bird control products, it’s faith family and friends, and we enjoy working closely with our customers from start to finish to help ensure their bird control installations are a success.

 

Click the article title  “Choosing Bird Jolt Flat Track for Predictable Success” to read the complete story.

 

 

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Roof collapse blamed on bird droppings

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

From The Reporter:

Vacaville roof collapse blamed on birds

Posted: 01/25/2011 01:24:30 AM PST

Vacaville Fire Department officials are blaming pigeons for the collapse of a gas station awning Monday that nearly struck a woman who had just finished filling her tank.

Vacaville resident Chris Doss had stopped at Quick Way Gas located in the 400 block of Merchant Street when a quarter of the station’s metal roofing came thundering down next to her under the weight of several inches of bird droppings.

“It just went ‘boom’ and then it all came down,” said Doss, who had just finished putting gas in her silver 2007 Mazda 3.

She had just gotten back into her car on one side of the island at about 2:21 p.m. and hadn’t even had a chance to put the key in the ignition when the entire roofing section on the other side of the island collapsed, giving way to an avalanche of bird droppings.

Doss sat there in shock for a moment, not knowing what to do, she said.

Members of the Vacaville Fire Department responded and taped off the area surrounding the gas station.

Her husband, Thomas Doss, arrived a short time later and, as he consoled his shaken wife, couldn’t help expressing his amazement.

“Wow, it’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m telling you, someone would have been killed if they had been standing there.”

According to Vacaville Fire Battalion Chief Brian Moore, the section of the roof was brought down by the weight of the pigeon droppings that had accumulated over the years.

Read the complete article here

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From Bird-B-Gone: Re: Roof collapse blamed on bird droppings

Gas station canopies are a favorite roosting  and nesting site for birds such as pigeons and gulls. The high canopies provide a good vantage point and open areas in the structure create ideal nesting and roosting sites. Not to mention, these canopies are are rarely ever inspected or disturbed. The problem is, as we see with this particular gas station, where birds frequent, bird droppings accumulate.

Bird droppings can pose many problems for businesses. They can detract from a businesses appearance, create a slip and fall risk, and pose a health risk – as bird droppings carry many diseases including salmonella and encephalitis. Then there is the damage to structures itself to consider. In This case we see that the weight of the bird droppings caused the collapse, possibly years worth of droppings that perhaps the business owner knew nothing about. Bird Droppings are also highly acidic and can corrode paint and building materials such as stone, steel and brick. In fact, after the I-35 bridge  in Minnesota collapsed in 2006, it was reported that workers who had been servicing the bridge had seen a high accumulation of bird droppings on the bridges main tresses, and bird droppings were considered as a contributing factor.

The best way to deal with this problem, is to install humane bird deterrents before it gets out of hand. There are many products available today that can effectively block birds from landing on structures such as gas station canopies. The sooner a bird problem is taken care of the better. Left unattended, birds become attached to sites, territorial, the longer you wait to move them along, the more persistent they will be about staying. If the owner of the gas station had knowledge of the bird problem, could he have been held liable for injury or property damage caused by the collapse? Most likely.

Bird-B-Gone has a complete line of professional grade, effective and humane products to keep birds off canopies, signs, rooftops, parapet walls, window sills, and other areas. Visit http://www.birdbgone.com. Not sure what to order, or looking for a professional installer? Bird-B-Gone can put you in touch with a certified bird control installer in your area. Call us at 1-800-392-6915

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Bird-B-Gone Launches Spanish Website

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Mission Viejo, CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of professional bird control products, would like to announce the launch of their new Spanish language website.  Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of effective and humane bird control products for the professional bird control industry.

Bird-B-Gone’s new Spanish language site will offer the same in-depth information, products and includes installation tips, species-specific solutions, specifications, CAD details and more. A press section details recent pest bird jobs and bird control news, and forms allow customers to give feedback on products, or receive help quoting jobs.

Bird-B-Gone looks forward to being able to better serve the Spanish speaking community and hopes the new site will make purchasing of bird control products, that much easier. The new website will feature a full range of products available in an online store for easy ordering to anywhere in the United States.

At Bird-B-Gone our expertise, training and customer service set us apart. Our products carry the longest industry guarantees, and are made in the United States. The new website was designed to help our customers choose the products that they need with confidence, and set the standard of information for the bird control industry. Visit the new site today! www.birdbgone.com/es/ or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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Bird-B-Gone Launches Online Store

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Mission Viejo CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc., the largest manufacturer of pest bird control products in the world has officially launched an online store.  Bird-B-Gone’s complete line of professional grade bird deterrents can now be purchased through an easy to navigate shopping cart.

Bird-B-Gone prides themselves on personal interaction with customers. Over the years though, it has become clear that sometimes it’s easier for customers to place an order online.

Customers ordering through the new bird control store can rest assured knowing they will still receive the same prompt service, great support, and superior products. All orders received by 2 p.m. Pacific Time Mon-Fri will ship same day. Orders placed after the cut off time will ship the following business day.

Bird-B-Gone still encourages customers to call for product and installation advice. Their Bird Control Specialists can provide assistance when it comes to choosing, ordering, and installing the correct product and even offer on-site installation and training if needed. Can’t install the product yourself? Call for an authorized installer in your area.

“The addition of the online shopping cart is integral to our future plans, but we will always be here to help our customers over the phone and in person” said owner Bruce Donoho. “We pride ourselves on our customer service and value the relationships we build with our customers because it’s more than just bird control, its faith, family and friends.”

The new bird control store has it all – from Bird Spikes and Bird Netting to Bird Net Hardware and Tools, Electric Track Systems, Bird Wire and Accessories, Adhesive, Live Traps, Sound Deterrents and more.

About: At Bird-B-Gone it’s our expertise, training and customer service that set us apart. Our high quality bird control products carry the longest industry guarantees, and are proudly made in the United States.

Visit the online bird control store today at http://www.birdbgone.com/bird-control-store/ or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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Are Your Hog Facilities Bird-proof?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

From Pork Magazine:

Are Your Hog Facilities Bird-proof?
By Pork news staff  |  Monday, August 30, 2010

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For years, it’s been widely recognized that waterfowl such as ducks and geese are carriers of avian influenza virus and pose a transmission risk to humans as well as livestock. Now researchers are suggesting that some songbirds also carry AIV.

A team of researchers, including Trevon Fuller, University of California, examined samples from 225 bird species in 41 states. They found the average prevalence of AIV in passerines — or perching birds — is greater than the prevalence in eight other bird groups. Perching birds include sparrows, robins, blackbirds, starlings, jays and finches.

Read the complete article HERE

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From Bird-B-Gone:

Facilities that house and feed animals are a favorite roosting site of pest birds. Often these facilities are open and provide ample rafter areas, food and water needed for survival.  Pest Birds pose a serious health risk, as their droppings carry and transmit disease, such as salmonella. Birds will sit in rafter areas and defecate in feeding troughs or water supplies – posing a direct health risk to the animals.

Feed houses and barns must take measures to protect their livestock from disease by bird proofing their building. Bird Netting is one simple way to remedy such a problem. If you net off a rafter area, birds will simply not be able to land. Netting acts as a physical barrier to block birds. There is heavy duty bird netting that will last 10+ years, and lieghtweight, temporary options.

Bird Gel or Bird Spikes are another great way of keeping birds out of a feed house.  You apply these items to the rafters themselves to keep birds from landing.

To learn more about keeping birds out of hog facilities, barns, feed houses or more, visit Bird-B-Gone at http://www.birdbgone.com or call us direct at 1-800-392-6915 – our sales team can help you choose the right product for your application.

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Resident Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Gives Radio Interview – Listen

Friday, August 27th, 2010

In June, Bird-B-Gone added Ornithologist Dr. Rob Fergus to their team of bird control specialists to help “close the gap between the science of nature and the nature of bird control“.

Since then, Dr. Rob has answered countless email questions from customers looking to solve pest bird problems.

Recently, Dr. Rob was interviewed on a radio show called “Home Grown”. Based out of Louisville Kentucky, the show focuses on all aspects of backyard gardening and is hosted by Louisville columnist Bob Hill and garden writer and enthusiast Jeneen Wiche.

You Can Listen to the interview by Clicking Here

Dr. Rob Fergus is an ornithologist who specializes in urban ecology and human/wildlife interactions. Dr. Fergus received his Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. After founding the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, Texas he created additional bird conservation programs in Austin as the first executive director of the 2,500 member Travis Audubon Society. In 2004 he moved to suburban Philadelphia where he was the Senior Scientist for Urban Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society until 2009. In addition to researching and consulting on human/bird interactions in cities across the United States, Latin America, and Europe, Dr. Fergus currently teaches at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and Rosemont College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Have a pest bird problem? Visit the “Ask the Bird Expert” today at http://www.birdbgone.com/ask-the-expert/blog or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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Authorities investigating what role pigeon poop played in man’s death

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

From the National post:

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Too much pigeon poo might have caused an awning to fall and kill a man in Australia.

August 18, 2010 – 11:00 am

Could an overabundance of pigeon poop have caused an awning to crash down and kill an Australian man?

That’s what authorities are trying to figure out through a five-day inquest into what caused Craig Taylor to be crushed to death.

Mr. Taylor, 53, had been taking shelter from a storm under a pharmacy’s awning when it collapsed in December, 2007, the Daily Telegraph reports. Dozens of pigeons were apparently nesting in the structure. Live birds were even found in the wreckage.

Authorities think the weight of the pigeons’ droppings, combined with the heavy rain, could have caused the awning to fall.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported in 2008:

A structural examination of Hadley’s Chemist found the cause of collapse was a lack of maintenance, poor workmanship and a large quantity of pigeon droppings.

The droppings had built up and had become saturated by the rain leaking into the roof.

The report found that crucial structural points on the awning were poorly maintained and badly corroded, although this would have been difficult to examine before the collapse.

The coroner’s office is investigating what role store owners and the city have in keeping awnings clear of pigeons, and who exactly should be responsible for the structures’ maintenance.

This wasn’t the first awning collapse in Australia. Six-months earlier another fell in Fairlight, Australia, but no one was injured. There’s no word on whether pigeon poop played a role in that incident.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

The sooner you address a bird problem, the easier it will be to take care of .
Did you know that besides carrying over 60 transmittable diseases, bird droppings can corrode paint, metal, stone and masonry? If you notice birds congregating under a sign, awning or eave area, call Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone has a complete line of effective and humane products to help solve any bird problem. Can’t/ don’t want to take care of the problem yourself? Bird-B-Gone has a network of authorized installers who can come out and and remedy your pest bird problem. Call us at 1-800-392-6915 or email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com / visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com
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Pigeons tapped as source of pollution around Pismo Pier

Monday, August 9th, 2010

From the Lompoc Record:

Pismo Beach Pier/ credits to pismobeach.org

Staff Report | Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 10:16 am | (0) Comments

A recently completed scientific study has concluded the main source of water pollution near the Pismo Pier is caused by hundreds of pigeons that roost on the wooden structure.

The pigeon flock at the popular pier is estimated to be at least 400 birds, with more than 200 nests under the structure. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the bacteria samples collected from the water around the pier matched bird fecal sources, and the highest count of bird droppings was within 100 meters of the pier, according to the study.

Water samples for the research were collected from three sites extending up Pismo Creek, 10 sites along the beach bracketing Pismo Beach pier, five sites in the ocean off Pismo Beach and one site over the joint Pismo/Arroyo Grande/Oceano wastewater outfall to the south of Pismo Beach. “The data collected in this study clearly show the main source of fecal contamination on the beach is bird droppings near the pier,” Cal Poly professor Dr. Chris Kitts wrote in a final report for the study. Kitts, along with several of his students, conducted the study that aimed to identify the biological sources of fecal contamination in the water. Read The complete article here _______________________________________________________________

From Bird-B-Gone:

According to the article, the City of Pismo Beach will be holding a public workshop this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the findings and possible solutions to the pigeon problem.

One clear way to prevent pigeons from further contaminating the water under the  pier would be the installation of  Bird Netting. Bird Netting is a humane solution for blocking birds from unwanted areas. When installed correctly, it’s low profile, long lasting, and a humane deterrent for preventing birds from sitting on rafters or beams.

The city might also consider hiring a pest control company who has experience in Bird Control and Bird Net installation. Bird Netting is installed by bird control professionals across the nation in commercial and industrial settings including warehouses, air hangars, loading docks, and other areas. Bird Netting will not harm birds, it would simply block them from the area. To learn more about Bird Netting, Bird Net Installation, Humane Bird Control, or to get in contact with a bird control professional in your area, please call Bird-B-Gone, Inc. at 1-800-392-6915, or visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com

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PCT Magazine Interviews Bird-B-Gone Owner, Bruce Donoho, About Recent Trip to Africa

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Headline news  From PCT – Pest Control Technology:

Q&A: Bruce Donoho Discusses Efforts to Build Orphanages in West Africa

8/4/2010

Donoho, owner of Bird-B-Gone, recently returned from a trip to West Africa in which he and representatives of Children o the Nation laid the groundwork for construction of an orphanage in Liberia. PCT interviewed Donoho about this experience.


Bruce Donoho at the Liberian Children’s Village and Orphanage.
Safia, an orphan girl living at a shelter that was due to close. Unfortunately, there are many orphans in Sierra Leone and Liberia, countries that have been ravaged by war.

Editor’s note: Bruce Donoho, owner of Bird-B-Gone, recently returned from a trip to West Africa in which he and representatives of Children o the Nation laid the groundwork for construction of an orphanage in Liberia. PCT interviewed Donoho about this experience.

PCT: Did your recent trip to Liberia meet your expectations?
Bruce Donoho: I approached my journey to Banta Mokelleh/ Sierra Leone as a chance to gain “hands on” and “in person” knowledge of the organization Children of the Nations (C.O.T.N.). My wife has been sponsoring a child at the C.O.T.N. children’s village for three years. His name is Alfred, and his picture hangs in our home. I wanted to meet Alfred and validate the integrity of C.O.T.N. Additionally, Chris Clark, founder of C.O.T.N., and I traveled to the neighboring country of Liberia to evaluate the need of opening up an orphanage/C.O.T.N. facility there. Children of the Nations is for real! They are saving the lives of thousands of children by offering medical aid, nutrition, safety and education.These children are being transformed into future leaders and productive members of the future Sierra Leone. I have never seen an organization more steeped in integrity than C.O.T.N. I met our sponsored child, Alfred. His father was killed in the war, and his mother left him in November. He is being raised in a village 5 miles from the C.O.T.N. facility. He walks 10 miles per day through the jungle to school. One day I joined him on his journey home to visit his village and his family. It was quite a hike — fulfilling and affirming in many ways. We traveled to the neighboring country of Liberia where the effects of a long and savage civil war are still evident. Much of the infrastructure of the country was destroyed, and as in Sierra Leone, the unemployment rate is over 80%. There is a great need in Liberia for what C.O.T.N. has to offer.

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