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Bird Control….In and Around Food Processing Plants

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Written By: Alex A. Kecskes

Pest birds can pose a major threat in and around facilities where food is being prepared, processed or stored. Without proper bird control measures, facilities managers and health inspectors know fair well how quickly and easily pest birds can contaminate food. Bird droppings can spread disease, harbor over forty types of parasites, and can internally host over 60 types of infectious diseases. Among the most common are histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, and toxoplasmosis, even the West Nile virus.

FDA Rules and other Guidelines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and various state regulations governing food facilities clearly specify what food handlers and processors must do when it comes to food. It cannot be packaged, processed or held under unsanitary conditions where it may cause a problem or become adulterated. Food processing and handling firms that violate these regulations can jeopardize their license.

New York State regulations, for example, are quite specific about bird control: “No animals or birds, other than those essential as raw material, shall be allowed in any area of a food plant. Effective measures shall be taken to exclude pests from the processing areas and to protect against contamination of foods in or on the premises by animals, birds and vermin. The use of insecticides and rodenticides is permitted only under such precautions and restrictions as will prevent the contamination of food or packaging materials with illegal residues.”

Pest birds living in or on the exterior of a food plant are as much of a concern to food plant operators as rats, mice, bat or insect infestations. Direct contamination need not take place for a plant to be cited. Simply the evidence of pests, even without contamination may constitute a potential hazard and may result in a Federal citation. Health inspectors are often on the lookout for feathers, nesting material, droppings, regurgitated pellets of undigestable matter, eggs, ectoparasites, insects, fruits and seeds. A health violation may be cited if evidence of such contamination is found in the food product, product packaging, processing equipment, or storage equipment.

Effective Bird Control Measures

There are a variety of effective and humane bird control measures one can use without resorting to bird poisons (avicides), which have very strict guidelines for use. To prevent contamination, it is advisable to implement bird deterrent or bird repellent measures before evidence of contamination appears.

They Can’t Land on Bird Spikes

For large birds considering coming in for a landing, Bird Spikes look pretty intimidating. But the menacing-looking spikes are harmless to birds and maintenance crews. They come in 3”, 5” and 8” widths and two-foot sections. And they can be nailed, screwed or glued down onto any surface. So installation is fast and easy. Some spikes even come with a flexible base so they can be installed on curved surfaces (one manufacturer sells a spike that bends a full 360 degrees to accommodate any contoured surface).

Bird control spikes are available in durable stainless steel or unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate. The poly spikes cost a bit less and are ideal for use where the electrical conductivity of steel spikes might present a problem. If pest birds seem to gather in rain gutters, choose the Gutter Spike (the best of these will feature adjustable base clamps for easy attachment to the lip of a gutter).

They’ll Avoid Electric Shock Tracks

Install these electrified tracks on any flat or curved surface and no respectable pest bird will stay for long. With this bird control device, it’s one zap and they’re gone. The tracks emit a mild electric jolt that’s harmless to birds and people. Electric tracks have proven to be a highly effective bird control device for use on ledges, rooftops, parapet walls and any surface where pest birds tend to gather. The best electric tracks feature a low-profile flow-through design to keep water from damming up on rooftops.

Bird Netting As Bird Barrier

To exclude pest birds altogether, there’s Bird Netting. This proven bird control measure is ideal for keeping pest birds out of certain troublesome areas. Bird netting comes in different mesh sizes to exclude a wide variety of pest birds. There’s 1-1/8” to 2” mesh size netting for pigeons and 3/4″ mesh for sparrows or starlings. Look for netting made of knotted polyethylene U.V.-treated twine, and netting that meets ISO 1806 protocols. If the netting is to be used near warm equipment, install flame-resistant netting. There’s also rot- and water-proof netting for extended outdoor use.

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For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. wins summary judgment in patent infringement case

Bird Jolt Flat Track by Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Bird Jolt Flat Track by Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. (Mission Viejo, CA) has won a summary judgment motion in a patent infringement case involving Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Jolt Flat™ Track product.  The Mission Viejo based bird deterrent device maker has been in litigation with Bird Barrier, Inc., of Carson, California, who alleged that Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Jolt Flat track product, infringed upon its US Pat. No. 7,481,021 patent.  On December 16, 2009, the U.S. District Court for Central District of California ruled that Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Jolt Flat Track does not infringe Bird Barrier’s patent for it Bird-Shock Flex Track™ product.

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of humane bird control products.  For more information on pest bird control systems contact Bird-B-Gone, Inc. at (800) 392-6915 or online at www.birdbgone.com.

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Bird Deterrents

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

What they are, why you need them
By Alex A. Kecskes

bird deterrentsBirds love to perch in covered areas, and once they’ve targeted your property as “home,” they’ll come back time and again to create quite a mess. It’s a problem that goes beyond appearance.  The damage pest birds and bird droppings cause can cost you big money. The high concentration of uric acid found in bird waste can discolor paint, stain wood and eventually erode metal. There’s also the health risk of bacteria and parasites that live and grow in bird droppings. These can carry and transmit any of over 60 known diseases. All the more reason to birdproof your home or business. Taking steps to rid your property of birds is an investment that will save you time, money and lot of aggravation.

There are a number of humane bird-deterrent products that can keep pest birds off your property. They require no maintenance and are easy to install. Bird deterrent spikes are ideal for pigeons and other large birds. Some have spikes made of strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Others have flexible stainless steel spikes. Bird deterrent spiders are particularly useful for light fixtures, and patio covers. The spider arms move with the breeze, keeping birds from landing. They are sturdy and stable, come in a variety of sizes, are easy to install and maintenance free. The products won’t harm birds, large or small.
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Using Bird Barriers to Control Pest Birds

Monday, July 6th, 2009

by Fran Prisco
iStock_000004592025MediumEach year building owners and homeowners spend countless hours and money cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by pest birds. Not only are these problems unsightly; pest birds and their feces can spread 60 plus transmittable diseases. Safety, sanitation and health hazards caused by bird droppings can pose serious liability risks, and left untreated, can lead to accidents and lawsuits. Bird feces, bird nests and debris can also create a bad public image with tenants and patrons. Individuals, companies and government agencies are tired of cleaning up bird feces or repairing the damage that is caused by pest birds and their droppings. To solve the problems with pest birds, you must use some sort of bird barrier.

Bird Barriers are safe and humane products that deter pest birds from landing, roosting and nesting where they are not welcome.  They come in several different types; physical bird barrier deterrents, visual bird barriers and sound devices to keep pest birds away.  Choosing the correct bird barrier depends on the type of pest bird you are having a problem with and what they are doing.

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