Posts Tagged ‘bird deterrents’

Keep Birds Off Awnings with Plastic Bird Spikes

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Birds enjoy landing and roosting on awnings, especially if there is food to be scavenged. They leave behind a mess of droppings. This creates an unpleasant and unsanitary situation for customers. This mess can also stain or ruin awnings. Keep birds off awnings with bird control deterrents like bird spikes.

The best time to get rid of pest birds is when the first start coming around. Don’t assume they will leave on their own. If the area provides the right scenario, they may become frequent visitors. Polycarbonate bird spikes are great for awnings. Install the plastic bird spikes on the edge of the awning, where the birds enjoy sitting. The spikes create an uneven surface, making it impossible for the birds to land in the treated area. The birds will learn the area is no longer appealing and move on to a better landing spot.

Plastic bird pikes are available in different spike widths: 3”, 5” and 7” to cover different ledge and surface widths. Choose from seven colors: clear, white, tan, grey, brown, black and brick red. The bird spikes are made of a U.V. protected polycarbonate plastic. Since the spikes come pre-assembled in two foot strips with pre-drilled holes along the base, installation is fast and easy – cutting installation time in half. Plastic spikes can be glued or screwed to most surfaces.

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Plastic Bird Spikes to Deter Birds from Ledges

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Larger birds, like pigeons, seagulls and crows land in areas where they are not wanted, creating a mess and an unsanitary environment. Ledges make the perfect landing spot for birds to roost and look for food and predators. They leave behind a nasty mess of bird droppings, however.  Deter birds from landing on ledges with polycarbonate bird spikes. Plastic bird spikes work well to keep birds away by creating an uneven surface, making it impossible for birds to land on the treated area. The spikes are humane and will not harm the birds.

Polycarbonate bird spikes work on flat or curved signs. Choose from seven colors: clear, white, tan, grey, brown, black and brick red. Plastic spikes are available in different spike widths: 3”, 5” and 7” to cover different ledge and surface widths. Since the spikes come pre-assembled in two foot strips with pre-drilled holes along the base, installation is fast and easy – cutting time to install in half. Plastic spikes can be glued or screwed to most surfaces.

Bird-B-Gone polycarbonate spikes are manufactured in the USA and carry a five year guarantee.

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Best Bird Deterrent for Ponds: Heavy Duty Pond Netting

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

industrial pond nettingBest Bird Deterrent for Ponds

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

Heavy Duty Pond Netting is a humane bird deterrent solution that will solve this problem. Properly installed, pond netting creates a physical barrier that prevents migratory birds from landing in toxic tailing ponds or other water collection sites. The bird netting is stretched over these areas to prevent bird deaths.

Heavy Duty Pond Netting is made from a durable, UV stabilized Dupont® knotted mesh nylon and meant for prolonged use in harsh chemical environments. The bird netting comes in large stock sizes and custom cuts. It’s available in several mesh sizes–from 3/4-inch to 4-inch–to exclude a variety of large and medium sized migrating birds.

To streamline the proper installation of pond netting, bird control experts recommend the use of perimeter cable and accompanying mounting hardware.   Bird-B-Gone offers an extensive line of bird netting hardware, which includes turnbuckles, hog rings, accessories, tools, cable crimps and perimeter cable. For best bird deterrent results, the cable should be set up around the area to be netted off. This ensures that there are no gaps for birds to sneak through, and that the netting stays taut and does not slouch. Once installed, the netting is virtually invisible and maintenance free.

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Gull Attacks Stop Postal Deliveries in UK neighborhood

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

stop pest birdsEvery year, homeowners in Liskey Hill Crescent, Perranporth, Cornwall UK are invaded by seagulls. The large birds dive-bomb people as they come out of their homes to check their daily mail. Some say the gulls have become really aggressive in the last five years, attacking people in packs, swooping down, and aiming for people’s heads. Bright colors make them crazy, which is why some believe they attack the local postwoman because she wears red. Postmen say the gulls need to be controlled or they’ll have to stop postal deliveries. Bird experts say the gulls are simply protecting their young during the nesting period.

Big birds like gulls can be a problem, especially if they’ve chosen your property to nest in. In the US, most gulls are protected by local, state and federal laws. So if you have this problem, you can’t resort to lethal means like poisons or pellet guns. The only solution is humane bird control. And one of the most effective bird deterrents ever devised is the bird spike.

Plastic Bird Spikes to the rescue

More economical than steel spikes, plastic bird spikes are the anti-perching, anti-roosting bird deterrent that won’t allow gulls (or other large birds) to land on or near them. They are blunted at the tips and approved by a number of humane groups—including the U.S. Humane Society. And unlike steel bird spikes, plastic spikes can be installed near your dish TV antenna without interfering with your reception. They also come in a variety of colors—including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan—so they’ll blend in with your home’s color scheme.

There are bird spikes and there are bird spikes

The best plastic bird spikes are made of unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate to last for season after season on your rooftop, chimney, patio cover, or wherever birds flock most often on your property. High quality plastic bird spikes have a flexible base, which allows them to “follow” curved surfaces. They also have pre-drilled holes or glue troughs for easy mounting. The spikes come in two-foot sections and 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths to provide increasingly broader areas of bird deterrence. The bases of these spiked strips are only 1.5 inches wide, so they’re easy to install and can be glued down, nailed or screwed into any surface. Once installed, they’re almost invisible from the ground.

Install bird spikes on clean surfaces

Before installing any bird spikes, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Do the prep work to remove any loose rust, peeling paint, bird droppings, feathers and nesting materials. Use commercial disinfecting cleaning agents to keep from being exposed to any of the 60 known airborne diseases carried by birds. If the area is heavily contaminated with bird droppings (wet or dry), use proper eye and respiratory protection.

For additional advice on how to properly install plastic bird spikes around your home, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.

 

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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Workers Don Crash Helmets Against Seagull Attacks

Monday, October 29th, 2012

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As seen in Will and Guy’s Strange But True Stories of Dangerous Seagulls, workers at a weather forecasting facility in Devon, England have resorted to wearing crash helmets to protect themselves from dive-bombing seagulls. It  seems flocks of seagulls have been attacking staff gathering  weather data from the roof of council offices in Newton Abbot (a market town and civil parish in the Teignbridge District of Devon on the River Teign).

One victim noted that the gull attacks can quickly go from bad to worse. He indicated that more gulls seem to be on the attack every year—and that this is his fourth year in dealing with the aggressive gulls. He recounted how the big gulls swoop down on his head followed by half a dozen others that dive-bomb him. He described the situation as very distressing, but noted that at least he now has a helmet to protect his head and face.

Unless discouraged by bird control measures, large birds like gulls will gather and roost around buildings and structures near bodies of water. In seaside towns worldwide, seagull attacks have been on the rise. The gulls can pose quite a problems for people working near gull nests. The large birds can easily reach speeds of up to 25 mph and rake heads with their sharp claws. Large gulls like the abundant herring gull have 4.5-foot wingspans and weigh over 2 pounds, which is why they can inflict some pretty nasty injuries.

Fortunately, workers around or near bodies of water don’t have to put up with gulls and the problems they bring. Today, there are many effective and humane bird deterrent measures one can turn to. Here are just a few:

Bird Spikes—Perfect deterring large pest birds like gulls, Bird Spikes have proven themselves time and again. The spiked strips are blunted and safe for birds, yet they will not allow the birds to land. They are available in stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. For really large birds, invest in the Mega Spike, which features huge 7-inch spikes.

Bird Slopes—The bird control device, you’ll never notice, bird slopes blend in with your architecture, creating a slippery surface birds will simply slide off of. Ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other similar niches gulls often use to roost and nest. The panels are easily installed using nails, screws or glue.

Bird Foggers and Misters—If you already have flocks of gulls that won’t budge, Foggers and Misters deliver a fine mist of food-grade methyl anthranilate to the infested area. This grape extract irritates gulls, yet is harmless to gulls and humans.

Bird Scare Deterrents—Easy to install just about anywhere, these bird deterrents consist of foils, shiny tape banners and balloons that crackle in the breeze and reflect flashes of sunlight to make gulls too nervous to stay. Balloons have the added intimidation of a giant predator eye.

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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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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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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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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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Ultrasonic Bird Control Devices: Peer reviewed studies show they do not work

Friday, April 27th, 2012

From The UC Davis Website:

“Peer-reviewed research is the gold standard of mainstream science. A peer-reviewed article has been critically read and reviewed by trained scientists. Peers are given the opportunity to anonymously comment on the adequacy of the experimental design and the validity of the conclusions that are drawn from the scientific work under review. The publication of research in a peer-reviewed journal means that the article has passed the scrutiny of fellow scientists. Studies that have not been through peer-review are not necessarily flawed, but peers have not been given the opportunity to judge the scientific merit of the results that are derived from such studies. “

Recently we published an article about the ineffectiveness of Ultrasonic Bird Deterrents, written by our well qualified in house Ornithologist and based on peer reviewed studies from the USDA, Universities and other qualified sources. This article has been criticized based on one scientists un-reviewed findings. We decided to list our resources to show the studies that support our assertion that ultrasonic bird deterrents are ineffective at deterring birds: (more…)

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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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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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Pigeon problems: If you kill them, more will come

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Why installing physical bird deterrents is a better bet for effective bird control.

Article Shared From: The Johnson City Press

Published February 6, 2012
By Amanda Marsh- Press Staff Writer

They’ll be back.

That’s what some are saying about the problematic pigeon population at the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough.

In an effort to prevent the birds from roosting at the historic building, Jonesborough’s Historic Zoning Commission voted to remove the louvers from the backside of the building so there would be less places for the birds to gather and bird spikes were also placed on several ledges of the courthouse. Last month, county officials also decided to allow the USDA Wildlife Services Division to administer a toxicant to the birds that will kill them in one to three days.

Laura Simon, field director of urban wildlife for the Humane Society of the United States, says these steps will not rid the building of its pigeon plight.

“The solution they have chosen is absolutely senseless and biologically inappropriate,” Simon said. “If you poison them, more pigeons are going to fly in and use the structure.” (more…)

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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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Bird-B-Gone to offer Bird Control Training Course at the upcoming Wildlife Expo in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Don’t miss out on the first annual Wildlife Expo put on by NPMA and NWCOA this February.

Senior Bird-B-Gone trainer Rich Martin will be giving an all day Authorized Installer Training Course on the basics of bird control, Wednesday February 8th, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Sign up HERE

Become a Bird-B-Gone Authorized Installer and receive 8 NWCOA CEUs

The all day course will train PCO’s and Wildlife Technicians on everything from marketing bird control as a service, to site evaluation, choosing the correct product, installation, quoting and bidding bird jobs and more! Whether you are new to Bird Control, or need a refresher course, this is the class for you!

This invaluable course will leave attendees confident they can expand their business by offering bird control services in 2012.

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Bird strike damages plane leaving PDX

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Shared From: KGW.com

Photo Credit: Port of Portland

Written by:  Justin Burton

PORTLAND — A Southwest Airlines plane struck a bird upon departure from Portland International Airport Saturday afternoon, becoming the first time this year that a bird has damaged an aircraft at PDX.

Flight 3702 was departing for Oakland just before 12:30 p.m. when it hit the bird.  The captain turned around as a precaution and taxied to the gate without being towed.  None of the 136 passengers was injured, but the bird strike damaged the engine and possibly part of a wing.

According to PDX’s website, the flight was rescheduled to depart at 6 p.m.  Some passengers made other connections but nearly 100 of them will continue on to Oakland.

Southwest Airlines said the pilot made the right decision to turn the plane around. (more…)

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Chennai airport to hire agency to study spike in late night bird-hits

Monday, December 12th, 2011

From: The Times of India

Written By: V Ayyappan, TNN | Dec 5, 2011, 04.55AM IST

CHENNAI: The Airports Authority of India will hire a wildlife agency to study the spike in bird-hits at night in Chennai airport and suggest remedies.

“Pilots have been reporting bird-hits at night while approaching the airport. This is the first time we have heard about night-time bird-hits in Chennai. So, we have decided to conduct a study by engaging an ornithologist,” said airport director E P Hareendranathan.

The works to extend secondary runway across the Adyar river may have disturbed the habitat of birds, suspect AAI officials. An Indian Air Force study has also said that birds living near water bodies have been posing risk to its flights.

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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:

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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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