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Bird Deterrents | Bird•B•Gone Blog - Part 2

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A young New Brunswick woman was blinded and nearly killed simply by coming into contact with pigeon feces…

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

From the Ottawa Citizen:

‘Please don’t feed the pigeons’

A young New Brunswick woman was blinded and nearly killed simply by coming into contact with pigeon feces. Michael Staples tells the heartbreaking tale of a life torn apart

By Michael Staples, Fredericton Daily Gleaner April 26, 2011

In just a few weeks, Erica Richards has been transformed from a vibrant 23-year-old who loved nature into a woman who’s battling for her life.

In early January, Richards contracted a potentially fatal condition called cryptococcal meningitis, a fungal disease carried in the feces of pigeons.

The debilitating illness attacks the spine and the brain, causing severe swelling. It left her confined to a hospital bed in a state of delirium for weeks.

But the most devastating consequence of the sickness is that Richards is now blind.

“Be aware of this disease. It could kill a child in a heartbeat,” Richards said from her hospital bed.

“It could kill a senior in a heartbeat without you even having to worry about the symptoms. It comes on that fast. If you don’t realize the symptoms, it could kill you, too.”

Richards’ warning comes on the heels of Fredericton city council’s approval earlier this month of a recommendation it toughen its animal-control bylaw to make it illegal to feed pigeons.

While such complaints are unusual, a problem exists on the city’s Grandame Street with a property owner who refuses to stop feeding the birds. The pigeons are roosting on roofs and defecating.

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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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Piergowers protest pigeon poisoning

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

From WWSB ABC 7 Florida:

“They were flopping around falling into the water.”

SARASOTA COUNTY – Fishermen at the Venice Fishing Pier say dozens of pigeons began dying Monday morning. Turns out a pest control company for Sharky’s restaurant used a poison to rid the waterfront business from what they call a health hazard.

Noel Hackelberg says while fishing on the pier Monday, birds literally began to fall from the sky. “They were flopping around falling into the water. The guy was coming around trying to pick them up as fast as he could.”

Estimates from fisherman like Barry Garman say it was about 50 pigeons. He says it was a terrible sight. “It’s disgusting. There was a mom with a small child and she had to leave because the child was so upset to see what was going on. There was no warning to anybody that this was going to happen.”

On a windy Wednesday, birds swirled around the pier and restaurant. Manager Justin Pachota says they have a growing pigeon problem. “It is sort of a health risk. You have feathers and pigeon feces that are coming into play. We have had complaints from patrons.”

That’s why they say they hired someone to poison their plethora of pigeons after months of trying other non-lethal methods. “We tried sonic transmissions to keep the birds away, statues…transmitting eagle sounds.”

“This is quite upsetting.” Kevin Barton with the Wildlife Center of Venice says they’ve helped save some of the birds over the years and are concerned about what has happened; concerned for other protected birds there, too. “I care for all the animals, but when you are talking about the potential. We got reports that a Bald Eagle had caught two. It would not surprise me.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

There are many humane alternatives to lethal bird control and a few reasons why physical bird deterrents may be more effective. Poisoning birds is not only inhumane and a potential PR disaster, it’s really only putting a band-aid on an existing problem.  Removing birds does not address the factors that are attracting the birds to the affected area in the first place. Once you remove birds from a property, you are simply leaving vacancy for new ones to move in. Addressing the reason why the birds are attracted to the area, by using physical bird deterrents such as Bird Spikes or Bird Netting will yield lasting results.

If you have a pest bird problem, Bird-B-Gone can help in a few ways. If you want a professional to come out and take care of the situation, Bird-B-Gone works with a network of authorized installers across the U.S. who can help solve bird problems for homes and commercial and industrial buildings. If you are a pest control operator or installer, Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of professional grade bird deterrents to accommodate your customer’s needs. Give us a call at 1-800-392-6915, email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com, or visit 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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Pigeon Droppings Cause Shutdown of Road

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Pigeons’ Preferred Perch Plagues Pavement With Poop

Brownsboro Road Closed For Cleanup Tuesday

POSTED: 4:06 pm EDT July 13, 2010


LOUISVILLE, Ky. —

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A local road was partially shut down Tuesday night as crews worked to clean up massive amounts of pigeon droppings from under an overpass.

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Brownsboro Road beneath Interstate 265 was down to one lane in both directions from 6:30 until 10 p.m. Tuesday.”We just have some areas where the pigeons roost a lot and the bird droppings, they start to mound up. They build up quite a bit,” said Andrea Clifford, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Highways. And the pigeon droppings were not scattered — the median under the overpass was covered in a thick layer of the stuff.”It’s more of a sanitation issue. We get complaints about it and go out and do it,” Clifford said.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

Pigeon droppings can end up costing communities thousands of dollars per year – just for clean-up. Bird deterrents like the Bird-B-Gone Bird Spikes or Bird Net 2000 could be installed to block birds from getting back to these areas, saving this county time and money. Bird-B-Gone sells a complete line of effective and humane bird control products to help solve virtually any pest bird problem. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com

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Pest Bird Problem? Ask an Ornithologist

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

New Feature on Bird-B-Gone Website allows customers to ask an Ornithologist about their pest bird problems.

Mission Viejo CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc, leading manufacturer of professional bird control products would like to announce an exciting new feature to their website – “Ask the Bird Expert”. Bird-B-Gone has added an Ornithologist to their team of bird control specialists to help customers tackle tough bird problems. Ornithology is the study of birds, adding a scientist to the team will ensure that Bird-B-Gone customers are receiving the best advice available when it comes to deterring birds from commercial, industrial or residential settings.

“Ask the Bird Expert” will be a helpful new tool in the bird control industry. Having the insight of an ornithologist will close the gap between the science of nature, and the nature of bird control. Customers posting questions will receive answers from a PHD in Ornithology on a variety of topics including bird control, bird behavior and more. The new page will have a “Meet the Ornithologist” section with a bio, list of qualifications and an archive of previously asked questions and answers. “Ask the Expert” is just one of the many free resources Bird-B-Gone offers to their customers. With over 60 years of combined hands on experience from the Bird-B-Gone team, “Ask the Bird Expert” is a natural addition to the Bird-B-Gone website.

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 “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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Bird-B-Gone Expands Manufacturing Plant

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Mission Viejo CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc, leading manufacturer and distributor of professional bird control products has moved to a larger manufacturing plant to meet increasing supply demands worldwide. The new facility will allow Bird-B-Gone to expand production capabilities ensuring that products are in stock and ready to ship same day.

Bird-B-Gone supplies a complete line of professional grade bird deterrents for commercial, industrial and residential use.

Seamless integration of production and distribution will be just one of the added benefits of the new plant. Manufacturing in the U.S. makes quality control easy to maintain, customers can rest assured that they are receiving the highest quality bird control products delivered on time.

The new manufacturing plant will host Bird-B-Gone’s free Training Seminar – Bird-B-Gone University – the most comprehensive bird control training in the industry. Bird-B-Gone is dedicated to superior customer service and looks forward to being able to better serve their customers.

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 us today at http://www.birdbgone.com or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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Bird Proofing Commercial Buildings

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Birds-PoopUnlike homes and boats, commercial buildings suffer damage from pest birds on a grand scale. Commercial  building owners spend millions of dollars every year to deal with problems associated with pest birds. The only viable solution is bird proofing.

Failure to bird proof a commercial building can lead to all sorts of problems. The droppings pest birds leave seriously detract from a building’s appearance. The acid secretion produced by the fungi that live in bird droppings can mar paint and other surfaces. Cleaning and restoring buildings damaged by pest birds can be very expensive. Nests and droppings can, over time, clog gutters and down pipes, causing rooftops to leak or fill with water and possibly collapse. Pest bird nests and droppings can get sucked into ducts, grilles and vents, clogging commercial air conditioning and heating units, permanently damaging these expensive systems.

Bird droppings deposited at commercial building entrances and fire escapes increase the likelihood that pedestrians may slip and fall on them, creating a huge legal liability to commercial property owners. Droppings also spoil finished products in loading bays and storage areas. They ruin the appearance of costly finished goods, metal panels, and stonework. Droppings can also eat into and destroy wood, paper and cardboard packaging of products on pallets or outside storage.

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Urban Areas Need Pigeon Control

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

By Arlene Connelly

pigeon controlMany urban dwellers are unaware that more than 60 human diseases — including avian flu, salmonella, E coli and West Nile virus — are related to pigeons, other pest birds and their droppings. Besides being a public health issue in many cities, they often create a safety hazard for pedestrians, and they carry dangerous parasites and harmful bacteria. Some of these illnesses can even be fatal to humans; they can be contracted through contact with the skin and exposure through inhalation as people go about their daily activities.

Why pest pigeons are especially dangerous

Pigeons are generally considered to be “the number one bird pest” in America today, their numbers are increasing, and their nesting instincts are strong. They usually mate for life, live in communal flocks that travel together, and tend to roost where they can find adequate food and shelter. Along with that, experts in the field now consider pigeons to be a genuine “urban menace,” threatening the quality of life in America’s great cities, including San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

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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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Bird on a Wire

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Bird control in the Transmission and Distribution industry
by Alex A. Kecskes

pest birdsPest birds cause more power system outages worldwide than any other animal. When they land, poop and nest in areas vital to the transmission and distribution of electrical power, the resultant outages can be costly to both utility companies and customers. Electrical lines are ideal bird perches that combine observation and safety. Substations are attractive nesting places that invite birds to take up home. Birds such as red-tailed hawks, pigeons, sparrows, flickers and starlings will often inhabit large stations. The damage they cause usually falls in one of two categories: “Bird Strikes” and bird poop.
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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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