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Bird Netting to Deter Pest Birds

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

One of the most effective ways to deter pest birds is through the use of bird netting.

Growers and farmers have discovered that this is a great way to keep cornfields, fruit orchards and vineyards from being ravaged.  For example, lightweight plastic mesh netting is ideal for protecting fruit trees, blueberry bushes, gardens, vineyards, eaves and more from pest birds. This netting is virtually invisible, available in large sizes, and easy to work with. Better bird netting is U.V. protected to last longer. Lightweight bird netting can also be used as a temporary barrier to block birds from getting into storage garages, barns and warehouses.

Installing Bird Netting

There are a variety of ways to install lightweight bird netting. For fruit trees, vegetable gardens, blueberry bushes and grape vines, the netting should be suspended. When draping over a fruit tree, measure the circumference of the tree and cut the net so that you are left with at least one foot extra. You should then secure the netting with twine, zip ties, or hog rings.

For blueberry bushes and grape vines, suspend the netting over the bush or vine and allow at least 6 inches of space. This will prevent pest birds from sitting on the net and poking their heads and beaks through the net to get at your fruit. One common way to suspend the netting over the bush or vine is to use a series of poles placed around the perimeter. If you want to protect vegetable gardens, you can either wrap the individual plants in netting or suspend the netting around the entire garden. Finally, to keep pest birds out of eaves and similar open spaces, the best lightweight bird netting comes with handy clips. You can also use a staple gun to secure the netting around the perimeter.

Heavy-Duty Bird Netting

For larger more demanding applications, there’s heavy-duty bird netting. This netting is constructed of strong polyethylene and is typically used to block pest birds from entering air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, canopies and other large areas. The best netting is this category is usually a U.V. resistant mesh, meets ISO 1806 mesh test standards and comes with a long guarantee–10 years. Some heavy-duty bird netting is rot proof, waterproof, flame resistant and sub-zero stable. This netting is available in various sizes and custom cuts and is preferred by architects. Heavy-duty bird netting should be installed properly or it will sag or droop. This can create gaps that birds can squeeze through. For best results, a cable should be set up around the perimeter of the netted area, and the net should then be attached to this cable.

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Giant Bird Appears Behind News Anchor

Friday, November 13th, 2009

From: Myfoxla.com    Published : Friday, 23 Oct 2009, 2:04 PM PDT

“(MYFOX NATIONAL) – It looked like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock film or “Jurassic Park.”

Peter Hitchener, an anchor on Australia’s Channel Nine news , was on camera on Wednesday night when a giant seagull appeared on the screen behind him. Turns out it was a normal-sized bird that was magnified by the camera shooting the skyline.”

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Facility Managers, Business Owners,  and anyone responsible for building maintenance know all to well that pest birds often end up in spaces they just shouldnt be! Whether it’s seagulls on a roofline, pigeons nesting under eaves, or sparrows hanging out on a sign, the “mess” they leave behind can damage building materials and reduce the aesthetics of an area. Unless giant birds are going to be a feature on this news station, they should really think about bird proofing the area, something as simple as bird spikes would likely keep the seagull away. 

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Bird Control for Commercial Applications

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Building owners and businesses spend millions of dollars annually to deal with infestations and the problems associated with pest birds. The risks associated with these pests increase year after year as bird populations continue to grow in both inner city and urban environments. The fact is, these pests are out of their natural element and without proper bird control measures, they can wreak havoc on commercial buildings and the people around them.

Perhaps the most obvious of problems are the droppings pest birds leave, which are not only unsightly, but can cause accelerated deterioration of buildings, structures and statues. Limestone is particularly susceptible, not just to a bird’s droppings, but the acid secretion produced by the fungi that live in them. Cleaning and restoring buildings so damaged can be expensive. Nests and droppings can quickly clog gutters and down pipes. Left unchecked, these bird by-products can lead to timber and structural damage, unsightly decor, and huge repair costs. Pigeons nesting around commercial air conditioning units deposit fecal matter that can get sucked into ducts, grilles and vents, damaging these expensive systems. Bird droppings that accumulate on ledges, sills and signage are unsightly and ruin the image of a business, especially an eatery. Droppings deposited on pavements, entrances and fire escapes makes them hazardous as pedestrians may slip and fall on them, creating a huge legal liability to commercial property owners. One quickly can see why bird control has become so vital to commercial building owners.

But bird control solves other problems as well. There’s the incessant and irritating noise pest birds produce whey they gather in sizeable numbers. They not only annoy maintenance workers, but can be distracting to visitors in hotels, hospitals and office complexes. Another problem is the offensive odor many birds produce—both in droppings and nesting—a particular nuisance to restaurants with outdoor service. Droppings also spoil finished products in loading bays and storage areas. They can severely stain and damage goods, ruin expensive paintwork, and mar the appearance of costly finished goods, metal panels, and stonework. Droppings can also eat into and destroy wood, paper and cardboard packaging.

Pest birds can be a health hazard, carrying and transmitting any of 60 known diseases. Sparrows and Feral Pigeons can carry bacteria causing Salmonellosis. Feral Pigeons carry Ornithosis, which is similar to viral pneumonia. Birds, bird droppings and their nesting materials contain insects and mites. These insects can damage property, stored foods and fabrics.

As many building owners have learned, keeping pigeons and other pest birds away from commercial buildings is not an easy thing to do. These days, proper bird control takes more than a plastic owl or two to scare away pests. What to do?

Thankfully, there are a number of effective and humane bird control products to keep pest birds off your property. Most are maintenance free and easy to install. Bird spikes, for example, are ideal for pigeons and other large birds. Some have spikes made of strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Others have stainless steel spikes. Another useful bird control product is the bird spider. It’s ideal for awnings and patio covers. The spider arms move with the breeze, keeping pest birds from landing. Most of these deterrents are sturdy and stable, come in a variety of diameters, and install easily. They also won’t harm the birds.

Another effective bird control solution is bird netting. It’s ideal for a broad range of commercial uses, including signs, warehouses, courtyards, canopies, airplane hangars and rooftops. With its ability to control all species of birds, bird netting is often prescribed by architects. Some products in this category are U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof. The webbing is usually available in a variety of mesh sizes to deter sparrow, starlings, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds.

A simple, easy-to-install bird control device that discourages bird pests from landing and nesting is the bird slope. These angled, slippery panels are ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas where pest birds tend to nest and roost. Also simple and easy to apply are bird gels. This bird control measure creates a sticky surface that birds hate.

Finally, there are the higher –tech bird control solutions, known as electric-track systems.  Ideal for deterring all types of pest birds, these are easily mounted on ledges, signs, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces. They discourage birds from landing by conveying a mild electric shock that’s harmless to birds. They also alter a bird’s habits to nest or feed. These systems are low profile and almost invisible. Be sure to get a flow-through design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces. Look for corrosion-resistant products that can stand up to alkali and acidic environments.  The bottom line: bird control is good for your business.

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Bird-B-Gone Article featured in Food Manufacturing Magazine

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Controlling Pest Birds In The Food Processing Industry

by Fran Prisco

Pest birds can be a serious health and safety issue if they are not controlled. In food processing plants they can cause extensive damage, health issues and safety problems to workers. Pest birds such as pigeons, starlings and sparrows are very common in and around commercial facilities. These facilities often provide perfect roosting places, shelter for nesting and a wonderful food source. Pest bird feces is acidic and can be quite corrosive to building material and machinery, it can also carry any of 60 known transmittable diseases. Contamination of bird feces, feathers and debris is a big problem in the food processing industry. Health officials can close plants for days to weeks when contamination is found.

Once it is determined that there is an issue with pest birds, plant managers must survey the area to see what the pest birds are doing. In order to implement an effective pest bird control program you must know if the birds are roosting, nesting and if they have a good source of food, water and shelter. Once you know what the birds are doing and where they are; an effective bird control system can be installed.

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How to Install Pigeon Spikes

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Keeping your property free of Pest Pigeons

by Fran Prisco

Pigone SpikesEach year homeowners spend hundreds of dollars cleaning up after and repairing the damage created by pest pigeons.  The domestic pigeon has become quite a nuisance in urban areas. Pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days. Pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days.  Pigeons have adapted to most of the habitats available on the planet.

How to Install Pigeon Spikes

There are many products out there that can help to get rid of pest pigeons from your property.  By far the easiest to use and one of the most effective are pigeon spikes.  Pigeon spikes are made of plastic or stainless steel.  Some have a plastic base with stainless steel spikes.  They usually come in either one foot or two-foot sections.  Pigeon spikes come in different widths some as wide as 7” to be sure to cover the entire surface where pest pigeons are landing.  They are used on flat as well as curved surfaces such as window ledges, roof edges, patio covers, arched entryways and other areas that pest pigeons like to roost and nest.

Installation of pigeon spikes is relatively easy.  You can glue or screw them down.  Make sure that all debris left behind by the birds is cleaned up first.  Use a mixture of bleach or ammonia with water to wet down the area and rinse it clean.  Do not clean bird droppings dry as they can be inhaled in dry form and cause illness.  When cleaning bird droppings use a mask and gloves.  Use enough pigeon spikes to cover the entire area that the pigeons are landing or roosting on.  If they are in an area that is hard to get to it might be wise to call an expert.  There are many companies that install bird control products like pigeon spikes.

How Pigeon Spikes Work

Once properly installed pigeon spikes make it difficult for pigeons to land.  The pigeon spikes are usually 4.25” to 4.50” high so that pigeons and larger birds can not straddle the spikes.  Be sure to look for a spike that has a “center” spike running down the middle.  This will keep the birds from building nests in the spikes themselves.  Covering all of the surface of a ledge or widow sill, will keep the pigeons form landing as birds land feet first, they will sense that something is there and move on.  When first installing pigeon spikes, you may want to watch and see if the birds find another area of your home or building to land on.  That area too will need to have pigeon spikes installed.

If you are unsure if you can put in the pigeon spikes yourself to call a local bird control installer.  Most pest control companies can help, or call the pigeon spike manufacturer for an installer near you.  Getting ride of pest pigeons can be as easy as “gluing and screwing”!

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Bird Proofing Hangars, Parks and Government Buildings

Monday, July 27th, 2009

by Alex A. Kecskes

hangarinstall03Bird proofing government buildings, parks, military bases, and aircraft hangars has been a problem for quite some time.

At the dawn of aviation, the Wright brothers recorded a bird strike that interfered with their early flights. More recently, Hanscom Field in Bedford Massachusetts had roughly 5,000 starlings roosting in their hangar. Clinton Air Force Base in Oklahoma had six hangars with 200-300 house sparrows in each hangar. Lockbourne Air Base in Ohio had 2,000 to 3,000 house sparrows between three hangars with an additional 2,000-3,000 starlings. Wright-Patterson Field had pigeons in their propeller testing area. Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan suffered from a sparrow invasion. The list goes on and on. Pest birds, it seems, love to hang out in hangers.

Birds entering various openings within aircraft hangars, roost in the I-beams high inside these structures. The Air Force says that the accumulation of droppings, feathers, and other matter poses a big problem. Bird droppings, accumulating on the aluminum skin of airplanes, can corrode the metal and eventually weaken the structure itself. Another concern is that if droppings, feathers, and other matter get into the engines, critically important parts must be cleaned as they could stall an engine during flight. Cleaning an aircraft engine is very expensive and time consuming.

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Controlling Pest Seagulls

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

by Fran Prisco

Pest SeagullsSeagulls are not just an issue along the coastline; they have been known to take up residence hundreds of miles inland.  It seems that they will congregate anywhere there is a viable food source.  They especially like dumps or landfills, and supermarket parking lots; they are the “dumpster diving” bird.  They are not particular at all about what they eat.  On one trip to the beach, I had the pleasure of watching a gull steal a piece of fried chicken out of a bucket and carry it away.  Seagulls will find a secluded spot to spend the evenings and sleep; these include small islands, tall buildings, and even the roof of your home.  Seagulls have been known to travel several miles from where they forage to where they sleep.

Seagull damage:

Not only do seagulls like to land and rest on the roof of your house, your boat or business; they also leave behind their droppings.  Seagull droppings are nutrient-rich waste, a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other organisms that may cause diseases.  Some if the common disease-causing organisms found in their droppings are E. Coli, Cryptococossis and Histoplasmosis.  Their droppings are also corrosive, causing damage to roofing material, your boat finish and building materials.  Bird droppings are also difficult to clean.
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The Art of Urban Bird Control

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Birds-PoopFree Training Classes Available
by Fran Prisco

Urban Bird Control?
Why should we care about pest birds?  It seems the latest issue concerning property management and building maintenance companies is Pest Birds.  Every year millions of dollars are spent cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by pest birds such as pigeons, sea gulls, crows and other urban birds.  Not only are these problems unsightly, but also 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.

Pest birds such as pigeons, gulls, starlings, sparrows and swallows can cause thousands of dollars of damage a year to buildings, industrial facilities, equipment and machinery. Building owners and managers are tired of spending thousands of dollars a year cleaning up bird feces or repairing the damage that is caused by the birds and their droppings. Bird droppings are acidic and can eat away at paint and erode building materials requiring clean up, painting and repairs.  Pest birds will roost and nest on building roofs causing damage and possible health hazards.  Pest pigeons like to build their nests on flat surfaces that are elevated such as ledges, windowsills, and under HVAC units.  Left unchecked pest pigeons will take over a rooftop making it a potential health hazard.  Finding a solution to a pest bird infestation can be a daunting task.

Learning Bird Control:

The first step in adding bird control to your service line is to get training.  There are companies across the country that sell and distribute bird control products.  Some offer training classes in product installation.  The most comprehensive course out there is Bird-B-Gone University.  They not only train you in product installation, but also bird behavior, marketing and selling bird control and how to estimate and quote jobs.  The Bird-B-Gone University is a free course and is accredited in the state of California.  You will receive hands on product installation training as well as classroom training.  Classes generally meet once a month in Orange, California.  Bird-B-Gone University will also come to your for your corporate training.

Adding Bird Control Services:

Once you have been trained in the “art” of urban bird control, it is now time to add it to your service line.  Bird control is an excellent add-on to services such as pest control, window washing, roofing and other construction activities.

Marketing and Selling Bird Control:

Companies like Bird-B-Gone, Inc. will be happy to provide you with product catalogs, display cases that you can carry to your customers sites and personalized literature to leave behind at prospective job sites.  It is also a good idea to add bird control as a service to your website, yellow page ads, business cards and other marketing materials.

Selling bird control is a mater of need.  If a business has a bird issue, be sure to point out the cost savings no longer having to clean-up and repair damage caused by the birds.  Bird feces also give business a bad image to their customers.  Remind your customer that birds carry disease, bird droppings not only cause damage to building materials but they can carry any of over 60 transmittable diseases.

Whether bird control is an add-on to your existing line of business or your total business, it can be very profitable.  Be sure to use top of the line products like those from Bird-B-Gone, Inc.  Once you get ride of the birds at one building or business, look next door; because the birds may have gone to your next customer.

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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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Ball Hits Bird During Baseball Game

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Indians win when ball hits bird

Shin-Soo Choo liner hits a low-flying gull and drops for a single, scoring the winning run in Cleveland’s 4-3 victory over Kansas City.
June 12, 2009
Cleveland — Coco Crisp thought he still had a chance to get to Shin-Soo Choo’s ball. A bird beat him to it.

The ball flattened a low-flying gull in the 10th inning and rolled past Kansas City’s center fielder and Mark DeRosa scored from second base without a throw to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night.

“Crazy things happen in this game,” Crisp said after Shin-Soo Choo’s liner over the second-base bag clipped the wing of one of hundreds of birds that buzz the ballpark. “It was hit so sharply, I felt like I had a chance,” Crisp said. “You never know what the heck is going to happen.”

The stunned bird flopped around for a few seconds before finally flying off.

– associated press

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http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-al-game12-2009jun12,0,5878512.story

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Bird net Solves Wrigley’s Pest Bird Woes

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

By: Meredith Walako / Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Wrigley

For years the Chicago Cubs have had to share their ballpark with unwanted guests; pest birds. It seemed Wrigley Field was an ideal spot for birds, providing generous shelter, and an abundant food source.

Birds such as pigeons, seagulls, and starlings had been around the park for awhile, but it was complaints from the fans that prompted a real solution.

Gary Hubbard has worked in Maintenance Operations at Wrigley for the last four years.

Gary’s seen all sorts of devices implemented to shoo the winged pests away. “We’ve used a sticky gel, Owls, Sound Devices, and nothing seemed to work” said Hubbard of past attempts.

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