1.) Landscape Alterations
Your first line of defense is the facility’s outdoor property – make sure yours isn’t a bird paradise. Neatly cut grass, large open spaces, peaceful ponds, and easily accessible building surfaces are an open invitation to pest birds from miles around. Instead, plant trees and bushes generously, and allow grass to grow thick around pond edges. When birds sense that predators may be hiding nearby, the area will have less bird-appeal. For extra protection, treat lawns and foliage with a bird taste aversion such as Bird Stop.
2.) Physical Barriers
Next, physically prevent birds from accessing the building. Install Bird Netting in areas where birds may be tempted to seek shelter – large openings, remote corners, and small sheltered spaces. Affix Bird Spikes to rooftop ledges, edges, beams, AC units, chimneys, and other surfaces where birds may perch.
3.) Property Maintenance & Sanitation
A little upkeep goes a long way. Make sure windows are sealed properly and doorways are closed when not in use. Check regularly for cracks in roofing – pest pigeon droppings and a leaky roof were the alleged source of one of the largest food recalls in FDA history (2007 Peanut Butter Recall). A clean facility, inside and out, is much less likely to attract pests of all kinds. Follow strict waste management guidelines and make sure your drainage system is efficient and working properly. Blocked drains, stagnant water and overflowing trash bins are dream come true for bacteria, mold, insects, rodents, pest birds and other pest animals.
4.) Overload the Senses
Birds survive primarily on their audio-visual senses. That, and good instincts. When attempting to keep pest birds away from a large property, make the whole area seem uninhabitable by using their natural fear of predators against them. Visual scares and predator decoys can be easily installed on lawns, in trees, in ponds and near doorways to repel pest birds. Audio deterrents are a great way to reach pest birds across several acres, warning them to STAY AWAY. Sonic devices use bird distress calls and predator cries to alert pest birds within range that the area is not safe, while ultrasonic repellers use high-frequency (silent-to-humans) sound waves that irritate and disorient birds nearby.
For the highest probability of success, use all of these tactics together. Get on the fast-track to a bird-free facility by making your property less physically hospitable to pest birds WHILE simultaneously unleashing a multi-sensory attack on incoming birds.
Bird problems appear in the news more often than we might realize. In fact, a few of the more high-profile news stories in the past few years have been bird-related:
In 2007, more than 500 people were reported sick, and at least eight died due to salmonella contamination in over 400 popular peanut butter products. It may have been the largest food recall in FDA history. Investigators determined that a leaky roof was to blame for the sanitation breach, and that—as birds are known to carry a variety of infectious diseases, including salmonella—it was highly likely that pest pigeons were the vector.
In 2007, the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed due to weak and rusted steel beams. After closer inspection, it was discovered that the structure’s framework was covered with corrosive pigeon droppings. When bird droppings are not quickly washed away, they dry out and turn to salt and ammonia; when this later comes into contact with rainwater, small electrochemical reactions take place that speed up the rusting process.
Bird strikes cost the airline industry alone around $800 million each year. Who can forget the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ that occurred in January of 2009? Shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Flight 1549 was struck by a flock of Canadian geese, losing thrust in both engines and forcing pilot, Captain Sullenberger, to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Fortunately, all 155 passengers survived.
Pest birds can be a nuisance and an inconvenience—they can also cause problems that put human beings in serious danger. It’s important to bird-proof your home and/or your business to avoid these issues. Visit www.bird-x.com to find bird and pest control products that are safe, green, eco-friendly, non-toxic, and non-harmful. Bird-X has solutions for every problem and every budget.
Written by Chrissy Hansen—Media Correspondent for Bird-X, Inc.
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This device is excellent to ward off raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, mice etc. It is a humane way of getting rid of unwanted pests and proved to be very effective. I have a whole string of the units spread out in my attic and operate them for periods of two or three days and then turn them off for a week or so. The result is no pests.
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