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Social starlings cause big problems

Starling packs are always on the hunt for places to roost, feed and rest. Taking over a large building isnt too difficult for a group of over one thousand of these aggressive birds.

Starling packs are always on the hunt for places to roost, feed and rest. Taking over a large building isn't too difficult for a group of over one thousand of these aggressive birds.

Of all the birds flying cities, starlings are probably the biggest problem. Last September, Steve Carlic of Syracuse (N.Y.) The Post-Standard wrote an article about exactly how dangerous – and expensive – it is to have starlings hanging around an area.

200 million shiny black European starlings crowd North America…The enormous flocks endanger air travel, mob cattle operations, chase off native songbirds, roost on city blocks, leaving behind corrosive, foul-smelling droppings and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage each year.

Carlic is absolutely right. Starlings travel in massive packs. These packs are so large and dense – sometimes totaling over a thousand birds – it can blacken the sky and completely take over sections of buildings.

The main problem with hypersocial starlings is their droppings. Bird droppings carry many diseases, and they come with a big risk: the liability factor. Slip-and-fall incidents are not uncommon; they can cost companies thousands, possibly millions, of dollars in legal fees and lawsuits.

Tiny but powerful: multiply this little guy by six thousand, and a cute feathered friend turns into an enormous problem.

Tiny but powerful: multiply this little guy by six thousand, and a cute feathered friend turns into an enormous problem.

A multi-pronged attack is the only way to get rid of these tiny birds. Trying an ultra sonic sound device like the Bird-X Ultrason-X is a good place to start. It includes 4 speakers with 100-foot cords that emits annoying ultrasonic sounds annoying to birds. And with a coverage area of up 3600-square feet, it’s a guaranteed way to stop packs of starlings from getting too comfortable in your area.

Starlings love urban areas for the same reason most wildlife does: easy access to food, resting areas, water, and shelter among other things. Roosting for these packs is necessary, so physically obstruction them from being able to rest is necessary. Try some bird spikes or Bird Proof gel. Spikes are rigid and crooked, making it impossible for birds to rest, while the gel makes the area sticky and incredibly uncomfortable.

Stop starlings from making your roof their next roosting spot by putting up spikes or spreading some Bird Proof Gel; both of these are green and humane ways to get rid of unwanted pest birds immediately.

Stop starlings from making your roof their next roosting spot by putting up spikes or spreading some Bird Proof Gel; both of these are green and humane ways to get rid of unwanted pest birds immediately.

Make sure to contact one of our experts here at Bird-X for any other questions you have about your starling problem. Check out the website at www.bird-x.com or call us up at 800-860-0473!

Bird-Proof Gel a proven success

Bird Proof Gel is a great alternative to spikes when getting rid of birds on ledges, shelves and doorways.

Bird Proof Gel is a great alternative to spikes when getting rid of birds on ledges, shelves and doorways.

A customer recently wrote a post on their blog about using our Bird Proof Gel to get rid of sparrows on and near their front door. Here’s an excerpt of the problem:

Last year, I had a family of sparrows nest just above my front door. Their mud nest left a mess on my patio, not to mention bird crap from both the adult sparrows and eventual babies, which was most irritating when packages were set directly on top of this mess.

After applying the gel, this customer saw the change immediately.

The day after I applied it, I noticed the sparrows visiting once again, but they would only fly near the corner they favored for nesting and then retreat. They stuck around for another day or two before leaving for another nesting site.

Another satisfied customer!

Introducing the Transonic Mole!

Bird-Xs new product, the Transonic Mole, gets rid of moles, gophers and other burrowing animals with a multi-sensory attack.

Bird-X's new product, the Transonic Mole, gets rid of moles, gophers and other burrowing animals with a multi-sensory attack.

The newest addition to the Bird-X arsenal is the Transonic Mole.  This electronic mole and gopher chaser is a three-in-one sensory assault. It harmlessly attacks burrowing pests through light flashes, loud buzzes and deep vibrations. The sound waves and vibration penetrate the burrows and surround soil, irritating the sensitive perceptions of underground visitors while the flashes frighten and disorientate any sighted pests above ground.

Two of the best things about this brand-new gadget is that it is weatherproof and maintenance free. Setting up this burrowing pest eliminator is as simple as taking it out of the box and putting it in the ground. With a 24-hour operation and coverage of up to a 50 ft. radius  (approximately 7800 sq. ft.), the Transonic Mole is the easiest way to save your landscaping.

Bird-Plane collisions up 25%

A recent Associated Press discussed by the Riverfront Times report stated that nearly 10,000 bird strikes were reported last year, which is up considerably from the 7,507 reported in 2007. And that rise is only an average, with some states reporting an increase considerably higher than that.

In some states, such as Texas and Minnesota, the number of bird-plane collisions have doubled since 2005 thanks to an increase in air traffic along bird migratory routes.

…bird-plane collisions at Lambert-St. Louis International airport have increased nearly 300 percent over the past decade.

Hmmmm…maybe these airports need to try Bird-X’s new Airport Bird Control System.

The airport bird and wildlife control system is perfect for this time of year when birds and other animals start heading to their spring and summer spots.

The airport bird and wildlife control system is perfect for this time of year when birds and other animals start heading to their spring and summer spots.

This system is made up of three of Bird-X‘s best sound devices and one sensory spray: the Megablaster, the Goosebuster, the Critterblaster and Goosechase. The combination of the four of these makes it almost impossible for birds to get comfortable anywhere around an airport.

Raising pigeons, wreaking havoc

An Illinois man likes to collect pigeons as pets. His neighbors, though, see them as more of a nuisance. (source: www.ajservicesllc.com)

An Illinois man likes to collect pigeons as pets. His neighbors, though, see them as more of a nuisance. (source: www.ajservicesllc.com)

Oh boy…an Aurora, IL man is bother his neighbors because of his hobby of collecting carrier and racing pigeons “to pass the time.” According to The Daily Herald, neighbors have begun to complain about the noise and the stench.

And the droppings.

Pigeon droppings are serious business. Birds carry over 60 diseases transmitted through their fecal matter. So to have a neighbor harbour up to 45 pigeons in and around his property can be dangerous. Unfortunately for nearby residents, there’s not much the city can do.

Seventh Ward Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns was limited in what she could do to assist the unhappy neighbors. Until she help get a state law changed, municipalities were unable to regulate pigeons.

A recent amendment now allows the city to regulate but not prohibit the orderly keeping of the birds.

Luckily for the residents, a new ordinance has been passed that charges anyone housing such birds a fine for each offense. It’s a step in the right direction; human safety needs to be the top priority when it comes to having pigeons as pets. Their droppings are more than just annoying — they can be fatal.

Bird-X offers plenty of products that can get rid of pest pigeons, protecting you from possible infection. Check out our website or give us a call for a free consultation.

Propane cannons causing problems in British Columbia

A recent ruling against the use of propane cannons has Vancouver-area Canadians resting easier.

A recent ruling against the use of propane cannons has Vancouver-area Canadians resting easier. (source: www.abbynews.com)

A Surrey, British Columbia resident recently complained about the bird control methods practiced at a nearby blueberry farm. The suburban Vancouver farm is using propane cannons to scare birds away from their crops. And, according to the Abbotsford News, more than one person has been displeased.

Bradner (B.C.) resident Don Gibbs is a member of Ban the Cannons, a group focusing on eliminating the use of propane cannons. The group formed in 2001 and has fought for a break from the ear sores. They took their cause to the courts that favored on their side on the use of the cannons at the blueberry farm. Their recent success gives them optimism for their long-term goal: banning the cannons completely.

“We were very excited to hear about the ruling. We have been fighting this thing for years,” said Gibbs. “We think the ruling has a lot of potential.”

The guidelines of the ruling calls for “a more sensible approach to cannon use, ordering farmers to monitor their fields and only use the cannons when a ‘significant’ number of birds are present.” Though Gibbs is satisfied with the ruling, he still wants more.

Blueberry farms are like an all-you-can-eat buffet to birds. Acres of ground-dwelling berries and plenty of room to relax between meals is tempting. Shooting off cannons is successful in detering birds…for a while. Once the cannons stop, or once they get used to the repetitive noise, the birds will keep feasting on the crops.

The best solution to this problem is bird netting. Netting works well because it physically hinders the birds from picking away at crops. It also makes nesting, roosting and resting impossible.

Bird-Xs standard bird net is one of three options in detering birds from farms and fields.

Bird-X's standard bird net is one of three options in detering birds from farms and fields.

Bird-X carries three kinds of netting: standard, heavy duty and premium. Each of them are designed for specific areas, issues and birds for maximum effectiveness. And the good thing about netting is that it deters ALL pest animals. So deer, coyotes, squirels and anything else you’re concerned about will no longer be an issue.

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