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Facility Bird Control: 5 Key Steps to a Bird-Free Building

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.

5.) Synergize
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.

Kings of Leon concert halted by pigeon poop

The Kings of Leon had to stop a concert because of pigeons. (Photo courtesy of CNN)

The Kings of Leon had to stop a concert because of pigeons. (Photo courtesy of CNN)

Who expects to go to a concert and have it end three songs in due to…pigeons? That’s what happened at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis this past weekend. The Kings of Leon spent Friday, July 23, dodging aerial attacks by pigeons.

An infestation of the birds in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre bombarded the musicians as soon as they took the stage, according to Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management.

“Jared (Followill) was hit several times during the first two songs,” Mendelsohn said of the band’s bassist.

CNN

The pigeons were a problem the entire night, even before the popular band took the stage. Band members reported seeing droppings on their instruments and carpet when they walked out. Soon after, the droppings began falling from the sky.

Even the opening bands, The Postelles and The Stills, dealt with the birds during their sets.

(The opening bands) came offstage complaining of getting riddled with large amounts of excrement, their publicist said…

…”We couldn’t believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets,” Followill said.”

CNN

This didn’t have to happen, and, honestly, this never should happen. There are too many maintenance free and inexpensive ways to curtail this sort of thing. A simple, stop-the-problem-right-now solution is bird spikes. Pigeons love to roost on ledges, wires, panes — anything that’s available and easy. Spikes immediately take away that option.

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre only need a few spikes to get rid of the pigeons. Instead, they got a media firestorm and the worst publicity imaginable. (Photo courtesy of Bird-X, Inc.)

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre only need a few spikes to get rid of the pigeons. Instead, they got a media firestorm and the worst publicity imaginable. (Photo courtesy of Bird-X, Inc.)

Don’t like the way spikes look? Well, try a roost-inhibiting gel like this one. Like spikes, this stops birds from roosting. But the gel makes the surface sticky and uncomfortable for the birds, and they’ll find another place to rest.

Outdoor music venues are ideal places for pigeons to roost. (Photo courtesy of Blisstree)

Outdoor music venues are ideal places for pigeons to roost. (Photo courtesy of Blisstree)

Another option are sound devices. Two in particular – the Ultrason X and the Quad Blaster QB-4 – emit ultrasonic sounds inaudible to humans. The Ultrason X has four external speakers each with 100-foot cords perfect for indoor and outdoor music venues like the one pictured above. It covers 3,600 square feet and gets rid of all types of birds, especially pigeons.

The Quad Blaster QB-4 is also great for outdoors. It’s four internal speakers emit high frequency sound waves and audio signals. The sounds confuse and frighten the birds, quickly scaring them away from the effective area up to 6,500 square feet. Either one of these sound devices, in combination with physical aversions, will greatly reduce the risk of pigeons affecting your business negatively.

This story has been all over the news, and it’s been awful publicity for all involved. What if this had been your business? What would you say or do to make this go away? Could your business handle this kind of publicity?

Situations like this are 100% avoidable. Call us up at 312-226-2473 if you have questions about bird damage or just want simple tips to get rid of them. And definitely check out our website for more info on effective bird control products.

Canada goose, 3 eggs slows down production on a $150 mil. luxury building in the UK

A security guard has been assigned to protect this Canada goose and her two eggs in a U.K. building. This little goose has held up work on a $150 million luxury building.

A security guard has been assigned to protect this Canada goose and her two eggs in a U.K. building. This little goose has held up work on a $150 million luxury building.

A funny things happen to living creatures every once in a while: they reproduce. Unfortunately for a British construction company, a goose decided to exert her right to reproduce on their production site.

A recent Aol News piece shed some light on the situation, saying that the goose got comfortable. There is even a 24-hour security guard standing watch to make sure she’s safe and sound.

While production on the building isn’t completely stalled — the contractor explains that they are working on a different area until the goose leaves — it’s definitely a hassle. What if this happened to your company? Comfortable geese looking for a nice spot to raise a family just plop down and stay a while? This could cost millions and the liability factor could tack on more to that. Every seen a slip-and-fall incident resulting from a bird droppings? It’s quite expensive.

The GooseBuster is designed specifically for the humane elimination of pesky geese.

The GooseBuster is designed specifically for the humane elimination of pesky geese.

Putting up a few sound devices is the best thing to do for this kind of problem. The Goose Buster emits high quality digital playbacks of goose distress and alarm calls recorded in natural environments. Since the sounds are in the geese’s own language, they get the message: STAY AWAY!

Got questions about your specific goose problem? Check out www.bird-x.com for more products, or call us up at 800-860-0473!

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.

Bad economy means no pest control in Wales county

According to This is South Wales, county in south Wales has taken up a questionable practice to saving money: eliminating pest control. Of course, this has had it’s consequences. Now, rats are everywhere and citizens are gettign concerned.

One Llanelli resident, who asked not to be names, said: “Failure to control rodents will lead to an increase in disease and deaths.

“This is a fact.

“Rodents cause billions of pounds of damage to foodstuffs, drainage systems and properties.”

Tough the move will save the county tens of tousands from now until 2013, it still isn’t a well-thought-out plan. Rats carry 17 diseases, and, like the resident said, can spread many of those diseases easily to humans. And county residents are well aware of these facts.

The resident added: “Only those who have experienced a rodent infestation in their home can appreciate the fear and worry caused.

“To do away with the existing pest control service is false economy, but worse it is a denial of one of the council’s fundamental responsibilities and that is to protect public health.”

Quality pest control does NOT need to completely empty your pockets. Here at Bird-X, we understand that the economy is tight and we want to help. Our prices are reasonable and we off a FREE consultation.

Call us up at 800-860-0473 to talk to one of our X-perts. Bird-X has the solution to your problem!

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