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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.

Hang bird deterrent tape on windows to prevent birds from hitting them

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Millions of birds die or are injured every year when they hit windows. I had dozens of birds fly into the windows at my house. I taped a strip of this ribbon to the top of each window so it hangs down. It turns and twists in the breeze and alerts birds that the window is not an open space that they can fly through. It seems to have worked very well so far.

By K. Rakovna

View the Irri-Tape bird deterrent tape here.

How to keep your neighbor’s dog from pooping in your yard

I live in a gated community. Not a hoity-toity community or anything, but a nice place to live. Especially with the well manicured landscapes and park-like atmosphere. And it is quite serene. My wife and I like to take walks around our little community and my son loves tossing rocks in the ponds and running across “his” bridge.

We just added a new member to our family – a black Labrador puppy. He’s great! We take him for extended walks, but clean up after him wherever we go. Not so is the case with our neighbors who take their dog out early in the morning and late at night. And each morning and each night I find that I have to clean up an extra helping of poop because my neighbor lets his dog defecate in my yard and does not clean up after it.

There are several dog owners in our community and several “curb” or clean up after their pets. Yet there are a few who don’t. And there’s nothing worse than having to clean up after someone else’s pet.

I have talked to my neighbor, called my association so they could fine him, and even called the non-emergency police to let them know so they could fine him too, but nothing worked. I was at my wit’s end with my neighbor. I actually sat in the bushes early one morning and sprayed him and his dog with my garden hose. This is not something I want to do every morning and he is obviously doing this on purpose now (as opposed to letting his dog crap in my yard on purpose before I started asking him to politely curb his dog).

Yard Gard Electronic Pest Repellent Device

Yard Gard Electronic Pest Repellent Device

And that’s when I figured that the Yard Gard I had from Bird-X, Inc. was going to be my new dog defense system. I had purchased a Yard Gard unit to keep squirrels and rabbits out of my wife’s garden – and it sure did the trick! (I work at this company and was so happy to see firsthand that the humane solution is really the best solution). So I took the Yard Gard and placed it in my front yard (hidden, of course) and turned it on its motion sensor mode and left it to annoy my neighbor’s dog.

I know, you’re wondering how it affects my own dog. Well, here’s the thing: since it is an ultrasonic unit (meaning that its sounds are above human hearing), it cannot penetrate walls. So I leave my dog inside my house and let me neighbor bring his dog over to poop in my yard. You know what? That dog avoids my yard like the plague. And now the dog poops in his “master’s” yard. Now he’s forced to pick up the poop. And I have a poop free yard. And I turn the unit off when I walk my own dog.

If you have any questions on how to keep dogs from pooping in your yard, just check out the Yard Gard at and see how you can keep your lawn dog poop free. If you need a BIG solution to your dog or pest prob lem, look into the Critter Blaster electronic, sonic pest repeller.

What is the best way to keep pigeons off my ledge?

Bird Repellent Gel - Bird Proof

Bird Repellent Gel - Bird Proof

How to get pigeons off ledges

Pigeons, like most birds, are attracted to places that provide roosting and nesting opportunities, food, and shelter. Backyard decks, patios, roofs, and gutters are seen as perfect situations for pigeons to set up shop. We all know that they carry many diseases. And they can be a bit of a pain, disrupting your peaceful day in the backyard flying around and dropping bombs everywhere.

Cheapest way to keep pigeons off your stuff: Bird Proof Gel

So, what can you do to effectively and inexpensively get rid of them? Bird-X actually carries a product, Bird Proof Gel, that works instantaneously. Place some on any surface where pigeons roost, like ledges and gutters, and the surface immediately becomes uncomfortable, making the area sticky and unappealing. Don’t worry; the gel is completely harmless to the birds and non-toxic. It is also discreet and low profile as to not make your property less appealing visually.

Want to control geese? Here’s five tips:

Tip: Geese love simple landscaping. “Hard” edges like those in parks, flower beds, gardens and around ponds will almost certainly attract their flock. Keep a more natural terrain; plant thicker grasses around ponds. This makes access to water more difficult.

Tip: Don’t feed them. Obvious? Definitely, but some people need an extra reminder. If the geese can’t eat on your property, they have no reason to return. A great way to discourage those in public parks is posting “Do not feed the geese” signs.

Tip: You know what geese hate? The smell and taste of Concord grapes. Bird-X’s GooseChase active ingredient, Methyl Anthranilate, is made from a constituent of Concord grapes. One gallon of concentrate yields 60 gallons of mixture. Spray it onto dry grass and said goodbye to geese.

Tip: Shooting and poisoning them don’t work! Short-term solutions do not change the fact that your property is appealing to geese. And these methods create another problem: animal rights activists, angry neighbors, and law enforcement. Stick with humane geese control.

Tip: Visual scares can work wonders if used properly. Try an aversion with mylar eyes, like Terror-Eyes. The lenticular eyes produce a holographic effect, constantly changing, making the birds believe they are being followed everywhere.