Bird Control for Hotels

Bird Control for Hotels

Whether yours is a Motel 6 in Arizona or the Bellagio in Las Vegas, pest birds can be a major problem on hotels. And unless you invest in some effective bird control measures, you’ll pay the price in lost customers and expensive clean ups and repairs.

Cleaning Up After Pest Birds

You can’t just pick up a broom and sweep bird droppings into a dustpan. For one thing, if the droppings become airborne through dry sweeping, workers can easily ingest the particles through their nose and mouth. This can be very hazardous, since bird droppings can carry a virus called encephalitis, which can cause an inflammation of the brain. The fact is, bird droppings not only create offensive odors, they can carry any of 60 known diseases. Sparrows and feral pigeons, for example, can carry bacteria causing salmonellosis. Pigeons can also carry ornithosis, a disease similar to viral pneumonia. This makes pest birds especially onerous near hotels where “people traffic” can track in these disease-carrying particles on a daily basis.

Unsightly and Dangerous

A hotel sign covered with bird droppings can be a real turn off to potential guests. The same holds true for walkways covered with bird droppings. And speaking of walkways, should a guest ever slip and fall on a bird dropping, you’ll no doubt be hearing from his or her personal injury attorney who will engage your hotel in prohibitively expensive and time-consuming litigation.

Bird Control Measures

Fortunately, there are many effective bird control measures available to hotel owners. All are humane, easy to install, and require very little or no maintenance.

Electric Tracks

If your hotel has been attacked by pigeons, seagulls or other birds, a device called an Electric Track has proven to be an effective bird control measure. These electrified tracks give birds the “heave ho” with a mild electric shock. The tracks are easy to install on ledges, signs, rooftops, and most any flat or curved surface. Some of the better electric tracks are low profile and hard to see from ground level. The best electric tracks feature a flow-through design that keeps water from damming up on rooftops. Another thing to look for is corrosion-resistant tracks that resist alkali and acidic environments.

Bird Spikes Work

One of the most effective bird control measures ever invented, the Bird Spike is ideal for deterring pigeons and other large birds. Pest birds simply can’t land on or near these spikes. And while they look like Freddy Kruger’s claws, they are blunted at the tip, so they’re safe for use around birds and maintenance crews. Bird Spikes come in strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate or flexible stainless steel. The best spikes are made of marine-grade stainless steel and feature a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base that can be bent to fit curved surfaces. Also available are spikes with a crush proof, non-reflective metal finish. Bird spikes now even come in a variety of colors–like crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan–to blend in with a hotel’s color scheme.

Sometimes seagulls, crows, and pigeons like to build nests in rain gutters. This can clog them and have water backing up all over the roof and into other crevices. To solve this problem, there’s the Gutter Spike. The best gutter spikes come with adjustable clamps at the base, which makes them easier to install to the lip of a gutter. If you’re hotel is being besieged by cormorants, turkey vultures, raptors and other large birds, consider getting the Mega Spike. Its long 7″ spikes deter even the most determined winged pest.

Bird Spiders Whip Pest Birds Away

For patios, rooftops, awnings, signs, parking lot lights and other troublesome areas where pest birds tend to gather, the Bird Spider has quite a reputation as an effective bird control device. What’s good about these devices is that they can be moved from one area to another to discourage pest birds the minute they become a problem. The long spindly spider-like arms wave in the breeze making birds feel threatened. Bird spiders come in a variety of diameters (arm lengths) to deter a wide range of areas. And like bird spikes, they may look threatening, but they are harmless to birds and humans.

Bird Netting Stops Them

To exclude pest birds from hotel signs, courtyards, canopies, and rooftops, there’s Bird Netting. This barrier method of bird control comes in a variety of mesh sizes to deter sparrows, starlings, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds. Bird netting even comes in several colors–white, stone and black–to better match your hotel’s color scheme. The best netting usually meets ISO 1806 protocols and will hold up longer. Other qualities to look for are U.V.-stabilized, flame resistant, and rot- and water-proof.

Bird Slopes Blend In

Perhaps the unobtrusive bird control measure on the market, Bird Slope blends in with your hotel like a piece of architecture. When pest birds try to land on these angled, slippery PVC panels, they slide off like tomato seeds off a spoon. Ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas frequented by birds, bird slopes are easily glued to most any flat surface. They even come in a variety of colors to match a your hotel’s color palette.

Bird Gels

Easy to apply to problem areas where pest birds seem to gather, Bird Gels exploit a bird’s fear of being trapped. The gel stays tacky and sticky for up to six month, tugging at a bird’s feet. Gels won’t trap them like fly paper, but the feeling they get is a real persuader never to come back to that landing site. Once they do, they can’t wait to leave. Bird gels are ideal for use on ledges, parapet walls, conduit, pipes, and other flat or curved surfaces.


Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on effective bird control. If your hotel has a pest bird problem, visit Bird-B-Gone, Inc. where you will find a complete line of proffesional grade bird deterrents. Not sure you can handle the job? Bird-B-Gone has a network of “authorized installers” in your area that can help!

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