Finally, Effective and Humane Ways to Deal with Bird Pests

Finally, Effective and Humane Ways to Deal with Bird Pests

The three most common bird pests are pigeons, house sparrows, and European starlings. Sometimes woodpeckers, make the list, since they can severely damage wooden structures.


Man has long had a love-hate relationship with the ubiquitous and prolific pigeon. The bird originated from domesticated European homing pigeons and will eat almost anything. They nest on ledges and other man-made structures and will create quite a mess in bird droppings.


Another pest bird is the sparrow. Commonly found in urban areas, these small, quick, clever birds are highly adaptable, often gathering in huge flocks to force other birds out of their territories. Sparrows prefer nesting in small, enclosed places like house shutters and soffits, drainage piping, rafters and corrugated metal siding. They average about 20 offspring annually, so their numbers quickly grow to intolerable infestations.


Last of the three most popular bird pests is the starling. This dark muscular bird will typically gather in huge flocks and, like the sparrow, will drive out other native birds. Homeowners can expect to find starlings in bathrooms and dryer vents, where their dense nests block air flow. Another problem is their sprayed feces, which can eventually corrode stone, metal and masonry due to the uric acid in these droppings.


The droppings of most bird pests can freeze up and damage machinery. Worse yet, the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites in droppings and nesting materials have been known to cause serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, and toxoplasmosis.


Bird pests can be a problem. And there are all sorts of ways to deter bird pests without resorting to toxic chemicals or bird poisons (avicides). Besides, the use of avicides is usually pretty restrictive, since they kill a lot more than bird pests.


Luckily, innovative bird control firms have tapped into science and bird psychology to come up with a number of humane and highly effective ways to deter bird pests.


Topping the list as the most economical are the family of pest bird deterrents known as bird scare products. Reflective Foil/Flash Tape and Balloons fall into this category.Flash tape is a highly visible banner that waves and crinkle in the breeze to intimidate bird pests. They are inexpensive and attach easily to boat masts, poles, patios and trees. Akin to flash tape, the Bird Scare Balloon, is just as effective. Balloons often have big predator eyes to frighten bird pests. Bird scare products like these are effective as long as they are changed often, since birds will get used to them.


Next up is the simple but effective Bird Spider. This pest bird deterrent is ideal for use on parking-lot lights, level signs, streetlights, rooftops, and AC units. They’re basically bird scare products with thin, bouncing stainless steel arms that whip about in the breeze. Spiders come in various sizes–typically 2′, 4′ and 8′ diameters to cover large areas and deter various bird types. They’re easy to install and are effective against pigeons, seagulls, and larger birds. The best spiders have a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base.


Perhaps the most popular and widely known pest bird deterrent is the Bird Spike. These are highly effective in keeping bird pests off roofs, window ledges, I-beams parapet walls, awnings, canopies, signs and gutters. The spike strips come with rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate spikes or tough, durable stainless steel spikes. While the spikes may look dangerous, they’re harmless to birds, installers and maintenance crews. Most bird spikes come in 3″, 5″ and 8″ widths and better spikes have a non-reflective metal finish, which makes them almost invisible from ground level. Spikes have proven so effective that some have been recommended by architects, contractors and government agencies.


Praised for its utter simplicity is the Bird Slope. This clever device deters bird pests by not allowing them to get a landing foothold. Birds just can’t get a grip on the angled, slippery PVC panels. Bird slopes are quite effective against all types of birds, including swallows, starlings, pigeons, and seagulls. They’re perfectly suited for ledges, eaves, beams and other 90-degree areas. Easily installed on virtually any surface using glue or screws, bird slopes now come in several colors, so they’ll blend in with a building’s aesthetics. To ensure the panels you order last in harsh weather, opt for U.V. protected PVC panels.


Another highly effective way to deter bird pests is Bird Gel. Simply put,birds hate to land on this sticky, tacky chemical goo. Once they get their feet into it, they shake a leg and flee, rarely to return. Gels are easy to apply with a caulking gun and the chemical is harmless to people and birds. Gels work quite well on pipes, conduit, ledges, I-beams, and parapet walls. The best gels are colorless and effective in hot or cold climates. One application lasts up to six months outdoors.


Nothing like a physical barrier to keep bird pests out. That’s the idea behind Bird Netting. The netting comes in 3/4″, 1-1/8″ and 2″ mesh sizes to deter a wide range of birds and bird sizes. The prefect solution for fruit trees, crops, and vineyards, bird netting is also available in heavy-duty construction to keep bird pests clear of air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, and large canopies. Some of the best bird netting is flame resistant and rot and waterproof. If you plan to net areas around electrical equipment or transmitters, opt for non-conductive netting.


Next up is the persuader of pest bird deterrents–the Electric Track.Birds who try to land on these tracks get a harmless jolt of electricity that says, “not here, mister bird.” The tracks are easily installed on flat or curved surfaces. The best are designed with a flow-thru feature that keeps water from backing up around them.

Finally, we come to a safe chemical pest bird deterrent–Misters and Foggers. These systems spray a super fine mist of methyl anthranilate into the air, which birds can’t stand. The chemical used is a grape extract that occurs naturally in concord grapes and is harmless to birds and humans. Misting systems are ideal for use in large areas. The  systems vary from simple to advanced with some having adjustable nozzles and timers to deter various bird types.



Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane and effective bird control. To learn more about the products mentioned please visit Pigeon Control http://www.pigeoncontrol.com

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Bird control only effective solution to get rid of birds

Bird control only effective solution to get rid of birds

Birds are both shrewdness and witty as their character habits. Birds and Pigeons originate in every place of the globe. This can be done by adopting effective adoptive bird control methods.
Birds can be spotted on the roofs and walkways. As we all know that birds are harmless creatures in this world. Birds can be controlled by various natural methods. Natural methods of birds control are humane and they don’t harm to birds. One natural method is of using bird spikes, it is very effective bird deterrent. Bird’s spikes are the devices designed to keep birds from perching on the edges, parapets, pipes, beams, cutouts and ledges of building structures. Cleaning regularly the place where birds settle. Birds often commonly a place because people feed them. The birds get returned where they get food      

Sound deterrent is also efficient method to get rid of birds. Different types of audible deterrent devices like audible bird repellers and silent bird repellers to get rid of birds from landing there. Other natural methods to get rid of birds like using of bird gel and birds netting. The bird- gel prevents birds. It blocks birds from normal roosting areas. This type of gel can be used in any weather. It is harmless to metal structures, sealed masonry and ornamental metals. The bird gel is most effective for pigeons, sparrows.
The bird netting can be plastic netting or knotted polythene netting. This type of netting stops birds from roosting & nesting in many areas using this Heavy-Duty bird netting. It is easy to install pliable, maintenance-free. Nearly Invisible will not mar the look of your property. The bird netting can be easily installed at bridges, overpasses, office complexes, shopping center, vineyards crops etc. Some other natural methods are to use of bird taste repellers. Form of taste repellers are sprayed on biodegrable products. The taste repellers are of 3 types as Goose Chase, bird shield, fruit shield. The liquid is sprayed on different areas to get rid of birds. Bird netting is another method to get rid of birds.

Bird spikes& bird control decoys are a different natural to get rid of birds. A bird control spike, also known as anti-roosting spikes or roost modification, is a device consisting of long, needle-like rods used for bird control. The bird spike can be easily installed at chimneys, Poles, beams, projectors, building projections and where ever they roost.  The bird spikes can be stainless steel spikes or plastic spikes.

Bird lite is good example of bird control decoy   . It Scares birds away with one-million-candle-power light flashes that they find aggravating. It is best for shadowy enclosed or semi-enclosed areas. It gives intense white, red and blue light flashes 75 flashes time per minute. The bird lite is effective against pigeons, sparrows, starlings, swallows, crows, blackbirds and more.  The best problem is to solve of bird roosting.

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Effective Bird Control for Healthcare Centers & Hospitals

by Aztlek

Effective Bird Control for Healthcare Centers & Hospitals



It’s no secret that people who are already sick are more vulnerable to contracting diseases. And one potentially unhealthful source of disease is bird waste. As a hospital administrator, you are no doubt aware of the problems pest birds can cause.  Many species of birds, including pigeons, starlings and sparrows, often gather to roost on a hospital’s roof, under parking structures, in receiving bays and loading docks, and around exterior employee lunch and snack areas. Without bird control, you soon have a noisy, smelly and potentially dangerous problem on your hands.


Keep in mind that a single pigeon can excrete up to 25 pounds of droppings per year. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites in bird droppings and nesting materials have been known to carry any of 60 diseases–including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, and toxoplasmosis, even the West Nile virus.


No less harmful is bird fecal dust carried into hospitals through rooftop heating, ventilation and air-conditioning ducts. Birds often build nests around air handling equipment, ducts, compressors and other vented pathways. Dried by wind and sun, this disease-infested dust gets sucked into HVAC systems. The fine particles can quickly spread diseases throughout a hospital or medical center.


Hospital administrators should also be aware of the negative visual impact bird droppings, nests and other debris can have on a hospital’s image. Finally, bird droppings can cause dangerous slip-and-fall hazards–a huge legal liability for any institution.


Today’s Humane Bird Control Measures


Hospitals and healthcare centers are somewhat restricted in their use of pest bird control measures. They certainly can’t use firearms, noise cannons or fireworks. And poisons present too much of a liability. Besides, federal, state and local wildlife protection ordinances forbid the use of lethal or harmful bird control measures. Fortunately, there are several highly effective bird proofing solutions currently available  that are safe, sane and humane.


Bird Spikes


The good thing about Bird Spikes is that they prevent many species of large birds from landing  in the first place. Suddenly, rooftops, ledges, signs, light fixtures and other elevated areas are off-limits to birds. Bird Spikes come in rows of spiked strips. And you can get them in either rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate or high strength, durable stainless steel. The stainless steel spikes come in 3-, 5- and 8-inch widths; the plastic spikes (which cost slightly less) come in 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths. Plastic spikes are ideal for use near antenna arrays since they won’t interfere with radiated RF energy. You can get bird spikes in a non-reflective metal finish or a variety of colors–like white, tan, gray, black, brown, brick red and crystal clear. There’s also a no-gap spike that’s easy to affix to curved surfaces.


If your hospital or healthcare center is being invaded by large birds like gulls, try the Mega Spike. Its 7-inch spikes made of marine grade stainless steel will make sure these birds get the point and leave. There’s also the Gutter Spike, ideal for keeping large pest birds out of gutters or drains. Look for gutter spikes that have adjustable clamps at the base; these allow the spikes to be easily attached to the lip of a gutter.


Lastly, Birds Spikes look dangerous, but they are harmless to birds or people. They have even been approved by a number of humane groups worldwide–including the U.S. Humane Society and PICAS (Pigeon Control Advisory Service).


Sonic Bird Deterrents


Ideal for use in certain areas of a hospital or healthcare center, Typically, Sonic Bird Deterrents emit predator and distress calls that frighten pest birds but are basically just natural sounds that are not unpleasant to humans.  Some highly versatile sonic systems emit distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. The sounds are cycled every few minutes to convince pest birds that they best leave or risk being attacked. Sonic Bird Deterrents are an ideal bird control solution for deterring pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many other birds.


Bird Netting


To keep pest birds out of certain specific areas–like eaves, overhangs, patios, and parking structure recesses–there’s Bird Netting. This barrier bird control measure is available  in various cuts and mesh sizes. For large birds like pigeons or seagulls, use a 1-1/8-inch to 2-inch mesh size. Sparrows or starlings, on the other hand are best excluded using a 3/4-inch mesh net. The best bird repellent netting will meet ISO 1806 protocols, is U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof. In areas where electrical conductivity or radio frequency interference is a problem, non-conductive netting is often used. Also note that netting now comes in various colors– including white, stone and black–to match a structure’s color scheme.



A great spot deterrent for ledges, rooflines, eaves, signs and most flat or curved surfaces, Electric Tracks impart a mild electrical shock when birds land on their surface. This is an ideal bird control device for use against a wide variety of pest birds–including pigeons, sparrows, gulls, starlings and crows. The best electric tracks feature a low-profile design that makes them almost invisible. The strips of electrified track are usually powered by an AC charger or solar charger. One manufacturer uses copper knitted wire mesh in a continuous “tube-in-tube” stocking design. This gives the track greater conductivity, strength and reliability. The copper mesh is resists corrosion and will stand up to alkali and acidic environments.

Bird Slope

These angled, slippery PVC panels known simply as Bird Slope, won’t allow pest birds enough of a grip to land. After a few unsuccessful attempts, they just slide off like water off a goose. Bird slopes are easily installed, tucking unnoticeably into ledges, eaves, beams and other 90-degree areas pest birds often nest. The best panels are U.V. protected and sun and weather resistant. They deter a wide range of birds, including swallows, starlings, pigeons and seagulls. Some panels have a “snap-on” extender, which allows them to adapt more easily to wider ledges and coverage areas.

Bird Scare Deterrents


These inexpensive bird control devices make pest birds too nervous to nest. There’s Flash tape, an iridescent material that shimmers and crackles in the sunlight and breeze to scare pest birds. And Bird Scare Balloons, which, emblazoned with lifelike reflective predator eyes, bob and weave menacingly in the breeze to make birds really uncomfortable.



Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on effective bird control methods for commercial and residential properties. To learn more about the products or methods listed in this article, visit Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone works with a network of professional authorized bird control installers across the globe that can install bird spikes, bird netting, eletric track systems and more.

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Effective USA Bird Control Strategies

Effective USA Bird Control Strategies

Across the country, thousands of birds will often surround an area for months at a time. The noise, smell and contamination of parks, fields and structures can create a huge problem. Clean-up efforts can be costly, not to mention repairing the damage pest birds can create. Unlike some cities in Europe where birds are tolerated as part of the urban landscape, USA bird control strategies seek to limit bird invasions. In fact, many on this side of the pond have sought to enforce bird control using BB guns, poisons or other lethal culling methods. These methods are frowned upon by professional bird control experts who say that they only offer temporary relief. For the minute these measures are put aside, birds will start to return en masse to wreak havoc once again.

Experts in USA bird control insist there are much more effective bird deterrent measures one can use to keep pest birds away from parks and property. Some of these devices and methods are discussed below.

Visual Bird Deterrents


These bird scare deterrents include reflective foil banners, reflective strips and blow-up balloons that make pest birds feel threatened and uncomfortable. Strips and banners will crackle in the wind and sparkle in the sunlight, which makes birds feel very nervous. Balloons emblazoned with large predator eyes are intimidating as well, convincing pest birds that predators are lurking and just waiting to attack. These devices are widely used by USA bird control experts because they are easy to install on gazebos, overhangs, patios, eaves, and other open areas where birds often nest and roost.


Bird Spiders


Creating alarm and distraction with flagellating arms that whip around in the breeze is the Bird Spider. These devices come with various length spider arms to deter birds of different sizes. Spiders are easy to set up and virtually maintenance free. They can be used on tabletops, awnings, patio covers, and canvas boat covers–just about any flat surface where pest birds like to land.


Bird Spikes


The ubiquitous Bird Spike, while appearing lethal at first glance, is actually quite humane and surprisingly effective as a bird deterrent. Bird spikes simply won’t allow pest birds to land anywhere near them, which is why they have been widely used on rooftops, awnings, gutters, girders, signs and ledges–the list goes on and on. The bird spike is one of the most effective devices used by USA bird control professionals. The spiked strips come with steel or rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate spikes. You can also get the Mega Spike (with long 7-inch spikes) to deter big birds like gulls, cormorants, vultures and raptors. Finally, there’s the Gutter Spike, which is specially designed to keep birds out of rain gutters.


Bird Slope


Once they land, even birds can’t defy gravity. Which is what makes Bird Slopes so effective as a bird deterrent. The steep-angled PVC panels keep pest birds from getting a solid footing, so any attempt to land is an almost comic act of “squirrel cage” antics that eventually forces birds to give up and leave. The panels are easily installed on most any surface using screws or glue. Widely used as a USA bird control measure, the best bird slopes are made of UV- stabilized polycarbonate to last longer. Some panels even come in various colors to match the exterior color palette of their surroundings.


Bird Gels


This sticky goo bugs the heck out of birds. The reason is, Bird Gels tug at birds’ feet with every step they take, making them feel really uneasy. Gels are easily applied with a standard caulking gun and when the goo sets, it never quite dries, leaving an icky, tacky surface that lasts for about six months. Ideal for flat or curved surfaces like parapet walls, conduit, pipes, ledges, and I-beams, Bird Gels are almost invisible as a bird deterrent.


Bird Netting


Often used to exclude pest birds from specific areas, Bird Netting is ideal for deterring pest birds from atriums, orchards, vineyards, warehouses, airport hangers and similar areas. Bird Netting comes in various mesh sizes–like 3/4-, 1-1/8- and 2-inch–to control specific bird sizes. Netting is harmless to birds and there are various types that are suitable for specific applications. There’s agricultural netting to keep birds off fruit trees and crops, and heavy-duty netting to deny pest birds access to buildings and other structures. USA bird control experts advise getting Premium Bird Netting, which is U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof.


Electric Tracks


These devices impart a harmless, mild electric jolt to birds the second they land on them. Ideal for ledges, rooflines, parapet walls, I-beams, eaves and signs, Electric Tracks are easy to install on any flat or curved surface. They present an ideal deterrent for pigeons, sparrows, gulls, starlings and similar pest birds. One manufacturer makes a low-profile, electrical track system that it measures just 1/4-inch at its highest point, and comes in four colors–grey, stone, black and terracotta. It’s almost invisible to anyone looking up from the ground. USA bird control experts prefer tracks that feature a flow-thru design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops.





Solar Bird Repellers


Using the power of the sun to deter pest birds is quite the novel idea. Now it’s more than a concept with the Solar Powered Bird Repeller. These clever devices have spinning arms that whip birds away and convince others that the area they protect is a no-fly zone. Ideal for pigeons, seagulls and larger birds, Solar Bird Repellers prevent birds from landing on signs, billboards, roofs, and similar surfaces.


The Scarecrow


Ideal for yards, parks, pools, ponds and virtually any outdoor areas, Scarecrows

deliver a stunning blast of water the second a bird approaches its active radius of detection. The devices cover approximately 1,200 square feet with a stream that reaches out 35 feet and 45 feet wide. USA bird control pros like these because they deliver over 1,000 “firings”–on one 9-volt battery. For added versatility, Scarecrows can be easily fine tuned to adjust both their sensitivity and coverage distance.








Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on effective and humane USA Bird Control. To learn more about the products listed in this article, Visit Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone has a complete line of bird control products manufactured in the U.S.A.

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