Controlling Pest Birds With Bird Spikes


Controlling Pest Birds with Bird Spikes

By: Fran Prisco

The name bird spikes conjures up notions of barbarians with studded weapons used against defenseless little birds, but that is just not true.  Bird control spikes, also known as needle spikes or anti-roosting spikes are devices consisting of long, needle-like spikes used to control pest birds.  The needles or spikes are usually all plastic or a plastic base with stainless steel spikes.  They are harmless to pest birds, the spikes are not sharp, but create an unsuitable landing area for the birds so they move on to a more hospitable site.  Bird spikes are designed to keep pest pigeons and larger birds off of building ledges, signs, parapet walls and other flat surfaces that pest birds like to roost and nest on.

Every year millions of dollars are spent cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by pest birds such as pigeons, sea gulls, crows and other urban birds. Not only are these problems unsightly; pest birds and their feces can spread 60 plus transmittable diseases. Safety, sanitation and health hazards caused by bird droppings can pose serious liability risks, and left untreated, can lead to accidents and lawsuits. Bird feces, bird nests and debris can also create a bad public image with tenants and patrons. Individuals, companies and government agencies are tired of cleaning up bird feces or repairing the damage that is caused by pest birds and their droppings. Instead they have decided to invest in a Bird Control Solution, which is often as simple as installing bird spikes.

Bird spikes are made in one-foot or two-foot lengths, with different widths.  The widths of the spikes are usually 3”, 5” and 8”.  The width of the bird spike used is determined by the area to be covered.  It is best if the entire surface area that birds are landing on is covered with bird spikes.  Installation of bird spikes is often as easy as applying adhesive or screwing them down.  Once installed bird spikes are virtually invisible, not taking away from architectural detail.  If you look hard around any major city in the country, you will find bird spikes on building ledges, signs, light posts and other areas. 

Bird spikes have been labeled as the “most effective type of bird deterrent”.  They are also one of the most economical pest bird deterrents; requiring little to no maintenance once installed.  Bird spikes made of rigid plastic and high-grade stainless steel can last over 10-years installed on a building and retain their effectiveness.  Most are manufactured with U.V. protectors in the plastic so that sun and weather have little effect on the material.  When purchasing bird spikes, be sure that they are constructed of rigid U.V. protected plastic like those available at <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’);” href=”” target=”_new”>Bird-B-Gone, Inc.</a>

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Bird Control Products have come a long way since the Scarecrow

The scarecrow has become somewhat of a cultural icon. We have seen scarecrows personified in popular movies like the wizard of oz, in comics, cartoons and more. The image is surely recognizable to most people.


Scarecrows were the first bird control product on record.  The first mention was found in the “Kojiki”, the oldest surviving book in Japan in 712 AD. In the Kojiki, the scarecrow was described as a deity who, though without feet, was out in all weather and all seasons.  It was designed to scare crows and other birds from disturbing food crops. Farmers most likely noticed that birds were scared away when people were tending the fields, and devised a simple way to deter them.


So what about today? Even though most people are familiar with the image of a scarecrow, most dealing with a pest bird problem are unaware of  just how many bird control products are now available. Whether you have a bird problem on your home, business, or out in the field, bird deterrents have come a long way.

Bird control products have evolved by using today’s technologies to solve an age old problem, but many new products still use the same ideals that helped the scarecrow work. The scarecrow is categorized as a visual deterrent, when birds saw one in the field they thought they were looking at a human and would flee from the area.


 Other visual deterrents available today include Flash tape, Balloons, and Diverters. These three products can be strung in fruit trees or bushes, in backyard gardens, from balconies, gazebos and more.  These products are shiny and reflective, some having large predator eyes printed on them. Just as the scarecrow appealed to a bird’s visual sense, birds seeing these deterrents will be frightened or confused and want to flee the area.


There are also sound deterrents available to help with pest birds. The Bird Chase Super Sonic plays a mixture of predator calls and distress calls; when a bird hears either call; their natural instinct is to leave the area. Sound deterrents work best for large open spaces, where birds can indiscriminately land.


Beyond sound deterrents there are a wide selection of physical barriers and products that can be used on ledges, rooflines and more. Bird Netting is widely used to block birds from nesting in rafters, eaves, in garages and more. Bird Spikes, Bird Slope, and Bird Gel are three products that can be used to keep birds off of ledges, window sills, fence lines, rooflines, light fixtures, and most spots where birds choose to sit or roost.  


There are repellents, motion deterrents, live traps, and more available to help shoo birds from your property. Pest control companies also use a wide variety of bird control products. Many of today’s pest control companies offer bird control as a service, and can help humanly discourage birds from your home or business.


The great thing about today’s bird deterrents is that they are humane. The scarecrow was simply designed to move birds along, and many of today’s bird deterrents have the same goals. Over the years people have discovered that harming or killing birds does little to change their behavior, there will always new birds to replace those taken away. Discouraging them using bird control products will give much better results.

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Flight Bird Cages

If you wonder why you need flight bird cages, which are taller and wider than the average cages, the answer is that if you want your bird to feel comfortably, you should think about that. In flight bird cages your bird will be kept completely healthy. There is more space and your bird will be able to fly freely. Although small flight bird cages also have some advantages, they are good when you travel with your bird or for the night. Here are some arguments for buying flight bird cages instead of general ones.

Everybody knows that exercises are important if you want to be fit, the same is with birds. Their exercise is flying and it is important for their skeletal and muscle structures, heart beating and resistance to diseases. In good weather it is better to put your bird outdoors in flight bird cages which is important for their health, of course it should be done regularly for a while. Screeching or feather picking will not be a trouble any more when your bird is outside on a regular basis.

You will be glad to see your bird flying and you would like to encourage that behavior.If you notice that your bird normally flits side to side, you should consider buying wider flight bird cages where the bird will be happier and more comfortable. Flight bird cages are also ideal for breeding birds because they have several perches and feeders for multiple birds. Birds communicate with their ‘partners’ by flying and their status can be expressed by their flight. How can they understand whether the bird is single or not? What about you? Will you merry someone without dating? The same is with birds. Also flight prevents your bird of being tense .In small cages they may become aggressive with behavioral problems.

It is very important if your bird has never been in flight bird cages to move him slowly step by step. At first gradually move him out of his small cage for a few minutes, then increase the period until the bird feels comfortable.Doing this you will decrease the bird’s stress and nervousness. If there are other birds in the flight bird cage, hang the bird at the highest point to be sure that he can easily watch them. Be aware that your bird has to be in good shape, if he is sick, wait before placing him in flight bird cages because he will use a lot of energy to get around and this could slow down the recovery process. Flight bird cages are easier to clean and make you and your bird happier.


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The Veterinary Secrets To Giving Your Pet Bird A Vibrant and Healthy Life

Birds make great pets and are relatively easy to take care of.
There are many different types of birds. There are birds that
sing and birds that have beautiful colors. Although there is
some work and planning that goes into having a bird.

There are several types of birds that are bred in captivity. A
few of the most popular birds are parakeets, canaries, finches,
and cockatiels. These birds are comfortable in most homes and
are usually pretty well behaved.

Your bird should have a safe secure cage. The cage should be
large enough so that the bird can fully extend it’s wings.
Finches and canaries need room to fly short distances. Parakeet
and cockatiels need room to climb. The bars should be 3/8 to 1/2
of an inch apart. This way the bird cannot escape or get stuck.
You should line the bottom with hard wood shaving.

Place the cage away from drafts and away from direct sunlight.
Birds are very sensitive to noise, smoke and large activity, so
the cage should go in a quiet room. You should also place the
bird at eye level. If you have other pets, such as dogs and cats
you should make sure you put the cage in a place safe from them.

You should also put all kinds of toys in your birds cage. This
will keep your bird occupied and will also keep him active.
Another thing that birds like are mirrors. They enjoy talking to
their reflection. You need to place different levels of perches
around your birds cage. This way the bird can fly from perch to
perch and get some exercise.

Feeding your bird isn’t that complicated. You can get a high
quality seed mixture that is made especially for your type of
bird. These include all the vegetables and fruits your bird will
need. You can find that at most pet stores and even some super

You should probably get a cuttlebone for your bird. A cuttlebone
is a type of bone that your bird can pick at. There is calcium
in this bone. That way your bird will get all the calcium it
needs. You will also need a bird grit to help digestion. Another
thing your bird will need is a supply of fresh water. You can
keep the water in a little dish in the cage at all times. Make
sure that it is always available. It is a good idea to give your
bird little amounts of fruits and vegetables sometimes.

Birds clean themselves, so you don’t need to worry about giving
them a bath. But you do need to clean your bird’s cage about
once a week. You should change the saw dust and clean all the
toys to get the bad germs off.

Most birds are very sociable. Parakeets, finches, and cockatiels
get along with other birds. It would be okay to keep them in the
same cage with another bird. But make sure that the cage is big
enough for both birds.

You should take your bird out at least once a day. Try to get
the bird used to being with humans. Most birds enjoy climbing on
your head and nestling in your hair. But if you are going to let
your bird out of it’s cage be sure that its wings are clipped.
You will know when it is time of a clipping when your bird can
start to get some flight.

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dull and limply feathers, discharge around the eyes and noise,
and wet and dirty around the anus. If you notice any of these
signs you should take your bird to the vet. The vet will
probably put your bird on some kind of medication.

Birds are very enjoyable. They are not that much work, but do
show affection. They can be very comical too. They can do some
pretty weird stuff. You can also teach them to talk and sing.
Birds are very fun.

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Birds are one of the top problems of the agricultural production in the country. Not only do birds interrupt crops, they can also ruin your garden, the school’s playground, the parking lot in your work, and many more locations where birds exist.

There are many products that could help you with your problem. There are a number of pesticides and other machinery that could be used to prevent pest birds. But there are also many good birds that do not cause damage, and may even help to pollenate your crops and garden, or control smaller pests such as bugs. What, therefore, is the safest way to control the population of problem birds without interfering with the populations of the good birds? Bird netting is your answer.

Bird netting has many advantages, such as –

1. Health Issues

There have been studies that birds could give illnesses when droppings get in contact with people’s skin. Pigeons for example, carry infectious diseases. These pigeons could give people tuberculosis, flu, paratyphoid, Lyme-disease, Toxoplasmosis, and Encephalitis. By making sure that these pigeons do not spread their diseases, bird netting could put an end to your health worrying.

2. Protecting Plantation

Most birds tend to peck on your fruits, vegetables, and plants because they know that these are food. Do not underestimate the birds. Protect your plantation with bird netting, so your plants are fenced safely away from their prying beaks.

3. Save The Birds

The best advantage bird netting has is it is environmentally friendly. By making use of bird netting to protect your property, you are not killing the birds. You are simply covering up the location with a net for the birds to stay away. Unlike other methods of pest control, bird netting does not harm the birds. Pesticides and aroma repellants terminate the birds permanently. Plus, there are laws regarding the harming of birds like robins and blackbirds. Using bird netting, you are abiding the law!

4. Bird netting is versatile

- Large spaces such as buildings parks, and plantations
- Small spaces like backyard or a rose garden
- Agricultural farms and plants
- Impressive variety of bird netting products
- A single bird net can be used for as long as ten years
- Variety of colors
- Variety of materials available (usually polyethylene strings or steel, to withstand extreme weather conditions)
- Prices of bird netting range from $150 to $8000 dollars

Bird netting is the smartest and most affordable way to repel birds on your area. One final note – be aware that an absence of birds may cause your garden to be a safe haven for bugs and other smaller pests that would otherwise have been controlled had the birds have access to the area. Bird netting does not 100% guarantee the livelihood of your protected area.

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Bird Watching is a recreation anyone can enjoy at anytime of the year

Do you ever have a day when you have nothing to do ?, You know them times when your on the internet in some chat room, and you type ‘ I’m bored ! ‘, or your flipping through the TV channels, and you say to yourself or out loud ‘ 250 channels, and nothing good to watch ! ‘, yes, you know what I am talking about. Now you have something you can do on them so called boring days, go bird watching.

No matter where you live you probably have birds of some kind, even folks in New York have central park and other places where they can go bird watching. There are three things you should have when bird watching, these are a pair of binoculars, a notebook, and a bird guide.

Binoculars can be purchased for under $60 at most Kmart or Walmart stores. Binoculars with a magnification of 10 x 50 are perfect for bird watching. Don’t think that a more powerful pair of binoculars like 20 x 60 or 30 x 80 are better, this is not the case. Stronger binoculars are fine if you are into star gazing, but they are horrible for bird watching. The higher powered binoculars need a tripod to use them without shaking, and even without a tripod, the powerful binoculars are larger and can be very heavy to carry around, the 10 x 50 ones are perfect for every occasion.

A small tablet or notebook can be purchased at most stores, don’t get nothing expensive just a small spiral one will do fine. Now the last thing is the most important item when it comes to bird watching. If you are truly going to watch birds, you should know what type of birds you are looking at when you spot a new one, so visit your local book store or look in the birding section of an online bookstore, such as amazon, at the end of this article I have a website address that has some of Amazons best bird guides, videos, binoculars and more.

Ok, so you have your binoculars, notebook and pencil, and your bird guide, now let’s go outside and go bird watching. I am sure you won’t have to walk very far to spot a bird or two. I am lucky enough to currently live here in the country, all I have to do is open my door and I will hear the sounds of birds. If I step outside my front door, I can often see sparrows or finches, in the spring time the yard always has a couple robins hopping around, and crows flying around the nearby woods, high overhead I often see turkey buzzards soaring against the blue sky. One time I opened my front door and across the road in the top of a large tree a horned owl was sitting, it stayed there for about 10 minutes, turning it’s head often as it looked around.

If you have any grassy, wooded or open areas with trees or bushes, you can usually find birds. One of the best things about bird watching is anyone can do it, even if your in a wheelchair, you can sit and watch birds. It’s a great recreation for anyone that is alone, or for the whole family to do together.

When you go out, remember to take your bird watching items with you, your binoculars, notebook and pencil, and bird guide. When you spot a bird look in your binoculars too see all it’s beauty in close detail, if you do not recognize the species of bird your seeing, get out your bird guide and look it up. When you realize the type of bird you see, write down in your notebook the following information; ‘ the name of the bird, the area where it was spotted, the date, and time ‘. The information in your notebook, helps you understand what types of birds frequent your area, it also is pretty neet being able to read back and see when you spotted a new or rare bird.

If you have a yard, tree or even a window you can attract birds by installing a simple feeder. Bird feeders are very inexpensive and they have feeders that can hang on a tree branch, or fence, or even stick to the outside of a window.

Attracting different species of birds often requires different types of bird seed and other food. Hummingbirds are attracted to red, pink and orange flowers, they especially like trumpet vines or other tubular-flowered plants, they are also very attracted to hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water or red sweetened kool-aid. Robins like mowed lawns, so in the spring and summer if you want to see robins, mow your grass, the birds come looking for bugs and earthworms that are more easily accessible because you cut the grass length. Goldfinches love thistle seed, thistle is more expensive then most common bird seed, but you cannot beat it if you want to attract goldfinches. Blue Jays are large and sometimes noisy, but if you want to bring them, put out a feeder full of black oil sunflower seeds. Cardinals are very neat looking, there is nothing nicer than looking out the window in the winter, and seeing a bright red cardinal sitting on a nearby tree branch or feeder. Cardinals are like Blue Jays, in that they both love a diet of black oil sunflower seeds. If you want to attract sparrows, a bag of plain mixed bird seed will do just fine.

There is Computer Software that is made just for ‘ Bird Watching ‘. The software is called: ‘ Bird Watcher Professional ‘, you can read the details and download a trial version of it for free at this website address:

Here is a website address that has some of the best Bird Guides (Books), Videos, Binoculars and other birding equipment that Amazon sells:

By Robert W. Benjamin

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Robert W. Benjamin has been in the software business on the internet for over 5 years, and has been producing low-cost software for the past 25+ years. He first released software on the AMIGA and C64 computer systems in the late 1970’s-80’s.

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