Bird Repellers for Business (Case #1)

Parking Areas and Garages

We’ve previously talked about bird repeller solutions and bird repellents, such as bird netting, bird spikes, visual scares, and sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers used for businesses that are experiencing bird problems. These problems discussed relate primarily to business buildings and, to a degree, parking areas. In this ongoing series of posts, we’ll delve into more types of business premises and environments to show some possible solutions to bird problems that may exist in those situations.

First, we’ll delve into the larger issue of parking garages and parking lots. With open parking lots, there are typically signs and light posts where birds may roost. Using bird spikes is the easiest, cost-effective solution to keep birds off of these fixtures and reduce the possibility of bird droppings on cars, pavement and areas such as payment booths or kiosks.

Multi-level parking garages can be a more challenging environment that requires multiple bird repellent techniques.

For those garages that are underground, it is perhaps more important to keep birds from entering as they may become disoriented with all the cars and auto fumes and be unable to exit the garage. Underground garages can also be worse breeding grounds for the smell and unsafe environment that bird droppings create for people. To prevent birds from entering such garages, sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers and visual bird scares can be used. Even more general ultrasonic pest repellers may be useful to deter rodents or other animals from entering the garage as well.

The ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares should block or blanket the areas where the birds may attempt to enter. In general, birds will stay away from the cars entering and leaving but the gate area should be targeted with these bird repellents for times when the car traffic is infrequent. If there are other open areas that allow air to flow in, you might consider covering these sections with bird netting. Air will continue to flow but birds will be kept from entering the garage area.

Open air, multi-level parking garages require a different approach. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers won’t play much of a role in this case. Bird netting will be appropriate only to seal off areas where concrete or steel beams create nesting cubbyholes. If there are structural areas on the face of the parking garage that allow birds to roost and nest where their droppings create a problem on the facing or below, bird netting can also be used to make these ledges inaccessible. Visual scares may be useful in areas where there are ledges inside or on the facing of the structure.

Bird spikes will probably be most effective for this type of parking structure to keep birds from roosting on signage, on structural beams, on lighting fixtures or on internal or external ledges.

By keeping your parking structure or parking lot clean and free from bird droppings, especially when they may drop on your customer’s cars, your business will maintain a good reputation and not suffer from constant customer complaints and even lawsuits. The solutions described above are durable, safe and very cost effective when you look at the alternatives.

We recommend Bird Netting, Bird Spikes and other solutions from Bird-X Bird Control Products, a leading provider of bird control products since 1964.

Bird Problems at Home #2 (Sonic Bird Repellers)

Previously, we talked about using ultrasonic bird repellers around your home, targeting patios, balconies, decks, i.e., the types of areas that are open but offer some opportunity for birds to perch or roost for a time, thus leading to bird messes that you have to regularly clean up.

Sonic bird repellers are another effective variety of electronic pest repellers. Where ultrasonic keeps birds away by generating  a variety of annoying frequencies that chase birds away (without affecting people), sonic repellers work with audible sound that repels or deters by giving birds a message that they understand to be a distress type of alarm and/or a predator sound.

Distress and alarm calls can be somewhat species targeted although if you’ve ever watched different types of birds around a bird feeder, you often see them respond to another bird’s warning cry should there be some perceived danger in the immediate area. Regardless, as you look for sonic bird repellers, be sure to check what types of birds it can target.

Not all bird species are necessarily in the pest category. Pigeons, seagulls, crows, doves, geese, woodpeckers – these are typical problem birds. Be sure that the sonic repeller you choose targets the bird(s) you have the most problems with. (You can see a variety of sonic repellers from industry leader Bird-X by clicking here.)

These units are all intended for use outdoors and most have multiple speakers to allow you to target and blanket a problem area from several angles. Do realize that it takes more than just plugging it in and turning it on (although you may see some results quickly) but you may need to adjust the targeting and frequencies to repel your particular bird species effectively. Many people don’t take the time to do this and incorrectly assume that the unit does not work.

Look for dual power units, AC and battery operated, in case you don’t have electric wiring in the vicinity of your bird problem. Some may even employ solar power or solar recharging of your battery, allowing it to operate more continuously.

As bird repellents go, sonic (and ultrasonic) bird repeller units are safe, effective, durable and easy to install and use. You can use sonic units by themselves or utilize some visual scares as well. In combination, it’s a great one-two punch to keep bird messes and damage away from your property.

Bird Basics for Businesses and Buildings

In other articles, we’ve talked about the types of solutions that can be applied to bird problems around houses, condos, carports, etc. Bird repeller solutions, such as bird netting, bird spikes, ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares all have their place in helping to protect business locations too.

Businesses face the same set of challenges in protecting their property but also have the welfare of employees and customers, and in some cases the quality of their product, to safeguard from the types of problems and messes that bird roosting, nesting and swarming can cause.

Here we’ll address the basic areas of business, the buildings and parking areas. While not limiting our discussion to urban and suburban areas, in general we are talking about the small to medium size store front or office building. And let’s draw the distinction between impact and not-impact.

You may have bird nesting or roosting on your building or parking structure that has no impact to your customers, employees, or business. If there is a visual and environmental impact due to bird messes, then yes, deal with it. If bird roosting is incidental and of minor impact to structures, people and property, then let it be. The point is not to eradicate birds, it is to mitigate actual problems that affect your business.

First to consider are the points of entry to your business. Since these areas often have ledges, awnings, signs and the like, there are many little nooks and crannies where bird nesting can occur and some very nice roosting spots. In addition, outside piping, rooflines, window ledges, lighting fixtures, all of these offer tempting spots for birds.

The basic approach is: keep them off. For surfaces where birds perch or roost, bird spikes are the best bird repeller. Use these on signs, lighting fixtures, window and door ledges, etc. Nesting and roosting will tend to occur away from the ground level where pedestrian and other traffic is higher so bird spikes will likely be away from eye level and not detract from the visual aesthetics of your building.

Building styles vary greatly and it is possible that you may have structural features such as arches, porticos, statues, etc. on the facade of your building where birds may roost and their droppings may be found on the building and ground where they may affect pedestrians. In such cases, bird spikes and bird netting can be employeed to keep birds off of these structural elements. You may also want to employ visual scares that will repel birds at that level but will not be visible to people below.

Loading docks or maintenance areas in the rear of buildings often have additional ledges and fixtures that allow birds to nest or explore in search of water or food (garbage areas). For surfaces, bird spikes. For crevices, bird netting. You may also find bird scares to be effective for keeping birds out of loading dock areas, for example. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers can also be effective in detering birds from entering those areas and keeping them away from garbage areas. (General ultrasonic pest repellers can be effective with other types of pests as well.)

Parking garages typically have flat areas that allowing roosting and nesting. Bird spikes can keep problem areas bird free and bird netting can help keep birds out of the corners and recesses where they might build nests. Bird messes in parking garages can be particularly unpleasant due to the lack of air circulation and the damage they can do to car paints and finishes and to the concrete surfaces as well. Ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares have their place in parking structures as well to keep birds from lingering too long in one place.

In general, look for actual problem areas and tackle those first. Then consider preventative steps if you already have actual bird nesting or roosting; preventing birds from accessing one area might lead them to simply move to another area of your building or parking garage. If you don’t have bird problems, then count yourself lucky. We don’t believe that you need to try to “bird proof” your building against a problem that just does not exist (but keep this information in mind in case the problem arises in the future).

We’ll look at other types of business facilities in other articles. You can find some of the solutions recommended above here:

Sonic vs. Ultrasonic Bird Repellers

If you are dealing with the problem of just too many friendly birds in your yard leaving their messes where you would like to be, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for bird repeller solutions. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers are a great match for dealing with this bird problem for yards, porches, balconies and similar areas of your home.

Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers use the general idea of sound as a deterrent for bird nesting and perching. Outdoor-proof sound emitters, either current or battery powered (or both), with motion sensors and time selectors (day, night, or continous), will emit noise to persuade the bird(s) to go elsewhere. This is where sonic and ultrasonic differ.

Ultrasonic bird repellers will emit ultrasound that is, well, annoying to the bird. Multi-frequency ultrasonic units will cover a broader range to work on everything from pigeons, sparrows and crows, to seagulls, cormorants and vultures. So whether you have a house, condo, apartment or even a boat, ultrasound can help keep birds from stopping by and leaving their mess.

Sonic bird repellers also deter birds from stopping and hanging around.  Birds are confused and intimidated by audible natural predator calls, and natural bird distress and alarm sounds. With sonic emitters, there may be some greater variety of specific solutions, for example, pigeons and crows versus wood peckers or geese. This is because the range of audible deterrent sounds can be different for different bird species.

To broaden the variety of sonic repellers, some sonic units will also employ ultrasound as well to improve the coverage and efficacy of the deterrence factors.

What can also help with both sound and ultrasound repellers is placement and complementary measures. Placement simply means that your should have your main unit covering the area where the birds typically enter the area. In other words, don’t point the speaker or the motion sensor right along at ground level. This won’t provide optimal coverage for birds entering the area. So try to have the motion sensor pointed towards the flight path of the birds before they land.

Many units support additional directional speakers so that you can cover an area very thoroughly and even expand the overall coverage area. Check the coverage area rating to be sure that it can support your particular problem area effectively.

Complementary measures means using other bird repeller tactics in tandem with your sonic/ultrasonic solution. Visual scares in the vicinity of typically bird perching areas can work very well. On your home itself, bird spikes and bird netting can keep the birds from getting comfortable as well.

You can check out the various solutions we’ve mentioned by visiting Bird-X Bird Control Products.

Bird Problems at Home #1 (Ultrasonic Repellers)

Whether you live in a high-rise with a balcony, or a suburban home with a patio and a porch, you may have bird problems. Perching and nesting birds may leave a mess that is unappealing and unsanitary.

Safe and effective bird repellers for the home include sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers, bird netting, bird spikes and visual scares. With each, the goal is to deter the birds from gathering or nesting in the areas that you want to be free of bird messes. This post focuses primarily on using ultrasonic bird repellers effectively.

Note: Birds are a joy to watch and to listen to. They also do a great job of eating bugs to keep your backyard from being overrun, especially during the spring and summer months when you spend more time outdoors. So we strongly recommend that you specifically target areas that you frequently use and not just blanket your entire yard with sonic or ultrasonic bird repellers. Also, it is best to install these types of bird repellers before or after nesting season to avoid affecting existing nestlings. Once installed, new nests should not be a problem.

 

As we’ve mentioned, balconies, porches and patios are a prime area to target when using ultrasonic repellers. Ultrasonic repellers use frequencies that humans can’t hear but that do annoy birds while sonic repellers use predator or distress sounds that scare birds away.

Plan the placement of the unit to cover the desired area, taking into account the effective coverage area rating of the unit. Most units are small, can be mounted easily and are motion sensitive so that they only emit sound when there is movement in the area. For large areas, you many want multiple units or a larger unit (we’ll cover units appropriate for business locations in another article.)

Most ultrasonic bird repellers have settings for continuous 24/7 operation or for day or night only. Units meant for outdoors should be waterproof or provide covers for rainy times. Many models feature both AC and battery operation so that you can have the maximum flexibility in where you place the unit.

Look also for variable frequency units that will work on many different varieties of birds, such as pigeons versus seagulls versus sparrows, etc. This ensures that you will get the most effective and beneficial solution to your bird problem.

For other methods of keeping birds away from critical areas of your home, look for additional posts on solutions for your bird problems at home.