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Birds are just plain messy

Birds can be beautiful and graceful and sing delightful, cheery songs but boy can they leave a mess behind! A pigeon can produce a pound of poop in a week, a canada goose can product a pound in a day! If it’s on your home, your property or your business, you need to do something to protect not just the value of your property, but also the health to all the people around as well.

There are great bird repeller solutions and Bird Control products from many companies on Amazon.com, our preferred provider of bird repeller solutions for all situations. Take a look and get a safe, environmental, humane and effective solution to your bird problems.

Bird Repellers for Business (Issues and Benefits)

In our introductory “Why do you need a Bird Repeller?” article, we talked about the general problem areas for both home and business situations. Here we’ll talk a bit more about the importance of bird repellers for businesses.

When you consider the astounding variety of businesses and business locations, it is very difficult to generalize bird repeller solutions for businesses facing bird roosting, nesting and swarming problems. But the issues caused by bird problems and the benefits of bird repellers can be easily understood.

At your business locations, birds can cause structural damage, noise problems, as well as aesthetic damage from nesting and droppings (which is also a serious health concern for humans). This true for both types of locations, i.e., structures and land or open space situations.

The implications of not dealing with bird problems for these situations include:

  • damage to property (buildings, cars, trucks, landscaping, products, etc.)
  • increased maintenance and cleaning cost
  • health issues for employees
  • property issues for employees (cars, clothes, etc.)
  • health issues for customers
  • property issues for customers (cars, clothes, etc.)
  • loss of business due to mess, smell and general negative environmental affects
  • local, state and/or national health and safety regulatory issues

It’s easy to see that all of these factors will contribute to a general but measurably negative impact on your product(s) and business. The benefits your business will realize by dealing with bird problems are many including:

  • Saving siding, roofs, and insulation from replacement
  • Decreasing aesthetic and materials damage to edging, fencing, vehicles, etc.
  • Eliminating destructive corrosive droppings that destroy capital investments
  • Decreasing costly and disruptive cleaning and maintenance time
  • Improving environment and aesthetics for retaining customers and employees

By dealing proactively with bird problems, businesses reduce risk in many health and legal areas including:

  • Insuring against potential lawsuits and legal liabilities
  • Reducing Professional workman’s compensation claims
  • No FDA and OHSA inspection failures
  • Preventing Health Department citations and fines.
  • Eradicating potentially costly disease sources: Avian Flu, West Nile, Histoplasmosis, Salmonella,E. Coli

In future articles, we’ll look at the building and open space issues that business often have to deal with in addressing bird problems and the types of bird repeller solutions that have proven effective for many businesses. You can also visit the Amazon.com for many great Bird Control products (such as netting, spikes, and more) where you’ll find great prices and a robust review system by actual customers.

 

Get Ready with Bird Repellers

We’re here to remind you that it’s time to start thinking about Bird Repellers. It’s early February, still cold in the North and East but it gets more mild the more southerly that you go which means the birds are coming!

Certainly you’ve still got birds in your area eeking out a living but Spring will bring new growth and the urge for birds to get together and start the next generation.

The best way to protect your property from this nesting drive is probably bird netting. We’ve discussed bird netting and you can see one of our articles here.

With Spring will also come new growth in plants and trees and a new planting season for fruits, vegies and flowers. Check out the other tools we’ve reviewed to see what might be helpful in planning for your planting season so that you keep as much of what you plant for yourself.

 

 

What can Sonic Bird Repellers do for You?

There are many areas where safe and effective bird repellers such as bird spikes, bird netting or even ultrasonic bird repellers can be used with great success to eliminate bird mess and roosting. Larger open areas or large building complexes can pose a different challenge. Sonic bird repellers can be a great alternative for areas that may be a bit more remote or less heavily populated by workers, such as warehouses, factory complexes, garbage dumps, even farms or orchards. Here is a demonstration video of using just such a sonic bird repeller to get birds off the ground and buildings. Once the birds realize that they can not rest comfortably due to the sonic assault of bird predator sounds, they will stop coming to the property:

10 Applications for Bird Netting

10. Open Architectural Structures: You may have a building with a cupola or belfry or a loft that is open. Even though these areas may not be open to the general public, you’ll want to cover the openings with bird netting to eliminate any nesting and roosting activity in these areas.

9. Architectural recesses and over/underhangs: Birds may roost on overhangs or build nests in underhangs such as roofing awnings or dormer under roofings. You can block off such areas effectively with bird netting.

8. Open air structures with framework: Barns, parking garages,  tents or canopies, gazebos, etc. All of these structures allow flowing air, and flying birds, to enter. You can block off ceiling areas where framework or beams provide nesting and roosting opportunities.

7. External piping, machinery or conduits: On roofing and the sides of buildings, machinery and its appendages offer may tempting spots for birds. Unfortunately, the messes left can be damaging and corrosive and greatly increase the cleaning and maintenance costs for your building.

6. Sculptures, columns and other decorative attachments: Many beautiful and distinctive buildings, with sculpture and decorations adorning the property provide many areas where birds can roost and nest. The messes left can be unsightly and corrosive. Effectively employed, durable but fine-meshed bird netting will keep these areas free from problem without losing the visual impact of this architectural detail.

5. Freshly planted seeds: Bird netting can protect freshly seeded areas from birds and small animals as well. Framed to seal the edges and providing some clearance above the ground, the netting protects the seeds and allows the new plants to sprout with problems.

4. Fragile tree or plant growing cycles: Protecting flowering trees and plants with bird netting can help these plants blossom with fruit or full flowers for your enjoyment. Durable bird netting can even keep small animals away from your plants while allowing insects to enter and pollinate your flowers.

3. Balconies: Using bird netting on open balcony railings can reduce the roosting and messes from birds.

2. Signs, billboards, etc.: Perfect roosting spots can be protected by keeping bird off of letters, light fixtures and ledges created by signs and billboards.

1. Chimneys and gutters: These high objects provide easy and popular roosting locations under which bird mess can really collect. Bird netting can keep birds from getting in to these areas and can help keep your grounds clean.

Bird netting is a safe, durable and cost effective bird repeller solution for protecting areas from the damage that roosting and nesting birds can cause. Check out Bird Netting on Amazon.com.

Bird Repellers for Business (Case #3)

In past articles, we’ve looked at closed parking garages, open but covered areas, such as dock or parking areas, storage, warehouse or distribution centers, barns, outdoor theaters or music stadiums, etc.  In this article, we want to move to the purely open areas where bird repellers are necessary to keep birds away from your property. Farms, orchards, vineyards, airports and airfields, facilities such as refineries, piping stations, outdoor manufacturing or storage, garbage dumps and recycling centers, and parks or golf courses, etc. are all areas that can benefit from bird repellents. In most of these situations, you’ll want to look at sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers and bird spikes and netting. Due to the size of some of these properties, visual scares may or may not be as beneficial but can add a secondary deterrent factor in some cases.

In the areas of food production, bird repellers will help to protect your crops or product from damage due to bird droppings from nesting, roosting and perching, but also damage from bird eating or sampling of your products, such as grapes or fruit. Your need may be seasonal where you may wish to only deploy bird repellents during specific growth or fruiting times. In some cases, birds may help to keep your insect population down. Only you can determine if birds are doing more harm than good. Bird netting can be used to cover trees, grape vines, and crops. Strong and durable, bird netting will keep the birds away and can even be effective against some animal pests as well. Look for a stronger grade of netting if you need to deter rabbits or other animals in addition to birds. More powerful multi-speaker sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers can be set up in a field to keep birds away. With battery and solar support, these can be placed just about anywhere outdoors and protect large scale areas. Visual scares can be a good secondary protection, such as reflective holographic tape attached to posts that blows in the wind, or owl dummies.Bird Repeller <a href= Manufacturing facilities, garbage or storage areas, airfields, golf courses, etc., can benefit from bird repellents to protect the area from caustic and smelly bird droppings that require frequent cleaning and maintenance activities. Birds can, of course, be a danger to airplanes and, in the case of larger birds like geese, these can be a nuisance and danger to people on golf courses and in parks. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers are the main tool for these open areas. Look to target the species that are giving you specific problems, from geese to seagulls to starlings or others. Bird netting or spikes may help on any structures, fencing, piping, etc. that may run through an area. For golf courses, you may want to use visual scares, such as realistic foxes or coyote forms that include sonic predator sounds. These scares may need to be moved occasionally to increase their effectiveness. Sonic Bird Repeller - Mega Blaster PROPlease note that with the more powerful ultrasonic bird repellers and ultrasonic pest repellers, even though you cannot hear the sounds at those frequencies, workers should take care to protect their hearing when working near the units or checking on them. Read all safety information that comes with the sonic and/or ultrasonic units. To research products to help you in these areas, please select from the types of products displayed at the top of our blog.

Bird Repellers for Business (Case #2)

In this article, we continue to cover cases involving open structures. In the first case, we
looked at parking garages, both above and below ground types. Here we are
addressing any open air structure, i.e., one with a roof, but one which may have only
one or two permanent walls. Examples might include outdoor patio restaurants or
bars, gas stations, outdoor music or theatre stages or concert areas, warehouses or
manufacturing facilities, barns or farm animal facilities, docks or other covered
boat/car/RV parking or maintenance areas, etc.

Due to the open nature of these types of structures and facilities, the primary goal of
bird repellers here is to preserve property and facilites by ensuring that absolutely no
nesting occurs and that general roosting and perching is also strongly discouraged.

You will need to examine your facilities first to find potential nesting areas. Ledges
created by intersecting beams, lighting or sign fixtures, electrical, piping or other
infrastructural support systems need to be identified. The two bird repellent tools that
you have available to keep nests from these areas are bird netting and bird spikes.

Keep in mind the types of birds that you may need to deal with. Swallows, for example,
can build a nest in the corner of a vertical surface that meets a roof or other wall. That
may require netting in more places that if you were dealing only with sparrows or
pigeons. Bird spikes will suffice in those cases to keep bird off of flat surfaces.

Once you have dealt with the obvious problem areas for nesting, you should move on
to consider the overall access points for birds. Crowds and traffic and loud equipment
noises will keep birds away only for so long, especially if food is available, such as at
an outdoor bar or restaurant, or in a barn or farm facility.

Look for good ultrasonic bird repellers that are designed for enclosed or semi-
enclosed spaces. Ensure that it will have enough power and speakers to cover the
area effectively and yet is safe for any people that may work in the area.

For heavily peopled areas, several lower powered units may be better than a single “blaster”
system. Even though the units operate in ultrasonic frequencies, units capable of
keeping a huge barn, hanger, or docking facility may put out enough decibels that
humans could be effected even without hearing the sound. The key factors here are
decibel level produced, the length of exposure and the proximity to the unit. (Prolonged
exposure within 10 feet of such devices is not advised without ear protection such as
ear plugs.)

When first deploying your ultrasonic bird repeller units, consider the need to possibly
blanket the internal area first to remove any existing problem, then adopt more of a
perimeter defense arrangement to keep birds from entering a facility. Look for units
that can support a 360-degree coverage for the internal space but also employ
directional speakers for covering entryways and such.

For challenging situations, you may need to utilize visual scares as well. This can
range from predator type visual scares to distractions like holographic tape, flashing
lights or even indoor laser light systems to disorient and chase away birds. In
situations where bird spikes might not be practical, such as within smaller roofed
covered structures like patio coverings, there are also long lasting, non-toxic, tacky
substances that birds will avoid. This is often easier to apply in and use in tighter
spaces that sparrows or finches might find while looking for a crumb or two.

You can find these types of products at Bird-X Bird Control Products, the industry leader in humane
bird control products since 1964.

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:

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.