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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.