Bird Control, Exterminating

Understanding birds

Birds are creatures of habit. They will perform the same routines every day. They will feed at one location, then roost at another location, and finally nest at a third location. The first step in bird control is to understand the extent of the pest problem.

Their droppings spoil the look of buildings; besides, these droppings are corrosive and can cause serious structural damage.

Since human habitation and structures provide ideal roosting and nesting sites for birds, exclusion measures are a cost-effective means of dealing with these avian pests.

Birds cause untold millions of dollars of damage every year to homes, commercial buildings, government facilities and industrial complexes in New York City. Their droppings, nesting materials and parasites pose serious threats to structures and to the people in and around them.

Image: Bird on signs, ledges and roofs send a message to the public that the facility is dirty and may be unsafe.

Damage: Bird droppings are acidic and can eat through paint, roofing material, fabric and soft metals like aluminum.

Health Risk: Bird droppings can expose humans to more than 60 dangerous diseases, including salmonella, Lyme disease, histoplasmosis, meningitis, and the West Nile Virus which has killed hundreds of people in the US since 2001 is carried by sick crows.

Parasites: Bird mites, flies, and even rodents are attracted to bird nests.

Droppings on the Ground: Dropping are slippery, and can result in expensive lawsuits from accidents. Furthermore, disease-bearing dropping can be tracked inside a building.

Clogged Drains: During heavy rains, clogged drains can spell disaster if water accumulates on a roof.

Maintenance Cost: Cleanup of bird droppings on a regular basis can turn into thousands of dollars over time.

Inventory Damage and Loss: Bird perching above storage areas often leave their calling card on packing or food products.

Work Stoppages: Workers regularly refuse to perform their duties on equipment that is covered with droppings, causing potential down time or extra maintenance charges.

Noise: Birds are noisy. Even two pigeons roosting on a ledge will coo loudly in the early morning hours.

Theft of Product: Birds are known scavengers, and can decimate crops. Fish-farms, and vineyards in a very short period of time.

Bird Control

First, check federal, state, and local laws for restrictions.

Second, consider public relations.

Third, use an Integrated Pest Management Approach (IPM). This involves using several techniques to control the pest problem. The steps evolved are:

  • The Survey or Inspection
  • Sanitation
  • Exclusion and habitat alteration
  • Repellents
  • Population reduction

The Survey or Inspection

  • The step is taken to determine what species are involved and the approximate number of birds present
  • The problems or potential problems created by the birds
  • Whether they are residents or migrants
  • Whether or not protected birds are involved
  • Determine the daily activity of the birds. Their nesting, feeding, watering, and roosting sites should be identified, if possible, as well as the times of day that these sites are being used.

Sanitation and Abatement

  • Dropping removal or dead bird removal
  • Possible power washing or steam cleaning
  • Sanitizing and disinfectant

Exclusion and Habitat Alterations

  • Bird-Shock Flex-Tracks
  • Daddi Long Legs
  • Poll-Spike
  • BirdSlide
  • Bird-Flite Spikes
  • Bird Traps
  • Gutter-Point
  • StealthNet
  • Bird-Coil
  • Birdwire

Repellents

  • If feasible, a repellent may be used, such as Bird-B-Gone, etc.
  • Visual repellents
  • Sound repellents
  • Odor repellent
  • Laser guns have been used effectively to disperse pest birds from roosting sties. The lasers are hand-held devices looking like a radar gun or flashlight. The operator points the laser at the birds and fires. The birds seem to view the reflected beam of light as an actual object or predator coming towards them and usually fly away.

Population reduction

  • Most toxic bait is not allowed or should not be used because of public relations.
  • Trapping and removal of the birds using bird traps

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