Pressure washing contractors have long learned that birds can create lots of costly headaches for them and their crews. Besides leaving hard-to-clean bird droppings on walkways, birds can damage and deface property, as well as creating health hazards and accident risks for crews and customers.
Bird Droppings & Other Bird Hazards
The acid in bird droppings can eat into metal, plastic, even stone. Hardened bird droppings can slow down cleaning schedules and interfere with cleaning crews as they move from one area to the next. In areas where cleaning crews must climb ladders or work on scaffolding, s sudden startled bird can throw a worker off balance and cause them to slip and fall. Bird droppings also pose a health hazard to work crews and customers. The droppings often contain bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites, which can carry serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more. This means that washing crews are often required by law to don PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like gloves, masks and respirators.
The Solution: Bird Spikes
Given all these problems caused by pest birds, it only makes sense to include one of the most effective bird deterrents when spec’ing out a job. Bird control devices, properly installed can mean less maintenance and fewer unscheduled callbacks. It’s no wonder pressure washing companies are adding bird control to their list of maintenance services. It’s an added profit center for service contracts, washed areas stay cleaner longer, and customers are more satisfied with the overall job. Here’s what the bird control experts at Bird B Gone recommend:
Anti-Perching, Anti-Roosting Bird Deterrent
Bird Spikes have a proven track record of deterring a wide variety of pest birds. They are among the most effective pest bird deterrents ever developed. The anti-perching, anti-roosting bird control devices won’t allow bird pests—especially larger birds, like pigeons, crows and gulls—to land on or near them. Bird Spikes won’t harm birds or installers. They’ve been approved by a number of humane groups—including the U.S. Humane Society, as well as the GSA. Depending on the venue and application, bird spikes come in many different sizes and types.
Stainless Steel Bird Spikes
Available in two-foot sections, with up to 40 spikes per foot, Stainless Steel Bird Spikes come in 1-, 3-, 5- and 8-inch splay widths to provide increasingly wider areas of protection—up to 10 inches wide. They feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design so the spikes remain firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. This flexible base bends a full 360 degrees, so it can easily “follow” a variety of curved mounting surfaces. Made in the USA, Stainless Steel Bird Spikes come with a 10-year guarantee.
Plastic Bird Spikes
Economical and tough, Plastic Bird Spikes come in three splay widths—3”, 5” and 7”—to protect surfaces up to 9 inches wide. Fabricated of high-strength, unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate plastic, the spikes can endure extreme temperatures—from -200° F to +310° F (-128° C to +154° C). This makes them ideal for large, industrial or commercial applications. Plastic spikes come in brick red, white, crystal clear, light grey, brown, black and tan—to blend in with their background. Made in the USA, Plastic Bird Spikes come with a 5-year guarantee (the longest in the industry for plastic spikes).
Gutter Bird Spikes
Designed to prevent pest bird from roosting and nesting in rain gutters, Gutter Bird Spikes provide an effective area of deterrence—from four to six inches wide. Each two-foot spiked strip section comes with three stainless steel “C” clamps along the base, which connect to the lip of the gutter. The clamps are thumbscrew adjustable and will adapt to both wide and narrow gutters.
Mega Bird Spikes
Created specifically for deterring large pest birds like raptors, turkey vultures, seagulls and cormorants, Mega Bird Spikes feature longer stainless steel spikes firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. Made in the USA, Mega Bird Spikes come with a 10-year guarantee.
Which Bird Spike is Right for Your Customers?
Stainless Steel Bird Spikes last the longest and are ideal for marine applications. Plastic Bird Spikes combine economy with color choice, and won’t interfere with RF transmissions/receptions (if they are installed near antennas). Gutter Spikes keep birds out of rain gutters. Mega Spikes deter large birds. Once the right type of spike has been selected for a customer’s application, you’ll need to advise him/her on the right size. This is accomplished by simply measuring the linear footage and width of the area to be covered, then using the chart below to choose the right spike for your customer’s needs.
|Ledge Size||Suggested Spike Width|
|2" - 4" width||3" width|
|5" - 7" width||5" width|
|8" - 10" width||8" width|
Easy to Install
All Bird Spikes are designed for easy installation using screws, glue or tie downs. Stainless Steel Bird Spikes come with pre-drilled holes for screw-in attachment. Plastic spikes add a built-in glue trough to speed glue-in installations. For really wide surfaces, more than one row of spikes may be needed to ensure proper bird deterrence.
Backed by Expert Assistance
If you’re unsure about which product would work best for your specific situation, Bird B Gone has over 80 years of combined experience in the field of bird control. We can help you with product selection, installation and cleanup. Just call us at (888) 570-0360 for a catalog, pricing, or product samples or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.