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Choosing the Right Type of Bird Spikes for Your Building

bird-deterrent-pigeonThe Problem with Feathered Pests

As anyone who's ever owned or leased a large building can tell you, birds can be a major problem to the aesthetics of a roof. But the problems from pigeons and other airborne pests go far beyond just appearances. Besides looking ugly, bird droppings can do real damage to a roof's materials, and they carry several kinds of diseases, representing a danger to the public. That's why building owners spend plenty of time and money every year on cleaning up messes that unwanted birds leave behind.

However, the easiest method of cleaning is prevention, and with no natural predators available to control the pigeon population, it's up to businesses and residents themselves to keep birds away from their roof. That's why many businesses decide to invest in bird spikes. Bird spikes are a simple, inexpensive option that keeps pigeons and other larger winged pests from finding any space to land, preventing them from either nesting on the roof or finding a place to leave their droppings. Once spikes are installed, birds can no longer roost on the roof or a perch and instead must move to a different location, saving the expense and man-hours of having to clean up an unsightly and dangerous mess.

Spikes Stop Birds from Roosting

Bird B Gone Bird Spikes come in several varieties, with the most common being stainless steel and plastic. Both are excellent deterrents for birds for several reasons, the main being that there are no gaps available for birds to nest between. Birds find any place they can to construct their nests, so any spot to build a nest will render the spikes ineffective. But when installed correctly, bird spikes can work perfectly because of their easy installation, adaptability to both flat and curved surfaces, and Bird B Gone's patented center spike design which eliminates the center gap that could have been a welcoming nesting spot.

Plus, all pigeon spikes are blunted at the tip, so they don't hurt the birds that land on them. All they do is inform the birds that roosting will not be possible on this roof, sending them on to another location. That's why the U.S. Humane Society approves bird spikes as a deterrent against pest birds. Spikes are considered much more humane than other treatments such as chemicals, which can permanently affect a bird's ability to fly. As annoying as these pests are, it's much better to harmlessly repel them than to cause them to suffer, making spikes the best choice to keep your building bird-free.

The Right Kind of Spikes for You

As far as stainless steel spikes and plastic spikes go, which is the best for you? Each has several advantages that can make it an optimal choice depending on the needs of the business. Stainless steel is less visible, as the sunlight can make the metal almost disappear to most viewpoints. The metal won't cause customers' eyes to drift away from the signs the business wants to display, making stainless steel a great choice for businesses who don't want to draw attention to their attempts to keep birds away. Although stainless steel isn't rust-proof, it does resist rust well, creating a strong and appealing appearance. With its wider surface at eight inches, stainless steel covers a larger part of the roof, giving you more coverage for your money.

On the other hand, plastic spikes are less expensive and stronger than steel spikes. Plastic spikes are made of a strong polycarbonate material, allowing them to withstand the weight of heavier birds such as hawks or raptors. Plus, plastic spikes are available in multiple colors, making them an ideal choice for schools that might use a pest problem to help promote school spirit. When you want people to see your bird spikes because they're designed to work with the building's aesthetics, plastic spikes are definitely the right choice for your needs.

Other Bird Spike Solutions

What if your bird problems aren't caused by pigeons, but by larger birds such as seagulls and vultures? There's a great solution for that as well, as Bird B Gone's Bird Spikes include Mega Spikes, a set of larger spikes that are specifically designed to prevent large birds from being able to roost. With extra height, you won't have to worry about these bigger fowl creating problems for you or your customers. If you're having problems with clogged gutters caused by nest remnants, Gutter Bird Spikes can help keep pigeons out of the gutter and keep your drains from being clogged. Looking to keep birds from causing the girders and beams in your building to deteriorate? The Girder Bird Spikes are your best bet, as they'll attach well to the girders and keep birds from landing on the surface.

No matter what your needs are in finding the right Bird Spikes, you can feel comfortable knowing that Bird B Gone's spikes are made of durable, weather resistant materials, made in the United States, and are backed by industry-leading guarantees. Bird B Gone Bird Spikes will help you put an end to your feathered pest problems!