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How to Keep Your Building Safe from Pest Bird Feces

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Pest birds have become a major problem for today’s property owners/managers. Every year, property owners spend millions of dollars cleaning up and repairing the damage caused by pest birds.

Serious Damage

Besides negatively impacting a building’s image, bird feces can quickly damage critical parts of a building—like AC units, skylights, solar panels, security cameras, lighting systems, electrical signage, rooftop vents and rain spouts. Bird droppings are highly acidic, so metal, plastic, vinyl, wood, even stonework can be damaged if droppings are not promptly removed.

Serious Health Risks Bird feces are known to create serious threats to one’s health. The bacteria, fungi and parasites that live and grow in these droppings can carry and transmit any of 60 known diseases—everything from salmonella to West Nile Virus. Even dried bird droppings can be hazardous because doctors have noted that inhaling dust from dried feces can give you an infection. According to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on histoplasmosis (a potentially fatal respiratory disease), HVAC technicians, demolition workers, chimney cleaners, maintenance staff and roofers all have removed bird droppings in a way that resulted in human illnesses.

Initial Steps

Remove any standing water and puddles (on rooftops or the ground premises) after rain or sprinkler operation. Close all trashcan and dipsy-dumpster lids that may attract birds around your building. Trim trees close to your building. Discourage any bird feeding around your building. Remove any bird nests and bird feces on rooftops and other elevated areas of your building (the scent of this waste and nesting materials will attract pest birds).

Install Bird Deterrents

After you’ve taken the initial steps mentioned above, consult with a bird control expert—like the pros at Bird B Gone—and implement some humane and effective bird deterrents, which may include:

• Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. Ideal for keeping pest birds away from rooftops, parapet walls, light fixtures and other flat or curved surfaces, Bird B Gone bird spikes continue to be used by building owners worldwide. The spikes come in 1-, 3-, 5- and 8-inch splay widths to provide increasingly wider areas of protection—up to 10 inches wide. These rugged spiked strips feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design, which means the spikes are 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.

• Bird Net 2000 Heavy Duty Netting. This rugged netting blocks out pest birds from overhangs and other semi-enclosed areas. The netting is easy to install using Bird B Gone’s complete line of professional grade installation hardware. Made of a tough UV-stabilized polyethylene mesh, industrial strength Bird Net 2000 is extremely durable, rot and water proof, and flame resistant. The netting comes in several area sizes, mesh densities, and colors (black, stone or white) to blend in with its background. Bird Net 2000 is often specified in architectural plans and is backed by a 10-Year Guarantee.

• Bird Jolt Flat Track Kit. This low-profile, electric track system produces a harmless electric shock that “educates” pest birds to stay off ledges, signage, parapet walls and similar building surfaces. Lightweight and flexible, the track is easy to install—it bends 360° without compromising its electrical integrity. It’s the only electric track bird deterrent system with patented anti-arcing and glue troughs designs for improved safety and performance. Available in six colors.

About Bird B Gone

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. We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.