In this blog, our bird control experts guide you on how to install bird spikes properly and efficiently. Bird Spikes are used to prevent large birds such as pigeons, gulls and crows from landing on flat or curved surfaces.
Why Installing Bird Spikes Properly is Important
Bird spikes do not harm birds, they simple create an uneven surface that birds cannot land on. Installing bird spikes is an effective, humane and economic solution for preventing birds from landing.
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Bird Spikes are ideal for:
- Window Sills
- Roof lines
- Parapet Walls
- Light posts
- And more!
Bird-B-Gone Spikes have flexible bases and can easily be installed on flat or curved surfaces. Our spikes come in 2 foot sections for fast and easy installation and can be glued, screwed or tied down to most surfaces. The spike strips have pre-drilled holes along the base.
Before installing bird spikes, make sure they are the right product for the situation. If birds are nesting heavily in an area, you may want to choose a physical deterrent such as Bird Netting or Bird Slope to permanently block the birds from returning. Also Bird Spikes should be used for birds starling size or larger such as pigeons and gulls. Smaller birds such as sparrows will sometimes squeeze their way in between spikes to get back to a good spot.
Best Bird Spike Installation Practices:
1.Clean the surface
Clean the surface of any bird droppings, nesting materials or debris. Bird droppings do carry disease so make sure to wear gloves and respiratory protection when dealing with large amounts. Use a disinfectant to clean the surface and make sure the area is dry before installation.
Suggestion: Use a 10% bleach or ammonia solution to disinfect the area. It is important that all debris is removed including overhanging branches, leaves, and nesting materials before disinfecting the area.
2. Choose your mounting method.
Construction grade polyurethane adhesive can be used to install the bird spikes on most surfaces.
For Wood: Use wood screws to secure Bird Spikes into a wood surface. There are two sets of holes between each fan of spikes. Make sure the ends are secured tightly and at least one screw is placed every six inches.
For Concrete: Outdoor construction adhesive can be used to secure Bird Spikes down to a variety of surfaces. Bird-B-Gone Spike Polycarbonate has a glue trough along the base. Bird-B-Gone sells a polyurethane adhesive meant for outdoor use. Each tube will cover approx. 25 feet of spike. Silicone adhesives are not recommended. For extra security, screw or bolt down the spikes along with using an adhesive.
Bird-B-Gone Spikes come in 2 foot sections, but can easily be cut down into smaller lengths if needed using tin snips, wire cutters, a hacksaw etc. Install the spikes with no more than 1" in front of and behind the area to be covered. If more than 1" of space is left open, birds can land and nest in these spots.