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Why Pest Birds Want to Nest on Your Building

Why Pest Birds Want to Nest on Your Building

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Alex Kecskes in Bird Deterrents

If you own or manage a building, you know that pest birds can be a costly problem. Nesting pest birds create roof damage, block ventilation systems, start fires in electrical signage, damage solar panels, and leave disease carrying droppings that must be cleaned on a regular basis, especially if you serve, store or display foods. 

Food, Water, Shelter

Pest birds are always looking for a place to roost and nest on buildings and commercial property. They need a place that’s high enough from ground predators and close enough to food and water sources. Most buildings provide these things. Signage offers warmth, security and shelter for nests. Rooftop AC units do the same, offering the warmth of electrical motors/compressors and shelter from the elements. Rooftop water towers and provide all sorts of nooks and crannies for birds to build nests. Many buildings essentially invite pest birds through their open attics.

Best to be Proactive

Once birds have settled on a building or warehouse, they tend to gather in greater numbers, so it’s best to be proactive and deter them before they arrive. Here’s what the bird control pros at Bird B Gone recommend.

Stainless Steel Bird Spikes

Birds will often perch to test out a nesting site. Bird B Gone Stainless Steel Bird Spikes will keep birds from perching on beams and other areas. Available in three different widths—3-, 5- and 8-inch—provide increasingly wider areas of pest bird deterrence. The base of these spiked strips is just 1.5 inches wide, so they can easily be installed on very narrow surfaces.  A built-in glue tough and pre-drilled mounting holes allow for fast, easy installation. The spiked strips can be affixed to any surface using commercially available glues, screws or tie downs.  A flexible base—which bends a full 360 degrees—allows the spiked strips to easily follow a variety of curved exterior surfaces. A patented “bend and crush” design keeps the spikes embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base.

Gutter Spikes 

Whether your rain gutters are seamless, bonderized, copper, aluminum, steel or vinyl, Bird-B-Gone’s Gutter Spikes will keep pest birds from nesting in them. Specially designed for easy installation—in virtually any size gutter—the spiked strips come in two-foot long sections, each four inches wide, and in six-foot and 50-foot lengths. Each section includes clamps along the base, which hook right up to the lip of the gutter. Every two-foot section has three “C” clamps to create a secure mount. The clamps are thumbscrew adjustable and will adapt to both wide and narrow gutters. Once installed, the bird spikes are virtually invisible.

Solar Panel Bird Deterrent Kit

Rooftop solar panels create an ideal environment for pigeons and other pest birds to nest and roost. The panels provide shade from the hot sun, security from predators, and an easy in-and-out vantage point for birds. What’s more, birds can be incredibly persistent, especially if they’ve nested under solar panels the previous season. Since most solar panels are usually just 8″ off the roof deck, removing nests and droppings can be a challenge. Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent Kit includes a weather resistant mesh that effectively blocks pest birds from nesting or roosting under the panels. Installation is a snap, thanks to specially designed clips that will not scratch or affect the integrity of the solar panels. There’s no drilling, and the mesh is virtually invisible when installed.

No-Knot Bird Netting

Bird-B-Gone’s No-Knot Bird Netting is a heavy duty, flame resistant polypropylene netting that blocks birds from entering unwanted areas—like attics or any semi-open structure. The 3/4-inch mesh netting creates an effective physical barrier that keeps birds out. The lightweight netting is a flame resistant, multi-strand polypropylene fiber with a break strength of 50 pounds. The netting will not rot, absorb water or mildew. It has UV inhibitors that allow the netting to withstand years of direct sunlight. It can also tolerate a wide temperature range without degrading, so it’s ideal for industrial settings. No-Knot Bird Netting has the longest guarantee on the market—10 years. Easy to handle and install, No-Knot Bird Netting is virtually invisible when installed.

Bird Slope Panels

Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Slope panels are ideal for keeping birds, especially swallows, from nesting under eaves and other overhangs. When pest birds attempt to land on these angled, slippery panels, they slide right off. The panels are easily screwed, glued or nailed to any flat surface. A glue trough on the underside of each panel simplifies installation using standard outdoor polyurethane adhesives. A convenient "snap on" Slope Extender easy adapts the panels to ledges wider than 10 inches. Special mounting clips allow the panels to be easily installed vertically on the sides of buildings. And “end caps” prevent birds from getting behind the panels. Bird Slope comes in two colors—stone and grey. Bird Slope panels are made of UV-protected PVC material for lasting durability in punishing weather, and they are non-conductive for extra safety near electrical wiring.

Copper Mesh 

Ideal for keeping both large and small birds out of small crevices, holes and nooks in your building, Bird-B-Gone’s Copper Stuf-Fit mesh is easily “shaped” to seal out pest birds. The mesh comes in 6-inch wide, 20-foot rolls. It’s also rustproof and stain proof (steel wool will rust, run or stain surfaces). Copper Stuf-Fit even keeps birds from working their way under roofing shingles and nesting around conduit and lighting fixtures.

Visual Deterrents

Bird Be Gone Visual Pigeon Deterrents are easy to install, inexpensive and surprisingly effective. There’s Flash Tape, an iridescent foil tape that crackles in the breeze and reflects sunlight to keep pigeons away (the mirrored red-and-silver surface bounces sunlight, which convinces pigeons there may be a fire nearby). There’s also Bird B Gone’s inflatable “beach-ball” size Bird Scare Balloon, which features a large, mock predator eye to spook pigeons. Sporting an equally intimidating predator eye is the tear-drop-shaped Scare Eye Diverter. When these deterrents twist and bob in the breeze, they are perceived as life-like predators.

Sonic Deterrents 

Bird B Gone’s Bird Chase Super Sonic is a specially designed sound-based system that keeps birds on alert and reluctant to build a nest. It broadcasts pre-recorded distress and predator calls for as many as 22 species of birds. The device can set it to scare off a specific bird or placed on a "general" setting to scare all birds. The bird distress and predator calls are repeated every 10 minutes, and the device can be programmed to turn on or off at night. A volume control allows the sound intensity of birdcalls to be adjusted—from 65-105 decibels. The sounds resemble normal birdcalls, so they will not bother pets or people. Yet unlike ultrasonic bird deterrents, which birds can’t hear, the Bird Chase device emits sounds within a bird’s hearing range, making it highly effective.

Bird B Gone is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice; training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures. For the complete line of products from Bird B Gone, call 1-800-392-6915; fax: 949-472-3116 or visit our website at www.birdbgone.com, e-mail: nobirds@birdbgone.com.