Shopping Centers Benefit Using Spiked Strips to Deter Pigeons

Shopping Centers Benefit Using Spiked Strips to Deter Pigeons

Posted on June 8, 2015 by Kathy Fritsch in Bird Spikes

Shopping centers and strip malls are in every state and in every city.  There are businesses that focus on company signage for these shopping areas.  There are bird control products that keep signage bird free.  Company signs are notorious for attracting pest birds, and more often than not, the pest bird will be a pigeon.

Pigeons are mostly dependent upon humans to provide them with food and roosting and nesting spots.  This is why they gravitate towards buildings where there is a high volume of people and a place on the building to roost and nest.  There will always be a great food source when people are around and throwing food down on the ground or in the trash bins.  The pigeon is most common around cities and parks, bridges, buildings and other structures.  They like high places above the ground.  All the nooks and crannies in a tall building are like a five start hotel to them.

Bird spikes will deter the pigeon and other larger pest birds from the roof tops as well as the signs.  Spiked strips can also be placed on top of the AC units, ducting, solar panels, security cameras, ventilators, fans and all the other areas where the birds may land.

Without the use of bird control, the birds will not only make the structure unsightly with their feces, but the feces can also damage the structure over time.  When the pigeons deface the building, the droppings are also on the walkways, canopies, awnings and every other surface.  For a business, the first impression of a messy building is not good business.  Also, the liability of slip and fall accidents is serious business.  Not only can the image of the business be hurt, but employees and visitors as well.

Other illnesses can come about due to the accumulation of bird droppings.  There are over 60 transmitted diseases that can affect humans who come in contact with the droppings that harbor the diseases.  Pigeon droppings can harbor histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis.  Both histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis are caused by a fungus which grows in pigeon droppings.  Like most diseases, those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible.

There is a way to prevent all of these liabilities.  A bird control strategy in place will stop the birds from landing, roosting and nesting, and in turn, stop the accumulation of their droppings.  Installing bird spikes will alter the bird’s behavior wherever they are installed.  Bird spikes are a very economical way to get rid of birds, especially pigeons.  The spikes come in an array of colors to match the aesthetics of the building when choosing plastic bird spikes.  Colors include crystal clear, black, white, tan, brick red, gray and brown.   The spikes come in different widths, 3”, 5” and 7”.  The spiked strips will look intimidating, but they will not harm the birds or the installers.  Bird spikes have been approved by several humane groups around the work such as the U.S. Humane Society and Pigeon Control Advisory Service.

A similar bird control strategy to the spiked strips is a shock track.  This does not harm the bird either, but rather the track is laid down in similar places as the spikes, however, the bird gets a harmless electrical jolt when it tries to land.

Both options are a permanent solution to an ongoing problem that needs to be taken care of.  There are many different bird control options to choose from and Bird-B-Gone offers free training and support to make your bird control solutions as successful as possible.