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Effective Bird Control for Remodels and Retrofits

 

Pest birds can create a number of costly problems for building owners. One of the best times to install bird control measures is during the remodel or retrofit process. Here are three bird problems of particular concern to building owners:

 

Health & Safety

 

Pest birds can carry any of 60 transmittable diseases—including Histoplasmosis and West Nile Virus.  Left to gather on roofs, AC units and rooftop vents, dried bird feces can quickly build up and enter buildings through AC vents and cause respiratory problems to inhabitants. Birds often build nests in and around ventilation systems, not only spreading disease but blocking airflow to the building, causing a dangerous build up of carbon dioxide inside. Bird droppings can also be very slippery when wet, creating dangerous slip-and-fall hazards.

 

Property Damage & Maintenance

 

Birds trying to build nests can damage roofs and rooftop equipment. Bird droppings and nesting materials can also damage rain runoff systems. Compromised drainage systems have led to extensive rood repairs and even collapsed roofs. Clean up and repair costs can quickly run into the thousands of dollars. The acidic nature of droppings can “eat” into and permanently damage steel, plastic, glass, roofing materials, seals, solar panels, skylights, gutters, air vents and electrical wiring. Bird nesting materials also make excellent kindling and many sites have caught fire when heated bulbs or electrical wiring came in contact with feathers and twigs in bird nests.

 

Removing Bird Droppings & Debris

 

Bird droppings and nests are often discovered in neglected areas during a retrofit or remodel. Contractors should inspect all areas during the remodel/retrofit for built-up bird droppings and nests. These should be promptly removed using recommended disinfectant solutions and while wearing proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

 

Best Time to Install Bird Controls

 

Ideally, bird control measures should be installed during the remodel or retrofit. Most contractors already have access to special tools and lift equipment, so installing bird deterrents at this stage is both simplified and economical. This proactive approach is the best way to prevent defacement and damage. Birds are creatures of habit and will stubbornly refuse to leave once their nests are built.

 

Why Specify Bird B Gone

 

Bird B Gone products are specified by more architects and engineers than any other bird control products in the industry. They are easy to specify using our CAD details in two formats—DWG and PDF (if you need the file in a different format, let us know). We also offer our 3-part specifications to drop into your project specs.

 

Bird Controls to Match Your Need

 

Every bird problem is different. Bird B Gone can help you select the right bird deterrent based on the bird species, area where they are posing a problem, and whether or not the birds are nesting. Bird controls most often recommended for government buildings and structures include:

 

  • Polycarbonate Bird Spikes. Ideal for keeping pest birds off rooftops, parapet walls, AC units and many other flat or curved surfaces, these UV-protected polycarbonate spiked strips come in two-foot sections and three different splay widths. The base of each spiked strip is 1.5” wide and can be easily glued, screwed, or tied down to most surfaces.

 

  • Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. Birds can’t land on or near these proven bird deterrents.Available 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 (e.g., signage letters).

 

  • Bird Jolt Flat Track Kit. This low-profile, electric track system produces a harmless electric shock that “educates” pest birds to stay off horizontal 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.

 

  • Bird Net 2000. Recommended for excluding pest birds from overhangs and other semi-enclosed areas, Bird Net 2000 3/4” mesh netting creates a physical barrier that won’t allow birds to land or nest. The netting is easy to install using Bird B Gone’s complete line of professional grade installation hardware.

 

 

Expert Assistance

 

If you’re unsure about which product would work best for your specific situation, 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 or email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com. We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.