Solving Pest Bird Problems in Houston, TX
Houston, TX is no stranger to pest birds. These range from pigeons to grackles and swallows to starlings. These birds have been increasing in number every year. The good news is, there are humane and effective ways to control where these birds nest and roost.
Pigeons Invade Medical Center
By far, the wild pigeon is Houston’s number one bird problem. Recently, Memorial-Hermann Medical Center, which includes more than a dozen structures, suffered from as many as 2,000 pigeons loafing and nesting, creating an infectious disease risk for patients, staff, and visitors. Pigeons nest and roost in and around ledges, beams, store signs, under awnings, and virtually anywhere they can scavenge food and water. Pigeon droppings and nesting materials can quickly build up, backing up gutters and drains, which can damage roofs and other structures.
Great-Tailed Grackles Invade Parking Lots and Freeways
Nicknamed "devil birds," invading flocks of grackles have been taking over parking lots across Houston. Recently, thousands of these blackbirds descended over a Houston freeway and cars had to slow down as the birds continuously swooped in front of them. The birds will stop in the “space city” on their annual winter roost and migration. The large flocks will forage on lawns and in planted agricultural fields. They peck for food and scare away smaller birds from bird feeders. They often perch on trees or telephone lines, chattering noisily in the evening. Many people are tempted to shoot them, but the birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which makes it illegal to kill, harm or even harass them.
Glossy Black Starlings Invade Theater District
Houston’s Theater District was recently invaded by flocks of glossy black starlings. The aggressive flocking birds often roost on beams, in gutters, and in attics through vent-holes. Like sparrows, they tend to clog gutters with their nests, causing extensive water damage. The birds often gather in the tens of thousands, creating a nuisance when roosting in populated areas.
Barn Swallows Build Mud Nests
These migratory birds return to the same nesting site every year and construct the same mud nests under the eaves of homes and commercial buildings. The sleek birds can be seen around Houston’s freeway overpasses, their small mud nests plastered under these passes, wooden gazebos, house eaves, even outside doorframe ledges. A protected bird species, swallows, their nests and eggs cannot be disturbed until the birds leave.
The Solution? Effective, Humane Bird Control.
HERE’S WHAT THE BIRD CONTROL EXPERTS AT BIRD B GONE RECOMMEND FOR SOLVING HOUSTON’S BIRD PROBLEMS:
Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. Easily installed on ledges, I-beams, parapet walls and signs, these anti-perching, anti-roosting bird control devices are ideal for use against pigeons and other large birds. The spiked strips can be glued, screwed or tied down and are approved by the US Humane Society and PICAS. They feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design so the spikes remain firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. Virtually invisible, these spikes have the lowest price and the longest guarantee.
Copper Mesh. Designed to keep out those pesky starlings, Copper Mesh blocks birds from sneaking into holes and other tight spaces too small for regular netting. The easy to handle mesh can be shaped into the area needed to block birds from entering. The mesh comes in 20-foot and 100-foot rolls. Ideal for use in eaves, roof tiles, retractable awnings, behind signs, where pipes enter siding and foundation, and other small cracks and holes.
Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic. Place this device wherever birds flock—near water towers, antenna arrays, and rooftop AC units—and watch those flying pests disappear. Finally gets rid of birds from apartment rooftops and commercial buildings. This handy device broadcasts distress and predator calls for as many as 24 different species of birds—including geese. It’s water resistant and UV-protected, so it’s designed for outdoor use. And unlike ultrasonic devices, the Bird Chase device emits sounds birds can hear. Being solar powered means it will charge up wherever the sun shines (or you can plug it in for 4 hours to charge it on an overcast day).
Bird Slope. This physical bird deterrent blocks swallows from landing or nesting on open ledges. The unique angled design won’t allow swallows to land or nest in 90° areas—like ledges, windowsills or eaves. Every 4 ft. Bird Slope panel covers a ledge up to 5.5” wide. Bird Slope Extenders are available for wider ledges (up to 10.5”). A glue trough on the underside allows for easy adhesive application. Built to last with UV-protected outdoor grade PVC plastic.
Bird Net 2000™. There no better way to block out pest birds from semi-enclosed public areas, parking lot structures, and areas around medical centers than this heavy-duty polyethylene bird netting. ISO1806 and 9001 Protocol tested to withstand a 40-pound load, this non-conductive netting is made to order for those though commercial applications.
Ideal for sealing out a wide range of birds—including starlings, grackles, and pigeons—Bird Net 2000™ humanely keeps birds from landing or nesting. To blend in with the surrounding area, this netting is available in black, stone or white. This black netting carries an industry leading 10-year guarantee and is supported by a complete line of professional grade installation hardware for fast efficient installation. Custom cut nets are available to save on installation and labor. Same-day shipping available.
Bird Jolt Flat Track™. Highly effective and humane for both small and large birds, this low-profile electrical track system is completely flexible and virtually invisible once installed. It works by “educating” pest birds with a harmless electrical shock when they land on its surface. Bird Jolt Flat Track is the number one specified track by architects and government agencies. The track employs copper knitted wire mesh in a continuous tube-in-tube stocking design, which provides greater conductivity, strength, and reliability. It is the only electric track bird deterrent system with patented anti-arcing and glue trough designs and is the safest most effective electric track available.
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.
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