Solving Pest Bird Problems in San Antonio, TX
Residents of San Antonio know fair well the problems pest birds can cause. The most common flying pests in and around this city include pigeons and bats, but woodpeckers, swallows, seagulls, geese, owls, ducks, and crows have also become a concern. 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 Create Health Risks at Medical Center
Pigeons have become a major problem in San Antonio. These “rats with wings” nest and roost in and around virtually any structure. Pigeons are causing a big problem at San Antonio Military Medical Center, where pigeon droppings have put patients at risk. Over 100 of these birds have taken roost in the Center’s canopied areas. Many patients are burn victims with lost limbs waiting to be picked up or taken home and have become targets of pigeon droppings. Pigeons will roost in attics, lofts, and on roofs. Pigeon droppings and nesting materials can quickly build up, backing up gutters and drains, which can damage roofs and other structures. The droppings also carry a number of diseases, such as Salmonella. And because pigeon droppings are highly acidic, they can cause extensive damage to wood, plastic, metal and even stonework.
Bats Interrupt NBA Games
There are many species of bats in San Antonio, with Texas having the greatest number of bat species in the United States. The local bats of San Antonio occasionally crash NBA Spurs games and disrupt play. Former Spur Manu Ginobili actually caught a bat during a game. Bats typically enter a structure through attic vents and similar openings. Nestled under the I-35 Bridge where it crosses the San Antonio River near Camden Street, one can find a colony of 50,000 male Mexican free-tailed bats. They will roost in the rafters and ceiling boards. Bat guano has been linked with disease and property damage and can devalue property by as much as 10 percent. Bats are federally protected, so they can’t be captured, injured or killed.
Grackles Leave Droppings by the Thousands
Portions of San Antonio are being taken over by grackles. The migrating blackbirds are often seen perched above streets, sitting on roofs and flying in huge formations. A local woman stopped into a store for 30 minutes. When she returned, her entire windshield was covered in poop. Grackles presented a serious problem for the residents of Balcones Heights. The Fredericksburg Road area was frequently covered with thousands of these blackbirds. The same problem arose in an area near Interstate 10 and Wurzbach Road. Grackles are federally protected, so they can’t be captured, injured or killed.
The Solution? Effective, Humane Bird Control.
HERE’S WHAT THE BIRD CONTROL EXPERTS AT BIRD B GONE RECOMMEND FOR SOLVING SAN ANTONIO’S BIRD PROBLEMS:
Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. The most specified bird spike by architects, contractors, and government agencies, these bird control devices are ideal for use against pigeons and other large birds. The spiked strips are easily installed and are approved by the US Humane Society and PICAS. The anti-perching, anti-roosting spikes can be glued, screwed or tied town for fast installation. They feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design so the spikes remain firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. They come with a full 10-year guarantee.
Agrilaser®. This handheld portable device is safe to use and animal-friendly. It easily repels large quantities of birds like grackles. The patented optical technology optimizes a harmless laser beam that repels birds over great distances. Birds perceive the green laser beam as a physical danger coming towards them. Unlike conventional methods of deterrence, birds will not get used to the laser beam. Various models are available with effective ranges from 1,000 to 2,500 meters.
Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic. For large areas that have been overwhelmed by swallows, seagulls, geese, owls, ducks, and crows, this device sends them fleeing. Perfect for getting rid of pest birds from medical centers, sports venues, and neighborhoods. The device covers a full acre and up to 5 acres with added speakers. It broadcasts distress and predator calls for as many as 24 different species of birds. Or it can even be programmed to target a specific bird. And unlike ultrasonic devices, the Bird Chase device emits sounds birds can hear. Being solar powered and water resistant means the device can easily be placed wherever birds flock—on rooftops, in sports arenas, or medical center structures.
Bird Net 2000™. Recommend overwhelmingly by architects, contractors, and government agencies, this heavy-duty polyethylene bird netting humanely blocks a wide variety of pest birds. It keeps birds from nesting and roosting in semi-enclosed and enclosed areas around commercial, sports and campus venues. Ideal for everything from pigeons and grackles to bats, the netting is designed to withstand extreme temperatures—from 270o F to -250o F. It’s also rot proof, waterproof and non-conductive. Available in stone, white and black, the black netting carries an industry leading 10-year guarantee. The netting is fully 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 is available.
Transparent Bird-Off Gel. This sticky repellent gel is ideal in preventing birds from landing on horizontal surfaces. Applied to areas where birds tend to land, Bird Gel leaves birds with a sticky sensation on their feet that encourages them to move on. The gel can be used on indoor or outdoor surfaces and lasts up to one year. It is effective for pigeons, starlings, and larger birds. Ideal for use on ledges, I-beams, parapet walls, signs, conduits, pipes, and more. The gel is virtually invisible and will not trap targeted bird species.
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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