Pest birds have long posed a costly and hazardous problem for many schools and universities. Most campuses have open courtyards, outdoor eating areas and typically overflowing garbage cans and dumpsters. This is where birds like to loiter for food scraps.
Unless deterred by effective bird control measures, hungry birds will simply wait on roof lines, ledges, alcoves or other lofty perches until lunch is over to swoop down and feast on the leftovers.
Major Health Risk
After feasting on “schoolyard snacks,” birds will leave mounds of droppings on lunch tables, benches, walkways and playground equipment. If these droppings are not removed, students will be exposed to any of 60 transmittable diseases—such as Salmonella and ecoli—these droppings can carry. In addition, birds commonly nest near rooftop HVAC units for their warmth and water. When dried bird droppings accumulate near these units, they can be sucked into ventilation systems to spread disease-carrying spores into classrooms. Those with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Students can also slip and fall on fresh bird droppings, a huge liability for any school district.
Pest birds can do considerable damage to school buildings. Nesting debris can interfere with AC vents, skylights, solar panels, signage, lighting fixtures and security cameras. This debris can also clog up rain gutters, leading to roof leaks.
The acidic nature of bird droppings can “eat” into and permanently damage steel, aluminum, vinyl, plastic and glass. Bird droppings can also “freeze up” windows that are designed to open.
Early Bird Tactics
Ideally, bird control measures should be installed when schools are built, or at least before pest birds arrive. A proactive approach is the best way to prevent defacement and damage. The next best tactic is to deter birds as soon as they’re noticed. Wait too long and it becomes increasingly difficult to remove them.
Bird Controls to Match Your Need
Bird controls most often recommended for schools and universities include:
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