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Effective Bird Control for The Oil & Gas Industry

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Birds cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to oil and gas installations and refineries every year. The open structures, beams, pipes, catwalks and towers found in and around these plants offer birds an almost unlimited supply of perching, roosting and nesting areas.

Extensive, Widespread Damage
Over time, bird nests, droppings and debris can cause considerable damage to a plant’s mechanical and electrical components. Bird droppings can jam up valves, corrode switches and damage gauges. Bird droppings can also create dangerous slip-and-fall hazards for workers on catwalks, steps and ladders. This alone makes bird control for oil and gas facilities a top priority. Finally, bird droppings can carry any of 60 diseases—like encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, even the West Nile virus.

Hefty Fines for Birds Injured in Ponds
Birds often land in or near large industrial ponds to bath or drink, and depending on the liquid in the pond, birds could be injured or die. Huge fines have been issued to large industrial ponds where birds have been harmed or injured. In some cases, facilities have been shut down.

Preferred Bird Control Strategies for Your Plant
Ideally, bird control measures should be installed when refineries are built. Most contractors already have access to special tools and lift equipment, so installing bird deterrents at this stage is both simplified and economical. A proactive approach can keep pest birds away from refineries and ponds before they settle in to roost and nest. The next best tactic is to deter birds as soon as they’re noticed. Delays in implementing bird controls will only allow birds to gather in greater numbers, making their removal more difficult.

Bird Controls to Match Your Need
Bird control most often recommended for the oil and gas industry include:

  • Stainless Steel Bird Spikes
    Ideal for keeping birds off pipes, beams and other structural members, these bird spikes come in 1-, 3-, 5- and 8-inch splay widths to provide increasingly wider areas of protection. The 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.

  • Industrial Pond Netting
    Bird B Gone’s has pond netting excludes birds from holding ponds, retention ponds or other industrial ponds. Fabricated of high-strength Dupont® nylon knotted black mesh, the netting comes in several mesh sizes. Developed especially for industrial use, the netting is tough and strong, with a break strength of 116 pounds. It comes in various sizes and lengths to protect even the largest ponds.

  • The Agrilaser®
    This hand-held device uses advanced, patented optical laser-beam technology to harmlessly repel pest birds over great distances—up to 2,000 meters. Much like an approaching car, birds perceive the green laser beam as a rapidly approaching physical threat, so they flee the area. Ideal for repelling a variety of birds.

  • Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic
    This device emits pre-recorded distress and predator calls that intimidate as many as 22 species of birds. Ideal for deterring birds from lofty, hard to reach areas of a facility, the device is water resistant, programmable, and comes with a built-in speaker that will cover up to an acre. Additional speakers can be added to cover up to 5 acres. Because it’s solar powered, no AC access is needed, so it can be placed wherever pest birds gather most often.

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 800-392-6915 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.

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