Effective Bird Control for The Government


Birds of all types have long posed problems for cities, states, municipalities, and other government agencies. Not only do they deface public property, but they can also lead to serious damage over time, often to the point of undermining a building or bridge’s structural integrity.

Bird droppings can be a particular problem for many structures like bridges, transport depots, libraries, court buildings and freeway/highway/roadway signage. (A build-up of bird droppings on beams under the Minneapolis Bridge in 2005 may have been one of the causes of its collapse.)

The acidic nature of droppings can “eat” into and permanently damage signage and structures made of steel, plastic, glass, even stonework. Bird nesting materials 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. Finally, bird droppings in government owned and maintained areas can create a slip-and-fall hazard. In 2006, the city of New York was ordered to pay a man $6 million dollars after he slipped on bird droppings in a subway station.

Preferred Bird Control Tactics for Cities, Municipals and State-Owned Properties

Ideally, bird control measures for government properties should be installed when the structures and buildings 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. This 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 birds being creatures of habit will stubbornly refuse to leave.

Bird Control to Match Your Needs

Bird controls most often recommended for government buildings and structures include:

  • 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.

  • 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 Slope

    This physical bird deterrent blocks birds from landing or nesting in 90° areas, such as open ledges or eaves. Effective for deterring small and large birds, each sloped section is 4 feet long and will cover a ledge up to 7” wide. Extenders are available for wider ledges. The panels are made of UV- protected PVC to ensure sun and weather resistance.

  • Bird Wire

    A safe and humane bird deterrent, Bird B Gone’s Bird Wire System is often specified by architects and government agencies, since it offers an affordable, low profile, low visibility solution to the problem of pest birds. The post-and-wire system uses a wire attached to springs, which are affixed to posts, walls or similar mounts. When birds land on the wire, the system causes birds to wobble, making birds feel insecure enough to leave.

Expert Bird 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 We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.