The Hamptons Project – A Success Story

For over a decade, the company Seagull Control Systems (SCS) has permanently eliminated seagull infestations in hundreds of real world applications all across the country. In August, Seagull Control Systems reached out to the Bird-X team with a very complicated project.

A brand new $250,000 stone deck surrounding a pool was being destroyed by seagull droppings, as was the pool itself. On the property was old bird deterrent wiring and a broken sonic device, evidence that there were past attempts that failed to get rid of the gulls. This situation was about 20 years old, a longstanding habit – which is one of the most difficult seagull infestations to resolve.

“Seagulls were roosting on the roof peaks, the chimney and a turret. Even walking down the hip ridges, a phenomenon I’d not seen before,” states Barry Fast, the owner of SCS.

The company was constrained by aesthetics as well, as it was on the property of a $7 million home in the Hamptons. Thankfully, Bird-X Bird Wire is nearly invisible when installed properly, and is a great permanent solution to birds perching all over the property.

Below is the plan, showing how they took care of the peaks, chimney and ledges. Poles were placed on 4’ x 4’ wooden bases driven into the sand on the water side of the seawall, and bird wire then ran from those poles up to the 2nd story soffit, protecting the deck and pool. The wires against the sky were virtually invisible to the homeowners, neighbors, and the public. Fast and his team were able to get the job done hours before the new owners were hosting a housewarming party.

Perfect execution and perfect timing.

 

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Success Stories from the Bird-X Team

At Bird-X, we are proud of our humane and eco-friendly approach to bird control. Here are just some recent examples of how our dedicated bird control professionals have helped business and land owners all across the country get rid of birds – for good! Stuart, Tom, Tim, and Dan weigh in on their recent success stories:

 

Stuart

At an Executive Airport near Gainesville, Florida, pigeons and sparrows were causing damage to a 10,000 square foot aircraft hangar, making mess and nests everywhere. After Florida Pest & Chemical installed ¾” PE Netting, immediate results were seen and the pigeons and sparrows have not returned to the structure. An estimated $30,000 per year was saved in cleaning and maintenance costs alone, as well as preventing more costly damage to the aircraft [amount not disclosed].

 

Tom

Sparrows and starlings were nesting in the rafters of a horse barn and in the insulation of the nearby riding arena. By installing a BroadBand Pro system, we were able to target the interior area with two speakers aimed directly at the problem spots. The other two speakers of the four-speaker system were run to the outside of the building on the roof with the included wires. Both species have left the problem areas and the customer is satisfied.

 

Tim

I was working with a Minnesota installer to drive crows out of a 90 acre medical campus. Together, we created a multifaceted approach utilizing over 75 Yard Gard devices and 10 Outdoor Lasers. Today, the client claims to be almost completely free of the crows. He is very happy with the managed program and the efficacy of our products.

A few months later, we got a lead about a crow problem at a very large corporate campus in California next to an airport. After sending the lead to an experienced California Pest Control Operator, I connected him to the Minnesota installer and they discussed the plans and associated challenges. The end result was two very successful projects.

 

Dan

Ensco has an offshore oil rig in Brownsville, Texas was having a massive vulture problem; about 70-80 vultures overall. According to the foreman, they were degrading the structure so much, that the company was ‘at risk of losing a $500 million asset’. They initially bought the BroadBand Pro on their own, but it was not the right product for the job. We implemented a plan combining multiple Flock Reflectors, a Critter Blaster Pro, as well as Outdoor Lasers. Within two weeks, the vultures were gone, and the oil rig was no longer at risk of further structural damage. We avoided a $500 million problem!

 

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Bird Control in New Construction Sites

When excavating a construction site you’re bound to come across numerous obstacles. While each one has its own level of difficulty to overcome, arguably the hardest to conquer is relocating wildlife from the site.

Today we’re featuring a guest article from Emily Matlovich, writer for CADdetails’ blog Design Ideas for the Built World.

One of the reasons why relocation of animals is difficult is because in some areas you may find that the site has a protected species on it. Unfortunately, if this is the case then it means that all construction must halt until the species is successfully relocated without human intervention. So essentially the animal must leave on its own will and this rule applies to a new construction site or a site where the animal has nested even it occurred after construction has started.

If an animal isn’t on the endangered species list, it may still be protected by a law. One seemingly universal law that seems to be in effect in multiple locations is a constraint on the removal of birds during their breeding season. This can be a hindrance to construction since breeding season typically coincides with the weather that is most suitable for construction. So it’s beneficial to begin bird removal tactics prior to breeding season to ensure that construction isn’t paused by the young birds.

Even if an animal isn’t protected by law, it doesn’t mean that it will be easily removed from the site. Animals (especially beavers and birds) tend to return to the site even after being safely relocated. While this behavior isn’t as hazardous once the building is built, it poses issues for the workers at the construction site. This is because when the animals return to the site, they bring with them diseases that can be spread to a construction worker. So the site would have to be routinely checked prior to work being done which causes delays for the project completion.

BIRD SPIKES | BIRD NETTING | ELECTRONIC BIRD CONTROL

Luckily, there are numerous humane ways that you can prevent the return of the animal once it has been safely relocated. Some methods include bird spikes which prevent birds from landing on edges of the building, netting which will prevent birds from even entering the site, and electronic bird control systems that can keep them at an even further distance from the site. You can get each product from Bird-X, Inc and all products manufactured by Bird-X, Inc. are legal, humane, green, and effective.

Before removing any species from your construction site, it’s important to check with your local municipality to ensure that you are in compliance with the laws they’ve set.

Wacky Weather: What it Means for Seasonal Birds

Last Tuesday started off like an average early-May day in the town of Carlsbad, New Mexico, with temperatures steadily rising into the low 80s. As late afternoon approached, light rain started and became stronger as the evening went on. It wasn’t until after dinner that Carlsbad resident Skye Pope noticed a much louder tapping sound on his windows and roof than simply rain, and went outside to investigate.

A hailstorm had swept into town, bringing quarter-sized pellets of ice, and larger. Pope is able to find comfort in the bizarre weather, however. “To me, it’s always fun to watch the rain and hail, all while being able to stand outside in a t-shirt and shorts and still feel warm,” notes Skye about the wacky conditions.

The hailstorm only lasted roughly 20 minutes, but it was severe enough to cause extensive damage to cars all over the area. Local car shops are actively advertising their hail damage repair services. See below for footage that Mr. Pope has provided of the beginning of the storm:

Source: Skye Pope

Incidents like this are just few of many caused by climate change, and weather has a massive effect on migratory birds, as well. While this was an incident of rain and moisture, New Mexico is getting considerably drier over the years, putting threatened bird species on the endangered/threatened list.

The more erratic the weather, the less hospitable the area is as a habitat for many birds. Take the Mexican spotted owl (threatened), for example: “Their population is decreasing at an alarming rate,” said Greg Dyson, with Wildearth Guardians. “And that’s because their habitat is decreasing at an alarming rate.”

For more information on climate change and global warming, and how nearly half of the bird species in the continental United States and Canada can be affected, take a look at the National Audubon Society’s video below:

Source: National Audubon Society / www.audubon.org

Bird-X, Inc. has spent over 50 years protecting public areas from over 60 bird-spread transmissible diseases. The leading international brand of humane bird control solutions, this Chicago-based company manufactures a complete line of unique bird control products, protecting the health of humans, wildlife, and the environment by deterring birds from unwanted areas without harming them.

For information on any of Bird-X’s humane pest control products, please call customer service at (800) 662-5021.

Exclude Pest Pigeons from your Property with Pigeon Netting

Exclude Pigeons With NettingPigeons can create a major problem for property owners and their managers. Regrettably, the larger the building, the bigger the problem and, in turn, more reason to exclude pigeons. For strip malls, warehouses, loading docks, hangars and other large structures, pigeons can quickly become a very costly nuisance. The birds often nest under awnings, overhangs, open roofs and covered beams in breezeways. Continue reading →

How to Keep Birds Out of Your Garden

keep birds out of your garden It’s spring, and with it come birds, all eager to nibble and peck at the ripening fruits and vegetables in your garden. You will want to keep birds out of your garden this spring because robins will feast on your prized veggies. Crows will quickly devour almost every kind of fruit. And starlings with their vast numbers can quickly destroy your strawberries, blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, peaches, figs, apples and cherries.  Without proper bird control measures, your garden will be at the mercy of spring birds. Fortunately, the bird control pros at Bird B Gone have several humane and effective solutions. Continue reading →

Managing Grackles: Deter One of Summer’s Most Invasive Birds

Grackles are difficult birds to manage, as they are an abundant and invasive type of blackbird. Because of this, grackles often require more effort and attention to control compared to other similar bird species.

These birds live year-round in the southeastern United States, especially in Texas and Florida, but migrate to the North and Midwest during summer. Grackles like agricultural fields and are more of a threat to crops than crows. As much as they like open spaces, they also live in urban areas, making them abundant virtually everywhere.

For homeowners, crop farmers, and property managers, these birds can be extremely dominant and harmful. Some homeowners may look to simple solutions like tube feeders, but they likely aren’t enough. For larger flocks, poisons and other chemicals are frequently used to try to combat them. Not only are poisons inhumane, but they also don’t work because grackles forage in large flocks.


Recommended Products for Grackle Control

Fortunately, there are solutions for grackle control that are humane yet extremely effective. To reduce grackles, try some of these products, all of which are designed to create a threatening area for grackles without causing physical harm to them.

Liquid Repellents and Taste Aversions

Bird-X offers a liquid repellent that prevents grackles and other bird species from roosting or landing on any surface. If you’re having a problem with grackles roosting in your yard, apply this non-toxic repellent to trees and shrubs.

Alternatively, use Bird Stop to prevent grackles from landing on rooftops and other building structures. This taste aversion is ideal for crop and produce farmers with grackle problems, as the smell and taste irritates grackles and prevents them from eating crops.

Visual Deterrents

For farms and vineyards, holographic bird tape combines flashing light with sounds to keep birds away. Apply them anywhere birds land, ideally in areas with light and wind. Additionally, visual scares like owl predator decoys are lifelike enough to scare away grackles.

Electronic Bird Control

Sonic bird control is a type of electronic bird deterrent that uses naturally recorded distress calls and predator cries to frighten and distress grackles. Grackles perceive the area to be threatening and unsafe.

Because grackles are intelligent, program your BirdXPeller PRO and Super BirdXPeller PRO on random intervals so they don’t become accustomed to the sounds. For grackles, Version 2 of either of these sonic control products works best.

Due to the aggressive behavior of grackles, a multisensory approach using different types of products, like a visual deterrent along with a sonic repellent, is ideal. Learn more about these and other safe, humane deterrents that can reduce your grackle problem.

What Every Property Owner/Manager Needs to Know About Geese

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If you own or manage any type of structure or property, there are some facts you need to know about geese to prevent these large birds from damaging your property.

Geese love to gather around lakeshores, ponds, golf courses, sports fields and any dwellings that happen to be near them. The birds prefer nesting sites on elevated, secluded areas near bodies of water. They will return to the area of their birth each year to mate and nest. Nesting season is mid March to May, so the time to implement proactive deterrents/repellents is now.

Most Geese have a wide wingspan (up to 75 inches), which allows them to fly up to 1,500 miles in a single day.  When migrating, they will “pond hop” and forage for food. This can be very destructive to plants and property, as mature Canada geese can weigh up to 14 pounds. They can quickly denude and trample green vegetation, grasses and aquatic plants, leaving large amounts of droppings in their wake. Continue reading →

Four Things to Know Before Getting an Ultrasonic Deterrent

There are many bird and pest deterrents on the market, and with some research you will be able to find the best humane deterrent for your pest situation. A newer and more effective type of electronic solution is ultrasonic bird and pest control.

How It Works

Ultrasonic repellents work differently than other deterrents. They use high frequencies (which the human ear cannot hear) to deter birds and other pests. When the birds or pests hear the sound being produced, they become disoriented or irritated by the noise. Birds also quickly learn to avoid areas where they have felt the ultrasonic sound waves

There are many ultrasonic devices to choose from depending on the coverage you need. Typically, they are able to cover up to 3,600 sq. ft. With multiple speakers, you can customize coverage for even larger areas.

Location

Like with all other bird and pest deterrents, there are certain specifications to meet in order for the ultrasonic device to work optimally. Location of the deterrent plays a big factor in effectiveness. Ultrasonic devices work best in enclosed and semi-enclosed locations where sound waves can bounce off walls or ceilings.

For outdoor problem areas, ultrasonic devices that include weatherproof speakers and waterproof control panels, like the Ultrason X, are recommended. Areas such as parking structures, barns, and loading docks are ideal locations for ultrasonic deterrents.

Type of Pest

Ultrasonic devices are used to deter a variety of pests. They are most widely used to deter birds that carry diseases such as West Nile or E. Coli.  Some of the most common repelled birds include: pigeons, seagulls, grackles, sparrows, woodpeckers, starlings, ducks, and geese.

While the ultrasonic device is ideal for a variety of birds, it is also effective in repelling bats, rodents, and other small critters. The frequency on the device may need to be adjusted to effectively repel these pests.

Residential Ultrasonic Pest Solutions

For smaller scale use, there are residential ultrasonic products. While the deterrent still requires a semi-enclosed space, the residential products are tailored towards balconies, awnings, and gardens.

Since these deterrents are for residential areas, they are tailored to residential pests. These ultrasonic devices deter rodents, bats, rabbits, cats, dogs, skunks, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, deer, and insects. The frequencies on the device can change according to what pest you are trying to deter.

One thing to note about this product is that if you have pets, it could potentially irritate them depending what setting the product is on. The frequencies go from highest to lowest (clockwise) when looking at the dial. Our product images feature what pests are deterred at what frequency. Ultrasonic frequencies travel in a linear line, so mount the speaker off the ground if pets are in the area. Additionally, make sure to point the product away from your house, or any outside areas your pet might use.

Ultrasonic deterrents are an ideal choice when looking for a humane way to get rid of unwelcome pests. They are a low-profile deterrent and require little maintenance. Whether you are looking for a product to cover a large area, or one to place in your backyard, Bird-X has multiple options for any need.