Why Invest in Bird Control?

Birds can be very damaging to your property. In fact, they create millions of dollars in damage every year. When they nest, they can create hazardous conditions that require a substantial amount of cleanup. Bird infestations not only create property damage, but health hazards, liability issues, and can even spread disease.


Diseases & Health Issues
When it comes to birds there are more than a few diseases to be worried about. In fact, birds and their droppings can carry over 60 different transmissible diseases. The problem can be particularly bad in residential areas, where these droppings can be more easily transferred to humans. Anytime someone steps into dropping puddles or onto dried droppings the risk of diseases being released into the air increases.

In addition to the diseases they carry, pest birds are also associated with over 50 different types of ectoparasites. These parasites can work their way onto humans and bite. Each parasite can give their host a variety of different symptoms.


Property Damage & Liability
Droppings are not only dangerous, but they are mess and never a good display for a business. The longer the birds nest and dirty the area the more difficult it will be to repair the damage and clean up. Bird droppings contain acidic substances that can corrode or stain when left for long periods of time. Bird droppings can even discolor paint, destroy awnings, and ruin electrical equipment. Bird’s nests can also create problems for you. Easily clogging rain gutters, vents, chimneys, or drains.

Along with the destructive nature, dropping buildup can also create a slippery surface. This can result in a number of liability issues for businesses.

Investing in a bird control solution can help prevent the need to spend thousands of dollars on clean up and building maintenance each year. Putting a simple system in place before any damage is done can save you financially. Finding the right product for you based on your property type, pest issue, and price point is important in making sure it is dealt with properly.


  • Bird Spikes
    Bird spikes are an easy solution for rooftop edges, window ledges, or anywhere birds may try to nest or land. Using a physical barrier like this is the most effective way in keeping birds off a ledge or surface. Once bird spikes are installed there is little to no maintenance needed to continue the bird deterrent.
  • Electronic Bird Control
    With a variety to choose from, electronic bird control options allow you to select a product based on your property size and type. These sonic or ultrasonic devices produce effective audio and visuals that deter, annoy, and disorient birds, forcing them to seek a new location to rest.
  • Bird Netting
    Bird netting is a 100% effective, low-profile, and long-lasting solution against pest bird infestation. Install bird netting to get rid of barn swallows, pigeons and more. The application will provide protection of valuable areas where products, crops, and other property must be kept safe.

Finding the right bird control method for you and your business may be difficult. If you’re unsure how to determine what the best solution is for you our experts are here to help! Bird-X is here to help create the most effective bird control plan that meets your needs.

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With Spring Around the Corner, Prevention is Key

With Spring Around the Corner, Prevention is Key

As the snow thaws and daylight hours increase, a number of pest animals make their way back into our backyards, gardens, gutters, and more places we plan to spruce up for the warmer months. Pest birds and animals can not only wreak havoc on budding flowers and plants, but they can also carry transmissible zoonotic diseases and create an unhealthy environment.

Bird-X has spent over 50 years protecting public areas from such diseases, cutting back on sanitary maintenance and cleaning costs, and reducing physical labor. As the leading international brand of humane bird and pest control solutions, we strive to offer the most effective solutions for your pest bird and animal problems.

Not sure what product is right for your situation? We’re here to help! Simply chat with one of our pest control experts with the chat button in the lower right-hand corner, or call us toll-free at 800-662-5021.

Here are just a few of our recent success stories from Bird-X experts here at our headquarters. These are the very same experts who will be assisting you with any product recommendations or installation questions, who all work in-house at our Chicago offices:


“Grackles were a huge issue for a business’s storefront as well as the top of their building and parking lot. They would congregate on the property and this would discourage potential customers. The owner had tried many different visual deterrents in the past, but grackles are stubborn birds. They hung light-reflecting foil and sticker hawk decoys on their windows with no results.

I recommended two BirdXPeller PRO – Version 2 devices; one for the parking lot and storefront, and another for the roof of the building. Version 2 of the BirdXPeller PRO specifically targets Grackles, and can be customized for other birds as well, like crows and blackbirds. Within two weeks of using the BirdXPeller PROs at extra-long intervals and a medium volume level, the grackle population disappeared and the storeowner is finally at peace!”

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“A homeowner was having problems with stray cats tearing up the lawn of their single family home. In the past they sprayed synthetic deterrent which did not affect them at all. After they purchased and installed two Yard Gard units three feet off the ground, close to the house.

I suggested placing one unit to the left and one to the right of the house, both tilted towards one another at about a 45° angle to cover the entire front yard. The feral cats no longer come around their property, and their lawn is healing nicely! Sometimes it takes more than one unit to get the job done, but it’s definitely worth it.”

Product used:

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Seagulls were damaging the HVAC and roof of a shopping center, nesting there and leaving hazardous droppings and food scraps all over. As this was a large-scale commercial application, the facility managers opted for AviShock bird shock track combined with Bird Net exclusion netting.

With the electronic shock strips delivering a gentle but alarming shock when birds land on the parapet walls and signage, the gulls quickly learned to steer clear. The netting went around the HVAC units on the roof to prevent nesting. The birds have abandoned the area and there have been no new nests on the roof.”

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Keep Your Property Free of Pests

Pest animal and bird problems are a worldwide concern. Bird-X has a dedicated retail team, taking customer calls every day and assisting new users with our devices, troubleshooting installation questions, advising on new products, and educating people who are first-time users or are dealing with their first pest animal issue.

Many homeowners or individuals dealing with pest animals can find the task of getting rid of them to be daunting. However, with tried and true products like Bird-X’s Yard Gard, installation is simple and the results last. Minimal set-up time and lasting results are effectively allowing individuals to keep their property pest-free, without multiple visits from pest control operators.

Read how these customers were able to get rid of their pest animal problem with the help of Bird-X products and support from product experts:

Lourdes, Bird-X’s Customer Service Supervisor, recalls a customer who called about raccoons ruining the lawn of their home. Other repellent methods had little to no effect. Lourdes recommended two Yard Gard units be kept two feet off the ground on a post aimed out towards the yard. In order to most strategically place the units on the customer’s property, Lourdes used Google Maps to view the home and get a sense of the size of the yard. Within two weeks, the raccoons were not coming to their property any longer, and their lawn was successfully restored to its former glory.

A member of Lourdes’ team, Marisa, has a horror story that she quickly turned into a success story. Bats were free flying through the customer’s home after getting in through open windows. They had been there for several weeks and weren’t leaving the customer’s large, residential farm style home. In the past, they tried herding them out of an open door with netting, but it didn’t work. Marisa suggested three Transonic Pros to be placed on each side of the interior main area, facing open doors. The ultrasonic frequencies emitted by these devices interrupt the bats echolocation – their sonar navigation system, thereby disorienting them and creating an unwelcoming environment. Once all three units were turned on, the bats were forced out through open double doors, and all were gone in less than a weeks’ time.

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.

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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 →