All airports are vulnerable to the threats, hazards, and nuisances caused by pigeons, gulls, geese, ducks, and other birds.
There are two types of bird problems at airports; birds on, in and around structures (like terminals and buildings) and bird strikes, when planes hit flying birds while taking off and landing.
Bird control measures can protect hangars, airport structures and parked planes from damage and hazards caused by droppings. Stopping bird strikes in mid air is a very different and challenging prospect. But by making airport property unattractive to birds, you can help reduce the overall risk of deadly bird strikes.
Birds often roost and nest in the rafters of hangars, leaving bird droppings, feathers, and other nesting materials on floors and planes. Debris landing on engine parts can cause dangerous malfunctions. Birds have been known to build nests in air intakes and exhaust systems which can cause an engine to malfunction. Bird droppings can damage expensive paint jobs, and can create dangerous slip-and-fall hazards to maintenance crews. Bird Barrier offers a variety of bird control products for that are designed to protect hangars, terminals, jetways, and other structures from the hazards posed by birds.
What Kind of Airport Bird Control System Do You Need?
The most effective bird control systems for airports typically include all or some of the following:
Exclusion products, such as StealthNet Bird Netting, keep birds out of airport buildings. Structural barriers that passively deter birds, including netting, are one of the most effective ways of physically repelling birds’ access.
Landing deterrents like Bird-Flite, Dura-Spike and Optical Gel keep birds from roosting or nesting on airport structures, including parking garage lights and railings, and pipes at terminals and hangars.
Electric shock deterrents, such as Bird-Shock, condition birds to stay away from airport roofs and ledges.
Bird birth control, such as Ovo-Control, keeps pigeon populations in check.
Audio and visual deterrents repel birds from airport property by frightening them or making them uncomfortable enough to leave.
The type of bird control products best for your airport will depend on the type of birds, the bird pressure, and type of structures that are affected. Call our support specialists for expert advice on the type of bird control system that would work best for your airport.
When and Where to Use Bird Exclusion Products
Bird netting is an exclusion product that should be used on any enclosed or semi-enclosed airport structure where gulls and other pest birds are to be excluded, including open beam structures, hangars, terminals, loading docks, and bridges. When installed properly, horizontally under the beams and pipes under the roof, birds are denied access to these popular perches.
When and Where to Use Bird-Shock
Bird-Shock Flex-Track is a bird exclusion product for airport structures that require low visibility, such as terminal roof peaks, parapets, beams, and ledges. It offers a low-profile electrified track that can curve up and down and side to side. It works by delivering an intermittent shock to their feet that frightens birds away, but does not cause physical harm.
When and Where to Use Pigeon Birth Control
OvoControl reduces airport pigeon populations by controlling the reproduction of treated birds, which causes the population to decline. This effective and humane technology is especially useful for managing pigeon flocks across large airport properties. It is not a poison, but rather a pesticide that prevent fertilization from taking place so eggs don’t hatch.
When and Where to Use Audio/Visual Deterrents
Audio and visual deterrents work by scaring birds away from airport structures.
There are two types of audio repellents that are effective in managing birds near airport structures. The first mimics actual bird distress calls or make frightening noises. Devices broadcast species specific distress cries that scare flocks away. The second type of audio repellent drives birds from airport property by making loud, irritating noises that annoy or frighten the flock.
Visual deterrents, such as representations of owls and other natural predators, frighten birds away. These methods will be most effective in areas of airport property that are newly affected by birds. You must act quickly after they arrive in order for this type of deterrent to be effective.
Bird scaring techniques such as audio, visual, and electric shock deterrents should be used selectively and in rotation in order to avoid habituation.
Bird Control for Hangars
Hangars provide attractive roosting and nesting areas for bird pests, such as gulls and pigeons. Giving birds access to safe shelter and roosting spots near the runway increases the danger of bird strike by planes. Bird droppings can also pose serious safety hazards, as well as damaging planes and other equipment. We often recommend exclusion products such as StealthNet Bird Netting as a bird control solution for hangars. Our expert customer service team can also provide recommendations that are specific to your airport’s unique bird problems.
How to Reduce the Risk of Bird Strikes
To make any bird control system optimally effective and reduce the risk of bird strikes, airports will also need to make the overall airport property less attractive to birds.
Airports are attractive to birds of all species because they can typically find food, water, nesting areas, and safety from predators. Many airports and airfields are located near marshlands or water where geese, ducks, gulls, and other large birds reside.
Ideally, the first bird control method that should be employed is to plan and construct the airport in an area that is an unattractive habitat to birds (out of the migratory flight path and far away from foraging lands and watering holes). Unfortunately, that is not often possible.
The second method that should be used to keep birds away is to make the airport property inhospitable. You do that by making sure that all sources of water, food, and shelter are inaccessible to birds. With those methods in place, installing a bird control system that includes a variety of bird control products, including structural barriers, bird birth control, audio, visual, and electrical shock deterrents, will help eliminate roosting and sheltering sites for birds.
Combining a bird control system with activities designed to reduce the carrying capacity of the airport habitat is typically seen as the most effective long-term method of reducing bird populations at airports and therefore making planes safer from the risk of bird strikes.
Specialty offerings like lasers, drones, radio-controlled hawks and even trained raptors are often employed for bird control around runways.
Get Expert Advice for Your Airport Bird Control System
Your airport bird control system needs to be tailored for your situation, including the size of your airport, the bird species involved, and the surrounding environment. Our expert customer service team can help you answer questions like:
Where do you need bird control?
Which products will work best?
How much do you need?
How do you install them?
Should you hire a bird control professional?
We want to help you fix your bird problem and ensure that everyone flying from your airport is safe. Contact us at 1-800-NO-BIRDS.