Sparrow Trap Door helps airport to remove birds

Indianapolis International airport had a bird problem. The birds, starlings and sparrows, came in through the front door as the passengers entered the building, especially when the weather turned cold. They normally flew up towards the ceiling, and since the airport has 140-foot ceilings, it was impossible to catch the birds.

Bird Barrier has a solution for this kind of bird problem, the Sparrow Trap Door. When set, the “Trap Door” is simply a welcoming platform with food. Birds stand on the platform eating until they press down on the perch. Suddenly, the floor gives way under them and they fall inside the ventilated box with a lid positioned securely above. When a bird is captured, it will remain quiet and calm within the holding box until it can be released safely outdoors.

Mike Medvescek, Director of Public Safety and Operations at the Indianapolis International Airport said: “We found the Sparrow Trap Door online and purchased four of them. The first day we caught three birds, we have caught eight more over the same weekend. I think we have two left in the terminal and we have strategically placed them around the inside the terminal in our civic plaza area where the food court is located. It is amazing how quick we catch them. Using French fries and bread as bait, we are catching the birds in front of the public, and release them back outside without injury. This humane trap option works well from the public’s perspective.”

This also shows how the Trap Door can be used in an open environment, without taking up much space or bothering customers.

Mike said: “The Sparrow Trap Door is a great invention, they work wonderfully and I would recommended them to anyone. It is a safe product, and catches birds without the use of poison. The traps work very well for the needs of the Indianapolis International Airport.”

For more information on Trap Doors, please visit or call Bird Barrier at 800-662-4637/ (800) NO-BIRDS.


Woodpecker problem solved with Optical Gel

Joe Martorelli of United Exterminating was asked to help with a woodpecker problem in a residential area in Peoria, Arizona. The home had a large shop in the back, and the woodpecker had riddled that structure with holes. The owner had tried to patch up the holes a few times, but after a few months, the woodpecker and the holes were back. Because woodpeckers are protected, there are very few things that can be done to resolve the issue.
Joe had just taken a Bird Control Certification Course of Bird Barrier, in which he learned about Optical Gel. Optical Gel is a pre-dosed dish of gel that is stuck on buildings, and repels the birds with a visual and smell repellent. It works very well as a humane deterrent for woodpeckers. Joe said; “I worked with the Bird Barrier rep, and helped me to quote it out for the customer. “

During the project, Joe went to the client multiple times, first to quote, then to install Optical Gel, and then several visits to follow up, check, and see if there were no new holes. He even installed copper mesh in the holes, in order to see if the woodpeckers would remove it. Joe said: “If you shove the thin copper mesh in the hole, you can get a real good solid visual, if the woodpeckers are continuing to peck or trying to nest.”

It has been 6 months now, and he has not heard from the customer since, which he takes as a sign that the woodpecker problem is solved. Joe said: “There are definitely still woodpeckers in the neighborhood; it is a problem that a lot of the neighbor were experiencing.” So he might get some new orders for Optical Gel installation from the neighbors!

For more information on Optical Gel, please visit or call Bird Barrier at 800-662-4637/ (800) NO-BIRDS.

Bird Barrier America celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Bird Barrier America certainly has soared to the horizon and beyond since the company took flight in 1993. Back then, Bird Barrier offered just three products warehoused in a small facility in Redondo Beach, Calif. What a difference a quarter-century makes! Today, Bird Barrier America operates an expansive facility in Carson, Calif., and offers thousands of products and training programs for pest bird exclusion and related waste remediation, nest cleanup and structural damage repairs. Bird Barrier’s solutions cover:
• All core pest birds: crows, geese, grackles, gulls, pigeons, sparrows, starlings, swallows, turkey vultures, woodpeckers, etc.;
• All core bird-control types: netting, spikes, electrified tracks, traps, deterrents, repellents, etc.; and
• All core structure types: single- and multi-family homes, apartments, airports, parking structures, hotels and restaurants, health care facilities, airports, retail/offices, rooftops/HVAC systems, historic buildings, industrial complexes, etc.

The company’s three original products — the Bird Coil, Daddi Long Legs and Peacock — were invented and patented by Vic Chatten, a former U.S. Navy officer, deep-sea diver, and occasional stuntman for John Wayne. When tinkerer Chatten passed away about 15 years ago, his dream was lifted to new heights under the leadership of Cameron Riddell, Bird Barrier president and CEO, and Riddell’s friends Joe Bollinger and John Houghton, who purchased the patents. While two of Chatten’s original products remain solid sellers, the company has expanded its offering to include StealthNet exclusion netting and hardware, Bird-Flite Spikes, Bird-Shock Flex-Track, Eagle Eye, Tree-Shock, Dura-Spike, and Optical Gel and myriad other innovations. All of Bird Barrier’s products are humane: They simply repel pest birds, prompting them to move to other locations without hurting them. Case in point: Bird Barrier’s Bird-Shock carries an endorsement from the U.S. Humane Society.

Solutions = Products & Training
In 1994, Riddell approached pest control products distributor Univar (than named Van Waters & Rogers), and proposed a training program for its customers.

“Univar thought it was a great idea,” Riddell recalls. “Their representatives in offices around the U.S. invited local pest control operators for a two-day training class. We’d show up with boxes of tools and equipment, and a carousel of slides, and teach the group all about bird control.”

The first day featured classroom instruction, while the second day took the class out onto a real building where a bird problem was solved using Bird Barrier products. Bird Barrier continues to teach its class 24 years later, and many of the company’s largest customers to this day credit the class with their start in the business.

“Our mission is to have a long-lasting solution for every kind of bird problem,” Riddell says. “Since our start, we’ve focused on developing and delivering solutions that solve pest bird problems that could not be solved. We’re almost there. Today, there are very few pest bird problems that cannot be solved with Bird Barrier solutions.

“It’s hard to believe how fast the years have flown by,” Riddell adds. “I was just 30 when we started in a small shop with one box of product. Now I’m 55, my kids have almost flown the coop, and our and much-larger warehouse is busting at the seams. Time flies.”

Bird Barrier’s products and services can be found at its updated new website,

Bird Barrier’s StealthNet installed with zippers

Pest control specialist Brandon Sanders of Sanders Wildlife Inc. was asked to do a repair netting job at a location of a national supermarket chain. Birds used to hang out above the window of the pharmacy unit. The bird netting, originally installed by another company was torn and not attached.
One of the reasons that the netting had been torn was because the clients had to tear into the net to replace light bulbs. Bird Barrier offers a solution for the problem of not having access behind bird netting; StealthNet zippers.

StealthNet Zippers can be installed to open netting for horizontal or vertical access, using net rings. Their heavy duty marine construction insures the zipper’s long-life. Sanders says: “Upon repairing we installed Bird Barrier Zippers for access, which made all the difference.” See picture below.

After installing StealthNet, Sanders got another call from the customer. The birds had not gotten around the net but started using the gap between the tin roof to enter. Sanders says: “We installed black foam blocks in all the gaps found at the tin roof. The job is complete with no further problems.”

For more info on Bird Barrier’s StealthNet product, please contact Bird Barrier: or call Bird Barrier at 800-662-4637 or (800) NO-BIRDS.

No barriers for success

Bird Barrier provides Seavers Beavers with a solution for the toughest infestation

Micah Seavers knows good advice when he hears it. So when his wife suggested he quit spending so much money on his “wildlife hobbies,” he did just that. He opened Seavers Beavers and More Nuisance Wildlife Removal, based in Water Valley, Ky., and began earning money doing what he loves. More great advice came a few years later, when a fellow wildlife professional suggested Seavers consider working with Bird Barrier and expand into the bird management market. Now, three years after forming a relationship with Bird Barrier, his business is booming.

Recently, Seavers’ bird management skills were put to the test when he landed his largest bird job to date — a $20,000 elementary school account that was overrun by European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). The problem was so bad, the health department wouldn’t let the school open until the birds were eradicated. “The feces, dead birds and broken eggs were everywhere,” Seavers recounts. “They had outside eating areas that the kids couldn’t even sit at — you couldn’t walk into the school without walking in bird mess.” Because of the school’s beautiful architecture, Seavers wanted something that would look clean on the columns and blend in with the structures. His next step was simple. He took some photos of the project and sent them to Ray Olschewski, his rep at Bird Barrier. Olschewski suggested using Bird-Shock Flex-Track, an electrified track that conforms to any architectural configuration and delivers an intermittent shock when touched.

“Ray walked us through the installation process step-by-step to make sure I was confident in what I was doing,” Seavers explains. With the help of Olschewski and the team at Bird Barrier, Seavers and his coworker worked from sunup to sundown to complete the job in just under a week. To the joy of the students and teachers (or perhaps to their dismay), the school was able to open on time.

A pillar at the elementary school before and after Seavers’ team installed Bird-Shock Flex-Track.

“The only callback I’ve received was a thank-you from the principal and teachers,” says Seavers. “They’re just ecstatic.”

For more information on Bird-Shock Flex-Track, go to Flex-Track or or call Bird Barrier at 800-662-4637 or (800) NO-BIRDS.