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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 https://birdbarrier.com/Bird-shock Flex-Track or or call Bird Barrier at 800-662-4637 or (800) NO-BIRDS.

Bird Barrier’s StealthNet, Bird-Shock Flex-Track and Birdwire Protect a High-End Health Club.

At a four-story fitness center in Southern California, birds had found their comfort zone. Seagulls and pigeons were firmly entrenched on structural windscreens, under HVAC equipment, and in nooks and crannies on the roof. All of which was next to both a basketball court and a pool area.

Due to its proximity to club members, the risk associated with the bacteria found in bird droppings was a serious concern. In addition, the mess was clogging drains allowing 2 to 3 inches of water to accumulate on the flat roof.

StealthNet was chosen to close off the open air space above the HVAC equipment. The netting was attached horizontally at the same height as the windscreens, and support cables were strung under the netting every 25 feet to support the large span. This solution prevented the pigeons from flying in. In all about 17,000 square feet of netting was installed.

To the left, an attractive pool area. To the right, Stealth-Net tensioned over the entire roof area keeps pest birds from the HVAC equipment.

StealthNet and support cables are attached to the top of the chain link fence surrounding the basketball court.

The biggest challenge was hundreds of small openings that ran underneath the basketball court, allowing birds to re-enter the supposedly bird-free zone. Each one had to be blocked off. “We learned that pigeons are very determined,” said John Gran, the installer.

 

 

 

 

The tops of the windscreens were treated with a single row of Bird-Shock Flex-Track powered by a single solar charger.


Teak windscreens surround the pool area. Birds landing on the tops of these screens caused an unsightly mess for sunbathers. Birdwire Gutter Clamps were secured every five feet, and Birdwire was spring tensioned in between. This was an attractive and effective way to protect a narrow ridge. Birdwire Gutter Clamps secured Birdwire every 5 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

Effective bird control depends not only on the right products but on proper installation techniques as well. Bird Barrier’s technical experts provide information by phone at 800-503-5444, or email us at customercare@birdbarrier.com or visit our website.

 

 

Siege of Seagulls at Seaside Hotel

Flex 2 beige rows on stucco 2The seagull pressure has been building over the last few years, and has recently become a noticeable problem for this hotel. The seagulls were protecting their eggs on the roof top, a month or more before the birds would begin to fledge. Some even found their way inside the hotel’s ballroom and nested there. The installation team visited the site in July and were attacked by dive-bombing gulls. The building manager requested that a ledge product be used, as the parapets were covered in droppings.

Flex 2 beige rows on stuccoThe installers sold and installed 36 rolls (1,800 ft.) of Bird-Shock® Flex-Track®, to cover five areas and used five solar chargers to power them. In most areas, they spaced two rows of track appropriately enough to keep the gulls from landing on the parapets around their previous nesting sites.

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Flex beige 2 corners

Best Swallow Prevention Strategies Available

Swallow nests make a mess on this apartment building.

 

Swallow nests make a mess on this apartment building.Before you know it the swallows will return to make their mark on your customer’s homes and businesses. These beautiful little birds can make an ugly mess on any overhang-type structure such as eaves, porch roofs, and underneath decks. Bird Barrier offers three different ways to repel the birds. All are safe and don’t impact the birds themselves.

Mud swallows generally nest in the 90 degree angle where an exterior wall meets an overhang. They build nests from mud, and while they are an impressive feat, the mud and droppings from the birds create quite a mess on the building and the ground. The rule-of-thumb is that their corner must be eliminated, and the deterrent must keep them out of the protected area they desire.

StealthNet installed beneath a residential eave.1. Installing StealthNet at an angle keeps the birds away from their desired nesting site.

The net should be at a 45 degree angle, and should extend to at least a foot below the corner, even further if the overhang protrudes further out. The StealthNet must be framed with the cable system as described in Bird Barrier’s installation instructions.

Pros – Excludes birds from large areas and can be easily customized to most configurations.

Cons – Can be labor intensive, visible in many situations.

BirdSlide installed and painted to match the building.2. Bird Barrier’s BirdSlide utilizes its geometery to make areas unfavorable to swallows’ mud nests.

When installed underneath eaves with the available mounting clips and glue, BirdSlide creates two 45 degree angles, which eliminates the 90 degree corner, thus preventing a swallow from establishing a foundation for its nest.  BirdSlide is also advantageous in that it can be painted to match the surrounding structure, making it look like the original construction.

Pros – Attractive, paintable, fairly easy to install.

Cons – Corners can be tricky.

Beige Bird-Shock Flex-Track matches the siding on this apartment building.3. Bird-Shock Flex-Track is a novel solution for swallows that provides the visual appeal of Bird-Shock and the flexibility to follow complex or irregularly-shaped architectural features.

One row of Bird-Shock Flex-Track mounted along the upper edge of the wall is enough to discourage nesting with its harmless, but memorable zap. Once a few scout birds receive the shock they warn the rest of the flock that they need to find a new site.

Pros – Least visible solution, fast installation.

Cons – Must be taped up while glue dries.

As a reminder, swallows are a federally-protected species, and completed nests may not be disturbed at any time between February 15 and September 1 (without a special permit), so you must take preventative measures quickly before our little feathered friends make a mess of your roost!

What Professionals Are Saying About the Flex-Track Connectors

 

» Watch and learn how to install these New Quick Connectors.
snap“I recently learned that I had won a bid on a large bird exclusion project for a power company. I was very excited until I learned that I was to be given a one-month deadline for a job that would normally take at least 3 months to complete. It became imperative that I find a way to cut labor time while simultaneously increasing productivity. Lucky for me, I had received a complimentary bag of the new Bird-Shock Flex-Track Quick Connectors from Bird Barrier. Since I had nothing to lose, I decided to give them a try. I was very impressed to see how much faster and easier the new Quick Connectors are to use versus the former style. They cut down the install time by 70% and allowed me to finish the job not only on time, but under budget. In addition, the finished project had a more refined and professional appearance. I highly recommend this item and extend my thanks to Bird Barrier for such a well-made product.”

John Simpkins, Project Manager
Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, Edgewood, MD

 

 

Flex Connector Straight with Jumpers“As you know, Advocate Pest & Wildlife Specialists provides pigeon extraction throughout the United States on all levels of service. Recently, we were contracted to install deterrents on several gas station canopies that were suffering from major pigeon infestations.

I am pleased to report that your newly-designed system connectors exceed all expectations. Not only did the new design assist in the ease of installation, but cut my labor cost on that job by 18%.  My technicians were able to complete the job in ample time, saving our company hundreds of dollars.

I look forward to providing pigeon control to our clientele in the future utilizing Bird Barrier exclusively. There is no other system more durable or easier to install.”

Sandra Stewart, Owner/Operator
Advocate Pest & Wildlife Specialists, Yuma, AZ

 

 

DSC_0490“I have used Bird Barrier’s new connections on several high-profile jobs. They are very easy to use and save me a lot of time in the installation process. They snap on quickly and enable my crew to be done in a fraction of the time. The connectors lock down tightly and I am very confident that they make a great connection. The finished product looks incredible and very professional. As always, Bird Barrier steps up to make another great product.”

Matthew Green
Bird Abator, Torrance, CA

 

 

catspic“Just a heads up with regards to your new Quick Connectors when installing the Flex-Track system. They’re absolutely wonderful. We used them on our last job and are very pleased with the new snap-on technology. We appreciate the innovation at Bird Barrier. It seems like you guys are constantly striving to make these installations easier and better. Keep up the good work!”

Michael Hunt, Service Manager
Cats USA Pest Control, North Hollywood, CA