“Working around people on the site was the most difficult aspect of this project,” describes Reger. Safety is of utmost importance, especially in areas that see a lot of traffic such as this. During installation, the birds continued to land in the area. Keeping them out of the netted area was a challenge.
For more than five years, starling and sparrow droppings created a mess on inventory being delivered to a loading dock. Each day, 15 – 20 trucks arrived to deliver supplies to this university in the southeast. The overhang provided shelter to the birds, whose debris landed on deliveries and campus police vehicles. The maintenance staff had to power wash the area on a regular basis.
Scare Owls and audio scare devices were installed to deter the birds, but they weren’t effective. The university determined that a long-term solution was in order. Four pest control companies bid for the project. Blue Ridge Wildlife Management won the job over several local companies. “The key to winning the job was meeting the specifications and proposing additional, optional features that would ensure complete exclusion,” explains Jason Reger. Blue Ridge proved their expertise by describing areas left vulnerable in the original specs. The optional system components also meant the the customer had some flexibility with the budget for this project.
Using an articulated lift, the Blue Ridge team of four spent a day installing white 3/4-inch StealthNet under the dock’s overhang. Reger’s 15 years of experience has taught him that installing net rings and intermediate attachments every ten inches will prevent small birds like sparrows from gaining entry to the netted off area. The white netting blends with the overhang, rendering the net nearly invisible. They installed net zippers to allow access to lightbulbs.
The pjstar reported that a bird’s nest caused an estimated $20,000 damage to a North Peoria home after igniting inside the flue of the chimney. According to the report, most of the fire was contained to the area of the fireplace, with minor damage to the attic of the home. “A bird’s nest located around the firebox and flue area appeared to have been ignited by the heat of a fire in the fireplace, then spread flames to the area around the chimney.”
“Bird nests in the chimney flue can ignite and extend to the rest of your house. In the spring, birds build nests up in high places; trees, utility poles, houses and, of course, chimney flues. The eggs hatch and the birds abandon the nest through the summer. During the first cold snap in the fall, everyone lights up the first fire of the season. If the flue has not been checked, a hot ember can be carried up the thermal column in the flue and land in the flammable nesting material. The burning nest can either burn out harmlessly or fall onto your roof or into the combustible chase, or through an opening in your attic, causing a major fire.”
It is important to have your chimney flue checked prior to the first ignition of your fireplace for the winter season. In order to prevent birds from roosting and nesting in your fireplace throughout the year, bird deterrents may be a viable option. For a complete listing of humane bird repellents, please visit Bird Barrier America.