Choosing the correct spike solution

Bird deterrent spikes like Bird Barrier’s  Bird-Flite and Dura-Spike are highly effective ledge deterrents. They have been installed on thousands of buildings with  great success.  Selecting a spike solution requires careful understanding of the bird problem, bird pressure and species observed. Experience has shown that different bird control solutions work for different situations.

Never use a spike solution when the pressure is heavy, like an overnight roosting spot.  Typically these sites are ledges with an overhead cover of some sort (eave, roofline, etc.) The birds here will “fight” for their overnight spot and often move the spike with their bodies and or place nesting materials directly on top of the spike.

 

 

 

 

 

Spike is also not the most effective solution for birds larger than pigeons. As seen in the picture, larger birds can easily bend spike almost flat, even in daytime perch situations.

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Flite bird spikes are effective against pigeons and gulls. It is effective on ledges, parapets, window seals, signs, chimneys, roof peaks, lights etc. Bird-Flite is installed on thousands of U.S. buildings with an incredible success rate. Its stainless steel rods and U.V.-resistant polycarbonate base are very durable.

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Maybe spike deterrents can help you with a Bird Control situation.  For more information please visit: http://www.birdbarrier.com/products/bird-flite-spikes/

Or call Bird Barrier at 800-662-4637 or (800) NO-BIRDS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birdwire Protects a Residence

Bird control systems can be quick and easy to install. The wall between these residences was a favorite perching place for birds, who left a mess on the wall and patios below. With just 30 feet of Birdwire, the installer solved the problem. He used a masonry bit to drill holes for the Birdwire posts into the brick three inches apart. Birdwire is one of the least expensive and least visible of all bird deterrent devices.

 
To further protect the area, a Daddi Long Legs and Bird-Flite spikes were installed on the chimney.

Birdwire protects a brick wall

Daddi Long Legs protects a chimney from birds

The Misunderstood Crow

Did you know that crows are incredibly intelligent? They are right on par with the chimpanzee, as these two animals share the same ability as humans to make and use tools. An example of their intelligence is that they will drop shelled nuts up in the air and down to the pavement in order to crack them open. Or they will drop the nut strategically in an area where a car is passing. They even watch and understand traffic lights in order to safely go ahead and fetch their meal!

Interesting Facts About Crows

  • Very family oriented
  • Mate for life
  • Owl is their natural predator
  • Mimic certain calls of other birds, animals, and even humans
  • Although dark and gloomy in appearance, they are not a good killer. Their beak is dull and must wait for another animal to puncture foods such as carcasses
  • Less of a urban pest than pigeons, but thrive in agricultural settings
  • Federally protected
  • Northern birds will fly thousands of miles during the winter, while southern birds stay put
  • Can live up to 7 years in the wild, but 20 years in captivity

However, the crow’s intelligence may be used as a defense against humans, making it difficult to protect areas the birds are creating a nuisance.
Bird Spikes as well as StealthNet are good options to move the population of crows to a different area.

Check out this video of a crow used a wire as a hook to grab food.

Crows using cars to crack nuts for dinner

Want to learn more about crows? Check out some more info here!

Don’t Look Up!

In Jonesborough, Tennessee, the old Washington County courthouse is being plagued by none other than pigeons…and lots of them.

There are about 150-200 pigeons perching above the courthouse. Recently, the situation with the droppings has increasingly become worse, leaving the county to take steps of prevention.

“If this keeps on, somebody’s going to get sick,” said Jake Hensley, Washington County courthouse maintenance director.

The county has suffered with the pigeons and their droppings for nearly two decades. However, without effective bird control, the situation turned into a dangerous one.

Bird Barrier offers various products to help get rid of these birds such as Bird-Shock Flex Track, Bird Spikes, OvoControl, Avihaze and Eagle Eye. Selection of products is based on the birds’ landing location and whether they’re nesting.

Check out the article article and video below!

The Flying Rat

It’s safe to say that humans and wild pigeons are not the best of friends. While there is a certain breed of pigeon bred for racing, and domesticated by humans, the pigeons perched on the side of your house, or walking along your balcony, are not that kind.

One unique thing about pigeons is that they are not afraid of humans. These birds thrive in human habitats. They can eat a wide array of food types, including human food which is why they have become so accustomed to human environments.

Since they enjoy human habitats so much, pigeons can pose a nuisance to both residential and business owners. Pigeons are known to transmit diseases and their droppings contain several threatening agents, including bacteria, fungi and even parasites. These agents can cause sicknesses similar to the flu, and potentially even worse!

Not only do these birds pose a health risk, but they are an immediate threat to your property. Their  droppings can build up a lot quicker than you would expect causing backed up drains or gutters. The uric acid found in their feces is also highly corrosive causing damage to buildings. They can erode wood, damage steel, destroy air conditioning units.  On top of that, they can present a situation in which humans may slip and fall.

The most effective method for deterring pigeons from your property is the 2″ StealthNet . StealthNet is a permenant solution as it is meant to completely seclude the area .

Another option is the Bird-Shock Flex-Track . This track emits a small, painless electrical shock to birds. It is a humane way of modifying the behavior of pigeons roosting on your property by conditioning them to not come back. It also has a sleek design that won’t take away from the aesthetics of your property.

Bird Spikes are another popular option as long as the birds aren’t nesting. The spike literally disables the birds from landing on the protected area. However, the spikes are dull enough that they cannot harm the birds.

Call 1(800)503-5444 for a consultation on products that will eliminate your pigeon problem. Or visit BirdBarrier.com and get all of the information you need as well as other options for your problem.