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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project: Dura-Spike

Case #1

A new university parking garage became the home for winged visitors. The parking garage sought the services of a local company to relieve the pigeon problem the new garage was experiencing. Students would leave their cars for morning classes to return to a complete mess. A new building, such as this, with no prior visitors is often a target roosting place for pigeons.

The model solution was Dura-spike, an all stainless steel spike that comes in three-foot lengths and is easily installed with Bird Barrier bond or screwed down. Dura-spike is ultimately a discreet application that physically stops the bird from landing, causing it to travel elsewhere. It is warranted for ten years and is completely humane as the tips of the spike are blunt.


Case #2

The construction of a new football stadium took two years and within that time, pigeons found the area to be a comfortable place to call home because it provided shelter.

The maintenance crew found they were repeatedly power-washing the problem areas every other day. The pipes were the main crisis as they were completely exposed on all 11 floors of the stadium. Although, bird deterrent had been previously installed by another company, it did not prove to be long-term.

Dura-spike, was applied to the most affected areas first, but installation proved to be a challenge.The pipes were nearly 40 feet high and a scaffolding ladder was used to access the areas. The most difficult issue was securing the ladder on the steps of the stairs.

Workers were very pleased with the spikes.

 

Case #3

An administration building of a university was experiencing major pigeon problems in their loading dock. The pigeons were leaving such a mess that workers were afraid to walk on the stairs that ran beneath the pipes, the area where the pigeons were occupying.

The university did not want to use any type of poison as the chemicals are not only harmful to the animals, but they could pose a public relations problem for the university.

Dura-spike, was used across the pipes that the birds were landing on to get rid of the problem. The spikes were a success and proved to be very effective.

For more information on Dura-Spike and the installation process, please go here.

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!