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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Recycling Plant Sends Birds Packing

This recycling plant refused to deal with bird waste any longer.

Problem: Bird droppings on facade

Product Used: Eagle Eye

Seagulls were roosting on the ledge and roof of this building.

Eagle Eyes were installed at the building corners and Flex-Track along the ledges.

After just a short period, the birds left this location.

The birds created a mess on the sleek aluminum siding.

The rotating pyramid of the Eagle Eye reflects sunlight which disorients birds causing them to change flight patterns.

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