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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BirdSlide Protects Residence from Starlings

BirdSlide is easy to install on a variety of surfaces

This BirdSlide installation was the first major bird control job for Jim Baldridge and his crew at Dewey Pest Control in Lancaster, CA, but he took it with all the enthusiasm of an adventurer seeking a new challenge. A residential customer on their regular service route wanted to prevent starlings from building nests and pecking holes into the ledges.

Jim proposed the BirdSlide solution to the customer and began installation. He admits that there were a few bumps in the road, but it was an invaluable learning experience for his team.

“We thought about netting it at first,” explained Jim, “but Bird Barrier suggested we go with BirdSlide since the siding was constructed of Dryvit.” This popular building material proves to be very difficult to properly install netting into, and can be irreparably damaged if done incorrectly. It took two technicians one 8-hour day to install. “There was a bit of a learning curve,” he admitted, “if we had a small workbench on the truck for cutting the extensions, it would’ve gone much faster.”

Day on Freer way (15)Dewey Pest Control has used this opportunity to successfully introduce bird control to their line of services and train their technicians on installation and sales techniques. “There are many similar houses in this neighborhood,” said Jim noting that there is a lot of opportunity to perform similar installations without having to canvas a large geographic area. “The customer is happy, and we’re happy…we expect a lot of new business doing bird work!”

To learn more about Bird Barrier’s BirdSlide and how our products can work for you, call 800-503 5444 or visit

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!

BirdSlide Makes Sure The Mounties Always Get Their Bird!

One of many joints that had to be excluded using BirdSlide.
One of many joints that had to be excluded.

In recent years, Canada has become a bastion of modern architectural design.  From Vancouver’s ubiquitous glass awnings to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian buildings are getting shaken up more than a Los Angeles high-rise in the middle of an earthquake!  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police training depot in Regina, Saskatchewan is no exception to this rule, having built a new facility complete with contemporary open-girder and glass architectural features.  Unfortunately for the Mounties, birds love these multi-faceted designs as they provide nearly limitless nesting and roosting opportunities for a flock of local pigeons.

Enter Richard Swallow of RIVA Specialized Cleaning & Pigeon Control, who designed and implemented a solution to address several problem areas while preserving the architect’s vision.  To preserve the visual aesthetic, Richard opted to use Bird Barrier’s BirdSlide on the horizontal girders.  BirdSlide excludes all species from ledges by creating a slanted surface that birds can’t grip and they slide off.  In addition to horizontal ledges, though, the design incorporated numerous nooks and crannies where multiple girders intersect.  BirdSlide’s versatility shined through as RIVA mounted sections in various configurations to effectively block off all possible nesting and roosting sites.  “We were able to custom cut and fabricate the BirdSlide which allowed us to exclude areas of the facility that it wouldn’t necessarily be used for, and it worked really well,” explained Richard.

Danny puts the finishing touches on a section of BirdSlide
Danny puts the finishing touches on a section of BirdSlide

“[BirdSlide]’s an excellent product,” he continued.  “It’s very friendly…we kept a table saw on the truck that allowed us to cut it and it went on really well.”

The 400-foot BirdSlide installation took Richard and his employee Danny Lorenzana about two days to complete, and opened the door to more work for the RCMP.

“It was a good install…we’re about to go up there and finish netting the HVAC units, and we’ll see what else that gets us!”