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.

 

 

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.

Dura-­Spike Bird Spikes Solve Problems Large and Small

Dura-Spike Bird SpikesThe nice thing about Bird Barrier’s Dura-Spike bird spikes is that it is fast and easy to install on both large and small jobs. Because it can be glued or screwed to both flat and curved surfaces, it is an ideal solution for pigeons in non-nesting environments.

Take for example the two jobs done recently by two different PMPs. One involved about 3,500 linear feet of the product on standard parapet caps and windowsills, while the other used only about eight feet on five metal satellite dishes.

The Large Job

The building owner wanted a long lasting solution and liked the fact that Dura-Spike is 100 percent marine grade stainless steel. Its three-foot lengths are fast and easy to glue down to the surface, and so the installer was able to offer a very competitive price due to the relatively small amount of labor required.

Dura-Spike Bird SpikesThe project used all three models of the Dura-Spike; Narrow (2.5″) for windowsills, two rows of the Wide (5”) on the parapet caps, and some Xtra-Wide (8″) on wider ledges. It was glued down with Bird Barrier Bond so there was no need to penetrate the building with screws that might later cause leaks.

Two men glued down the 3,500 feet in about 50 man-hours.

The Small Job

A company with five large satellite dishes on its roof was annoyed at the droppings from pigeons. As they perched on the lips of the dishes, they made their messes on sensitive equipment that needed to be constantly cleaned.

Dura-Spike Bird SpikesAgain, the customer liked the idea of an all-metal solution and chose Dura-Spike over other spikes with plastic bases, or all plastic designs. And, because they are round the thin base of the Dura-Spike would follow the curve perfectly.

Due to the thin edge being mounted to, the installer chose to use stainless steel screws. He first drilled into the metal frame, then drove in the screws as can be seen in the accompanying photograph. He used every other screw hole in the base. Luckily the dishes could be unlocked and rotated, so he was able to do the job without getting up on a ladder. Each of the five dishes took less than an hour to install so the job was done before lunch.

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!