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.

Inventory Protected Using Bird Barrier’s StealthNet

Roosting Starlings and Sparrows left a mess below

“Working around people on the site was the most difficult aspect of this project,” describes Reger. Safety is of utmost importance, especially in areas that see a lot of traffic such as this. During installation, the birds continued to land in the area. Keeping them out of the netted area was a challenge.

For more than five years, starling and sparrow droppings created a mess on inventory being delivered to a loading dock. Each day, 15 – 20 trucks arrived to deliver supplies to this university in the southeast. The overhang provided shelter to the birds, whose debris landed on deliveries and campus police vehicles. The maintenance staff had to power wash the area on a regular basis.

Loading Dock
The loading dock provided shelter to sparrows and starlings.

Campus Vehicles
Campus police vehicles and deliveries were covered in bird droppings.
Scare Owls and audio scare devices were installed to deter the birds, but they weren’t effective. The university determined that a long-term solution was in order. Four pest control companies bid for the project. Blue Ridge Wildlife Management won the job over several local companies. “The key to winning the job was meeting the specifications and proposing additional, optional features that would ensure complete exclusion,” explains Jason Reger. Blue Ridge proved their expertise by describing areas left vulnerable in the original specs. The optional system components also meant the the customer had some flexibility with the budget for this project.

Installing StealthNet
The team used lifts to install StealthNet over the loading dock.

Net Connections
They attached StealthNet to the building every 10 inches to ensure that small birds couldn’t gain access.
Using an articulated lift, the Blue Ridge team of four spent a day installing white 3/4-inch StealthNet under the dock’s overhang. Reger’s 15 years of experience has taught him that installing net rings and intermediate attachments every ten inches will prevent small birds like sparrows  from gaining entry to the netted off area. The white netting blends with the overhang, rendering the net nearly invisible. They installed net zippers to allow access to lightbulbs.

Keeping the persistent birds out during installation was a challenge.
Keeping birds out of the closed off areas was a challenge as they worked.

Net Zippers
Zippers allow maintenance crew access to lights.