Birds tend to occupy large retail stores because they offer so much food, water and harborage. Because of this, they can be difficult to attract to sparrow traps and new food sources. They quickly find hiding places and may even build nests indoors and create a breeding colony.
Retail business owners will like the Sparrow Trap Door because it is discrete and blends in well with interior décor. This is because our new Sparrow Trap Door is a trap that doesn’t look like a normal sparrow trap; in fact it doesn’t act like a trap either. Designed specifically for birds inside structures, the Sparrow Trap Door features a flat platform on the top onto which bird food is applied. Like a bird feeder, the sparrow simply stands atop the device, eating to its heart’s content. At some point, usually quite quickly, it steps on a thin wire perch, which causes the platform to collapse under it (hence “Sparrow Trap Door”), and it gently falls inside to a ventilated, quiet holding area which keeps the bird docile with no stress.
New Sparrow Trap Door is discrete and hygienic
Food and water can be left inside the sparrow trap if desired. Store personnel can monitor the sparrow trap easily because when open, or armed, a large baffle sticks straight up, but when triggered the lid is in the down position signaling that a bird has been captured.
The Sparrow Trap Door can be set upon a shelf, racking, or hung from a pipe or beam above. It is best to position the sparrow trap as close to the bird activity as possible, keeping in mind that other food and water sources should be eliminated if possible. Lightweight and easy to handle, the Sparrow Trap Door is constructed from a dense, strong, PVC foam. It is easy to clean. The bottom opens for easy bird release and cleaning.
We have posted a video of the Sparrow Trap Door catching starlings on our YouTube channel. The video can also be watched on the Bird Barrier video page.
The Sparrow Trap Door retails to the pest professional for $110. Large facilities generally require at least four traps for complete coverage. To order, contact us at 800-503-5444, or online at http://www.birdbarrier.com/store.
Pima College is a community college located in Tucson, AZ. With nearly 10,000 students, the main campus has a challenging mix of open areas and structures.
The Pigeon Problem
Pima’s main campus in the downtown area of Tucson consists of 11 large, low-rise buildings, expansive parking and tree canopies in a park-like setting. Pigeons were widespread on campus, although not concentrated in any particular location. The pest control operator estimated the original population at approximately 200 pigeons.
Following a site survey, the installer recommended an OvoControl population management program with three automatic feeding stations. The feeders were located on three different rooftop locations, targeting the larger flock concentrations on campus. The OvoControl program was augmented by quarterly trapping.
OvoControl reduced the population from 200 pigeons to just 5 birds over a period of 24 months. Pima college remains pigeon free.
2010 is a great year for statisticians and bird lovers. April 1st is National Census Day and February 13 is the Great Backyard Bird Count. That’s right, it’s a census for birds. The National Audubon Society is holding a bird count and they’re counting on the public to help.
“Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org.”
The national count will begin on On February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Great Backyard Bird Count
Gang of Turkeys
“Gang of turkeys terrorizes Athens neighborhood” is the title to an interesting article from the Augusta Chronicle about two highly aggressive turkeys attacking people in a small neighborhood. Wild turkeys are very cautious birds and will flee from any harmful situation, especially situations involving humans. Yet these turkeys seemed determined and fearless because they went from lawn to lawn charging at humans yielding anything from brooms to pool sticks. This gang of turkeys were unfortunately put down by the Department of Natural Resources. Gang of turkeys article
A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to an article that compared the behavior of birds to schools of fish. The article that was referenced stated that birds change direction simultaneously as if they were communicating to evade predators. This week I found a very interesting photo of what a “school of birds” created.
Link to full story: Birds flock together to create big baby in the sky
You may want to think twice about poisoning your pigeon pests. Culling can effectively reduce pigeon numbers, but this is merely a temporary solution. After the culling process is complete, pigeon populations are known to rapidly return and can sometimes exceed pre-cull levels [Animal Aid]. Like many species, pigeons control their own population according to the food sources available. “Approximately 90% of pigeons die in their first year and the main cause of death is starvation. The mortality rate of adult pigeons is very low, typically around 11%. Therefore when culling is carried out on a pigeon population, the vacancies left by the dead birds are quickly filled by young birds” [Animal Aid]. Consequently, culling kills off adult pigeons allowing younger, sprucer, and more virile pigeons to survive, which would explain the post-cull population hike.
Instead of opting for short term solutions, such as culling, you may want to consider other humane, long-term bird repellent solutions. Popular bird repellent solutions are:
Bird Barrier America offers these bird repellent solutions and many others. For a complete listing of Bird Barrier’s products, please click here.
An editorial written for the Houston Chronicle argues that the FAA ought to know how many birds strikes occur each year and the damage they cause to the aviation industry.
A few comments and critiques about this subject/article have been written for the newspaper and can be accessed by clicking here.
This subject seems to be getting a lot of attention recently. To watch a short interview regarding bird control at airports – done by ABC News with Bird Barrier’s President, Cameron Riddell – go to: www.birdbarrier.tv and click on the ABC 7 link.