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.

The Flying Rat

It’s safe to say that humans and wild pigeons are not the best of friends. While there is a certain breed of pigeon bred for racing, and domesticated by humans, the pigeons perched on the side of your house, or walking along your balcony, are not that kind.

One unique thing about pigeons is that they are not afraid of humans. These birds thrive in human habitats. They can eat a wide array of food types, including human food which is why they have become so accustomed to human environments.

Since they enjoy human habitats so much, pigeons can pose a nuisance to both residential and business owners. Pigeons are known to transmit diseases and their droppings contain several threatening agents, including bacteria, fungi and even parasites. These agents can cause sicknesses similar to the flu, and potentially even worse!

Not only do these birds pose a health risk, but they are an immediate threat to your property. Their  droppings can build up a lot quicker than you would expect causing backed up drains or gutters. The uric acid found in their feces is also highly corrosive causing damage to buildings. They can erode wood, damage steel, destroy air conditioning units.  On top of that, they can present a situation in which humans may slip and fall.

The most effective method for deterring pigeons from your property is the 2″ StealthNet . StealthNet is a permenant solution as it is meant to completely seclude the area .

Another option is the Bird-Shock Flex-Track . This track emits a small, painless electrical shock to birds. It is a humane way of modifying the behavior of pigeons roosting on your property by conditioning them to not come back. It also has a sleek design that won’t take away from the aesthetics of your property.

Bird Spikes are another popular option as long as the birds aren’t nesting. The spike literally disables the birds from landing on the protected area. However, the spikes are dull enough that they cannot harm the birds.

Call 1(800)503-5444 for a consultation on products that will eliminate your pigeon problem. Or visit BirdBarrier.com and get all of the information you need as well as other options for your problem.

 

The Death Bird

They may not look the prettiest, but turkey vultures actually help the earth by getting rid of road kill that make us vulnerable to bacteria and disease. The turkey vulture contains strong stomach acid that kills the harmful bacteria found in carcasses and halts the spread of disease. Their charming appearances are actually helpful as their red, featherless head is ideal for foraging inside of dead animals without making a mess.

Turkey vultures are scavengers and rarely, if ever, kill their own prey, which has made their feet and claws weaken over the years. However, when they feel threatened they will regurgitate their food in order to fly faster or simply play dead.

So what are the disadvantages of having turkey vultures in your city?

Well for one, being a large bird, their droppings are significant and can build up quickly causing extensive damage on surfaces. They also tend to leave bones and carcasses in unpleasant places, which could prove to be unsightly for a business!

Turkey vultures travel in packs and an open dumpster with meat scraps could prove to be their tasty playground.

All members of the vulture family are protected under the Migratory Bird Act.

Since this heavy and aggressive bird can literally destroy most bird control products, the most effective deterrent to use would be Bird-Shock Flex-Track. The mild but very memorable shock that is emitted from the track will keep these birds away for good.

Check out this video on how a vulture saves itself from the claws of a lion by playing dead!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg_gLms-CdM