The food industry is normally concerned with controlling insect and rodent pets inside their packaging facility. Food naturally attracts these pests and the industry is strictly regulated as to what chemicals can safely be used inside these facilities. Taking a stroll outside the plant to check for possible infestation of pest birds is also imperative. Birds like pigeons tend to gather on large open rooftops, perching along edges and overhangs. Overlooking bird control for the exterior of a food plant can be very bad for business.
In most states, the Department of Health checks for proper implementation of bird control methods on industrial structures. When birds are damaging the outside of the structure or destroying grass and plants surrounding the structure, this can earn the plant a failing grade. If pest birds are not kept under strict control, their feces can compromise food safety and sanitation, not to mention the company’s reputation.
Pigeon droppings that are allowed to build up on rooftops can begin to eat through the protective materials, causing roof leaks or even complete collapse. This threatens the physical safety of the building occupants. Bird feces that become dry can spread disease through airborne particles containing crytococcus or histoplasmosis, two fungi that are commonly found in pigeon waste. If the fungi are airborne, they can cause flu-like symptoms in humans who ingest or inhale the nasty agents. Birds that hang out along the ledge overlooking a food facility’s dock area can create health issues when their dropping are found on packaging goods or transport equipment, forklifts, truck ramps, or dock landings. Bird control techniques can be easily installed to keep food plant workers safe and healthy.
Factory rooftops can best be protected using a combination of bird spikes and bird spider bird deterrents. The bird spikes are strips of stainless steel or plastic strips that hold vertical strands of steel of plastic fibers in place. The strands come in three, five and eight-inch width that fit most typical building ledges. The bird spikes are sun and weatherproof and designed to take the heat or cold without deforming or cracking. They can be glued, screwed or tied securely in place, and are effective immediately upon installation. The spikes create an unstable, no-landing zone around the perimeter of the roof.
Typically factory roofs are flat and very large. The most common flat rooftop visual and physical bird deterrent may be the constant motion bird spider. A simple concept, this bird control tool plays to a feathered flier’s sense of safety. Pigeons and other pest birds require solid, still, and predictable areas for landing and gathering. If they feel threatened or uncomfortable, they may land temporarily, but they won’t stay. The stainless steel tentacles of the bird spider arch out from a PVC base, held in place with bolts or sandbags. The air moves these strands to and fro, creating an atmosphere of constant movement and uncertainly for any birds that may land.