Without proper bird control, pest birds can create a lot of expensive headaches for your commercial building. It may start with just a few birds on your building, but birds are drawn to the scent of their fellow birds and soon, you’ll have flocks of birds damaging your roofing, AC units, signage, lighting systems, solar panels, skylights and rooftop ventilators. Bird droppings can also damage the controls on skip loaders, power dollies and pallet trucks. These are expenses you don’t need in this down economy.
There’s also the problem of wet bird droppings on walkways and loading docks. These can create dangerous slip-and-fall hazards for workers. To get rid of birds around your commercial building, you should first start by removing any possible food sources around it. That includes sealing of dipsy-dumpsters to deny birds access to food scraps—a big draw for most birds. Once that’s done, consider implementing a tried and true bird deterrent. Here’s what today’s bird control experts recommend:
Plastic Bird Spikes
These anti-perching, anti-roosting spiked strips have proven their value time and again in keeping birds away. No bird, no matter how skilled or determined, can negotiate a landing on or near these spikes. Ideal for large birds like pigeons, crows, and gulls, plastic bird spikes are used by commercial buildings nationwide. Plastic spikes are less expensive than stainless steel bird spikes, but they get the job done. They’re non-conductive, too, so you can use them around cell phone and other RF antennas without worries about interference.
Choosing the Right Plastic Bird Spikes
There are bird spikes and there are bird spikes. Make sure you get high quality bird spikes that last. The best plastic bird spikes are made of rigid UV-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate. They resist weathering and sun exposure and will provide many years of reliable bird deterrence. Incidentally, high quality bird spikes are blunted at the tips, so they won’t harm birds or installation crews. They have even been approved by humane groups like the US Humane Society and PICAS. The other advantage of high quality plastic bird spikes is that they come in a variety of colors—including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan—to blend in naturally with your building.
Easy to Install
Plastic bird spikes are easily installed by your maintenance crew. They can be glued down, nailed or screwed into most any surface. High quality plastic bird spikes will have pre-drilled holes or glue troughs for easy mounting. Before installing any bird spikes, your maintenance crew should first thoroughly clean the surface, removing any loose rust, peeling paint, bird droppings, feathers and nesting materials. The use of commercial disinfecting cleaning agents is recommended to prevent exposure to any of the 60 known airborne diseases carried by birds. It’s also recommended to provide eye and respiratory protection if the area is largely contaminated with bird droppings.
For additional advice on how to properly install plastic bird spikes, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.