Bird Control Exclusion
Bird Exclusion: 3 Steps That Are a Must for Commercial Buildings
You might be a bird lover as much as the next person, but damage that birds can do to commercial buildings (or any structure, for that matter) is no joke. The worst culprits include pigeons, gulls, and other pest birds that make nuisances of themselves and leave damage and frustration in their wake.
Problems Caused by Birds
So, what’s the big deal? How much damage can birds really do?
- Damage to Property: For one thing, our feathered friends can cause damage to structures, as we’ve mentioned. And not just stains from droppings, either.
Some bird species can also contribute to lasting structural damage by nesting and pecking (think woodpeckers, in particular). Also, their droppings don’t just leave stains, they can also have a corrosive effect on expensive equipment and machinery, as well as on paint, and even on building materials such as concrete and metal. Yes, that’s right. Bird droppings can even permanently damage concrete and metal. If left unchecked, bird populations can continue to grow, and continue to create problems.
- Bird Noises: Birds are usually associated with pleasant chirping and great starts to your day. But birds can also create a disturbance to work/office environments, homes and apartments, and also to customers of businesses around their storefronts and loading docks.
- Bird Diseases: Birds are known carriers of germs, parasites, and other bacteria that they can spread via their droppings. They can also transmit some 70 different diseases and infections to people and pets, including E.coli and salmonella. They can wreak havoc for the occupants of an entire building if their droppings should happen to get into the ventilation system.
When it comes to pest control, most businesses do their best to stay on top of keeping their environment free from pests such as roaches, rats, mice, etc. But most don’t take into consideration what a hassle birds can cause, and how expensive it can be. You want to do everything you can to prevent bird damage that you can, before you find out about it the hard way. Birds can end up costing your business thousands of dollars each year in maintenance and repair costs, if you don’t take steps to keep them at bay.
So, where do you go from here?
Steps You Can Take Toward Bird Exclusion
- Assess Your Bird Situation
Perform a regular thorough inspection of your building, for starters, looking closely for evidence of bird damage. Look for nests in high, tucked away places, too. Check the roof, check the A/C and venitlatoin systems, the raingutters, etc. Make sure you know what you’re dealing with, and how much will be required in terms of resources (time, manpower, and money). Realize that the sooner you address any problems, the better. Especially if there are health risks involved.
- Assess Your Resources
Some problems caused by nuisance birds are easy to resolve, and others, not so much. You may need to call a professional bird control company. Assess for yourself what kind of maintenance crew you have. How much of their time can they devote to bird exclusion activities? Birds in your business’ signage are probably an easy fix. Birds trapped indoors, or in the attic, or in the rafters might need some more expert attention. Calling in professionals can very well be worth the cost in the long run to get the bird problem addressed correctly.
- Be Proactive in Taking Necessary Steps
There are many bird control methods you can put into place on your own. Many of these methods that can help you manage bird problems that you can do yourself are not necessarily expensive. Just remember you (or your maintenance crew) need to have the time and ability to follow up appropriately. You can implement such measures as bird netting, bird spikes, and bird slopes. Birds clustering around lamp posts, fences, rooftops, signage, etc. can be effectively addressed using bird spikes, or other physically exclusionary method to keep them from landing on these areas.
Remember, being proactive is the key if you discover you have a bird infestation on your hands. There are steps you can take yourself, but for more serious problems, calling a professional will be much more cost effective. You should definitely contact a professional pest control service that can get rid of birds whenever you first start to see any of the above signs of a bird infestation. This can help you deter expensive damage by getting on top of the situation earlier rather than later. Call our Texas pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 for a consultation. You can also email us at [email protected]. We can help you get your bird problem under control, as well as other expensive pest problems plaguing your business and annoying your customers.