Parking Areas and Garages
We’ve previously talked about bird repeller solutions and bird repellents, such as bird netting, bird spikes, visual scares, and sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers used for businesses that are experiencing bird problems. These problems discussed relate primarily to business buildings and, to a degree, parking areas. In this ongoing series of posts, we’ll delve into more types of business premises and environments to show some possible solutions to bird problems that may exist in those situations.
First, we’ll delve into the larger issue of parking garages and parking lots. With open parking lots, there are typically signs and light posts where birds may roost. Using bird spikes is the easiest, cost-effective solution to keep birds off of these fixtures and reduce the possibility of bird droppings on cars, pavement and areas such as payment booths or kiosks.
Multi-level parking garages can be a more challenging environment that requires multiple bird repellent techniques.
For those garages that are underground, it is perhaps more important to keep birds from entering as they may become disoriented with all the cars and auto fumes and be unable to exit the garage. Underground garages can also be worse breeding grounds for the smell and unsafe environment that bird droppings create for people. To prevent birds from entering such garages, sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers and visual bird scares can be used. Even more general ultrasonic pest repellers may be useful to deter rodents or other animals from entering the garage as well.
The ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares should block or blanket the areas where the birds may attempt to enter. In general, birds will stay away from the cars entering and leaving but the gate area should be targeted with these bird repellents for times when the car traffic is infrequent. If there are other open areas that allow air to flow in, you might consider covering these sections with bird netting. Air will continue to flow but birds will be kept from entering the garage area.
Open air, multi-level parking garages require a different approach. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers won’t play much of a role in this case. Bird netting will be appropriate only to seal off areas where concrete or steel beams create nesting cubbyholes. If there are structural areas on the face of the parking garage that allow birds to roost and nest where their droppings create a problem on the facing or below, bird netting can also be used to make these ledges inaccessible. Visual scares may be useful in areas where there are ledges inside or on the facing of the structure.
Bird spikes will probably be most effective for this type of parking structure to keep birds from roosting on signage, on structural beams, on lighting fixtures or on internal or external ledges.
By keeping your parking structure or parking lot clean and free from bird droppings, especially when they may drop on your customer’s cars, your business will maintain a good reputation and not suffer from constant customer complaints and even lawsuits. The solutions described above are durable, safe and very cost effective when you look at the alternatives.