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Bird Basics for Businesses and Buildings

In other articles, we’ve talked about the types of solutions that can be applied to bird problems around houses, condos, carports, etc. Bird repeller solutions, such as bird netting, bird spikes, ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares all have their place in helping to protect business locations too.

Businesses face the same set of challenges in protecting their property but also have the welfare of employees and customers, and in some cases the quality of their product, to safeguard from the types of problems and messes that bird roosting, nesting and swarming can cause.

Here we’ll address the basic areas of business, the buildings and parking areas. While not limiting our discussion to urban and suburban areas, in general we are talking about the small to medium size store front or office building. And let’s draw the distinction between impact and not-impact.

You may have bird nesting or roosting on your building or parking structure that has no impact to your customers, employees, or business. If there is a visual and environmental impact due to bird messes, then yes, deal with it. If bird roosting is incidental and of minor impact to structures, people and property, then let it be. The point is not to eradicate birds, it is to mitigate actual problems that affect your business.

First to consider are the points of entry to your business. Since these areas often have ledges, awnings, signs and the like, there are many little nooks and crannies where bird nesting can occur and some very nice roosting spots. In addition, outside piping, rooflines, window ledges, lighting fixtures, all of these offer tempting spots for birds.

The basic approach is: keep them off. For surfaces where birds perch or roost, bird spikes are the best bird repeller. Use these on signs, lighting fixtures, window and door ledges, etc. Nesting and roosting will tend to occur away from the ground level where pedestrian and other traffic is higher so bird spikes will likely be away from eye level and not detract from the visual aesthetics of your building.

Building styles vary greatly and it is possible that you may have structural features such as arches, porticos, statues, etc. on the facade of your building where birds may roost and their droppings may be found on the building and ground where they may affect pedestrians. In such cases, bird spikes and bird netting can be employeed to keep birds off of these structural elements. You may also want to employ visual scares that will repel birds at that level but will not be visible to people below.

Loading docks or maintenance areas in the rear of buildings often have additional ledges and fixtures that allow birds to nest or explore in search of water or food (garbage areas). For surfaces, bird spikes. For crevices, bird netting. You may also find bird scares to be effective for keeping birds out of loading dock areas, for example. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers can also be effective in detering birds from entering those areas and keeping them away from garbage areas. (General ultrasonic pest repellers can be effective with other types of pests as well.)

Parking garages typically have flat areas that allowing roosting and nesting. Bird spikes can keep problem areas bird free and bird netting can help keep birds out of the corners and recesses where they might build nests. Bird messes in parking garages can be particularly unpleasant due to the lack of air circulation and the damage they can do to car paints and finishes and to the concrete surfaces as well. Ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares have their place in parking structures as well to keep birds from lingering too long in one place.

In general, look for actual problem areas and tackle those first. Then consider preventative steps if you already have actual bird nesting or roosting; preventing birds from accessing one area might lead them to simply move to another area of your building or parking garage. If you don’t have bird problems, then count yourself lucky. We don’t believe that you need to try to “bird proof” your building against a problem that just does not exist (but keep this information in mind in case the problem arises in the future).

We’ll look at other types of business facilities in other articles. You can find some of the solutions recommended above here:

Sonic vs. Ultrasonic Bird Repellers

If you are dealing with the problem of just too many friendly birds in your yard leaving their messes where you would like to be, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for bird repeller solutions. Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers are a great match for dealing with this bird problem for yards, porches, balconies and similar areas of your home.

Sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers use the general idea of sound as a deterrent for bird nesting and perching. Outdoor-proof sound emitters, either current or battery powered (or both), with motion sensors and time selectors (day, night, or continous), will emit noise to persuade the bird(s) to go elsewhere. This is where sonic and ultrasonic differ.

Ultrasonic bird repellers will emit ultrasound that is, well, annoying to the bird. Multi-frequency ultrasonic units will cover a broader range to work on everything from pigeons, sparrows and crows, to seagulls, cormorants and vultures. So whether you have a house, condo, apartment or even a boat, ultrasound can help keep birds from stopping by and leaving their mess.

Sonic bird repellers also deter birds from stopping and hanging around.  Birds are confused and intimidated by audible natural predator calls, and natural bird distress and alarm sounds. With sonic emitters, there may be some greater variety of specific solutions, for example, pigeons and crows versus wood peckers or geese. This is because the range of audible deterrent sounds can be different for different bird species.

To broaden the variety of sonic repellers, some sonic units will also employ ultrasound as well to improve the coverage and efficacy of the deterrence factors.

What can also help with both sound and ultrasound repellers is placement and complementary measures. Placement simply means that your should have your main unit covering the area where the birds typically enter the area. In other words, don’t point the speaker or the motion sensor right along at ground level. This won’t provide optimal coverage for birds entering the area. So try to have the motion sensor pointed towards the flight path of the birds before they land.

Many units support additional directional speakers so that you can cover an area very thoroughly and even expand the overall coverage area. Check the coverage area rating to be sure that it can support your particular problem area effectively.

Complementary measures means using other bird repeller tactics in tandem with your sonic/ultrasonic solution. Visual scares in the vicinity of typically bird perching areas can work very well. On your home itself, bird spikes and bird netting can keep the birds from getting comfortable as well.

You can check out the various solutions we’ve mentioned by visiting Bird-X Bird Control Products.

Bird Problems at Home #1 (Ultrasonic Repellers)

Whether you live in a high-rise with a balcony, or a suburban home with a patio and a porch, you may have bird problems. Perching and nesting birds may leave a mess that is unappealing and unsanitary.

Safe and effective bird repellers for the home include sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers, bird netting, bird spikes and visual scares. With each, the goal is to deter the birds from gathering or nesting in the areas that you want to be free of bird messes. This post focuses primarily on using ultrasonic bird repellers effectively.

Note: Birds are a joy to watch and to listen to. They also do a great job of eating bugs to keep your backyard from being overrun, especially during the spring and summer months when you spend more time outdoors. So we strongly recommend that you specifically target areas that you frequently use and not just blanket your entire yard with sonic or ultrasonic bird repellers. Also, it is best to install these types of bird repellers before or after nesting season to avoid affecting existing nestlings. Once installed, new nests should not be a problem.

 

As we’ve mentioned, balconies, porches and patios are a prime area to target when using ultrasonic repellers. Ultrasonic repellers use frequencies that humans can’t hear but that do annoy birds while sonic repellers use predator or distress sounds that scare birds away.

Plan the placement of the unit to cover the desired area, taking into account the effective coverage area rating of the unit. Most units are small, can be mounted easily and are motion sensitive so that they only emit sound when there is movement in the area. For large areas, you many want multiple units or a larger unit (we’ll cover units appropriate for business locations in another article.)

Most ultrasonic bird repellers have settings for continuous 24/7 operation or for day or night only. Units meant for outdoors should be waterproof or provide covers for rainy times. Many models feature both AC and battery operation so that you can have the maximum flexibility in where you place the unit.

Look also for variable frequency units that will work on many different varieties of birds, such as pigeons versus seagulls versus sparrows, etc. This ensures that you will get the most effective and beneficial solution to your bird problem.

For other methods of keeping birds away from critical areas of your home, look for additional posts on solutions for your bird problems at home.