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: