Bird Control Measures

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL

Birds often become a nuisance for residential and commercial properties alike. The most common bird that pesters our residential customers are starlings. Starlings have bright yellow bills in the summer with a black, iridescent, spot coloring and like to nest in attics through soffit holes (bird block holes). The nests that they build and will use year after year if allowed are big, smelly, toxic, and mite-ridden. Northern Flicker Woodpeckers, indigenous to the Pacific Northwest and protected, cause the most structural damage to residential homes if measures are not taken to deter them at early onset. Swallows create mud-saliva cup nests at higher areas along the soffit and do acrobatic dive bomb flights around their nests to protect their eggs or hatchlings. Chimney (Vaux) Swifts like to nest inside a chimney area because they do not need any horizontal lift in order to achieve flight. Their nest is cup-shaped and they can be seen at dusk swooping over the tall chimney.  They migrate to South America during the fall months where they stay until the spring migration back to the Pacific Northwest.

Several options are available to mitigate bird issues. For residential structures, the focus is more on exclusion and prevention. The most popular items are to seal off entry and roosting points, while installing intimidation and deterrent products. Just like with people, birds have their own personalities and tolerances. Some are more persistent than others and some scare easily. Deterrents include scare devices such as balloons, spiders, spikes, flashers, or mylar strips and exclusion work have proven to be great ways of resolving the issue and in a cost-effective way. For commercial locations where buildings can be vast, we may suggest different options due to the higher concentration of bird populations. In these cases we may resort to installing netting, bird spikes, optical gel, or a BirdBuffer® machine. In particular, with pigeons, we can provide trapping services to remove the current population on the property and then install devices to prevent future incursion. Devices, such as the BirdBuffer machine, emit a non-toxic irritant into the air periodically so that when birds are flying around the area and inhale the solution, it discourages the birds from wanting to be in the area.

Here are a few product descriptions of things that are commonly used for bird control: