"physical bird barriers plus visual
scare products and/or sound
repellers will produce a synergistic bird control effect."
No two bird infestation problems are exactly the
same. Treat yours as you would any well engineered project, and begin with
research. Success depends on timing, organization and diversity. Collect
and consider information related to the bird problem that may have bearing
on the actual installation and its success:
Survey the birds. Gather specific
data as to the type and population of birds, length of time of their
residence, flight and time patterns, entries, exits and favorite areas,
and nesting, feeding and
Survey your property. Discover what
the birds find attractive about your area (food, shelter, hidden
recesses...), and whether the same conditions prevail in neighboring
properties. Note overhangs or foliage above current infestations.
Remove all inducements. Before
installing any product, make sure to clean the area of all evidence of
birds: nests, fledglings, droppings,
dead birds, and the residual scent. (Adult birds are likely to return to
their young in order to protect them or to assist them in leaving the
area.) Also remove food spillage, garbage, nesting material and other
items that may be appealing to birds.
Maintain a clean and changing environment.
For maximum effectiveness, periodically clean the area of nests, debris
and bird droppings.
This should be done often on a new installation to ensure that birds do
not try to return to their old habits.
Install early. It is always best to install a product before "bird
season" begins; it is easier to keep the birds away than to rout them
out once they have already established a living pattern.
Use products synergistically. Two
or more different kinds of devices (a physical bird barrier plus a visual
scare product and/or a sound
bird repeller) will produce a synergistic effect -- i.e., in
combination the products will yield much greater effectiveness than any
one product alone.
Consider alternate locations. Make
educated guesses as to where the birds will go when they are repelled from
their current infestation. It may be very easy for birds to relocate to
the other side of a roof or warehouse, an adjacent loading dock or a
nearby gutter or pipe. Products should be applied to, or installed in,
these adjacent areas as well.
Familiarize yourself with the legal and public relations environment.
Find out about related environmental laws in your area.