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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Bird Control necessary?


When pest birds establish routine nesting and roosting areas, their bird droppings can accumulate. Bird droppings can be very dangerous because they carry various diseases that can become airborne when the bird droppings are disturbed. If the bird droppings are disturbed when they are in a dry state, fecal spores can become airborne. This is especially a concern if the bird activity is near the buildings ventilation system. In addition to the various health concerns that bird droppings pose, when bird droppings gather in bodies of water the water source can become contaminated. Due to the high acidity levels in bird droppings, bird droppings when left undisturbed on certain types of surfaces can leave staining or even corrode. This is a concern if bird dropping gather on vehicles or buildings, especially historic buildings. Another concern of having a problem with pest birds is any nesting materials. Nest materials if they are permitted to gather can pose a fire hazard if the nesting materials are near or with light fixtures, electrical boxes or other electrically powered sources. Depending on how heavy the bird nesting and pressure, the nesting and bird droppings can even short out electrical sources if the bird droppings or nesting come into contact with live power source. The bird nesting can contain bird mites and other type of parasites that feed off of the bird. That is why it is extremely important that after pest birds are deterred or excluded from a structure that all nesting materials are properly removed and the areas are cleaned. Bird nesting can also result in clogged drains, which can lead to standing water and a host of related issues. Birds can negatively impact a brand image if there are several birds, bird droppings and nesting materials where customers come into contact with. Especially public walkways, façade signage and canopies.




If bird exclusion netting is not an option, what is the next bird control solution?


Bird deterrents are the next best solution to the installation of bird netting. There are several bird deterrent options that are available to deter bird from landing on treated areas. The primary bird deterrent is bird spikes.​ Bird spikes are an anti-roosting device that make it difficult for a bird to land on a ledge and close its wings as it lands. By making this process difficult and reducing the surface landing area, the birds will be deterred from the treated areas. Bird spikes consist of thin rods that are attached to a base. They come in various sizes depending upon the surface width area. Bird spikes can be attached to just about any surface. For example, bird spikes can be installed on building ledges, façade signs, gutters, roof lines, security cameras, parapet walls, pipes, street lighting fixtures, pilings, framing and related surfaces. Bird spikes are primarily designed to deter pigeons. Bird spikes are not effective against small birds like sparrow or starlings. Smaller birds will use the bird spikes to hold their nesting materials within the rods.




Are there certain bird control products better suited for historical projects?


If the visual impact of the bird control system is important, tension wire bird deterrent is an effective bird deterrent. Tension wire consists of a small post that is typically mounted into a mortar line and a monofilament line is attached between the posts. Depending upon the ledge or surface area depth, multiple rows may be required. Like bird spikes, tension wire is only effective to deter larger birds.




Are any of the bird control devices low profile?


All of the bird deterrent options are effective for deterring birds from treated areas. Depending upon the areas, type of structure, visual impact requirement and historic value, some the deterrent options are better suited then others. ​Another bird deterrent option that is available for projects that require minimal visual impact is electrified shock track. Shock track is a thin strip that is low profile that is mounted to parapet walls and ledges to deter bird from landing on treated surface areas. Units can be 110 or solar powered.




Is there an SIC Code that bird control falls under?


Aviaway also installs bird netting for new construction Division 10 Specialties 10290 bird control and (CSI Format) 10 81 13 specification bird control.




What are some of the areas that birds can create problems?


  • Residential Homes
  • Gardens
  • Business
  • Big Box Stores
  • HVAC Window Units
  • HVAC Rooftop Units
  • Garages
  • Transportation Centers
  • Shipping Yard
  • Parking Garages
  • ​Open Parking Decks
  • Warehouses
  • Distribution Centers
  • Canopies
  • Under Awnings
  • Window Sills
  • Building Ledges
  • Roof Lines
  • Roof Vents
  • Gutters
  • Boats
  • Pilings
  • Trash Containers
  • Recycling Centers
  • Pools
  • Ponds
  • Trees and Landscaping
  • Decks




What are the types of Bird Control Services?


There are three primary types of bird control when considering a bird control program. The first bird control method is Bird Exclusion, which involves installing products or making architectural modifications that excludes the target pest birds from specific areas. Bird Exclusion products include: Bird Netting (various sizes depending upon target bird) Structural Modification Ledge Modification​ The next bird control method is Bird Deterrent, which involves the installation of products that will deter bird from landing on treated areas. Bird Deterrent products include: Bird Spikes Tension Wire Shock Track Bird Hazing Gels Spider Legs Sonic and Ultra-sonic devices The final bird control method is a general category of Bird Control, which involves performing various methods to physically remove pest birds from areas. General Bird Control includes: Trapping Targeting Visual Dispersal Live Capture (Mist Nets) Determining what bird control method to select depends upon the level of bird pressure the site is experiencing. Specifically, the higher the bird pressure, the more exclusion based method should be utilized. The lesser the bird pressure, the more deterrent based products can be used to deter the birds from the treated areas. Finally, if the birds need to be removed within a specific time period, trapping or targeting types of bird control should be used. Aviaway provides high quality tailored bird control solutions that are designed to provide long term bird control solutions. Call today for a free site evaluation to determine your level of bird pressure and bird control options.





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