Ahhh yes... bird control. This has got to be some of the crappiest work we doo doo. Everyone just wants to make them go away. It’s not that birds are ugly, not at all, they are quite beautiful and interesting. But, alas, birds don’t go off to the woods when nature calls, they just go….and go….and go….in flight, when landing, when just walking around, when roosting, whenever and wherever they gotta go…they go! I tell you, the stuff will eat through paint, clog roof drains, create a slip hazard for staff needing to access an effected area. And if you have this problem you know how wonderful the aroma when the sun heats up an affected area after a rain. That area is often close to the entrance of your building, not a great first impression.
There is an abundance of bird control devices and bird control methods available today and we have a great success rate for humanely controlling and relocating birds. No building need suffer the ravages of the “piles”. There are deterrent spikes, there is netting to keep them out, there are electric shock strips that cause a small shock to encourage the bird to take flight again, and more. Once the birds don't feel comfortable on your building anymore, they'll move on - hopefully to a natural area.
Did you know that contact with pigeon droppings might pose a health risk to some? Three human diseases are known to be associated with pigeon droppings: histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis. Although most people wouldn't be affected, those with compromised immune systems are at risk. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, nearly 85% of cryptococcosis patients are HIV positive. So, although the birds themselves are beautiful, there’s nothing pretty or healthy for humans about what’s coming out of them.
There is a story floating around here in Spokane, something of an urban legend as I have heard no real proof it's true, but it is said that many years ago poisoning was the preferred method for pigeon control. It worked really well and it would be many years before surviving pigeons or new pigeons from elsewhere were able to breed and reestablish the flock sizes that could again cause damage. As the story goes, someone with a taste for pigeon (I hear it’s big in Europe – Pigeon Stew anyone?) caught one of the dying birds and ate it. Upon examination at the hospital, it was found the he had been poisoned by the same poison used in the bird control process. I don’t know if the sick person lived or not, but supposedly because of that, poisoning pigeons is now unlawful. Yes, we have in the past done a pigeon 'relocation' program... ask me, I will tell you how it worked.
So there you have it.
If you have a problem, let us know. We’ll put together a plan of attack.