1.) Landscape Alterations
Your first line of defense is the facility’s outdoor property – make sure yours isn’t a bird paradise. Neatly cut grass, large open spaces, peaceful ponds, and easily accessible building surfaces are an open invitation to pest birds from miles around. Instead, plant trees and bushes generously, and allow grass to grow thick around pond edges. When birds sense that predators may be hiding nearby, the area will have less bird-appeal. For extra protection, treat lawns and foliage with a bird taste aversion such as Bird Stop.
2.) Physical Barriers
Next, physically prevent birds from accessing the building. Install Bird Netting in areas where birds may be tempted to seek shelter – large openings, remote corners, and small sheltered spaces. Affix Bird Spikes to rooftop ledges, edges, beams, AC units, chimneys, and other surfaces where birds may perch.
3.) Property Maintenance & Sanitation
A little upkeep goes a long way. Make sure windows are sealed properly and doorways are closed when not in use. Check regularly for cracks in roofing – pest pigeon droppings and a leaky roof were the alleged source of one of the largest food recalls in FDA history (2007 Peanut Butter Recall). A clean facility, inside and out, is much less likely to attract pests of all kinds. Follow strict waste management guidelines and make sure your drainage system is efficient and working properly. Blocked drains, stagnant water and overflowing trash bins are dream come true for bacteria, mold, insects, rodents, pest birds and other pest animals.
4.) Overload the Senses
Birds survive primarily on their audio-visual senses. That, and good instincts. When attempting to keep pest birds away from a large property, make the whole area seem uninhabitable by using their natural fear of predators against them. Visual scares and predator decoys can be easily installed on lawns, in trees, in ponds and near doorways to repel pest birds. Audio deterrents are a great way to reach pest birds across several acres, warning them to STAY AWAY. Sonic devices use bird distress calls and predator cries to alert pest birds within range that the area is not safe, while ultrasonic repellers use high-frequency (silent-to-humans) sound waves that irritate and disorient birds nearby.
For the highest probability of success, use all of these tactics together. Get on the fast-track to a bird-free facility by making your property less physically hospitable to pest birds WHILE simultaneously unleashing a multi-sensory attack on incoming birds.