Bird Control For Commercial Buildings In New Jersey
February 12, 2018
Birds might appear harmless, and they could be a beautiful part of the natural environment where we find ourselves. However, that beauty won’t excuse the fact that an unwanted population of pest birds can cause damages to your homes, offices, and properties with their droppings.
They can disturb and spread diseases to the inhabitants of the buildings where are frequently found. As harmless as they might seem, they can create serious issues for you, your family, and even your business. The damages they are capable of causing can be on the exterior of your building or worse; it could lead to significant health risks. The losses can also extend to customer endangerment.
Whether these birds are just perching on overhangs, warehouse rafters, roofs, or flying by loading/unloading environments, there is a potential that they are already causing a lot of damage somewhere close. To begin with, birds around any commercial area like store signs, roofs and ledges send a strong message you’re where you do business is dirty. It also makes your work environment to appear unsafe in the eyes of your clients and potential customers, which could result in damaged reputation and general public image.
To ensure that your business continues to function optimally and remaining bird-free, seeking the assistance of pest experts is crucial. Hiring people who have the experience and the right skill set to combat issues like this have proven to reduce the maintenance costs for damages while eliminating a lot of risks birds pose to your business and livelihood.
Bird control isn’t an issue to take lightly. Health concerns top the list of bird issues in matters of health code and regulation. Exterior damages caused by birds is an entirely different concern altogether, and so is contamination of valuable products.
You might not know it yet but where you run your business could be an ideal destination for pest birds’ habitation. Seagulls and pigeons have understood how to make the most of their environment to survive, by scavenging waste food and requiring only a little space to build nests and a comfortable shelter.
Some of these birds have a way of making nests in seemingly inhospitable urban environments like flat roofs and areas in tall buildings. Ledges, culverts and guttering, chimney stacks, and balconies are some of their favorite spots. Gulls are known for flocking together on flat roofs. Gaps in the walls or ceilings can serve as an entry point for these birds to start nesting and leaving their droppings all over your building.
So, if you believe your environment seems like the type that these birds would like to nest and you want some form of confirmation that their presence is real or active. Then you need to seek them out early enough before running into problems that will cost you a lot more to remedy.
What are those things you can notice to get your alarm ringing to warn you of possible infestation?
- Birds settling on your roof or the ledges of your building
- Continuous cries from birds, especially their young chicks (a clear sign of breeding)
- Bird droppings, concentrated where birds are known to roost
- Damaged materials from bird fouling and pecking
- Nesting materials littered around your environment
- Debris from feathers and nests that block drainage and guttering systems, which potentially lead to damp damages
These are some of the signs you can notice. If you do not take action quick enough to curb their spread. The damages these pest birds can cause you more damages you can fix. As they pose a health risk to inhabitants, lives could be lost if adequate steps are not taken to prevent or curb their spread.
Bird Dangers & Damage
Birds are responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of damages to buildings, roofs, machinery, ventilation systems, automobiles and so much more. Their nesting materials and droppings are allowed to pile up for extended periods can cause a lot of physical problems that can be very serious if they’re not taken care of immediately.
People who do not already know usually accept the presence of birds on their premises as something they shouldn’t be so worried or concerned about, at least until it is too late. It is okay to acknowledge that birds mess up the environment by dropping nesting materials and leaving droppings around buildings, thereby littering and making places look dirty. But it is wrong to think that all they do is make the environment polluted. Some of the damages caused by these birds include:
- Damage to rooftops by bird nests: Pigeon, sparrow, and starling nests are usually built in drains and gutters, or on the corners of rooftops where drains and gutters are located. Some business owners experience collapsed roofs and other damages when their rooftop drainage gets blocked, and water remains there for a while and rises. A collapsed roof could lead to death or significant physical damage and could close down a company.
- Damage to roofs by bird droppings: bird droppings are acidic. They have the potential to eat away substrates, particularly tar-based roofing materials. If these droppings are allowed to remain and accumulate on the roofs, it could cause a leak. The expected time a warehouse or building should last could be cut by a significant percentage by the consistent application of bird droppings.
- Damage to air conditioners: Since bird droppings are acidic; they can severely damage air conditioning equipment, insulation, siding, industrial machinery, and more. Just as well as the equipment is going to suffer damage, workers who operate that machinery exposes themselves to health risks by working with or around them.
- Ventilation systems blocked by birds’ nests: Birds that build nests in air ducts, chimneys, and ventilation do not only spread diseases to the people who live in those buildings, but a block of good airflow can have horrible consequences.
- Birds’ nests that start fires: because of their lightweight and their inability to make nests out of hard materials, bird’s nests are usually made from light and flammable materials. These nesting materials include twigs, straw, and even their dried droppings. When a bird builds its nest in electric signs or electric machinery, there’s a high risk of starting a fire from the nesting materials. Some electric companies have identified birds are the cause of fires in electrical equipment where they can fit their nests.
- Cars damaged by occasional bird droppings: It is very common for car owners to choose to park their cars in shaded environments, but at the same time, birds also seek that shaded environment. While birds perch on rooftops, ceilings or trees right above automobiles, their droppings have the potential to fade away the paint finishing on these automobiles. The bird droppings actually eat into the protective covering and the car paint itself. If bird droppings stay on cars for a long time, it will do more damage to the car.
- Collapsed ceilings: Pigeons, among other small birds, have been known to enter the attics of apartments, houses, restaurants, offices, and other buildings. They enter through holes and openings that were broken for some reason or another. They also enter through holes that were never sealed off from the start. In a lot of these cases, birds find the ceiling spots to be an ideal protected area to build their nest. When the birds build their nest, and drop their bodily wastes on the ceiling over time, their weight of their accumulated droppings become too heavy for the ceiling to bear and the ceiling collapses. As random as this occurrence seems to be, it happens at an alarming frequency.
- Food and product damages by bird droppings: Birds often like to fly around in open spaces like hangars, warehouses, and sometimes, factories. Their droppings can destroy a number of chemicals and liquids found in such places. Their droppings can damage products still in their manufacturing stage, and it can contaminate foods being packaged or made. These types usually cause a lot of financial waste.
- Business reputation damages: Imagine owning a restaurant or a store and being unable to retain customers or clients or even convert new ones because of their bird infestation in your premises. It is not an ideal situation in any way, and it is undoubtedly not adorable when the presence of birds scares away people from your place of business. Potential customers can turn their focus elsewhere because they wonder how clean the interior of your facility looks like if you have bird droppings on the sign outside. A business can be severely hit in such a scenario.
Controlling Bird Infestations
As some bird species are considered as pests, especially, when you think about the nuisance they cause as well as health risks and property damages they leave in their wake, you’ll be glad to know that there are a variety of ways to deter or eliminate them from your environment. It is crucial to take action early enough and to do so; you need to pick a method of deterring birds that best suits your environment.
As useful as scarecrows might be for scaring away birds, it is not an ideal for a commercial environment. Besides, it may not be the solution you want it to be. Birds who have a habit of making their homes in your ceilings will not be deterred by that. Choosing the right method is vital if you want to see positive results. For birds who have built or are building nests in your ceilings or those who find their way into your building through holes and opening, handling them isn’t difficult. Identify areas where they nest and perch often.
By preventing access to areas of your building where they are usually found, you can cut these pest birds off before they do more damages to lives and valuable properties. Apply repellents and set up bird control spikes to deter them from perching in places they are frequently seen. Bird control spikes should frequently be checked as they can become clogged with leaves or other materials over time. You can also find these birds in their established nesting areas and relocate them. Relocating the birds to an entirely different environment will keep you and others in the building less exposed to the risks their presence poses. For health reasons, you might want to sanitize the area and sterilize it. Every trace of the birds’ presence that could attract other birds to your premises should be removed or sealed off.
The cost of eradicating birds from your commercial buildings has so many benefits that any business owner should take into consideration. Spending a little extra to remove birds from your ventilation system and rooftops can save you a huge cost of having to replace a lot of materials lost due to the presence of unwanted birds in the environment.
Contact Alliance Pest Services today to receive more information about our bird control services today.