If you think there is no harm in a few birds nesting on your building, think again.
Birds are carriers of avian influenza as well as hundreds of strains of bacteria, viruses, fleas and ticks, parasites and other unhealthy organisms. Once a nesting ground is established, it can take months to completely extract them. That’s why prevention is the best approach. Viking’s Bird Doctor makes it difficult — if not impossible — for birds to make your property their new home.
Prevention: The Bird Doctor Approach
Bird Doctor’s certified team is trained to make accurate site inspections of potential bird populations. Each type of bird bird poses its own unique set of problems. Bird Doctor will provide you, your architect, building supervisor or property manager with a written report of its findings, and propose an effective, permanent solution. Bird Doctor’s humane IPM approach may include establishing deterrents or decoys, eliminating nearby food sources, and cleaning gutters to remove standing water.
What is IPM?
IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on the long-term prevention of avian pests and the damage they cause, employing a combination of techniques including biological control and commonsense strategies that reduce birds’ sources of food, water and shelter. Bird Doctor’s recognized experts in effective solutions to bird access understand how certain construction features provide convenient roosting areas. Working with property owners along with architects and project managers, they will protect the aesthetic integrity of all structures while ensuring that birds are kept away, using equipment such as articulating lifts, bosun chairs, cranes and scaffolding. Bird Doctor is fully licensed, bonded and insured, as well as OSHA lift-certified with safety trained technicians.
Bird Doctor understands that you want to eliminate unwanted birds from your property without harming them. We take a humane approach to bird control by prioritizing the removal of birds without ruffling a feather. Bird Doctor will remove your unwanted guests regardless of their species or the extent of the infestation.
How Birds Are Capable of Damage
Although birds may be viewed affectionately in general, most people do not understand the serious property and health risks associated with pest birds’ presence.
Bird droppings, nesting materials, and parasites often lead to damage and disease. Pest birds such as pigeons, starlings and sparrows are responsible for millions of dollars of property damage each year. Birds roost on ledges, signs, cornices, rooftops, and other man-made structures, resulting in destroyed equipment, clogged vents and reduced property value.
The uric acid in bird feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage by eating through paint, roofing materials and even some metal surfaces. Experts believe bird droppings may have contributed to the collapse of the interstate bridge over the Mississippi River that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 1, 2007.
Other economic costs associated with pest birds are liability issues due to slips and falls. With a bird deterrent system installed by Bird Doctor, your company will cut costs on maintenance repairs. A bird deterrent will provide a clean building facade and help make your structure a healthy environment for employees, customers and guests.
One option is to make nesting difficult. Trees and shrubs may be trimmed or removed. Penetration points can be caulked and sealed. Vents and ports can be screened. Bird Doctor strategically places nets — custom sized to the specific bird — beneath rafters to eliminate roosting spots. Spikes or porcupine wire may serve as deterrents as well. Bird Doctor humane approach ensures the health of your personnel, the safety of your building, and even the well-being of the bird population.
Some bird extractions require additional measures. Bird Doctor may also set traps, apply repellents, and physically remove nests. Occasionally, noise-emitting devices and low current electric shock tracks may be installed. And if bird droppings are the issue, our technicians provide a full sanitizing service, including pressure washing, waste removal, and complete disinfection.
Clean and Sanitize
Bird Doctor offers bird waste removal. This can be a serious issue that compounds over time and can be a health and safety hazard. There are over 60 communicable diseases in bird waste. Our waste removal team will moisten the accumulation of debris with a disinfectant to keep bacteria from drying and becoming airborne. Debris is double-bagged and removed. The site is power washed and sanitized to complete the cleaning process.
Migratory birds, including woodpeckers, are protected under Federal Law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Due to their protection, Viking Pest Control cannot complete any bird control service for migratory birds. For more information regarding their protection, please visit https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws-legislations/migratory-bird-treaty-act.php
While Viking Pest cannot capture woodpeckers, Viking Pest can do exclusion work to help prevent woodpeckers from doing damage to a home. Viking can also repair woodpecker damage.