As a contractor, you've learned that one of the best ways to increase revenue is to increase the number of services you offer your customers. And one of the most revenue enhancing services you can offer today is bird proofing. Regardless of the size or type of building, and no matter what the job, bird proofing is a vital part of protecting any building or structure from the damages imposed by pest birds.
Bird proofing is essential to protect a building's heating, cooling, ventilation, and air conditioning system from falling victim to the damage caused by bird droppings, bird nests and other bird related debris. Your customers know that these systems can be very costly to repair or replace.
The same holds true for a building's plumbing systems, drains, drinking fountains, and sprinkler systems. Even the timers that control them must be kept free of bird droppings and other debris to function properly. Likewise, outdoor walkways, tables and chairs used by employees should also be kept free of disease-carrying bird droppings lest they contaminate these and other areas.
Outside lighting and security systems must be kept clear and fully functional to ensure the safety of visitors, customers and employees. Bird droppings and other bird debris can obscure and render these systems ineffective unless bird-proofing measures are installed. Similarly, outer locks, doors and windows can seize up, leaving gaps in a building's security and necessitating expensive repairs.
What's more, many property owners have seen their roofs, exterior facades and signage permanently damaged by pest-bird droppings and nesting materials. The acid in bird droppings can quickly eat into painted signs and plastic moldings, and they can crumble stone facades. All the more reason your customers will be asking if you also provide bird-proofing services.
Bird Proofing Solutions You Can Offer
Today's bird proofing solutions are humane and highly effective. These scientifically designed bird deterrents are easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Most are visually unobtrusive and balance aesthetics with function. Here are just a few bird control products you can install to boost your revenue.
By far, one of the most effective bird-proofing devices ever developed, Bird Spikes prevent pest birds from landing. The menacing-looking spikes come in stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate, and they are blunted, so they are harmless to birds or maintenance crews. Bird spikes can be used to deter a wide range of birds and work quite effectively on rooftops, signs, building ledges and other outdoor areas. Economical plastic bird spikes come in white, tan, gray, black, brown, brick red and even crystal clear--to match virtually any structure's exterior décor. They can safely be used near power lines, and they won't interfere with EM transmissions, so you can use them near cell phone and other EM antennas.
Like the bird spike, Bird Spiders keep pest birds from landing and nesting. While bird spikes are motionless, a bird spider's arms are free to whip around in the wind--to intimidate any pest bird nearby. Spiders come in different sizes (different length spider arms) to cover different sized areas.
These slippery, angled PVC panels make it impossible for birds to 'get a grip.' Which means birds can never land. They slip and slide off these panels like Keystone Cops on ice. Bird slopes are easy to install using glue, nails or screws, and they're ideal for use on eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas.
Applied with ease using a standard caulking gun, Bird Gels are a pest bird's nemesis. The sticky chemical never quite dries and stays gooey to the touch. Birds land on this stuff and it tugs at their toes and makes them feel trapped. And that's one thing all birds fear. Safe for most birds, gels are ideal for use on ledges, conduit, pipes, and parapet walls.
A physical barrier deterrent, Bird Netting has excluded many a pest bird from private property. The netting comes in different mesh sizes to deny pest birds access without trapping them. For large birds like pigeons and seagulls, a 1-1/8” to 2” mesh size is best. For smaller birds like sparrows and starlings, a 3/4' mesh works well. Bird proofing pros recommend ISO 1806 protocol mesh test netting for lasting strength. Some manufacturers will custom cut the netting. Others offer U.V.-stabilized, flame resistant, rot and waterproof netting. Choose non-conductive netting in areas where electrical conductivity or radio frequency interference presents a problem. The best heavy-duty bird netting is made of high strength polyethylene--ideal for factories, warehouses, and other demanding applications. Today, you can even get netting in different colors--like white, stone and black--to blend in with a building's décor. Black bird netting offers natural U.V. protection and won't discolor when it gets dirty and dusty.
Designed to give pest birds a healthy jolt of juice without harming them, Electric Tracks are both humane and highly effective. The electrified tracks are ideal for deterring pigeons, seagulls and larger birds from buildings and structures. The best electric tracks feature a flow-through design that won't allow water to pool around them to damage surrounding areas.
Sonic Bird Deterrents
Highly effective in deterring a wide variety of pest birds, Sonic Bird proofing systems broadcast predator and distress calls to frighten pest birds. They are both humane and easy to use. The best sonic systems will continually alter the pitch, frequency, timing and intensity of their sounds. This prevents birds from getting used to any one specific sound. One sonic system blasts the sound of Peregrine falcons (a pigeon's arch-enemy) defending their territory. Another emits predator hawk screeches and gulls under attack--perfect for convincing gulls to move on. Still another popular system emits distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. Many systems can be set up to emit distress and predator calls day or night. Extra speakers can be added to expand the coverage radius up to six acres.