How To Bird Proof Your Commercial Building In Spring
Birds can prove a costly nuisance for many businesses.
They can invade buildings looking for food, generate noise that distracts clients and employees at work, produce foul-smelling waste that contains bacteria, and dirties the environment. They are also a pest that can multiply quickly, hence the need to be proactive about bird-proofing. Here is what you should pay attention to as spring rolls in.
Netting is an effective way of deterring birds from accessing buildings where they can perch and nest, and prevent them from reaching food sources like crops and fruit trees. If already installed, ensure that as spring starts, the nets are made taut to allow the birds to bounce off them rather than get entangled.
Anti perch spikes
As the name suggests, these are other deterrents against birds perching. Also referred to as pigeon spikes, you can often see them along the edges of buildings or any flat surfaces where birds may be inclined to perch. They are effective, discreet and a humane way to deal with the menace.
Birds will often target vents as a safe place to nest, lay eggs, and raise chicks. Besides helping to boost their population, the debris from nests blocking vents can create dangerous blockages that could even lead to fires. Vent guards are a good way to prevent birds from making use of these spaces.
Limit food sources
Besides food that may be stored in buildings and what can be gleaned from farms and gardens, you also need to be careful about your waste. Birds will often scavenge food from bins and even litter left behind in outdoor eating areas. Ensure that your employees know to carefully dispose of all their litter and food scraps in tightly covered bins and to avoid the temptation to feed the birds. Also, try to eliminate water sources like puddles, fountains, or basins where water collects.