If having a site professionally analyzed isn’t an option, follow these three steps to ensure your department deploys a solution that’s both effective and humane:

1: Identify the species

There are products for large birds that aren’t effective for small birds. If you treat an area under the wrong assumption, you’ll waste time and money without solving the problem.

2: Determine behavior

Are the birds roosting, landing, or nesting? Each activity requires a different approach.

Spikes, for example, are appropriate for large birds landing on a roof, but never right if birds (of any size, large or small) are nesting. At this point, netting or another full exclusion product is necessary to entirely block birds from the area.

An area with several species with different behaviors will require an integrated control solution.

3: Estimate the number of birds

Two or three can cause as trouble as a flock of 500; but in general, the more birds, the larger the problem.

Birds carry 60 diseases that can be spread to humans. Their slippery and acidic droppings set the stage for slip-and fall incidents and can stain and even ruin certain building materials.

It’s best to get ahead of the problem. Contact Bird-B-Gone Inc. (www.birdbgone.com), the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of control solutions, to find an authorized installer anywhere in the United States.