Property Managers Guide To Bird Deterrence

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • May 03, 2019

Tips and Tricks To Bird-Proof Your Commercial Property

There are few things more frustrating than walking out to your car to find it’s been covered in bird droppings—especially if you’re a tenant or visitor. As a property manager, it’s your job to make sure your tenants and guests are protected from pest damage, birds included!

If birds are roosting around your property, you may be encountering bird-related issues pretty frequently. Not only is bird damage unsightly, but it can also cause health and safety risks for your employees, tenants and guests.

To help protect your property from bird damage, follow along with us below to learn bird safety and deterrence tips to keep your property bird-free!

Threats Birds Can Have On Your Commercial Property

The sing-song nature of birds can be pleasant to have around your property—but that’s about the only benefit birds offer. Birds can cause multiple health and safety issues around your property. Here are some of the most common ways birds can threaten your property:

Bird droppings

Bird droppings contain uric acid, which not only makes them difficult to remove, but also especially threatening to your property. The acid in bird droppings can eat through paint, making any signage and vehicles vulnerable to damage. Droppings can also corrode through roofing and outdoor furniture, which can cause hefty repairs to your property if droppings aren’t treated quickly.

Aside from being acidic, bird droppings are also highly unsanitary. Droppings can carry diseases, so extra safety measures should always be taken when sanitizing and removing bird droppings.

Roof and building damage

Not only can bird droppings be corrosive to your roof and building, but bird nests can be hazardous, too. Birds will build their nest anywhere they feel safe, with just about any items they can find. This becomes dangerous for your building when nest materials get caught in your vents or gutters, causing clogs.

If you’ve kept up with our previous posts, then you know clogged gutters can cause a multitude of other issues, such as excess moisture or even water damage. This is why it’s so important to always keep your gutters clean and clear, especially for the properties you manage!

Potentially harmful to tenants and visitors

While birds aren’t known to be particularly aggressive creatures, they may swoop in on a tenant or visitor if food is involved. Not only is this frightening, but also a health concern. Birds are known vectors of disease, so if a bird comes in too close of contact with a tenant or visitor, other, larger issues could arise.

Birds may get trapped inside

We’ve all seen it before—a bird flies into a building and then can’t get out. Unfortunately, this happens time and time again, and it’s a frequent problem for property managers. Once birds have realized they can’t escape from whatever building they are stuck in, they will do one of two things:

  • Attempt to fly through a window, which never ends well. (We’ve got some advice about dead animal removal if you need it.)
  • Or, the bird will set up shop and make your property its new home.

Neither of these options are ideal situations. While a dead bird has complications of its own, a live bird nesting in your building is another issue entirely. This is when it pays off to hire a wildlife removal expert, because you never want to try and remove a bird (and potential babies) on your own.

3 Steps To Safely (and Legally) Remove Birds

However, maybe you decide to take matters into your own hands and remove the nest yourself—inside or out. While we don’t recommend this option, we would rather you be safe than sorry when it comes to nest removal! Here are three steps to safely, and legally, remove a nest from your property.

1. First, check the list of federally protected birds

Many bird species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it crucial to identify what kind of bird you’re dealing with before attempting removal. Bird identification isn’t an easy as it sounds though, which is why it’s always in your best interest to contact a specialist.

2. Monitor the nest for signs of activity

If a bird, its babies or eggs are still in the nest, do not attempt removal and contact a specialist. Also, do not touch the nest. This will not only threaten your health, but also the health of the birds in the nest. After all, you don’t want to harm them, you just want to get them back outside.

So, monitor the nest from afar to check for activity. If the nest is vacant, safely proceed with removal.

Please note: Never attempt to remove an active nest. If you find eggs and no bird, do not assume the eggs have been abandoned. If there are any signs of active life in the nest, leave it alone and contact a wildlife specialist.

3. If the nest is empty, proceed with safe removal

As always, safety first! Don’t forget to put on gloves or other protective gear before removing the nest. Once you are protected, gently remove the nest and discard of it appropriately.

Tips and Tricks For Bird Deterrence

It’s impossible to keep birds away from your property entirely. However, there are a few bird deterrence efforts you can take to keep birds from roosting in and around your property!

Monitor your building for signs of roosting

The best time to remove a bird’s nest is while it’s still in the making. Monitor your property frequently for signs of nesting so you can prevent further roosting.

Perch repellents

Ask yourself, what areas of your property are vulnerable to roosting? Identify these areas, and consider using perch repellents such as signage spikes around your property. These spikes are not intended to be sharp, rather just uncomfortable for birds to stand or perch on. If a bird doesn’t feel comfortable or safe, it won’t build a nest.

Fake predators

While these can look a little unappealing, fake predator statues are known to be effective for bird deterrence. This method isn’t foolproof though, so some birds may decide the statue poses no threat to them and roost anyway!

Remove sources of food

If you manage a property that has an outdoor area for food (for example, an outdoor restaurant or patio), try to minimize food waste as much as possible. Small bits of food or crumbs will attract birds and other pests, so always make sure your outdoor area is properly cleaned.

Speaking of pests, birds will feed on those too. If your property has a pest control problem, you may notice more birds around your property as well. This is especially a problem for restaurants, because restaurants, birds and pests simply don’t mix!

Most importantly, call Killingsworth

Want to know the secret to bird deterrence? Killingsworth wildlife control!

At Killingsworth, we understand the risks of having birds, or any wildlife for that matter, roosting around your property. If your property is experiencing issues with our feathery friends, give us a call.

We can help identify the areas of your property where birds are nesting, and safely remove any existing birds that may be causing problems. Once we’re done, we’ll continue to make sure birds fly far, far away from your property!

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