Controlling Pest Birds in public Schools
Pilots, golfers, and virtually anyone who is responsible for the safety of others are concerned about dealing with “pest birds” effectively. They include pigeons, Canada geese, seagulls, starlings and others that contaminate and damage the various buildings in which we live, work, and play. Bird droppings have the potential to transmit over 60 known diseases, and they are also a safety hazard that can lead to lawsuits when injuries result from pest bird feces. School officials, of course, are well aware of their responsibility to maintain a safe, healthy environment where their students can learn and thrive, and they often have to face the challenge presented by pest birds.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) knew what to do.
To protect the health and safety of their students and employees alike, LAUSD, America’s second-largest school district, adopted an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) with a Pest of the Month component. This approach includes effective monitoring that helps determine if and when action should be taken, and when this is the case, it uses an array of strategies and practices to solve the problem while stressing that “sanitation is not the sole responsibility of the custodian.” The program has been so successful that it led to the enactment of California’s Healthy Schools Act in 2000.
In dealing with pest birds, LAUSD school officials knew that they could use 45-degree-angle ledges as a bird deterrent, but they decided much more had to be done and looked for professional help. They chose Bird-B-Gone, a company that offered a network of certified bird control experts and technical advisors who helped them analyze their situation and recommended the right products to fill their particular needs. They were happy to discover that the products they would use were affordable, humane, and totally effective, and that authorized installers from Bird-B-Gone were available to do the work for them if requested.
Bird-B-Gone products fit every situation
Since Bird-B-Gone manufactures everything it sells, their product line is of the highest quality, and made right here in the U.S. LAUSD also discovered that the company provides superior service, and ships daily for timely delivery.
If you are confronting a pest bird control problem, Bird-B-Gone has one or more products that can help you solve it. For example, wherever birds are nesting, bird netting can be used to totally exclude the birds from the affected area. Wherever gulls, pigeons and other large birds tend to rest or roost, you can install bird spikes (plastic or stainless steel) to prevent them from landing on a flat or curved surface. A shock track system provides a mild shock when birds attempt to land on its surface, and will cause them to fly away. Bird wire creates an uneven surface that prevents large birds from landing and roosting after it is installed.
If birds are only landing and roosting infrequently in the area you want to protect, you may decide to use a visual deterrent — such as flash tape, balloons, or a sound device which will act as an audio deterrent. For more information on pest bird deterrents, contact Bird-B-Gone, Inc. at 1-800-392-6915 or online at www.birdbgone.com.