Being in the pest control industry for over 20 years, I am often asked how things have changed over the years. Short answer is: “For the better.” Let me explain. When I first started out in the pest control industry, there was not nearly as much awareness in terms of “humane”, “sustainable” and “environmentally responsible” options, especially for bird control. Poisoning and shooting them were the prevalent options. Now we know poison is not necessary and shooting is restricted to only special circumstances and conditions. Bottom line – none of these options are long term.
So what’s changed? People are more educated and aware of their surroundings. We care as much about the “How” as we do about the “What”. We care about the future and the examples we set and the health and well being of those around us. These have all led to new ways of doing things in the bird control industry. I have compiled my top 3 bird control list that satisfies our current modern world that actually works. In no particular order:
1) Bird Deterrents – these include spikes, electric shock strips and different forms of netting. All of them prevent birds from gaining access to areas we don’t want birds without harming them and is a sustainable and long-term solution.
2) Bird Removal – this is humane trapping. This is the use of bird traps that must provide the birds food and water until they can be relocated to a safe and authorized location. Should only be used as part of a population reduction program that concludes with bird deterrents.
3) Bird Repellents – Sonic devices and other “scare tactics”. Sonic devices send out predatory sounds that scare birds away without actually touching them. Some are visual. Again, for best results a long-term bird deterrent solution should be implemented for closure.
So whether it’s pigeons, gulls, sparrows, starlings, crows or woodpeckers, there are long- term, humane options available today that provide a more environmentally responsible and sustainable approach to bird control.