Keeping Foods Bird-Free: Bird-X Spikes

By |  March 1, 2007

Of all the pest control problems facing the food and beverage industry, birds are probably the most common. Birds, says Richard Kammerling, owner and president of R.K. Chemical Systems, Inc., whose New York-based company has been delivering pest management consultation and supplies to the food industry.

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“The most common offenders,” Kammerling says, “are pigeons, sparrows, and starlings.” Bird Control is a critical issue, so part of Kammerling’s job is to educate.

What works for Kammerling’s customers and clients are Spikes® Needle Strips manufactured by Bird-X, Inc. of Chicago. The densely branched and spaced Spikes prevent birds from roosting and also from squeezing between the spiky extensions.

“It is the #1 method adopted by most places to deter birds outside food facilities,” Kammerling reports. “A physical barrier won’t necessarily prevent birds from getting in, but it changes the pattern of behavior.”

“Further, bird droppings can be a health hazard, harboring disease and parasites that are harmful to humans.”

The goal of Spikes and other barriers is to prevent the problem from showing up in the first place. Spikes, which are sold in convenient 12-inch strips (sections), can be easily attached to surfaces with a caulking compound or other adherent. “On wider ledges, we urge customers to use two rows of Spikes for full coverage,” Kammerling adds.

“Spikes are relatively inexpensive, and they are a one-time expense,” he says. “You cannot put a price on being cited for a critical regulatory violation. In the worst case, a facility could lose its license to operate.”


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