Bird-B-Gone: Birds


January 17, 2014

Unlike migratory birds, pigeons stay in the same place year-round. When they find a sheltered area to nest, their homing instinct kicks in, and they’ll continue to return to the same spot daily. Once pigeons establish their nesting area, it’s difficult to deter them from it.
In established nesting spots, ledge products — such as bird spikes, electric tracks and bird gels — are sometimes defeated because a pigeon will, in some cases, defecate or drop nesting material onto the product and nest right on top. To deter nesting pigeons, it’s imperative to completely block their access to the area.

Bird netting creates a physical barrier to block access to sheltered areas and prevent birds from landing or nesting. It’s an efficient, effective method for excluding all bird species. When approaching a bird netting job, first clean and disinfect the area being netted. Then install the netting so birds won’t be able to access the site from any point. Install a tensioned cable system around the perimeter of the area using turnbuckles. Run the cable through corner and intermediate attachments to ensure the cable doesn’t pull away from the perimeter once tightened. Then attach the netting to the cable system using hog rings. There shouldn’t be any gaps around
the perimeter. Because no two bird netting jobs are the same, it’s best to custom cut the net to fit the job specifications.

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