2-step solution for removing lone birds from buildings


December 27, 2017

Pest management professionals (PMPs) may find themselves called upon to remove a single avian invader from commercial or residential buildings, and just one bird can become a severe pest in very short order. In addition to threatening human health by exposing people to pathogens in their droppings, a single bird can wreak havoc on productivity in the workplace, or threaten the status quo in a home.

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A common scene is typically observed upon arrival, regardless of the location: complete chaos. There’s a good reason for the chaos, of course. Office personnel have been chasing a rogue house sparrow around the office with a goldfish net for the past 90 minutes, or the toddlers have missed their afternoon nap thanks to the “pretty birdie” flying around the house. Understandably, your clients want results, and they want results right away.

Luckily, there’s a simple, two-step solution that works in almost every situation:

  1. Close the bird in a room.
  2. Open the window.

Closing the door to the room or office will temporarily trap the offending bird in a discreet part of the building. This tactic limits the chaos and confines the bird to a manageable space.

Once the bird is out of sight, business as usual can resume in other parts of the home or business. Additionally, the damage or mess that the bird might cause can be limited to one room, making cleanup easier.

The second step — opening the window — provides a simple escape route for the bird to exit the building. Typically, the bird will rapidly find its way out of the enclosed room through the open window. Often, a client can be advised over the phone on the two-step eviction process.

Always follow up with an in-person visit to determine how the bird entered the building, and provide recommendations on how the incident can be avoided in the future through repair or exclusion services you can provide.

This simple solution can limit the chaos of a bird (or bat) invasion. Just remember to close the window when you are done, to avoid entry by additional invaders.

You can reach Dr. Jim Fredericks, VP of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), at jfredericks@pestworld.org.


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Dr. Jim Fredericks

You can reach Dr. Fredericks, VP of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), at jfredericks@pestworld.org.

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  1. You talk about problems in a room or in an office but when it comes to a supermarket or a food plant where the dimensions are bigger, they are a real problem, we have cleaned nests and become blocked with Mayans but nevertheless it is a difficult problem to solve ..