Birds like to roost in comfortable structures where they have easy access to outside. Ask questions like: How long have the birds been a concern? Are birds nesting? Where have you seen the birds? The answers will help determine the best route to manage the problem. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while surveying:
- Take wide-view photos of the structure. It is good to be thorough in your documentation. This will help when planning solutions.
- Be able to identify pest birds in your service area. Understanding the life cycle and habits of the birds you are trying to control is key.
- Be prepared to offer multiple solutions. Netting, electrified track, bird wire, spikes, lasers, sonic devices and more are all part of the bird control toolbox.
- Be confident. There is no shame in asking for help to arrive at the correct solution. Your manager, state extension service, and bird manufacturer representatives are all prepared to assist.