So we all know this is the season for all of those little bugs to come out and play, as well as the birds. The hot summer temperatures are upon us and you may find that more and more birds are resorting to your garage or business for shelter and shade, which can lead to big problems – birds can be more than a nuisance in your facility, they can also cause problems with machinery and their presence and droppings can create health hazards.
One of the best ways to keep birds out of your facility is to keep the doors and windows closed or properly screened. However, this isn’t practical in many large, un-air conditioned facilities where large rollup doors are left open to provide for ventilation. In these situations, our DuraShield Bird Screen Door can help you get the best of both worlds: with the DuraShield door in use, birds (and trespassers) are kept out, while fresh air sails through.
DuraShield Bird Screens are made from a durable, vinyl encapsulated woven polyester mesh that is resistant to mildew and color fading. The bird mesh standard material utilizes netting, a special oval shape weave with nine holes per square inch to allow for good air-flow while keeping birds out. The panel includes horizontal fiberglass stiffeners and a weighted bottom pocket to remain stable in wind and keep crawling critters out as well.
DuraShield doors are easy to operate and maintain – manual doors roll up and down easily with a chain pull system, while motorized operation is available for more convenience (especially helpful with high-traffic doors).
We wish you a bird-free facility this summer, and ask that you connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn, or leave us a note below! We also wanted to share some additional measures that you can take to help prevent birds from becoming a problem at your facility, courtesy of FoodManufacturing.com:
– Inspect the exterior of the facility at least monthly. Look for evidence of pest birds such as droppings, feathers or nesting materials. Focus inspection efforts on finding those conditions which can provide food, water and shelter. Also inspect for access points such as openings around dock doors and levelers. The inspection must cover all areas of the plant exterior including ground level and roof. Use the information uncovered in the inspection to further educate staff and correct bird-conducive conditions.
– Establish a regular clean-up schedule. Food is one of the major attractions for birds. Food spillage around dumpsters, silos and rail unloading areas are some examples where birds may find food. Establishing a regularly scheduled clean-up is essential. Roofs and product accumulations in these areas should also be checked. Roof areas can be difficult to clean, especially if there is a gravel layer on top of a membrane roof. But product can be present in these areas through equipment malfunctions. Inspect both high and low for food sources and eliminate them.
– Eliminate accessible water sources. Water will also attract birds and provide an essential need. Birds need a readily available source of drinking water. Parking lot pot holes, poorly designed drainage systems and other sources of standing water can provide the drinking water. Eliminate these sources whenever feasible.
– Evaluate structures and landscaping. The last condition to focus on is harborage. Pest birds, like the English house sparrow, will readily build their nest in structures like gaps in exterior walls. Pigeons will seek harborage on ledges, especially when there is some cover provided over the ledge. Inspect these nesting opportunities and seal or use bird management devices to repel or exclude birds. Bird netting is often used to exclude nesting areas like those found underneath overhangs and canopies.