Bird Spikes Installation Tips
Pest control professionals know that bird spikes are one of the most effective, long-lasting, low-maintenance bird control solutions available. Bird spikes have been used for years on buildings and structures worldwide to prevent pest birds from roosting and nesting on landing surfaces.
Bird control spikes are not harmful to birds – but they are extremely uncomfortable and intimidating. And because they physically prevent birds from landing on surfaces, bird spikes are completely effective everywhere they are installed.
10 Tips for Installing Bird Spikes
1. Install early. Install before “bird season” begins – it’s easier to keep birds away than to repel them once they’ve already established a living pattern.
2. Know the laws. Familiarize yourself with the legal and public relations environment; there may be regulations in your area for the particular species you are repelling.
3. Remove all traces of bird infestation. Clean up droppings, feathers, any other mess, and the remaining scent; for common pest birds such as pigeons (and for other species where permitted by law) remove nests. We recommend using a strong cleanser to thoroughly remove any scent or visual markings.
4. Eliminate bird appeal. Get rid of whatever is attracting the birds to the area such as food spillage, garbage, etc.
5. Consider alternate locations. Apply bird control efforts to nearby areas where birds may go when they leave the current site.
6. Repair surfaces. If there are surface damages, repair before applying the stainless steel bird spikes.
7. Consider higher perches. Remove overhanging branches, minimize elevated foliage, and be sure to apply spikes to the highest surfaces possible.
8. Maintain a clean environment. Continue to clean any debris and droppings.
9. Creative coverage. Cover all exposed surfaces, corners and crevices; birds can be creative and stubborn and will look for ways to get around the installation if nearby surfaces are left unprotected.
10. Use other products synergistically. There may be areas where it is not possible to apply spikes; implementing an alternative bird control product in these areas is the best way to achieve success. Add a visual scare or sound repeller to maximize results. While spikes will effectively treat individual surfaces and trouble spots, wide-area coverage is best gained by a multi-sensory attack yielding much greater effectiveness than any one product alone.
Different widths of bird spikes are available depending on the situation. Consider the ‘spread’ and number of spikes per foot to get the best coverage for your installation.
To learn more about this product, visit our bird control spikes page.