The High Cost of Neglecting Bird Control
Bird-X, the leader in humane pest and bird control solutions worldwide, discusses the high cost businesses face when it comes to eliminating problems pest bird problems.
In a blog post from March 9th, 2016, Bird-X highlights the risks associated with neglecting bird control and the humane solutions businesses can take to prevent birds from costing valuable time and money.
Perhaps most notably, the government has fined businesses for violating laws and regulations related to birds. On February 25th, 2016, a story from the News Center in West Virginia stated that a wind energy facility was forced to pay $30,000 in fines for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by accidentally killing hundreds of migratory birds, after they were found guilty in United States of America v. AES Laurel Mountain, LLC, Case Number 2:15CR00023-001.
The wind energy facility wasn’t the first company to pay fines for bird-related instances. On March 29th, 2011, a Safety News Alert article recounted that in Secretary of Labor v. All Erection & Crane Rental Corp., OSHRC Docket No. 09-1451, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a construction company for safety violations related to several workers exhibiting symptoms of histoplasmosis, an infection carried by bird droppings, as a result of inhaling dust created by sweeping and shoveling bird waste.
Similar stories often don’t receive national attention, but are happening year after year. Birds can also directly affect facility operations. Josh Pierce, Bird-X Sales Manager, explained that Bird-X helps customers across all industries, especially the energy business.
“Many electrical substations are combatting high cost related to bird droppings or birds themselves getting caught in the lines. Any porous material, or even steel, is susceptible to corrosion from the highly acidic bird droppings,” said Pierce.
Most recently, on March 4th, 2016, a CNN story reported just that. Bird droppings caused a three-day shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York. The article referred to an official report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that stated that the build-up of bird excrement can sometimes impede operating efficiency, but this time “…caused an electrical arc between wires at a transmission tower.” In this case, plant managers vowed to take for precautionary measures when it comes to deterring birds in the future.
How can businesses eliminate challenging bird problems? Using traps and poisons to fight pest birds might be counteractive, since businesses are left with captured, injured, ill, or dead animals to clean up. One of Bird-X’s most popular humane bird control solutions, the Super BirdXPeller® PRO, uses state-of-the-art sonic technology to frighten pests away from an area. The unit emits predator calls and distress cries that are customizable depending on the species of birds in the area. It’s a humane option for businesses looking to deter birds from a specific area and condition them to stay away in the future.
Bird-X helps companies find safe, cost-effective bird control solutions like these every day. With over 50 years of humane pest control experience, the company is dedicated to protecting human health, wildlife, and the environment. Based in the Chicago, the company manufactures a complete line of unique pest control products with an unmatched focus on quality, efficacy, and customer service.