Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

April 1995


Birds are typically thought of as beautiful, graceful, tuneful creatures by the general public. However, there are many reasons to control birds. Birds and their droppings can create unsightly visual conditions and an unhealthy atmosphere that promotes disease transmission. In addition, cleaning costs including time spent, and property, equipment, or product damage can cause financial loss. Some bird control products, though widely used, are not suitable in many situations. For environmental and safety reasons, poison perches, poison grain and shotguns may not be ideal choices under certain circumstances. Because of high cost and unfeasibility, netting and spikes may be inappropriate. However, effective solutions do exist. These alternatives include sound, visual, tactile products or a combination of the 3. This paper details how effectiveness can be improved with careful preparation, planning, and implementation using these various products.