Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

September 1966


What I am going to say this afternoon about bird control in hang¬ars won't take but a few minutes, mainly because I think this is one area that we already have partial solutions. By this I mean that in most instances, at least where I've worked, we've been able to solve most of the hangar bird problems. Some of you have probably worked on similar problems or have worked in airplane hangars and after the session I'll certainly welcome any comments you may have. What I have to say will relate mainly to what I've done myself, or the men who work for me have done. This will be first-hand experience. Most of the work has been done on military installations. Spe¬cifically, it's been done at Clinton Air Force Base in Ohio, Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio, and Selfridge Air Force Base in Mich¬igan. The reason we've worked only on military bases is three-fold. One is that in many cases the private pest control operators have con¬tractual agreements with private air bases. Another is that maybe the public airports fail to realize that something can be done to help them. A third reason is that the Department of Interior has a working agree¬ment with the Department of Defense in taking care of pest bird prob¬lem species on their military installations. As far as public or private airports are concerned, especially in hangar work or in building work with roosting birds, I think the role in control should be with the private pest control industry, once they know the proper techniques of solving these problems. I myself would love to get out of this type of activity. It's a lot of work and there's a lot in¬volved. Before we go on I think I'll show you some of the situations we get into. I have three slides here of different bases that we worked at.