This is a common question asked by many clients – especially when they have to spend hard earned cash or public money on stopping pigeons and other bird pests from gathering on their buildings, creating a health hazard. The simple answer is yes, but only if designed well, installed correctly and maintained by the right people.
Last year we were called in to suggest a bird prevention and bird deterrent system for a very prestigious building refurbishment project in Witney. The architect and the council representatives wanted a bird prevention system that worked first time and without ugly structures ruining the magnificent stone facade of the Corn Exchange, which had just been cleaned and renovated – due mostly to bird fouling!
As with most things, having the right tools for the job, and creating the right effect is what its all about – so sticking great big ugly bird spikes all over the sandstone ledges would have just been a disaster – and yes some of our competitors actually quoted for just that! Our approach was to use the new version 2 type Avishock bird deterrent system, combined with the brand new Bird Free Gel in areas that did not justify the use of Avishock.
So what is Avishock. Put simply it is an electronic track which is very low profile so cannot bee seen from ground level, through which two electric cables run. As a bird walks across the track, it creates a circuit and delivers a shock, thus discouraging the bird from landing on this area. The best way to compare this is that it s like a sheep fence – once the sheep know what it looks like and how it hurts when they touch it, then they never go near it again. Same thing with pigeons and seagulls – this educates them never to land on this building. It does not have any long term effect, is very humane and educates them, rather than hurts them, to look for other roosting points.
The installation was finished over 6 months ago, and last week we did our first maintenance and follow up checks and tests on the system. The results were as expected. The Avishock was still working as well as it did back in the summer, the test results were identical, and best of all, not a single bird was anywhere near the building, no faeces anywhere on the building or on the floor around the building – 100% success!
Whilst an initial outlay is required, the costs benefits and return on investment for this system are pretty amazing. The annual budget to clean just the floor around the building has been recovered, let alone the cleaning costs of the building itself – no more multi-thousand pound clear up required. A conservative estimate is that the ROI is under 2 years for this system – great for businesses and for tax payers alike.
So if you have a bird problem and need expert advice, particularly if looking at the Avishock system and combining it with other systems, or even doing a straight cost comparison, then speak to the bird control experts from Rapid Environmental Services – call 01635 247192 now.
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