No Fly Zone Introduces Bird Control Solutions for Parking Garages

Parking Professionals are facing problems in their parking garages and transportation facilities with pest birds that for a long time have appeared to have no long-term solution.
Non-migratory birds such as pigeons, starlings and sparrows find parking garages suitable for nesting, roosting and landing, which creates several problems and concerns for parking garages and those who are responsible for their maintenance and management. These pest birds find parking garages to be suitable due to their protection from the outside elements and an ample food supply from nearby restaurants, dumpsters and often from patrons feeding them. Herein lies a major problem with parking garages in that the bird droppings not only deface vehicles parked in the garage, but also pose several health and safety risks for the individuals themselves. In addition, the existence of these birds and the problems they cause, turn an otherwise convenient parking location into an undesirable one.

The Montclair Parking Authority operates a 230 stall, open air garage, which at any given time was inhabited by 100 to 200 pigeons. Pigeons were nesting and roosting on ledges, light fixtures, pipes and even began to inhabit nearby buildings because the population became so large. The birds were attracted to the garage by the various restaurants that were using the deck for their customer parking. Also, the numerous ledges and crevasse, as well as previous failed attempts of bird exclusion (Styrofoam blocks) in the structure created ideal homes for these birds.

Customers who were using the parking garage began complaining about the amount of bird droppings that were accumulating on their vehicles. The bird droppings were unsightly and the acidic properties of the droppings can and did cause damage to the vehicles. People were also unwilling to take the chance that while they walked to and from their vehicle parked in the deck, they would come into contact with the birds and/or their droppings. Customers were very dissatisfied with this escalating issue and the Montclair Parking Authority quickly responded with a plan of action.

Mr. John Teubner, Executive Director of the Montclair Parking Authority, took immediate action and contacted local bird control companies to consult the Parking Authority on how to remedy their problems with the bird infestation. Quickly, it was realized that “old fashioned” methods were ineffective in remedying the pest bird problems in the garage, and in order to remedy this problem, a custom and contemporary bird exclusion system had to be designed.

When Mr. Teubner contacted No Fly Zone, Inc. (“NFZ”), he explained his situation and invited the local bird control company to visit the site and make a recommendation. Mr. Brett Madden, President of NFZ, accompanied Mr. Teubner for a complete inspection of the parking facility. Mr. Madden soon determined that the best way to eliminate the pigeons from the parking garage was to utilize a combination of bird exclusion methods, including a new ledge modification system designed specifically to remedy pest bird problems from parking garages.

The final recommendation from NFZ was a combination of the custom ledge modification system, bird spikes in areas where needed, such as on top of light fixtures, and netting, where most practical. Once approved, installation took less than 1 week and the impact on access and utilization of the parking garage was kept to a minimum. The overall process included an inspection of the garage by a licensed bird control company to evaluate the effectiveness and stability of the installed system.

The pest bird problem that had once plagued the Montclair Parking Authority for years had been remedied by the bird exclusion system that NFZ had designed and implemented, and now the garage is bird free. The NFZ system will last the lifetime of the garage, and when continually monitored and inspected, will continue to provide the customers of the garage with a cleaner, beautified place to park their vehicles.

For more information on Bird Exclusion Systems or for more information on this article please contact Ms. LaPlaca at dana@noflyzoneinc.com or 1-866-663-5999 or for more information on this article.
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