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Pest Bird Control

Augusta, Georgia Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

Bird nest removal at a radar tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL).

Bird nest removal at a radar tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL).

When most people think about animal control, pest birds are not the first critters that come to mind. But birds can be serious pests when they're living or roosting in sensitive areas.

For one things, birds can present health and safety hazards. Their droppings harbor bacterial and fungal diseases like histoplasmosis, their parasites vector arboviral pathogens that cause diseases like West Nile virus and avian influenza, and their shed feathers can clog cooling fans on mechanical and electrical equipment and cause it to overheat. Birds around airports can also present a serious threat to air traffic, as Sully Sullenberger can attest to.

Even when they're not spreading diseases or bringing airplanes down, birds can create a major nuisance. Birds living illuminated signs deface them and sometimes cause shorts, birds living on structural girders of bridges and overpasses can deface cars and damage their finished, and birds roosting in canopies or theater marquees poop on people as they pass under them.

For all the harm they do, however, we don't hate birds. They're part of the beautiful natural ecosystem that is Georgia, and they deserve to be treated with the same respect that we afford to all the animals we control. That's why at Rid-A-Critter, we specialize in non-lethal bird control methods that keep birds out of and away from sensitive areas rather than killing them.

The Rid-A-Critter Approach to Bird Control

Radar tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (KATL)

Rid-A-Critters was proud to be chosen to solve the bird problems at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.

Rid-A-Critter is North Georgia's leader in nuisance bird removal and control. We have the equipment, the manpower, and the experience to handle literally any bird control job. We've excluded birds from some of the biggest and most complex industrial and commercial facilities in Georgia including factories, power plants, radar installations, airport hangars, and retail shopping centers.

Our bird control philosophy is based non-chemical control. It's easy to kill birds, and there are even pesticides designed to do just that. But killing birds does nothing to prevent new birds from moving in replace the old ones. Unless an area is made inaccessible or inhospitable to birds, the bird problem has not been taken care of.

Another drawback to chemical bird control is that some of the most commonly-used avicides are designed not to kill the birds, but rather to induce a hallucinogenic experience that scares them. Basically, the chemicals make the birds trippy in the hope that they'll associate the unpleasant experience with the area rather than the pesticide, and stay away from that place in the future.

That may sound like a humane approach to bird control, but it isn't. For one thing, while the birds are stoned, their perception and their flight abilities are adversely affected. They often fly at full speed into buildings, vehicles on highways, or the ground. They also may lack the presence of mind to avoid predators or may be unable to fly away from them. And although it's true that the birds that survive the experience usually won't return to the place where they were poisoned, birds who weren't there when the avicide was applied will not. So in effect, all you're accomplishing by using these products is trading the existing birds for new birds.

We use non-chemical methods to keep birds out of areas where they would be a problem. This is better for the birds because they're not harmed, and it's better for our customers because it's a more permanent solution.

That's not how Rid-A-Critter does bird control. We use non-lethal methods like netting, screening, and bird-repellent spikes to keep birds out of a location or make it inhospitable to them. Birds don't like being poked in the tuchus by bird spikes, so they fly away and roost elsewhere. We also clean up after the birds, removing and carting away their droppings and shed feathers, sanitizing and disinfecting the areas as needed, applying insecticides to kill displaced parasites if necessary, and removing and replacing contaminated insulation if needed.

Dry Under Decks Installation

Before-and-after pictures of a Dry Under Decks Installation

Before and after picture of a Dry Under Decks installation

Rid-A-Critter also offers another product known as Dry Under Decks. This product was actually designed as a rain-management system to channel moisture away from under a deck so the space underneath can be used, but it's also popular with customers who have problems with birds nesting under the decks.

The Dry Under Decks system is basically a waterproof, animal-resistant ceiling that's installed under the deck. It catches rainwater that falls through the slats of the deck and channels it away to a rain gutter or downspout. It also makes the space under the deck brighter and prevents dirt and debris from falling to the ground under the deck. Some people use this reclaimed space as a patio area. Others use it as a place to fix power equipment or work on their cars.

Dry Under Decks can be installed on both residential and commercial buildings. It can be installed under under decks, movie marquees, balconies, terraces, and overpasses. It also is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Bird Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of bird removal and bird-proofing jobs we've done in and around Augusta.

Please contact us for more information about our nuisance bird control services.


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The Augusta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides non-toxic bird control in Augusta Georgia and its surrounding areas, including Appling, Evans, Grovetown, Hephzibah, and Martinez, Georgia. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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