Birds are a vital part of our ecosystem as they eat insects, pollinate plants, and spread seeds. However, birds can become a problem if their activity starts to damage property. In Panama City, Florida, we frequently encounter several bird species that can become nuisances to residents and businesses. Some of the most common species include pigeons, European starlings, house sparrows, and seagulls.

Laws, regulations, and public sentiment afford birds considerable protection. Addressing bird nuisances in Panama City requires a tailored approach that may include bird deterrents, exclusion methods, habitat modification.

Bird Control for Your House

Birds around your house generally are not a problem, but when they start to roost on or inside your house, seek professional help. Birds seek out crevices, holes, and high places that protect their young from the elements. Some of the most common areas birds roost are in attics, in soffits, in vents, and in chimneys. Bird nests in these areas present risks. The nesting materials are a fire hazard. Bird nests and bird droppings can spread diseases.

Commercial Bird Control in Panama City

Birds can make a significant impact on your warehouse, food production facility, retail store, or any other type of commercial building. Not only are their droppings and feathers dangerous due to their ability to spread diseases such as salmonella, but they are also slippery and could create a slip-and-fall hazard. Further, the lice and ticks they carry can spread disease as well.

In Panama City, Florida, several types of commercial properties may require bird control measures to manage and deter nuisance bird populations effectively. Some typical commercial properties that commonly encounter bird-related issues include:

Food Service Establishments: Restaurants, cafes, and food processing facilities often attract birds due to the presence of outdoor dining areas, food scraps, and storage areas. Seagulls, pigeons, and starlings are common bird species that may pose sanitation and health risks in these environments.

Retail Stores and Shopping Centers: When customers come to your shopping center, they expect a certain level of cleanliness, safety and aesthetics. Pest birds like pigeons can ruin that. Outdoor signage, awnings, and rooftops can be susceptible to bird roosting and nesting. Bird droppings can soil storefronts, merchandise, and walkways, creating an unsightly and potentially hazardous environment for customers and employees.

Hotels and Resorts: When guests come to your hotel or motel, they expect it to be clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing. Nuisance birds can get in the way of an enjoyable stay for your guests. Outdoor amenities such as swimming pools, patios, and landscaping features may attract birds seeking water sources and shelter.

Seagulls, pigeons, and sparrows are often encountered around hotel properties, where their presence can detract from the guest experience and impact the property’s reputation.

Office Buildings: Office complexes, corporate campuses, and government buildings may experience bird-related issues, particularly in urban areas with dense bird populations. Birds roosting on ledges, window sills, and rooftop HVAC systems can cause property damage and create maintenance challenges for building managers.

Healthcare Facilities: Hospitals, clinics, and medical offices may require bird control measures to maintain a safe and hygienic environment for patients, staff, and visitors. Bird droppings can harbor harmful pathogens and contaminate outdoor areas, posing infection control risks in healthcare settings.

Educational Institutions: Schools, colleges, and universities with expansive campuses and outdoor facilities may face bird-related challenges such as nesting in building structures, damage to athletic fields and equipment, and large accumulations of bird droppings. Implementing bird control measures can help protect students, faculty, and campus infrastructure.

Denying birds the ability to perch and nest is the most efficient way to implement bird control on school campuses. Options include exclusion netting; bird wiring; metal screens; electrified deterrent systems; gel repellents; visual deterrents such as lasers, reflectors or other light-emitting devices; and even sonic and subsonic repellents. Often the most straightforward and inexpensive solutions are the most effective.

Industrial Facilities: Warehouses, manufacturing plants, and industrial complexes may encounter bird-related issues due to the presence of open loading docks, storage areas, and machinery that provide ideal roosting and nesting sites for birds. Controlling bird populations in industrial environments is essential to prevent damage to equipment and maintain workplace safety.

Bird Control Solutions

By identifying the specific bird control needs of each commercial property in Panama City, Critter Control develops customized solutions to effectively manage bird populations and mitigate the associated risks and nuisances. Some of the bird control solutions we implement include:

Bird Netting 

An exclusion material typically installed as a horizontal ceiling or vertical wall barrier to deny birds access to enter a space, or roost on a structure.  Heavy-duty UV stabilized polyethylene netting is suspended utilizing a high-tension steel perimeter cable and turnbuckle system.  Zippers are installed in the netting to provide maintenance access for lights and other similar fixtures. 

Bird Electric Track

A humane deterrent product adhered to ledges, signage and roofs to deter birds from roosting on the surface.  Flexible UV stabilized PVC base, with electrically charged contacts, provides a mild-electrical sensation to modify the birds’ habits and encourage them to roost elsewhere.  Electric Track may also be installed in non-typical locations to deter birds and other wildlife. 

Bird Spikes

A deterrent for medium-size to large-size birds fastened to horizontal surfaces, such as ledges, pipes, windowsills and structural beams to deter birds from roosting.  Rows of metal or plastic spikes, connected to a base are attached to the surface to be protected from birds.