Solving Pigeon Problem on Balconies
Bird Control Advisory worked with a local New York City Pest Control Company to develop, sell, and provide a bird control solution to the City of New York’s Department of Environmental Protection. Although there was bird-safe glass installed on this building to prevent bird collisions, pest birds were not well considered in the design of this Waste-Water Treatment Plant administration building. The site sits along a waterway adjacent to a Department of Sanitation transfer station and the building faces numerous opportunities for birds to find food within the water treatment tanks. Pigeons and gulls were noted throughout the site.
Balcony Bird Control Problems
The fourth floor balcony runs 200 feet with a 5 foot opening. It races east, making it protected from westerly winds. The second floor has a 35 foot corner with a 6 foot opening. Each has numerous interior ledges that are easily accessible to pest birds.
The above photo was taken mid way through installation of bird netting along the fourth floor balcony. Even though the opening had been closed off to a midpoint, birds came back in overnight anyway to reclaim their long-standing home. Note the ultrasonic devices.
Bird Netting Looks Better Than Bird Droppings
3/4” black bird netting was installed to keep birds out of the balcony space and in such a manner to prevent roosting along the ledge.
With the majority of our consulting on the design and planning side, it’s not often that installation is part of our work. It is healthy to stay connected with the trade and maintain understanding of the work involved. In this case, our involvement onsite meant the client was able to complete the job. The consultant was the only trained and certified lift operator. It’s also nice to take in the views.
Taller opening, same process
The second floor opening is not just a foot taller than the upper floor. It starts higher off the balcony floor, making the upper surface even higher and unsafe to do from ladders with nowhere to tie off to and heavy winds coming through. This opening was netted from the lift.
Bird Control Technician Training
Our role as consultants for this project included training a pest control technician on performing a bird netting installation. This included introducing him to new hardware, proper use of tools, basic installation strategy / time management, and most important - safety!
Bird Control Requires Access
Although much of the balcony could be netted from the inside, an 80’ boom lift was needed to reach the near corner. The column support was too big to get around by ladder and it was too dangerous to walk out on the ledge to reach. In hindsight, it would have been better to do more of the job from a lift on the outside, despite the lift cost. Up and down on the ladder every 2-4 feet made the installation more time consuming than was originally projected. The net cost (labor vs. lift) would probably have been the same.
Boom Lift Required
Reaching the southeast corner of the building required a boom lift that was unanticipated by the client. It was presumed when they bid the job that they could access the entire work area from ladders. And although much of the upper balcony could be reached, it was not safe to install on the corner. So this newbie installer was in a boom lift for the first time!
The job was completed in time to meet the client’s deadline for an event in this space and beyond their expectation for aesthetic. Birds have already moved to other parts of the building where additional work has been proposed.