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Bird Dangers of Corporate Office Buildings and Symterra’s Humane Bird Deterrent System



Birds, while often a welcome sight in nature, can pose significant challenges when they roost and nest in corporate office buildings. These problems are particularly pronounced in buildings under three stories, where birds can easily access ledges, roofs, and other structures. Fortunately, solutions like Symterra’s humane bird deterrent system offer effective and ethical ways to manage these avian intruders.

Bird Dangers in Corporate Office Buildings

Birds can cause various issues when they decide to make office buildings their home. Common culprits include pigeons, sparrows, and starlings, which can create several problems:

  1. Health Risks: Birds and their droppings can carry diseases, posing health risks to employees and visitors. Their presence can lead to the spread of pathogens such as histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis.
  2. Maintenance Challenges: Bird droppings are highly acidic and can corrode building materials, leading to costly repairs. Droppings and nesting materials can also clog gutters, drains, and HVAC systems, causing water damage and mechanical failures

Traditional Bird Control Methods

Several traditional methods are used to deter birds, but they come with their own set of problems:

  1. Bird Nets: These physical barriers can be unsightly and difficult to maintain. Birds can sometimes find ways around them or become injured. Bird netting can hurt birds if not installed correctly, not maintained and continuously repaired, or if it has large mesh holes. Birds and other animals can get tangled in the netting, leading to injuries such as broken wings, injured legs, and lacerated skin. The netting can trap birds, making it difficult for them to escape and can cause the birds to perish.
  2. Bird Spikes: These spikes are intended to create  a physical barrier that makes it uncomfortable for birds to land. . However, if improperly installed or used inappropriately, bird spikes can potentially harm birds by causing injury or entrapment. The results are mixed, and some birds like Crowes and Magpies, have been noted to create nests in them. 
  3. Chemical Deterrents: Many chemical deterrents are designed to create an unpleasant experience for birds without causing them direct harm. However, often incorrect formulations and application or the use of particularly harsh chemicals can lead to adverse effects on bird health, including long-term respiratory issues or toxic reactions. These chemicals have negative implications for the larger environment and other wildlife. They often require frequent reapplication and can be costly.
  4. Auditory and Visual Deterrents: While initially effective, birds can quickly become accustomed to these methods, reducing their long-term efficacy. And, if improperly set up or if there are faulty components, it can cause injury to birds. 

Symterra’s Humane Bird Deterrent System

Symterra offers a humane solution to bird control that addresses the shortcomings of traditional methods. Their system works by disrupting the birds’ natural behaviors without causing harm. Here’s how it works:

  1. EMF Deterrents: The system uses electromagnetic frequency waves  to keep birds away. These work in a unique way, temporarily rerouting bird navigation around a building – creating a humane and effective bird deterrent. The signal is just strong enough to protect the structure, and birds can relocate to a nearby tree or other structures. 
  2. Environmentally Friendly: Unlike chemical deterrents, Symterra’s solution is safe for the environment and other wildlife. It doesn’t rely on harmful substances and has been successfully installed on over 10,000 structures, proving its reliability and effectiveness over time.

Birds in office buildings can create numerous challenges, from health risks to costly maintenance. Traditional methods often fall short in providing a sustainable solution. Symterra’s humane bird deterrent system offers an effective, environmentally friendly alternative that protects buildings and promotes a healthier, safer environment for everyone. Consider adopting this innovative system to safeguard your property and enhance its longevity.