Physical Bird Deterrents

One apporach to bird control is the use of physical bird deterrents.  This approach is one of the four main classes of bird pest control solution types.  The other types are visual, auditory and chemical bird deterrents.  When any combination of these four are used, usually with a better bird scaring result, it is referred to as an integrated approach to bird control. 

Physical bird pest control consists of actual exclusion of birds from an area or physically touching the birds to scare them.  This can be accomplished using a number of devices or methods.  This method of bird control is the only type of the four deterrent classes that can be 100% effective when used properly.  They can also be utilized on a continuous or permanent basis, unlike the other types of deterrents.berry-crop-bird-netting.jpg

One approach is to use bird control netting.  Such netting is usually constructed of durable plastic mesh or other weather resistant mesh material.  The net is placed over the area where the problem birds are to be excluded.  The desired effect is to prevent birds from landing, roosting or nesting in the exclusion area.  The use of bird netting may be expensive, but total exclusion can be achieved.  If your garden grape crop is being devoured by starlings, covering the vines with netting may be a viable option.  If a specific corner in your warehouse is prone to bird nests, a bird control net can rectify the problem. 

Another tool in the physical bird control arsenal is the use of bird spikes.  Bird spikes come in many forms.  Many resemble the spikes on a porcupine.  If a bird attempts to land on the surface or ledge, it will be given a poke from the spikes.  Bird control spikes are a great solution to problem birds nesting and roosting on ledges of buildings and inside lettering on large store signs.  Some of the plastic varieties are hardly noticeable.  There is even one type of bird spike on the market that is specifically used for keeping bird pests from using your mailbox as a restroom.  The plastic spine is attached to the top of your mailbox. bird_spikes.jpg

A third physical deterrent is known as a bird wire.  It is basically a series of wires, usually coated with plastic, to prevent larger birds from landing in a certain area.  The wire is suspended from the mounting surface via a series of pole standoffs.  Some versions even have a spring mechanism that make the wire very unstable under the weight of a bird that attempts to land or sit on the wires.

Bird spiders are used to keep birds from landing and roosting on areas such as roof vents and chimneys.  The bird spider has a central mounting point with a group of "legs" made of plastic or steel that extend in all directions from the center.  This allows coverage in a circular fashion and resembles the look of a spider, hence the name.  Click the photo of the bird spider below to buy one at

The final physical bird control system is the shock track.  This approach is applied along ledges and in areas where bird pests are especially troublesome.  If a bird lands on the track, it is given a brief high voltage, low amperage electrical jolt.  Unsuspecting birds leave immediately.  It operates in a similar fashion to livestock electric fencing used in agriculture. 

Physical bird deterrents are very effective.  They totally exclude bird pests from an area via netting or deter them by touch using spikes, unstable suspended landing wires or electrical shock.  However, if a physical approach isn't feasible for your situation, consider an alternative approach. offers several physical bird scare products.  Check out our products page to browse our wide array of products.

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