by Alex A. Kecskes
Pest birds can be a costly nuisance to commercial warehouses. They can pose a dangerous distraction to employees operating high forklifts and other machinery. Bird droppings (in the form of aerated dust) can also create a number of health hazards as they carry many diseases. Damp bird droppings can present dangerous slip-and-fall hazards on smooth warehouse floors. Finally, bird droppings can damage and deface products on shelves and in loading docks. One solution to the pest bird problem is Bird Netting.
Bird Netting can be used as a physical barrier to block birds out of many key areas of your warehouse. It can keep sparrow, starlings and pigeons from roosting in the nooks and crannies of your upper rafters. And unlike poisons or BB guns, Bird Netting is a humane, low-profile way of preventing these birds from landing or nesting in specific areas.
Heavy-Duty polyethylene Bird Netting is made from a U.V. stabilized mesh and comes in various stock sizes and custom cuts. Depending on the bird you’re tying to exclude and the area to be covered, you can generally choose from three different mesh sizes. There’s 2-inch mesh, 1 1/8-inch mesh, and 3/4-inch mesh.
Some Bird Netting is so rugged that it is guaranteed for 10 years. The best netting is ISO 1806 protocol mesh tested. It’s flame resistant with a 270-degree F. melting point. It’s also rot-proof, non-conductive and stable in sub zero temperatures. This netting consists of 6 monofilaments, each12/1000s of an inch thick. The monofilaments are twisted together to produce a sturdy twine with 160-200 twists per meter. The result is a net that has a breaking strength in excess of 40 lbs. This type of quality Bird Netting is so efficient and effective for excluding birds that it’s often specified by architects.
The key to the effectiveness of any Heavy Duty Bird Netting is proper installation. Before installing Heavy Duty Bird Netting, make sure the surface is thoroughly cleaned and free of bird droppings, nesting materials, rust, peeling paint or other debris. Netting that is improperly installed can sag or droop, creating gaps that birds can work their way through. Birds can be very clever and resourceful when it comes to penetrating nets. For best results, cables should be set up around the area and the net should then be attached to this cable. When in doubt about proper installation, consult a bird control expert.