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Pest Bird Control by Rid-A-Critter

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Regional Office

Bird nest in a bathroom vent

Bird nest in a bathroom vent

Most people don't think about birds when they think about pest control. But birds can be serious pests.

Birds can cause serious health and safety risks, deface property, endanger air traffic, and just generally create a nuisance if they're living, nesting, or roosting in sensitive areas. For example, birds in illuminated store signs can deface the sign, create a fire hazard, and drop poop on people as they enter and leave the store. That's not good for business.

Birds also deface cars when they're nesting overhead in parking garages; interfere with air traffic at airports; clog cooling vents at industrial buildings; spread pathogens throughout entire buildings when they nest in or near HVAC equipment; clog and overheat power plant generators and transformers; and cause many, many other problems.

In addition, birds also carry diseases and serve as reservoirs for pathogens that are spread by mosquitoes and other parasites. Some of these, like West Nile virus and avian influenza, can be very serious. Bird droppings also harbor pathogens, including the serious fungal disease histoplasmosis.

Clearly, birds can be a big problem when they're in the wrong place.

Pest Bird Species

There are three species of birds that are specifically classified as pests: pigeons, sparrows, and starlings. These three species actually have pesticides labeled for their control, and they can be controlled using lethal means, if necessary. In practice, we rarely use lethal bird control methods because we believe that they're rarely necessary and even more rarely effective. We exclude birds permanently using non-chemical methods.

Other than the three species mentioned above, birds that are being troublesome are considered nuisance animals and must be controlled using non-lethal methods. In some cases, there also are regulations regarding when certain birds can be controlled to avoid disrupting their mating and migration seasons. Rid-A-Critter understands, respects, and complies with these laws.

The Rid-A-Critter Approach to Bird Control

Radar tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (KATL)

Rid-A-Critters was proud to be chosen to solve the bird problems at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.

Rid-A-Critter is the region's leader in pest bird control. There is no other company in our area that has our combination of experience, equipment, and know-how. We've successfully completed very complex bird control jobs in some of the biggest facilities in the South. That's why were chosen to solve the bird problem at a radar tower at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest airport.

Our bird control philosophy is based on a firm belief in non-chemical control. Anyone can set avicides out to kill or sicken birds, but that's neither the most environmentally-friendly nor the most permanent way to do it. Poisoning birds does nothing to prevent new birds from becoming a problem. Once in a while it's necessary to rapidly reduce populations, but it's something we almost never do.

Another problem with chemical bird control is that most avicides don't actually kill the birds. They make they sick (actually, some avicides make them high, as if they were on drugs), and they become afraid and confused and fly away. In theory, they eventually will recover, but will not return to the place that they believe made them sick. This may sound humane, but in reality, these sickened birds often the birds fly into moving vehicles or into the walls of large buildings and die anyway. It's cruel and almost always unnecessary.

There's also no reliable way to make sure that non-target birds don't consume the poisons and get sick or die, nor to prevent the carcasses of poisoned birds from being eaten by non-target birds or animals and secondarily poisoning them.

The long and short of it is that we rarely use avicides because we're not "bird exterminators." We're bird management professionals. We use non-chemical methods to keep birds out of areas where they would be a problem. This is better for the birds because they're not harmed, and it's better for our customers because it's a more permanent solution.

Once we're done with the bird-removal and bird-proofing work, we clean up the mess that the birds made. This includes removing and carting away feathers, droppings, nesting materials, egg shells and broken eggs, and any other mess the birds created. If needed, we also apply insecticides to kill any displaced parasites.

Dry Under Decks Installation

Before-and-after pictures of a Dry Under Decks Installation

Before and after picture of a Dry Under Decks installation

We also offer another service called Dry Under Decks. This is a popular product that many customers ask about even if they don't have problems with birds or animals. It's a rain-management system that channels away water to make the space under an exterior deck usable.

The Dry Under Decks system is basically an outdoor ceiling that's also waterproof and animal-resistant. It's installed under the deck and catches and channels rainwater and condensation away to the gutter. It also makes the space under the deck brighter.

Dry Under Decks can be installed in both residential and commercial buildings. It works under decks, marquees, balconies, and overhead walkways. We usually install it as part of a comprehensive bird-control or animal-exclusion job, but it's also available as a free-standing service.

The Dry Under Decks system comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Bird Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of bird removal and bird-proofing jobs we've done in the Athens, Georgia area.

Please contact us if you need help with nuisance bird control, or any wildlife management problem. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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by Webmaster
May 09, 2019 09:20:55 am.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Spending the day in Athens Ga and Lake Oconee with clients. Go Dawgs!
by Jason Arruda
Apr 03, 2019 01:58:31 pm.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
by Tim McDavid
Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

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by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

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Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

Good luck 🍀 to all students taking their midterm exams this week.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 04:25:14 pm.

Video of Carl Correcting Another Animal-Removal Company's Work
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:55:45 am.

Wow, it’s been a lot of wet and cold weather here in Ga. and has the phones ringing. Make sure your home is secured against all the wildlife looking for warmth and shelter.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2018 04:42:47 pm.

In McDonough Ga seeing some of our clients that referred us last month to say Thank You!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2018 11:40:58 am.

This Video Shows How Poor Home Upkeep can Lead to Animal Problems
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2018 05:19:58 am.

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Nov 21, 2018 11:11:26 am.

Our Heartfelt Thanks to All Our Veterans and Service Members, Past and Present
by Webmaster
Nov 09, 2018 06:10:15 am.

Picture of Tim Removing a Dead Animal from a Chimney
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Oct 31, 2018 12:39:47 pm.

Tim Found a Surprise in the Attic of the Kramden Home
by Webmaster
Oct 05, 2018 10:34:32 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides non-toxic bird control in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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