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Pest Bird Control by Rid-A-Critter

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Regional Office

Pigeon on a beam inside of an aircraft hangar.

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; and keeping wild birds out of homes and businesses is important to protect both health and property.

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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Busy day, was in Rome for squirrels, then powder springs and Atlanta for rats
by Chris Collender
Jan 26, 2022 06:14:43 pm.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 am.

Busy day, quoted rats in Buford, squirrels in Atlanta and stonecrest, then finished the day in Marietta, bats. Lots to wildlife quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 10, 2021 08:24:24 pm.

We can’t control the weather, but we do offer some great services for rat control, and for other nuisance wildlife. Give us a call today for a quote. We offer humane removal and excellent exclusion work!
by Amber A.
Dec 10, 2021 10:15:12 am.

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of squirrel calls. In and around Hoover and Mountain Brook. Headed to Alabaster for wildlife activity in a person’s attic. He thinks he saw a chipmunk but my guess is flying squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 09, 2021 08:12:47 am.

Good morning! Pretty busy with wildlife exclusions today. I’m headed to Jacksonville to quote a house with squirrels. My bama crew are sealing houses in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for raccoons and squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 06, 2021 08:35:39 am.

Middle to South Georgia squirrels in the attic? Protecting homes since 2001 against wildlife. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 03, 2021 03:50:03 pm.

Just finished up on a free quote in Albany Ga. Afterwards I was able to let the customer know that the noises they’ve been hearing are squirrels. Now headed to another in Macon Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 01, 2021 11:07:54 am.

Good morning! Headed to Birmingham to quote a client with a multitude of rodent issues squirrels in the attic and rats in the crawl space. Then off to vestavia for squirrels and raccoons. Then to mccalla for more squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 01, 2021 09:20:33 am.

The wildlife might be out of your house but they probably left something behind - like urine and feces, YUCK! Call us for quote to remove contaminated insulation and blow new back in! We can help!
by Amber A.
Nov 29, 2021 06:21:45 pm.

Outside wildlife is beautiful, but not so much if it’s in your home! We can help you keep the animals out! Give us a call for humane removal, and exclusion!
by Amber A.
Nov 19, 2021 09:33:12 am.

Busy day. In Tuscaloosa we have a customer with a bad wildlife problem. They have raccoons, rats, and squirrels. Got my crew in Birmingham for an exclusion for rats.
by Chris Scott
Nov 18, 2021 10:51:23 am.

Good morning everyone! Headed off to Birmingham lots of wildlife activity. My guys are sealing some houses today with raccoons and rats. Call Ridacritter (205) 490-6200 for any wildlife issues you have.
by Chris Scott
Nov 16, 2021 07:45:16 am.

Did you know mice don’t like the cold? If they choose your home to get warm in, give us a call. We can help!!
by Amber A.
Nov 15, 2021 06:59:47 pm.

Headed out to Alabaster and then Tuscaloosa. Got some quotes for customers with squirrel issues. Couple crews out sealing houses in the Birmingham area for some squirrel and mouse issues.
by Chris Scott
Nov 10, 2021 09:24:24 am.

It’s ok to get your Christmas decorations out of the attic a little early, but it’s not ok if you see some furry friends up there hiding in the boxes! If you have some extra visitors, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Nov 09, 2021 08:23:47 am.

The squirrels are in the lead for most calls this week! Lots of squirrel activity with this chilly weather! Give us a call for an estimate to animal proof your home.
by Amber A.
Nov 05, 2021 08:33:53 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. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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