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Pest Bird Control by Rid-A-Critter

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Regional Office

Picture of a pigeon on a beam inside of an aircraft hangar taken by a pest bird control technician.

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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Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 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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