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Nuisance Birds Look Forward to the Coming of Spring

TACOMA, WA--(Marketwired - March 18, 2014) - The spring season brings with it many enjoyable activities including working in the yard, getting outdoors for exercise or taking in the Opening Day baseball game for your favorite team.

For commercial facility and property managers, however, enjoying the spring season is a bit harder because of the threat pigeons, starlings, sparrows and other nuisance birds pose to their facilities.

Nuisance birds threaten food processing, storage and distribution centers, as well as retail and office facilities, with their corrosive and disease laden droppings. And as winter comes to a close these flying pests look to establish nesting sites to raise their offspring.

For example, a pair of northern flickers, a member of the woodpecker family, did more than $40,000 in damage to the facing of a retail strip mall with their constant pecking and drilling to create a nesting site.

In addition to threatening the structural integrity and adding to the cleaning costs of a building, the presence of nuisance birds brings with it unsightly and unhealthy droppings that contain diseases causing bacteria including listeria, a serious threat to food processing facilities, and increased chances for slip and fall accidents.

"Nuisance birds mate and attempt to establish nesting sites in the spring of the year and it is important to prevent them from doing so in and around commercial facilities or they become much more difficult to remove," says Keith Rowney, a bird control specialist with Sprague Pest Solutions. "From costly structural damage to the transmission of dangerous disease and bacteria, nuisance birds can pose a real problem for commercial facilities."

Many nuisance birds are non-migratory and threaten commercial facilities year around. They are attracted to commercial facilities because of the available food and water sources; warm nesting sites (i.e. near exhaust vents) and the protection roofs offer from predators.

To deter nuisance birds from congregating and establishing nesting sites this spring, Sprague Pest Solutions recommends commercial property managers reduce both standing water and food spillage near dumpsters.

Sprague's Rowney says the company employs a comprehensive approach to prevent nuisance birds from establishing nesting sites through the use of netting, spikes and deterrents.

Sprague Pest Solutions (www.spraguepest.com), founded in 1926, delivers innovative pest solutions to commercial and residential pest management customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Sprague is a Copesan Services partner.

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