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Frequently Asked Pigeon & Bird Control Questions

   This FAQ is broken into two sections to make it easier for you

   Section #1 - About our services

   Section #2  - About different bird control problems or questions (below section #1)


FAQ Section #1 About our service

Do you Guarantee your work?

Of course we do. Southwest Avian Solutions Guarantees all workmanship for up to 5 years as well as 5 years on most all the products we use and the results you will get. We‘ve done thousands of bird proofing and exclusion services since 1997. We know what works and what doesn’t work that's why we can stand behind every thing we do and offer you our exclusive “Bird Free Guarantee”

Are you licensed, insured and have workers compensation insurance?

Our business license number is 5474 and the qualifying party number is 754. We are licensed by “The Arizona Office of Pest Management” or “OPM” and are in full compliance to the required insurance regulations. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and we are also registered with the federal government and have a CCR# and Cage Code# for work on US Government projects and military bases. All our employees are paid hourly
and are not independent contractors like some companies use which may charge you less for the work they do, but that could open you up to a lawsuit if the laborer gets hurt on your property as they will have no recourse but to sue you for their medical bills. Always ask for proof of “employee” insurance.

What is the average cost of pigeon or bird control work for a home?

Price is based on time and materials needed, and the bird pressure, so every structure or home is different. Depending on how many locations, how long the birds have been in those locations, buildup of feces or cleaning needing to be done all effects the price. The general range is usually $ 250 - $850.00 but some residential services have cost $ 2,500.00 or more for very severely infested homes.

What if the birds don't leave?

After we do your bird proofing services and have excluded the birds from their nesting or roosting sites they sometimes will hang around for a number of days until they realize that these areas are no longer home and then they should move on. Remember that birds are living creatures and may move to unprotected areas of your home or structure, if so, additional work may be advised or needed to keep the birds out of that new location. We try to cover all possible areas on our inspection and estimate when we look at the structure but sometimes additional work or possibly live trapping is needed to remove that last stubborn bird or two. .

Why should I choose you over a cheaper company?

Arizona Wings N’ Stings has been doing bird control work in Arizona since 1997 and we have done well over 4000
bird control jobs. Our “Certified Bird Control Installers” are trained , experienced, equipped and know what it takes to keep the birds off your building. We’re not the cheapest company nor the most expensive, we are just the most experienced and will be around to back up our “Bird Free Guarantee” unlike many companies that have come and gone over the years.

Why not use a handyman or pest control company?

Would you use a dentist to tune-up your car? Then why use a handyman or pest control company that is not used
to being on roof tops or dealing with birds, their habits and their waste cleanup to try and fix or eliminate your
bird problems. The small amount of money you save now just adds to the cost to fix the problem correctly later.

What happens in 4 or 5 years if i need more work done?

With 28 years in the state of Arizona doing pest control and then bird proofing services we, unlike many companies that have started and stopped offering bird control work as a side line, this is all we do and we plan on being around for a long time to come which is why we can back up our guarantee and offer you our exclusive “Bird Free Guarantee”.

If i move what happens to my warrantee for the new owner?

Your “Bird Free Guarantee” will still be in effect and can be passed on to the new owner as long as the areas
we have closed or installed products are not damaged due to acts of God, weather or persons not employed
by Arizona Wings N’ Stings as that will void any guarantee or warrantee.

What type of commercial structures do you work on?

Since 1997 Arizona Wings N’ Stings has serviced over 4000 different structures. We’ve bird proofed commercial structures for different cities, states, government and private entities including freeway underpasses, gas canopies, casinos, high rise buildings, cell sites, libraries, hotels, power plants along with many other different and unusual locations where birds have become a health or safety issue. Call us today for a free inspection of your pest bird problems, we can help you.

What other services do you provide?

Arizona Wings N’ Stings mainly specializes in just pigeon and bird control. We also do some bee removal and some bat exclusion services for residential and commercial clients in Maricopa county. We only do commercial bird control services outside Maricopa County throughout Arizona and into Las Vegas, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico. We also sub-contract under other pest control companies throughout the United States that need our services for projects too big for them to undertake.




FAQ Section #2 - Bird control questions
  • Pigeons
  • Sparrows
  • Swallows
  • Starlings
  • Woodpecker

Pigeons - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Pigeons are nesting under the eaves of my house where one roof overhangs another. How can I get them to leave my house?

A: Birds will fight hard to reclaim an area where they have nested in the past. The only guaranteed way to keep them from coming back is to physically exclude them with screen or netting depending on the overhang size. The screen or netting must be firmly attached to the perimeter of the area, or else the pigeons will manage their way back in; they're very committed to a high pressure site.  If you use chicken wire it will rust and make the problem worse, and if you use plastic netting it will probably not last more than a year or so.

Q: How can I keep pigeons from roosting on my neon sign?

Bird control spike installed wrong on store letterA: There are two products that can help you here. Bird Spike or Bird Shock or Coil - First, Coil can be fastened to signs with long straight ledges. If pigeons have nested, or you have individual letters to protect, you should install Bird Spike or bird Shock Track. The Bird Spike's firm plastic base can be glued or screwed to the sign. Low profile Bird Shock can be installed along the tops or inside of the letters and along the back electronic box using a solar or plug in charger to supply power to the track. It should be noted that non of these products will protect your sign against sparrows, just pigeons and larger birds.


Q: How can I get behind netting to access lights or equipment once it is installed?

A: Arizona Wings N' Stings sells three different access systems: 1) Zippers can be hog-ringed into the netting allowing panels to be removed, doors to be opened, or light bulbs to be changed. We sell high-grade marine grade zippers which can withstand years of sunlight, and remain very functional. A photographic description of this system can be found in Products. 2) Bird Barrier manufactures small "net clips" which are thin stainless steel clips, and can allow area access like the zippers. Net clips are much less visible than zippers, but require more busy work to operate. They are usually ideal for small access needs like light bulbs. 3) The last option is to install the perimeter cable with open hooks, which will actually enable you to remove the entire net system and then replace it. Contact our company for more information, or see the hardware section of Netting.

Q: What's the best way to keep pigeons off the upper ledge (parapet) of my building?

A: When you say parapet we assume it's unprotected (no shelter overhead), and thus not a "roost" or "nesting site" for pigeons. You can use Coil, Post & wire, Bird Spike  or Bird-Shock systems depending upon considerations such as visibility, cost, and ease of installation to keep unwanted pigeons from landing. For light to medium pressure we generally recommend the Coil or the Birdwire. Both products are relatively inexpensive, the Coil is much easier to install, but the Post & Wire is less visible than the Coil (both products are literally impossible to detect from 75 feet or more). Bird Spike is a good low cost solution, but Bird Shock is the most low profile and effective solution.

Q: Do scare tactics like scary eye balloons, and plastic owls, actually work?Plastic owl with pigeons on it - Owls don't work

A: That's a good question, and the answer is "sometimes". Scare devices can be effective for short periods of time sometimes. But to just place a plastic owl on your roof and hope for a permanent solution to your problems is a dream that will not come true. Birds soon realize that the plastic owl does not move or threaten them in any way, and so they move in and actually land on the owls themselves. Scare devices should only be used for short periods of time, and should be reinforced with other control techniques like noise, lights and other distractions.

Q: I've heard of people spreading sticky gels on ledges. Is this a good way to keep pigeons from making a mess on my building?

A: Sticky gels have been a part of the bird control industry for about thirty years in one form or another. While they have been somewhat effective at keeping birds from landing on ledges, they have been known to cause bigger problems than they solved. First and foremost, these gels are very sticky and are hard to remove from buildings (especially when applied to a porous surface like stone or concrete). The gels generally turn black over time thanks to dust, pollution and other airborne matter, making a real mess. Gels also have a bad habit of dripping off the ledge when it gets real hot like here in Arizona. Additionally they can entrap small birds (causing them to die slow, painful deaths), and cause all sorts of problems for workers or painters who come across gel-laden ledges. And finally, gels are generally not guaranteed for more than one year so they are, at best, a short term solution. Arizona Wings N' Stings has the option to sell gels, but believes the a physical (long lasting) barrier can be installed in the same situation.

Q: I've seen ads for ultrasonic noise and bird distress call devices, do these work?

A: Like the question above regarding plastic owls and other scare devices, these products can work " sometimes" for a short period of time, but hardly ever solve the large-scale problems they are advertised for. They can be somewhat effective in some situations, but largely we believe they are not worth the investment. We've seen pigeons nesting right next to such devices. If you want to give them a try, please make sure you buy from a reputable company that offers a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

Q: Is trapping a good way to get rid of birds that are doing their business on my building?

A: Trapping is definitely an effective way to remove specific birds that are causing you problems, But, this should not be considered a long-term solution. If birds are trapped, they literally have to be euthanized, otherwise they will return (remember, pigeons are descendants of homing pigeons). If birds are trapped and euthanized, other birds will simply move in because the situations that attracted your old birds still remains. Arizona Wings N' Stings recommends trapping as a way of reducing the current resident population or to remove committed birds from an area before permanent exclusion products like the kind we install, are installed. You may save more money in the long run by installing permanent products than paying to trap your pest birds on a monthly basis.

Q: How can we keep birds out of a large commercial roof-top air conditioning area on our office building?

A: There's really only one way, total exclusion using netting. StealthNet can be installed over any A/C. system to permanently exclude birds from the area. If birds are getting under the A/C unit and the base  is raised we can exclude birds by closing off the under side with StealthNet or hardware screen. If the system in installed in a recessed area, the netting can simply be installed over the pit. If the system is raised above the roof, then support cables can be stretched between poles (installed for this purpose), which support a structure made of net. And remember (from question asked above), you can get into these areas by installing zippers or net clips into the netting.

Q: I've got a large airplane hangar with lots of beams and pipes which seem to attract lots of pigeons. They're making a mess on our customer's airplanes, and that's causing all sorts of health problems and damaging the paint on the planes. What can we do?

A: You can either spend lots of money and install ledge products like Bird Spike or Post and Wire on every ledge where the birds perch, or you can install Bird exclusion net under the entire ceiling, excluding birds from flying up to their old familiar perches. The use of a Bird Hazing system can also be used to scare birds from a hangar. Arizona Wings N' Stings specializes in large commercial netting applications like yours, so  contact us today and we'll get a service person out to give you a free quote on what we can do for you.

Q: Pigeons land on the peaks of our roof and make a horrible mess on the ridge line. What can we do? Our roof is not very steep, so I'm worried that if we spend money protecting the ridge that they might just move on to other parts of the roof.

A: Your concern is valid. Very often birds will move over a little bit and still be on the building. You might want to consider altering other conditions that the birds find attractive. Are they nesting elsewhere on your house? Are you feeding them? If you cannot make the area inhospitable by changing conditions you really have only three other hopes: 1) Install a Bird-Shock Electrified Track on the roof ridge peaks and down legs. This will shock the birds that land on it, and will give you the results you're seeking. 2) A Bird Post and Wire system run along the same areas will help to push the bird from the high points of the roof making the pigeons feel uncomfortable. 3) Live trapping the Pigeons to reduce the current population.

Q: Can I use an ultrasound machine, fake owl or rubber snake to get rid of nuisance birds?

A: Purdue University has studies these units and devices and have found them not to be effective.

Q: Can nuisance birds like pigeons be trapped to eliminate the problem?

A: Yes.  They can be trapped and mostly eliminate the bird problem, but it can be time consuming.

Q: Birds often fly into our window.  What can I do?

A: You need to cover the window from the outside so they don't see their reflection and won't crash into your window.  Netting or a sheet placed outside is best.

Q: How long will it take to get rid of the birds?  And will the birds go away on their own?

A: The answer is site specific and depends on the level of pressure on that site. But normally, birds are very committed to their nesting and/or roosting sites (they consider this area home) so the bird control methods need to be base on the bird species and site they are on.

Q: Where can I find information on Bird Flu

A: Lots of information is available on the internet or check out this government website -  http://www.pandemicflu.gov
One-stop access to US Government avian and pandemic flu information. Flyway map demonstrates how migratory birds blanket North America.

Q: How can I keep birds  like ducks, herons and pigeons from getting into large solution or water holding tanks like at a mine or power plant energy station or even stealing fish from a pond?

A: Actually, they can be netted. StealthNet is available in very large sizes, and will last for a very long time out in the elements (we guarantee it for five years). The real trick is building a strong, affordable cable support system to support the netting and keep it from flapping around on windy days. It all starts with strong posts at regular intervals on either side of the pond, and then a strong turnbuckle and cables system suspended between them. Lastly, the netting is installed, and can be installed in such a way as it can be opened to allow access. This would be considered a very sophisticated job, so please give us a call and we'll help you any way we can.


Sparrows - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Sparrows are nesting and roosting on beams, pipes and other hard to reach areas in our warehouse; how can we keep them out?

A: Keep your doors closed, If that is not a possible solution then installing our Sliding screen doors with magnetic catches which lets the air flow in and out while keeping the birds out is a good solution otherwise you really have only two other viable options: 1) install 3/4" netting under the entire ceiling using bird net, making sure it firmly seals up against the four walls. This will prevent sparrows from flying up to their perches. The netting must be 3/4" mesh, otherwise the sparrows will fly through the net. 2) If your warehouse is very large and you cannot afford a program as outlined above, you can undertake a program of trapping, Hazing, harassment or a regular nest removal program. Sparrows are persistent birds, however, and most will simply try and try again, and you will end up contributing many man hours to this task, which may cost you more than a solid netting job in the first place.

Q: I've seen sparrows, or some small bird, flying into cracks in our building. Should I be worried, and what can I do about it?

A: You probably have a family of sparrows living somewhere in your building, probably above a false ceiling. Yes, you should be concerned; the birds need to be removed, and the cracks where they are entering must be repaired. You could contact your contractor or we can do the repairs for you.

Cliff or Barn Swallows -  Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Every spring swallows build mud nests on our house under the eaves. They leave a mess on the walls and on the ground. What can we do?

A: First of all, those cute little swallows are protected; it is illegal to remove their nests once completed and they are able to enter it and stay. As Swallow mud nests on side of buildingyou have noticed, they like to nest in 90 degree angles, usually where a wall meets an overhang or ceiling. After the birds leave in the fall you need to remove the nests and break up that angle by installing something at a 45 degree angle to eliminate the 90 degree angle they love so much. Please be sure you do it right after they leave, and not as they are attempting to reclaim their home next spring. If the exclusion is done correctly and is in place when they first arrive back they will get the message that they should move on. Arizona Wings N' Stings has several solutions for dealing with swallows like bird netting, bird slope and shock track for really bad locations. Don't forget, if they are allowed to start rebuilding before you hose down their nest and install some type of deterrent system they will be more inclined to fight like hell to stay, possibly on a vertical 90 degree angle, which is rare but does happen.


Starlings - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Starlings absolutely invade the front of our office building, leaving behind lots of nasty droppings. There are lots of ledges and window sills for them to land on. What can be done to deter them?

A: Starlings and other small black birds are very difficult to control with conventional ledge products, with the exception of Bird-Shock. The electrical pulse teaches the birds a lesson not to come back. A more complete solution is Bird net to exclude the flocks of starlings from landing on hundreds of buildings like yours. The netting is installed vertically down the face of the building (we call it "face" netting). It is secured by a strong perimeter cable, and will usually provide at least a ten-year solution depending on the direction the sun hits the net . People often ask whether this means you would have netting run in front of your windows, and the answer is yes. But, the net is very thin, and when it's installed correctly (tight as a drum) it is almost impossible to detect. And, if you need access behind the net, zippers can be installed. Another solution for office building complexes of just a few stories would be a Bird Hazing System.

Woodpeckers - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have woodpeckers making holes in my home. What are they doing?

A: They do this to find and then eat insects or often times to attract mates.

Q: Gila Woodpeckers are drilling holes in my house. How can I stop them?

A:  Arizona has what are called Gila Woodpeckers that are not effected by most deterrent products on the market. Luckily there are severalBirds away attack spider for woodpecker control things you can do to deter them. Usually if you can deter them for a week or more they'll take their drumming to a new location. Some times you can move them by hanging Scare-Eye Balloons and or long strips of reflective Flash Tape in their vicinity or along the eaves of the home. These reflective deterrents create an area of discomfort; basically the woodpecker would rather go elsewhere to peck. Arizona Wings N' Stings also offers the Scare Spider which is a sound activated big black spider that when activated drop several feet and scares the woodpecker away, the the spider resets itself ready to scar again - not pretty but more effective than most products on the market.



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