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Submitted by: Alex Kecskes

While we love to feed birds and watch them fly, pest birds can be a real pain. They eat our stored foods, peck at our orchards and vineyards and destroy our buildings and statues. They make it unsafe for restaurants to serve food outside, and they contaminate our parks and playgrounds with disease carrying droppings. Pest birds have even been known to bring down our jet aircraft. It’s no wonder someone invented the Bird Proof Spike.

Surprisingly effective and easy to install, the bird control spikes have been enthusiastically received by businesses and municipalities throughout the world. No longer do property owners have to deal with the myriad problems caused by pest birds. Gone are the unsanitary bird droppings and nests that used to clog gutters, downpour spouts and AC units. No longer need boat owners worry about pest bird droppings eating into sails, sheets and canvas covers, or seizing up radar antennas. Even slip-and-fall hazards on decks and runners are things of the past, thanks to bird proof spikes.

The simple bird proof spike has been hugely successful in preventing birds from landing and roosting on ledges, parapets, cutouts, signs, beams, chimneys, security cameras, lights, and countless other areas. The blunted spikes look threatening but are actually quite innocuous to birds and people.

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So what makes the bird proof spike so effective? Simple. Pest birds just can’t seem to twist their wings or “landing gear” anywhere near the spikes. Because of its widespread popularity, the bird proof spike now comes in various types and sizes. For example, there’s the long-lasting flexible stainless steel spike, the rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate spike, and many application-specific spikes in various sizes.

Another advantage of the bird proof spike is that it has won the approval of almost every humane group around the globe–including the U.S. Humane Society and PICAS. Architects and building contractors like the spike as well, since it combines aesthetics with function.

Those ready to purchase and install bird proof spikes will find the following basic specs handy. First off, spikes come in a wide range of types, sizes and colors. Many manufacturers offer spike strips in 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths. Stainless steel spike strips typically come in 1″,3″, 5″ and 8″ widths. The strips typically come in two-foot sections and can be quickly installed using glue, nails or screws, depending on the surface they will rest on. Look for bird proof spikes that have a flexible base, spikes that let you easily bend them to fit onto curved surfaces. Spikes that have a flexible base will fit on rounded signs and signal lights, ledges and wandering parapets. You can also get crush proof spikes with a non-reflective metal finish.

If you have a problem with pigeons and larger pest birds crowding on girders or I-beams, go with Stainless Steel Girder Spikes. These usually come in standard two-foot sections and 3,5, and 8 widths. The spikes use adjustable C clamps along the base, which makes them easier to install. For big birds like seagulls, cormorants, turkey vultures, and raptors, you would probably be better off with the Mega Spike. These bird proof spike strips typically sport extended 7 high spikes made of marine-grade stainless steel.

To keep pest birds from clogging exterior drains and gutters, many property owners have sought relief using the Gutter Spike. These bird proof spikes are ideal for use against seagulls, crows, and pigeons. You can order these spikes in two-foot long strips for easy installation. The gutter spikes come with adjustable clamps at the base. This makes them easy to attach to the lip of a gutter. Which brings us to some important installation guidelines.

Installing bird proof spikes correctly calls for some initial prep work. First off, you’ll have to clear out all nesting materials and excess bird droppings. If your installation calls for the spikes to be glued down, apply the glue generously onto the base of the spike (about 1/2-inch thick), then press the base of the spike level with the surface’s edge. Don’t leave any gaps between spikes (no more than two inches). When installing spikes on a wide ledge, use at least three or more rows of spikes. Be sure to close any gaps between the rows (no gaps more than two inches). Closing holes or gaps between spikes is key here, for pest birds are smart critters. When installing gutter spikes, take advantage of the clips that attach to the bottom of the spike. Remember, pest birds are fairly agile and can manage to land on the very smallest of spots.

About the Author: Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on effective bird control. To learn more about the Bird Spikes mentioned in this article, visit Absolute Bird Control

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