A lot of people are unaware that birds can be considered pests. But it's true. There are three bird species -- pigeons, sparrows, and starlings -- that are officially considered "pest birds" and can be controlled by lethal or non-lethal methods. There are even pesticides labeled for those three species of birds. They're called "avicides." Other bird species are considered "nuisance wildlife" and come under different regulations depending on their species.
Regardless of the species, however, Rid-A-Critter practices non-lethal, humane bird control that relies primarily on exclusion and other non-chemical bird-control methods. Although we're licensed to use pesticides against birds, we almost never do. Once in a while we'll use repellents as a temporary measure, but that's about it.
The reason we prefer non-chemical methods like exclusion is simply that it's a safer, better, more permanent, and more effective way to control birds. As is the case with pest control in general, using pesticides to control birds is a short-term solution with no long-term effectiveness. Exclusion, on the other hand, provides safe, long-lasting control with zero risk of accidentally poisoning non-target birds or other wildlife.
In short, birds can be pests when their presence in some place presents a danger or damages property. For example:
We were proud to be chosen to solve the bird problem at a radar tower at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport (KATL)
Rid-A-Critter is Metro Atlanta's pest bird control leader. We provide safe, humane, non-lethal, long-lasting bird control throughout the Greater Atlanta area and suburbs.
We service all kinds of locations including single-family homes, multiple dwellings, condominiums, hotels, and motels; airports; parking garages; malls and department store; power plants and generating stations; factories; churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship; government buildings; and anywhere else birds are creating a nuisance or health hazard.
We're not "bird exterminators." We don't use poisons to that kill birds or make them sick. Instead, we use long-lasting, non-chemical, environmentally-sound bird control methods that are kind to both the birds and the customer's wallet. Our bird management relies heavily on exclusion, which consists of:
Once we're done with the bird-removal and bird-proofing work, we send out most obsessive-compulsive technicians to clean up the mess. We remove and cart away any nesting materials, feathers, droppings, egg shells, and whatever other mess the birds left behind. If necessary, we also apply insecticides to kill any displaced parasites.
Another service we offer is something called Dry Under Decks. Many customers call us to have this system installed even if they don't have a bird or animal problem, because Dry Under Decks is also a rain-management system that keeps the space under your deck dry so it can be used.
You can think of the Dry Under Decks system as sort of an outdoor ceiling. It's installed under your existing deck, and it catches the rainwater and condensation and channels it away to the gutter. It's a simple idea, but it works very well. It also prevent birds from building nests up there, which is also a good thing if you plan on spending any time under the deck.
The Dry Under Decks system comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Please contact us if you'd like more information.
Here are some pictures of bird removal and bird-proofing jobs we've done in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area.
Improperly installed bird netting by a competitor
Pigeons are common pest birds
Dry Under Deck installation job
Birds nest found in dryer vent in Atlanta
Installing bird control netting at an Atlanta bank
Woodpecker damage due to carpenter bees
Chicken removal job in Conyers, Georgia
Birds nest found at a log home
Birds' nest in a lamp on a porch in Marietta
Poorly done bird netting by one of our competitors
Pigeons removed from under a grandstand
Baby owl rescued in Decatur, Georgia
Woodpecker damage to an Atlanta home
Owl removed from a barn in Fulton County
Pigeon nest in a ceiling void in Atlanta
Birds in a chimney in Douglasville, Georgia
Bird nest in a bathroom vent in Sandy Springs
Bird removal job at a pharmacy
Pigeon droppings in Lilburn, Georgia
Baby wrens in the soffit of a house in Atlanta
Bird control at a commercial building in Lithonia
Chimney cap seals birds out in Smyrna, Georgia
Woodpecker damage to a house in Atlanta
Bird control at airplane hangar in Peachtree City
Pigeon control job in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Pigeon control and cleanup in airplane hangar
Bird nest in an attic in Peachtree City, Georgia
Sparrow nest in support column in Sandy Springs
Atlanta pigeon removal and exclusion job
Young owl rescued from the attic of a home
Pigeon control job in Duluth, Georgia
Jeff with a young owl removed from a home
Please contact us if you need help with nuisance bird control, or any wildlife management problem. We look forward to hearing from you.