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 which 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, Rid-A-Critter practices non-lethal, humane bird control that relies on exclusion and other non-chemical bird-control methods. Although we're licensed to use pesticides against birds, we complete most of bird control jobs completely non-chemically. Once in a while we'll use repellants as a temporary measure, but that's about it.
We prefer non-chemical methods like bird exclusion ("bird-proofing") because it's a safer, better, more permanent, and more environmentally-responsible 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 a nuisance when their presence in some place presents a physical or health hazard, or when the birds or their feathers and droppings damage 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 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 stores, power plants and generating stations, factories, churches 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 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 exclusion-based bird management consists of:
Once we're done with the bird-removal and bird-proofing work, our technicians 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 rain gutter system. 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 and around Atlanta.
Sparrow nest in support column in Sandy Springs
Pigeons removed from a barn
Poorly done bird netting by one of our competitors
Pigeon trapping job in Atlanta, Georgia
Pigeons are common pest birds
Dry Under Deck installation job
Installing bird control netting at an Atlanta bank
Airport bird control in Peachtree City, Georgia
Woodpecker damage to a house in Atlanta
Bird control at airplane hangar in Peachtree City
Woodpeckers are a common nuisance bird
Pigeon control job in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Birds' nest in a lamp on a porch in Marietta
Jeff with a young owl removed from a home
Pigeon control job in Duluth, Georgia
Pigeon nest in a ceiling void in Atlanta
Young owl rescued from the attic of a home
Owl rescued from a chimney in Atlanta, Georgia
Bird-Proofing a Building in Atlanta
Starling control job in a commercial building
Baby owl rescued in Decatur, Georgia
Bird control at a commercial building in Lithonia
Bird nest in a bathroom vent in Sandy Springs
Chicken removal job in Conyers, Georgia
Pigeon control and cleanup in airplane hangar
Atlanta pigeon removal and exclusion job
Woodpecker damage to an Atlanta home
Pigeon droppings in Lilburn, Georgia
Birds in a chimney in Douglasville, Georgia
Bird nest in an attic in Peachtree City, Georgia
Birds nest found in dryer vent in Atlanta
Pigeons removed from under a grandstand
Please contact us if you need help with nuisance bird control, or any wildlife management problem. We look forward to hearing from you.