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Bird Removal & Prevention

ABC Human Wildlife has vast experience dealing with birds and bird proofing commercial and municipal structures. Pigeons, European Starlings and House Sparrows are birds that present particular nuisance to business owners and commercial clients. The good news is that bird proofing for these species can be particularly effective when done correctly.

One of the challenges of dealing with bird complaints is that Federal Law protects most every other bird in the country. The Federal Migratory Bird Act prevents us from handling or removing birds from an active nest. If you are a homeowner who has a bird problem that does not include Pigeons, European Starlings or House Sparrows, please contact us only after the birds have left the nest. We will not be able to help you until the nest is empty.  After the birds have left the nest ABC Humane Wildlife can install preventative devices to make sure they do not return.

Birds perching and nesting on buildings can cause health and safety issues. Watch ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention install a false sealing of netting that prevents bird issues and keeps buildings clean.

“Hi, I’m Rebecca Fyffe. I’m an urban wildlife manager, and I approach the control of urban wildlife with a deep respect for all living creatures, and for the environment.

I’d like to invite you into the field today where my team is approaching a bird control project. Birds can’t be allowed to live in and around the structure of a building because their guano is both acid and basic at once, it damages finishes, and in time it can compromise the structural integrity of the building. Come on and see our technique for creating false ceilings out of cable systems and netting that prevent birds from getting up into the girders and infrastructure.

We’re in Naperville today, located directly next to a water source, in this case: the east branch of the DuPage river. The river itself is a migratory path for birds, and with this structure in such close proximity to the water, the birds decided to take advantage of the openings on the structure. They also brought a lot of nesting material into that cavity, and may also have a huge flea problem as well as a mite problem.

When we got here in the spring, when we were called out for the sparrow problem, we had noticed that they had tried solving the problem previously to our arrival by trying to use bird spike. Unfortunately, the birds that, especially the species that created the larger problem, they’re so small that they can actually nest within the spikes. So, spikes with sparrows, in this case, is definitely not a solution, and that’s why they were continuing to get the feces build-up right above their front door.

After seeing and determining that the bird spike was not a feasible way of excluding the sparrows from the structure, we then started going through the options. In this particular case, with all of the openings, netting was the best solution.

There were a lot of steps involved in the exclusion of birds on this property. The first and most important was excluding them out of the cavities that they were nesting in. After the birds were excluded from the voided spaces behind the I-beams, then it was time to start doing the netting. With doing netting, it definitely requires engineering as far as drill-through points, intermediate attachments, and figuring out all the specifics in order to get the project done properly.

It does require a lot of specialty tools. For our drill- through attachments, we use what is known as an annular cutter or a mag drill. We use a pneumatic hog- ringer to actually ring the netting to the cable itself. Netting will be applied on both the front and back overhang of this building to prevent sparrows as well as other birds from perching on the ledges of the I-beams, as well as nesting behind the I-beams.

The reason why we excluded from behind the voided space initially, is that we did not want to entrap any of the birds behind the netting once it was installed. Using netting and excluding the entire possibility of the bird perching in those areas where they feel comfortable, is absolutely the best route.

Thanks for joining us in the field today. I hope you’ll come out with us again on another nuisance wildlife control adventure.”

ABC Humane Wildlife Service Area

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 40 years we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers and municipal customers dealing with bird problems across the greater Chicagoland area, including:

  • Chicago, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Burr Ridge and Cook County.
  • Wheaton, Naperville, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn and all DuPage County.
  • Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Deerfield and most of Lake County.
  • Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Elgin and parts of Kane County.

Contact us today for a FREE telephone consultation. 1-847-870-7175

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
Martha Buchan – Lincolnshire, IL

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