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Abolish provides professional bird control services ranging from small one-man-team residential jobs to large ten-man-team industrial jobs. Whatever the circumstance may be our training and expertise prepares our technicians for difficult and sometimes unusual situations. Abolish is an environmentally caring company; we do not harm animals and abide by all regulations. View some of our pictures in the Gallery.

Did you know that a pair of mating pigeons can produce up to forty to sixty pigeons a year?

Solution | Disease | Cleanup

Did you know that pigeons and their nests can harbor bird mites? What are bird mites and how bad can a bird mite infestation be?

Bird mites are nearly invisible to the naked eye but a fully fed adult mite may be about the.5 mm in length. They tend to be found on the host bird and the nest. People tend to have mite infestations when there are birds nesting in gutters, attic, vents, etc. Infestations can get bad when bird mites target humans. Once they find a human host they are almost impossible to completely rid the house of them. Attracted to orifices and warm areas such as the mouth, groin, and sinus area.

Bird Mite infestations can get bad. People don't realize they have an infestation until months of trail and error. The best way to prevent an infestation is to eliminate the nest and the nesting birds. Read here for more Bird Mite Horror stories. Abolish always sprays nests and bird infested areas with bactericide, pesticide, and disinfectant to eliminate any possibility of spreading parasites or disease.

Pigeons and Bird Mites


Pigeon Removal and Clean up
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A number of options exist for managing or preventing nuisance situations involving pigeons

Pigeons often prefer to use the interior portions of buildings to nest and roost if an opportunity for access is provided. Openings to lofts, steeples, vents, and eaves can be blocked with 1/2-inch galvanized wire mesh, wood, sheet metal, or other solid construction materials to prevent pigeons from entering.

Controlling pigeons on the exterior surfaces of buildings often requires considerably more effort. The most effective and permanent methods of control involve structural modifications which either physically exclude pigeons from the preferred surface or make it difficult for the birds to rest comfortably on the exposed building surfaces. Physical exclusion can be accomplished by installing weather resistant netting, wire screening, sheet metal, or other materials in a manner that will restrict access to the roosting sites. A grid of heavy gauge monofilament line spaced at six-inch intervals may also be used to create a fence that will interfere with the birds' normal flight pattern to the roosting area.

One of the most effective, although expensive methods for preventing roosting pigeons is the use of a commercially available bird barrier system consisting of a series of metal prongs or porcupine wires along a metal base that can be attached to a horizontal roosting surface. The needle-like strips of stainless steel act as a prickling fence to exclude birds permanently without harm.

Pigeons prefer to roost on level surfaces. Roosting areas can be modified to create a sloping surface, at a 60 degree incline or more, by installing wire mesh or other material to eliminate the level surfaces. There are also a number of non-toxic sticky substances registered as tactile repellents for bird control efforts. Birds tend to avoid landing upon treated areas but the effectiveness is usually lost over time.

Disposing of waste

Any feces or material that might be contaminated should be removed from work area and should be disposed of or decontaminated properly and safely top avoid cross contamination or it could pose a health hazard. Before an activity is started, the quantity of material to be removed should be estimated. (If the approximate volume of dry bat or bird feces in a building can be estimated,) Requirements established by local and state authorities for the removal, transportation, and disposal of contaminated waste should be followed. Arrangements should be made with a landfill operator concerning the quantity of material to be disposed of, the dates when the material will be delivered, and the disposal location. If local or state landfill regulations define material contaminated as infectious waste, incineration or another decontamination method may also be required.

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)

Due to airborne work practices and dust control measures to reduce worker exposures to contaminates, have not been fully evaluated, using personal protective equipment (PPE) is still necessary during some activities. During removal of an accumulation of bat or bird feces from an enclosed area such as an attic, dust control measures should be used, but wearing a NIOSH-approved heap respirator, nitrile gloves and disposable coveralls are recommended to reduce further the risk of exposure.

Reducing Histoplasmosis Contamination  

The primary way to try to prevent histoplasmosis is to avoid places that may contain dirt contaminated with bird or bat droppings, such as in an attic or pigeon coop. Also, leave piles of bat or bird droppings alone unless you take precautions, such as wetting down the material with proper disinfectant, to prevent the contaminated dirt from becoming airborne. You should also wear PPE (Personal protective equipment) if working in a potential contaminated environment, which is known to contain bat or bird feces.


Pigeon Solutions

Nest removal:
Although time-consuming and unpleasant, removing nests will help depress populations. Nest destruction must be followed by pigeon-proofing the structure to achieve maximum population control.

There is only one product registered for lethal control of pigeons in California and can only be used by a certified pest control operator. The product is generally not appropriate or feasible for most nuisance situations. We are strongly against this.

Pigeons may be live-trapped on buildings and other likely locations. Live-traps for pigeons are available. Pre-baiting the traps with grains that the birds are accustomed to will increase success. A variety of baits, including cracked corn, millet, popcorn, sunflower seeds, peas, bread, and peanuts can be used. Water is available in the trap at all times. Trapping in any given area will usually reduce the number of pigeons quickly and humanely, it is labor intensive, and most of the time a great reduction measure.

Acoustical and visual repellents are other means of reducing pigeon usage, but pigeons usually become accustomed quickly to these scare devices. There is very limited success using helium-filled eyespot balloons, predator (owl) decoys, and reflective mylar tape in roosting areas. The same limited success is achieved by the use of noisemaking devices such as tape-recorded bird distress calls, firing of blank cartridges, and the use of propane-fired cannons in agricultural areas. Combining a number of techniques and frequent changes in the duration and location of the repellent may increase success.

"Pigeons can be controlled by capturing them in traps placed near their roosting, loafing, or feeding sites. Shooting birds, using contact poisons, and baiting with poisoned food should be used as last resorts and should only be done by qualified pest control specialists. Using such methods to kill nuisance birds may also require a special permit." (NIOSH - National Institute of Safety and Health)

A sticky substance applied with a caulk gun where birds roost. Results are immediate!!! Keep birds off their normal roosting areas with an application of bird gel a liquid a sure-fire, non-toxic, non-lethal bird repellent. Harmless to metal structures, sealed masonry and ornamental metals, Bird-Proof can protect your property from messy bird deposits for up to a full year or longer with one thorough application.

Bird-gel works in any weather, indoors or outdoors, literally anywhere: on water tanks, trees, shrubbery, shipping docks and railroad sidings, yards, parking lots, etc.

With one application of Bird-gel you'll drive off the birds that are infesting your premises now and prevent new birds from taking over

BirdSlide is the ultimate bird control method. In fact, it is the most innovative bird control product out there. Using any other method would hinder your house's appearance and is not always effective. BirdSlide creates a barrier that makes it physically impossible for birds to land or perch.

Dense, Transparent Needle Strips, block pest birds from their "landing strips" very effective but expensive "keep off" sign you can post. Birds instinctively fly to "landing strips" such as roof ledges, windowsills, building projections, signs, statues, trusses and beams. Now you can keep them from landing on your property permanently!
TOUGH. Long-lasting provides decades of maintenance-free protection.
TRANSPARENT. It does the job without marring the look of your property. It's practically invisible.
DENSE. Top branches protrude from the vertical shafts to give impenetrable coverage. No need to double up.
FLEXIBLE. Mounts easily on flat, curved or irregular surfaces - whether wood, metal or masonry.
ENVIRONMENT SAFE AND NON-LETHAL. Nothing to rust or deteriorate.

Netting is the most efficient and effective method to prevent birds from entering parking garages, airline hangers, warehouses, loading docks, attics, eves, courtyards and other exposed enclosures. Netting is manufactured from knotted polyethylene twine, is flame resistant, and very strong. When installed, netting is virtually invisible.


Feces Clean-Up:
Employees are trained, bonded and insured. Abolish Pest Control Company will furnish all lighting, portable generator, tools, equipment, pressure washer, bactericide and disinfectant.


Equipment and Chemicals:
Abolish Pest Control Company uses a powerful, wide spectrum multi-purpose sanitizing spray to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold mildew, etc. The bactericide and disinfectant is applied directly on bird droppings, nests etc, to neutralize any harmful germs and enable safe removal of the waste materials. We use a HEPA vacuum in certain areas that cannot be reached by regular means. By thoroughly cleaning the structure, you can eliminate the scent of their presence and help discourage their return. All feces will be double bagged into 3 mil trash bags.

Breathing Protection:
Abolish Pest Control Company uses a NIOSH approved respirator with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters capable of excluding particles of 0.3-micron size.

Protective Clothing:
Disposable coveralls, gloves, boots and hats are worn by Abolish Pest Control employees to protect personal clothing from contamination with infective organisms. We seal the glove/sleeve and boot/leg interfaces before entering the work site.

To protect the employees of your work place, it is required that employees keep clear of the work site during feces removal.
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Pigeon Gallery

This is a collection of photos to show the variety of animals Abolish technicians routinely catch. We are an environmentally caring company, we do not harm animals.

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Bird Proofing  -  Attic

Birds can make their way into attics and other buildings eventually multiplying the population with new pigeons and feces. It is easy to exclude birds from your attic but it is rather difficult to clean the mess they have made. These pictures show the extensive amount of damage done by nesting pigeons.

Bird Control  -  Commercial

Customers and employees are affected by the buildings health, if a building's sidewalk is littered with bird feces it creates a slipping hazard and an unhealthy

Bird Control  -  HVAC

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units are important in circulating fresh air through out the building. When the ventilation is blocked by bird feces it circulates that feces infested air creating a potential risk to any employees, customers, or students. Proper cleaning and proofing of HVAC systems should be a priority to all concerned about health safety.

Bird Control  -  Industrial

Industrial bird control is usually a large job that is a result of many years of bird infestation. It is better to protect your equipment and employees in the long run by having pest control. A simple bird control service is a fraction of the cost for replacing damages equipment or sick employees.

Bird Proofing - Light Poles

A common sight in parking lots are birds roosting on light poles making a mess on any unfortunate car parked below. Properly proofing light poles means using proper techniques and products.

Bird Proofing - Parking Garage

Parking garages accommodate birds' nesting needs and leave acidic droppings on cars.

Bird Control  -  Trapping & Removal

Pigeons are loyal to their roosting grounds and in order to properly proof and clean an area, proper trapping is done. After pigeons are trapped, they are transported to our pigeon farm in Castaic California. There we hold them for a period of 3 to 6 months to break their homing habits. All pigeons are attended to on a regular basis.

Pigeon Proofing  -  Solar Panels

Pigeons were nesting under these solar panels leaving behind a mess and damaging equipment. Cleaning and proofing solved this problem.

Pigeon Control  -  Billboards

Pigeons were nesting under these solar panels leaving behind a mess and damaging equipment. Cleaning and proofing solved this problem.


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