Acacia Pest Control can deal with any pest bird issues.
The top ten reasons bird management is critical to commercial operations:
1. Image Problems
Companies, particularly in a retail situation, with a building and signage covered in birds and their nests and droppings convey a negative public image. Their clients will think “If it’s dirty on the outside, imagine what it looks like in the inside!” The public will no longer tolerate bird droppings on building and building /company owners and managers are beginning to realise this. Being able to suggest to your client that the cost of loosing clientele and business will place a far greater financial burden on the company than investing in your bird management system or program is a great start.
2. Cost of Clean-Up
Quite often the ongoing cost of cleaning facilities and shopfronts can be a significant outlay for business owners. A pest manager, having the ability to calculate cleaning time and staff or contractor commitment to cleaning on an annual basis, can alert the company to the cost of these regular tasks. Clearly outlining the continuing cost of clean-up may provide the company with the financial motivation to go ahead with that purchase order.
3. Work Stoppages
Company staff and external contractors are no longer tolerant of working in facilities infested by birds and covered in their dropping – and nor should they. The potential disease risk, not to mention staff absentee rates is a serious issue. Staff or contractors “downing tools” and walking off the job is every business manager’s nightmare.
4. Slip and Fall Risks
Litigation, Litigation, Litigation. I’m as sick of the word as most business owners are. Isn’t it time we used this to our advantage? Slip and fall hazards on work sites or in the public domain is a real potential issue for councils, government departments and businesses. The cost of litigation and lost time due to staff injuries will cost your client ten times the cost of investing in your proposal.
5. Damage to Equipment
Bird droppings contain uric acid that can damage materials including painted surfaces, steel and glass. Add to this the enzymes excreted by bacteria in the bird droppings and you have a caustic material that will damage building and machinery surfaces for years to come. This then leads to the costly exercise of regular painting and maintenance of a premise and equipment. Starlings, mynas and sparrows also chew through roof sarking to get to the insulation for building nests. Cockatoos chew through just about every building surface to relieve the boredom of living in urban situation. Replacing roofing materials, signs and other building structures physically destroyed by pest birds is now a common occurrence. The exclusion device or bird management system in your proposal will make excellent financial sense given your prudent advice and expertise.
6. Clogged drains
Pest birds, particularly sparrows are prolific nest builders. Startings, pigeons and many species of birds also introduce significant quantities of nesting material such as twigs, straw, insulation, wool, string and droppings into a building. Issues such as a fire risk, damage to plant and equipment, cleaning time, food safety and health risks all place added stress on building owners and their staff. You can’t place a figure on this, but it is very likely more than that of your proposal.
7. Damage to Inventory
A wise man once told me that “inventory is profit.” Birds infiltrating a retail or production area have the ability to deface and physically damage the inventory of your client. Loss of inventory is just like throwing money down the drain, so it is vital to stop birds and their droppings from landing on the products in these areas.
8. Noise and Parasites
Large flocks of pest birds can create serious noise levels. It is difficult for your client to conduct business with starlings, ibis, sparrows, mynas and other flocks of birds sounding off during business hours. If their staff don’t appreciate it, you can bet that their clients won’t be too thrilled about it either. Moreover, bird mites are just one of many parasites that can infest birds, their nests and the adjacent work site. Your client’s staff or family (in a domestic situation) are a prime motivator to have a proposal approved.
9. Customer Complaints
Without clients, we don’t have a business. A drop in clientele for a café, restaurant or a retail facility due to the presence of birds and their droppings is a primary concern for business managers. Offering your client an estimate or calculation of the financial burden of pest birds is often the best way to convince your client that your proposal is the best option. Suggesting that it is an investment in their company’s growth and development may just be the argument that swings the decision in your favour.
10. Health Risks
Lastly, it is not possible to underestimate the serious health risks associated with pest birds. It is well documented that pest birds can pass diseases to humans and animals. This can be achieved by inhalation of dried spores, contact with droppings, tainted food or water, and finally via parasites and vectors. Bacterial, fungal, respiratory and viral diseases can affect the public, employees, clients and members of the bird management community. Customers can also track bird droppings into buildings on their footwear creating a health and food safety hazard as well as a mess that needs to be cleaned. While it is difficult to estimate a cost to the business, I can guarantee that it will be significantly more than the investment in your solution.
Regularly pest managers and building owners suggest that bird management is too expensive. Given the above reasons to solve bird problems, my answer is “how could you afford not to have it done.”
Pest bird populations are on the increase Australia-wide due to urbanisation, availability of food and our continuing persistence in building structures that offer havens for pest bird species. Understanding and even anticipating your client’s need for bird control is the key to success in getting that next bird management installation. Now, what to do next when it’s time to create a plan, design strategy, order access equipment, check safety gear, train staff and do the installation!