May 1, 2019

How to get a bird out of a warehouse?

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Warehouses are perfect places for birds seeking shelter or a place to nest. Their large doors, which are frequently opened, give birds easy access. Once a bird places its nest, you should not remove it. In many countries, like in the United States, it is illegal to remove active nests of migratory1 as well as many native bird species.

In this article, we will explain how to get a bird out of a warehouse – before it nests.

Make sure you are on time!

By law, facilities are not allowed to get rid of birds and their nests during the nesting season. However, if the birds are not removed, they will attract more birds to nest. This will increase bird damage to the buildings and create safety issues.

Be sure to start with bird prevention measures 2-3 months before the nesting season.

Nesting season starts in early February lasting until August2 in the northern hemisphere, but it could start before even this period and take longer than expected.

How to get a bird out of a warehouse in 3 steps

To get ahead of the birds, you can implement the following measures:

  1. Identify and close all possible entries to the warehouse. It will not be enough to get rid of all birds but is a great way to start.
  2. Reduce building elements that provide a safe, secluded nesting area as much as possible.
  3. Implement a successful bird deterrent that is able to keep birds away continuously – without birds getting habituated to it.

A success story from Carrefour3

One of the bird control tools that are successfully utilised by warehouses around the world is the AVIX Autonomic, an automated laser bird repellent system. The system projects a green laser light that scares birds away continuously as it moves around causing no harm to the birds or the environment. After repeated experiences with the Autonomic, birds will consider the area inhabitable and avoid it, making the laser bird deterrent our answer to the question “How to get a bird out of a warehouse“. This innovative bird deterrent for buildings is proven to reduce bird presence by more than 70%.

Gulls were creating a major problem on the roof of an AG Real Estate warehouse in Belgium rented to Carrefour.

The entire rooftop had become severely damaged by birds. The active bird presence led to EUR 10,800 in additional roof maintenance service costs in just one year.

As a result of the implementation of the automated laser bird repellent before the bird nesting period, bird numbers were reduced by 75%, and the facility maintenance costs decreased significantly.

“Our team is happy with the system – it is easy to use and very effective. Most important: Carrefour is very satisfied with the results. We expect to need in total 4 Autonomics to completely cover the roof of the warehouse.”

Patrick Le Fevere: AG Real Estate Property Manager

  1. Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  2. The Arboricultural Association, 2018,
  3. Success story from Carrefour,
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