Bird Control

AGPEST specializes in solving bird pest management problems. The business of bird control is ever-changing with new techniques and products becoming available all the time. We are dedicated to providing up-to-date methods and technology for our clients. Humane control can be achieved by modifying our environments to prevent the birds from accessing specific areas.

Problems with Birds

Pigeon Droppings and Waste in Attic

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Bird problems can come in many forms. Nesting and/or roosting in unwanted areas can create nuisance noise, sanitation and maintenance problems, as well as potential health hazards to buildings and homes. Bird droppings are unsightly, can cause staining or damage and promote the transmission of several diseases affecting man. Prevention of nesting in or around air conditioning and heating units is especially important.

The following are some of the diseases and/or health related problems associated with birds:

Fungal Diseases:
Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Sarcosporidiosias and Blastomycosis

Bacterial Diseases:
Paratyphoid, Vibiosis, Salmonella, Listiosis and Pasteurellosis

Viral Diseases:
Encephalitis, Meningitis, Newcastle Disease and St. Louis Encephalitis

Protozoal Diseases:
Toxoplasmosis, Trichomoniasis and American Trypansomiasis

Our Methods


The use of falcons to keep bird pests away from people and buildings has been in use for over fifty years. The practice of falconry is still in place in many countries around the world. Ten years ago the Department of Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service changed the laws allowing falconers to use their birds in a commercial setting as a means of deterring bird pests.

All birds fear the falcon and quickly realize that the falcon is in the area, and hence, they stay away. The falconer is able to use the falcon to keep unwanted birds at bay by flying his falcon in a controlled manner. The intent of the falconer is to command a presence over the sky and keep bird pests away. The intention is not to "catch" birds but to let them see that a large bird of prey lives in the area.

Falconry is a highly effective way to prevent bird problems.

The falconer is an intensively trained person who holds a master's license issued by the California Department of Fish and Game.

AGPEST has been successfully providing Falconry services to SeaWorld for many years.

Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark

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Exclusion Netting

Exclusion Netting

A permanent and effective control solution; when properly installed, exclusion netting will deny pest birds access to preferred nesting and/or roosting sites.
Live Trapping Service

Live Trapping Service

Our site-specific BIRD TRAPPING PROGRAM involves the strategic placement of live capture traps on rooftops or other areas of preferred roosting. The traps are supplied with food and water, and are designed with one-way doors which allow the birds to access them but not leave once inside. The traps are then regularly serviced to remove captured birds and replenish the food and water. Collected birds are removed from the site.
Stainless Steel Needle Point Spikes

Stainless Steel Needle Point Spikes

This 100% stainless steel spike system and the design and construction of the material allow it to discreetly blend into its surroundings for a professional and aesthetically pleasing finish. They are used to permanently exclude pest birds from roosting on specific surface areas.

*There are other methods used that are not shown such as Plastic Spike and Shock Strips.

Birds and Their Behavior


Pigeons are a major component of many urban and suburban wildlife communities. Most people don't object to them unless they are present in large numbers. In such cases, their droppings may ruin vegetation, produce an objectionable odor, and damage property such as park benches, statues, cars and buildings. Large accumulations of droppings have been implicated in causing several fungal diseases as listed above. Droppings combined with nest materials and feathers may block downspouts and vents on buildings. They also carry a variety of parasites such as mites and lice. When they nest near windows, these small pests can find their way into homes and bedding.

pigeons Humanely solve your pigeon problems

1) Don't feed the pigeons
When regularly feed, Pigeons begin to gather in large numbers, which can create nuisance and health problems.

Reduce feeding gradually over several weeks. The flock will gradually disperse until the remaining number of birds matches what the area can naturally support.

2) Prevent roosting and nesting
Pigeons look for flat surfaces for roosting and nesting. Encourage them to do these things elsewhere by making flat surfaces unavailable to them. With the correct application of the right product, roosting structures can be rendered virtually pigeon-free.

There are a variety of devices that can be used to change flat nesting spots into inaccessible spaces and prevent pigeons from roosting in areas where they're not wanted. Give AGPEST a call, if you should have these problems. We can solve them.

Damage Caused by Pigeons
Netting for Prevention

California Sea Gull

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Sea gulls are intelligent birds existing in great numbers along coastal areas, as well as inland lakes and rivers. They prefer open waters and can drink either salt or freshwater and their scavenger diets allow them great adaptability. They eat anything from dead fish and garbage to field mice and insects. The breeding and nesting time for California Sea Gulls is usually from May to July. Their nest is typically a shallow depression on the ground lined with vegetation and feathers. The female lays between 2 and 3 eggs. It takes four years for the babies to become full-grown adults.

Damage Caused by Sea Gulls

Flocks of gulls often create hazardous conditions for low flying aircraft and can cause bird strikes around airports. Large buildup of gull droppings leads to structural damage from the uric acid in the bird droppings. This is often seen on boats, street lights and coastal rooftops. Other problems may include slip and fall liability from dropping buildup and an unclean, unhealthy environment where there are large numbers of gulls. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in gull droppings can carry a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more.

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Sea Gull Control

There are many techniques we use to control birds of this type. Barriers can be erected to deter gulls from entering an area. Overhead wire grids or large mesh netting can be installed. Bird spikes and electrical bird wire are effective at deterring problem sea gulls when installed around building perimeters and ledges.

Give us a call for a free inspection: 800.696.8565

Cliff Swallows

cliff swallows Cliff Swallows migrate to North America from their wintering grounds in South America to nest in large colonies, sometimes numbering in the thousands. They build enclosed, gourd-shaped nests made of mud pellets, which are attached to buildings and other structures.

They often live in close proximity to people. If nesting in colonies on buildings and other structures, they can become a nuisance. Their droppings can foul machinery, create aesthetic problems, and cause potential health hazards. Their mud nests eventually fall to the ground and can cause similar problems. Swallow nests frequently contain mites and insects such as swallow bugs. Swallow bugs are related to bed bugs and will bite humans.

cliff swallows nest Legal Status and Permits
Actions to solve problems with swallows should be started as soon as they are identified. Cliff Swallows are colonial and the number of nesting birds can increase significantly form year to year. They are protected by state and federal regulations. It is illegal for any person to take, possess, transport, sell, or purchase them or their parts, such as feathers, nests, or eggs, without a permit. As a result, certain activities affecting swallows are subject to legal restrictions.

The California Department of fish and Game, the enforcement agency, considers February 15th to September 1st to be the swallow nesting season. Completed nests during this breeding season CANNOT be touched without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Outside of these dates, the nests can be removed without a permit. The only way a permit will be given is if there are health or safety hazards posed by a nesting colony.

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Our work at Hotel Del Coronado - Sea Gull Damage

Hotel Del Coronado

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Our work at SeaWorld - Sea Gull Damage




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"I am writing this short note to tell you about my extreme satisfaction with Rick Boman who heads up the installs and service related work of your Bird Division who I mainly deal with.

I have been working reasonably close with Rick over the last six or seven years if my memory serves' me correct. I have to say he has been quite an asset between SDUSD and Agricultural Pest. Personally, he has always either answered my phone calls right away as they happen or else he returns my call very soon after, which is something that is one of my pet peeves for lack of a different word that usually comes up about me. Rick has also been very responsive when it came to me needing him to meet with me to visit one of our sites and get me a related proposal for some kind of concern we are experiencing at the time. Again, something else that is very important to me. His proposals are always professional, concise and to the point so there are not usually any questions looming because he takes the time to make sure we are both on the same page.

The same goes for the work that will be performed by him and his crews who I would like to say are also are always very professional with how they carry out their tasks. I could really go on and on but I did want to keep this short and I tend to ramble on a little.

So in closing; I have nothing but good things to say about Rick and the whole AGPEST Bird Divi- sion. I hope to continue working with AGPEST, Rick Boman and your crews now and for the near future."

– Duane Norman, San Diego
Unified School District