Gas Station Wildlife Management

Wildlife Expertise for Gas Stations

When patrons come to your station, they expect a certain level of cleanliness and safety. Nuisance wildlife can get in the way of a pleasant customer experience. Our professional, licensed technicians are experienced in wildlife removal and control at gas and diesel stations. Let us help you keep your station free from nuisance wildlife.

Protecting Your Bottom Line

Nuisance wildlife can be a liability for you. You can’t afford to put your customers and employees at risk. We understand. Our fast response time and expertise ensure that your wildlife problem is handled efficiently and effectively. We coordinate our treatment plans with your customer traffic patterns in order to have the least impact on your business.

Call on us to protect your employees and customers — and your bottom line.

Wildlife Control for Gas Stations
Pigeon Control

Pigeons use a variety of habitats but are most common in and around urban areas or man-made structures. Gas and diesel station canopies are often prime locations for pigeons for roosting and perching. Since the canopies cover high-traffic areas, pigeons inevitably cause problems for station management.

Pigeons nesting under canopies can become a serious inconvenience, as well as a health hazard. Their droppings contaminate the area with bacteria and fungi and can harbor several serious diseases, including salmonella and histoplasmosis. The longer the birds stay in the area, the more numerous they will become.

Bird feces are particularly damaging to metal and painted surfaces, and they will often leave stains etched into the surface, even after cleaning and disinfecting. This is due to the corrosive nature of the acids in their droppings.

The best way to prevent damage is to eliminate pigeon perching and nesting activity. Most pigeon problems will require a combination of treatment techniques.

Solutions

Denying pigeons the ability to perch and nest can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Options include exclusion netting; bird wiring; metal screens; electrified deterrent systems; gel repellents; visual deterrents such as lasers, reflectors or other light-emitting devices; and even sonic and subsonic repellents. Often the most straightforward and inexpensive solutions are the most effective.

In addition to repelling or excluding the birds, we might also suggest population reduction. This can be done in a variety of ways, but trapping is usually the most cost-effective and efficient. Trutech® biologists are experts at trapping pigeons, and our trapping techniques can often remove large numbers at one time. This type of service can be done on an as-needed basis or as a recurring service, similar to pest control.

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Sparrow and Starling Control

Sparrows and starlings are non-native bird species that are common across the United States. They use a variety of habitats but are most common in and around urban areas or large man-made structures. Gas station canopies can be a prime location for these birds to use for perching and nesting. Since these are high-traffic areas for people, the birds inevitably cause problems for management.

Sparrows and starlings tend to nest in cavities, so any holes or crevices are attractive to them. This can become a serious inconvenience, as well as a health hazard. Their droppings contaminate the area with bacteria and fungi, and can harbor several serious diseases, including salmonella and histoplasmosis. The longer birds remain in the area, the more numerous they will become. Sometimes they will even enter interior spaces in search of food.

Bird feces are also particularly damaging to metal and painted surfaces, and they often leave permanent stains etched into the surface, even after cleaning and disinfecting. This is due to the corrosive nature of the acids in their droppings.

The best way to prevent damage is to eliminate perching and nesting activity. Most sparrow and starling problems will require a combination of treatment techniques.

Solutions

Denying sparrows and starlings the ability to perch and nest can be accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the structure. Options include exclusion netting; bird wiring; metal screens; electrified deterrent systems; gel repellents; visual deterrents such as lasers, reflectors or other light-emitting devices; and even sonic and subsonic repellents. In addition to repelling or excluding starlings and sparrows, we might also suggest population reduction.

Often the most straightforward and inexpensive solutions are the most effective. Trutech® technicians will determine which methods will be most successful at your station.

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Honey Bee Control

Honey bees and other stinging insects can be a significant problem for gas and diesel station owners and managers. Honey bees seek out the many crevices and voids in buildings and trees and may establish a hive in an unwanted location, endangering people and property.

They can also swarm — a normal process that allows for new colonies to be established — and cause an immediate problem if the swarm lands in an inconvenient place such as a sign, tree, structure or even a car. This is a common problem in spring and summer and usually happens with little warning. Left undisturbed, the bees will eventually move on, but until they move — or are relocated — they present a direct liability to station owners and managers.

Solutions

Honey bee removal is a delicate task and must be done properly. When planning bee treatment and hive removal, our teams consider the time of day, your customer traffic patterns, your workers’ schedules and other variables to minimize your liability during the process.

Because honey bees are beneficial to the environment, under certain circumstances, they are protected by the EPA. Our trained professionals understand the regulatory guidelines pertaining to bee removal and treatment — as well as your liability concerns — and can help you navigate a workable solution.

Our technicians assess every situation and provide you with options, along with cost comparisons. While live honey bee removal is preferred, it is not always possible. When feasible, our teams will work with our network of local beekeepers to relocate the hives.

Because bees often return, our team is focused on providing a permanent, quality solution to your bee problems.

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