Industrial Wildlife Management

Real Expertise in Industrial Facilities

At industrial facilities, you must be able to operate on schedule with equipment that is up and running and employees who are safe from harm. When wildlife invades your property, the problem must be handled swiftly. Our professional, licensed technicians are experienced with wildlife removal and control at audited facilities. We are aware of and follow all OSHA regulations. Call us first.

Protecting Your Bottom Line

If your equipment is shut down due to a nuisance animal problem, your entire business suffers. You can’t afford a wildlife infestation getting in the way of your productivity and safe operations. Nor can you risk the safety of your employees and guests. Our fast response time and audited facility expertise ensure that your wildlife problem is handled efficiently and effectively. Trust Trutech® to protect your facility and employees – and your bottom line.

Wildlife Control for Industrial Facilities
Pigeon Control

Pigeons are common residents of industrial facilities, which provide countless roosting and nesting areas for the birds. Many of the high ledges and nooks pigeons prefer are inaccessible to people, but – even high up – the birds create a hazard because their droppings often fall onto walkways and work surfaces below.

Pigeon feces create multiple problems on industrial sites. Human contact with pigeon droppings is a concern for your workers because the droppings carry a variety of bacteria and fungi and can harbor several serious diseases, including salmonella and histoplasmosis. In addition, droppings on walkways and hand rails are a danger because the feces are slippery and can cause falls. Finally, pigeon droppings in contact with sensitive surfaces such as equipment hoses and utility wires can cause premature and accelerated failure due to the corrosive nature of the acids in the droppings.

Solutions

Trutech® offers a wide variety of pigeon control options tailored to your specific site. Techniques 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. Large industrial facilities often require multiple types of pigeon control to protect different areas of the property.

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.

To address your pigeon problem, our bird specialists will perform a property assessment and provide recommendations tailored to the particular needs of your facility.

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Beaver Control

Beavers regularly interfere with the cooling and drainage systems of industrial sites. Their instinct to dam waterways can severely disrupt the daily operations of your facility by restricting water flow. Beavers also create bank burrows that can undermine levees and roadways surrounding retention ponds and other controlled water bodies. In addition, their long, burrowing claws easily penetrate the membranes used to create artificial water bodies, resulting in water loss and expensive repairs.

Beavers construct their dams with large amounts of sticks, logs and mud. Removal by hand is labor-intensive but is often the only option when the dam is located in an area that’s inaccessible by heavy machinery. (And even if a backhoe is used, it is said that a pair of beavers can outpace the machinery and quickly rebuild their dams the following night!)

Beavers are territorial. After removal from your site, it’s likely that neighboring beavers will move into the newly available habitat.

Solutions

While habitat modification is possible at some sites, it’s not often cost-effective. Trapping is the most appropriate method to control beavers. Our team will perform a site assessment and provide recommended control options specific to your property.

Note that some states require property owners to apply for special trapping permits for beavers. If your facility is located in a state that requires a trapping permit, we will be happy to assist you with the application process.

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Honey Bee and Wasp Control

Honey bees and wasps often make their homes in industrial facilities, but their presence creates potential health and liability issues. Honey bees often make hives in the many voids in buildings’ beams and walls. They also like to create hives inside parked heavy equipment and material in laydown yards.

Common paper wasps typically distribute their nests throughout a property in high numbers, making removal difficult and time-consuming. Yellow jacket wasp nests are often concealed underground in fields or lots.

An unsuspecting worker can quickly be surrounded by angry bees or wasps as they defend their hive or nest. This is particularly dangerous when a worker is unaware that he or she is allergic to bee or wasp stings. If help is not nearby, a serious health crisis – even loss of life – is possible.

Aggressive Africanized honey bees are present in the southern states we serve, and disturbing an Africanized hive can be life-threatening even for non-allergic workers. Because of our expertise with aggressive bees, many general pest control companies call on Trutech® to handle these dangerous situations.

If not properly removed and treated, bees and wasps will continue to rebuild hives and nests on your property.

Solutions

Because honey bees are beneficial to the environment, live honey bee removal is preferred but not always possible. When feasible, our teams will work with our network of local beekeepers to relocate the hives.

It’s important to remove the honeycomb along with the honey bee hive. If a honey bee hive is inside a wall void and the honeycomb is left behind, the honey will rot and attract pests – and bees from other colonies will likely show up to explore the vacant cavity. Also, with no bees tending the honey, it will ooze down through ceilings and walls and cause electrical and wall damage, not to mention a big mess.

Wasp nests must be treated and removed in a way that will not disturb the wasps and cause them to aggressively seek out their unwanted “attackers.” For this reason, when planning wasp treatment and nest removal, our teams consider the time of day, your employee and customer traffic, and other variables to minimize your liability during the process. We can also seal up around your buildings to keep out wasps and nuisance animals.

Wasps sometimes nest in very high places. If you have a communications tower or other type of tower, know that aerial nest removal is no problem for us – we have portable aerial solutions that reach up to 300 feet.

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Bat Control

Bats are considered by many to be among nature’s most beneficial creatures. But they can also cause extensive physical damage to property by defacing buildings and equipment with odorous droppings and urine, or guano, which can eat through metal, paint, fabric and other substantial materials. Bats can also be carriers of many diseases that are responsible for respiratory ailments and fungal infections, including rabies and histoplasmosis. In addition, bat guano acts as a food source for cockroaches and other insects inside walls.

It is not uncommon for bats to find their way into industrial facilities. Any crack or crevice ½” wide can be exploited. If left unchecked, a bat roost will continue to grow, leading to an increased odor and buildup of feces and urine. If a bat is seen inside a building, it is a sign that a bat colony may be living there.

All bat species are protected by state and federal regulations, and they must be mitigated in accordance with the law. In some states, a special permit or license is required, so using a professional to handle a bat problem is highly recommended. Your first step should be to call Trutech® to assess the situation.

Solutions

Bat removal is a delicate procedure and should only be done by a trained professional. If removal procedures are not done carefully, bats can enter a building in great numbers, causing a serious emergency and safety risk to workers.

Trutech® offers a full-service bat removal program designed to humanely evict bats. To start, our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your facility, assessing where bats are causing problems, as well as any areas where they may be able to enter structures.

We remove the bats from your property by first eliminating any potential entry points by sealing or screening them off. We then remove the bats by installing a one-way “bat valve” so they are unable to return to the roost once they leave to feed.

Note that there are specific times of year when bats can’t be removed. These “blackout dates” are in place to prevent juvenile bats – flightless and dependent on their mothers for food – from being trapped inside a structure, where they will die.

Trutech technicians are experts in bat removal and exclusion, and we offer a renewable warranty on our bat removal service. We also perform any necessary bat-proofing repairs, clean-up, sanitization and insect treatments needed to mitigate the waste bats leave behind.

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