Town Lake Construction in Austin, TX, is a preferred contractor that has installed bird control products on many of the buildings on a local university campus. The extensive campus is comprised of many buildings requiring ongoing maintenance. “We won several bids for work in the 1990s. The university was impressed with our work and we have been a preferred contractor for more than 10 years now,” explains owner Tom Regner. One of the industrial buildings on campus houses a chilling station. Large, open passages allowed pigeons and grackles to roost and breed inside the building. The amount of debris left by the birds had become so overwhelming that employees refused to enter the building. Bird Barrier’s Stealth-Net was an obvious solution, as it can completely exclude birds from a structure. Installing zippers in the netting maintained access to the interior for university workers. “The biggest challenge with this project was the cleanup,” Regner explains “Using Dissolve-it, two Town Lake employees spent two days cleaning the area prior to installing the Stealth-Net. The installation process took two additional days.” Of course, anyone who has ever visited Austin is familiar with the large bat population. Regner and his team chose to use 3/4-in. black Stealth-Net to ensure that neither birds nor bats could gain access to the building through those passageways. Taking Netting to new heights several months later, Town Lake was called in again to address another bird problem. This time, the affected building was an academic center. Concrete decorative latticework on the exterior of the building’s windows had become a favorite roosting spot for pigeons. The dilemma extended beyond the aesthetic. A bird mite infestation was the more serious issue. An entire floor of the building had to be closed off to deal with the situation. Once the area had been sterilized and the windows removed and cleaned, the installation of Stealth-Net on the building’s exterior began. Operating on a campus with 55,000 students was difficult. The latticework was 54 ft. off the ground. Working at that height required a lift for access. “Moving the lift around the building among the heavy foot traffic was the most complicated part of this job,” describes Regner. Ultimately, the installation took three men five days to complete. However, because of the quality of both Town Lake Construction’s work and Bird Barrier products, they will likely remain a preferred contractor for this college in perpetuity.
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Stealth-Net denies pest birds access to literally any architectural configuration, including courtyards, rooftops, overhands, parking garages, etc. Here’s why:
- It’s nearly invisible: Stealth-Net is available in stock colors of black, stone (beige) and white. The netting is composed of very thin, ultra-strong strands of polyethylene twine.
- It’s a long-lasting, 100% solution: Stealth-Net is manufactured using the most advanced technology in the world, and has been developed to withstand a wide range of environmental conditions. Polyethylene is the most ultraviolet (UV)-resistant netting material available, and Stealth-Net has extra UV stabilizers added in its raw materials — thus creating a net that will last for 10 years or more.
- It’s humane: Stealth-Net provides a harmless and impenetrable barrier against all pest birds. Stealth-Net can completely exclude birds from structures by sealing off openings like archways and other unenclosed areas. Using stand-off brackets and weighted cable, Stealth-Net can even protect individual HVAC units.
- It’s versatile: Zippers can be inserted into Stealth-Net to create access points for maintenance, such as changing light bulbs. And by using support poles, it can be configured to protect just about any structure.