Utah is home to many of the West’s (and the United States for that matter) most recognizable natural and historical landmarks.

From the Great Salt Lake and the ski areas of Deer Valley, Snowbird and Alta that dot the Wasatch Front to the headquarters of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and the stunning Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, Utah is home to some national treasures.

It is also home to a strong agriculture industry that fuels the engines of the food processing, warehousing and distribution industries – areas where the Sprague Pest Experts, Utah’s premier provider of commercial pest management services, are actively involved in preventing and eliminating pests from threatening the crops Utah growers produce.

The reality is that where there is food there is a chance pests will soon follow. After all, they, like humans, need food to survive – just not the same food we are trying to consume! Since moving down from Sprague’s Seattle office, Salt Lake City Service Center Manager, AJ Treleven, and his team have been working with Utah’s food processing facilities to safeguard them from destructive and disease carrying pests.

And what did Treleven say about the efforts when the Sprague Pest Experts visited with him? He says it is for the birds! The birds he is referring to are the nuisance birds – sea gulls, pigeons and sparrows – that flock to Utah’s food processing facilities.

Utah’s nuisance birds are non-migratory and threaten food processing and other commercial facilities year around. They are attracted to the available food and water sources; warm nesting sites (i.e. near exhaust vents) and the protection roofs offer from predators.

Gulls in particular pose a problem for commercial facilities since their large flat roofs act as an artificial “beach” for gulls. The gulls, which can number in the hundreds, seek the melting snow water on the roof and can cause significant structural damage by their constant pecking.

Birds also draw the attention of third-party auditors because of the health threat bird droppings pose to food materials and place facilities at risk to fail their audit.

According to Treleven, listeria and other bacteria can be introduced to a food processing facility simply by an employee walking through bird droppings outside an entrance on their way into work or from a break.

The corrosive nature of bird droppings can cause roofing materials to deteriorate and nesting materials in light fixtures and outdoor signage are a fire hazard. Having nuisance birds nesting or feeding at a food processing facility also raises the chance for increased pest activity from rodents, flies, ants and nuisance wildlife.

To deter nuisance birds from congregating and establishing nesting sites, Treleven and the Sprague Pest Experts recommend facility or property managers reduce both standing water and food spillage near dumpsters.

The Sprague Pest Experts employ a comprehensive approach to prevent nuisance birds from establishing nesting sites through the use of netting, spikes and deterrents.

If you have questions on preventing and eliminating birds from commercial accounts, the Sprague Pest Experts are ready to help. Send us an e-mail at info@spraguepest.com and we’ll be happy to get back with you with more information.


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