They had a bad experience with hundreds of seagulls defecating on their commercial building, nesting in the roof’s draining, and attacking the Northern Coatings’ employees. The aggressive behavior was managed by employees independently. However, the safety risk of fires and flooding was a problem that needed a more permanent solution.
Seagulls roosting in the drains can cause rainwater to accumulate on the roof or inside the building itself. The consequences could have resulted in the top of the roof collapsing which would have caused property damage internally and externally. Dustin Kurath was very concerned about the danger of a potential fire starting from the birds nesting in the building. As he explained, “when birds nest inside equipment or building vents, the blocked lint can ignite.”
It is challenging to eliminate seagulls in Michigan as they are protected birds. Northern Coatings spent around $112,000 on roof contracting to repair the property damage that had originated from the seagulls. The contractors found it challenging to be up on the top of the building with the seagulls and were unable to complete the job.
Eventually, Northern Coatings retrieved a permit to remove the nest debris as the birds were an extremely high safety risk. They attempted to use a drone to scare birds away, but this resulted in an additional $2000 cost, as seagulls decided to attack the drone. After this, the problem escalated: seagulls started ripping open garbage bags and flying towards employees.
Cost-effective solution to scare birds away
Northern Coatings could not scare birds away quickly or sufficiently with any of their techniques. That is until Dustin Kurath found out about Bird Control Group. In early 2020, Dustin Kurath got in touch with Bird Control Group and in June 2020 deployed the first AVIX Autonomic laser bird deterrent at Northern Coatings. Dustin Kurath expresses, “The customer service has been world-class.”