The rendering below is of the 4th Street transit station for the City of Reno, NV completed by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC). The new bus terminal designers did such a great job of planning and design, you can’t even see the BirdBuffer® machines on the roof from the ground, yet the birds are gone. Due to the difficult problems created by these flying creatures that had bombed the people waiting for boarding the bus at the old terminal, they planned the position of the machines during drafting. The BirdBuffers have been keeping birds away since June of 2010 – mainly pigeons, but also crows, doves, blackbirds and more.
Because the air flow was so diverse, they placed machines on all corners of the facility. It was approximately 3 acres and would have cost a fortune to net, plus look bad. To prevent the desire for the birds to come into this new area, they started operating the BirdBuffers® before the food vendors came in. This prevented the birds from forming the habit to return to a “known location” for food. Birds are extremely smart. Once they have established feeding habits, they can be much more difficult to re-train to stay away. It can take 3 weeks to 3 months to retrain the birds to stay away permanently as long as the BirdBuffer® is working. But in this case, they stayed away from the beginning. The City of Reno is pleased with the results and didn’t have visual site of any birds.
We recommend mounting the BirdBuffers® on a roof stand (30” high) to gain air flow under the machine and increase the height of the vapor where the birds fly.