Bird Airstrike Hazard Program

Alternative Pest Management uses effective treatments such as Pyrotechnics, Dogs, Human Harassment, and Mechanical boats in control waterfowl in their wildlife program. They also use skills such as repellers, live trappings, corralling and removal of flocking birds when molting, and netting and exclusion to further their bird control program.

Bird Air Strike Hazards (BASH) is an important priority to Alternative Pest Management due to the nature of the area's aircraft industry. Sharing both the sky and the airport environment with birds and other animals has been a concern to aviation personnel for several years and their impact on aviation safety has been documented over the past eighty-eight years. Since Orville Wright's days to the present day conflicts between wildlife and airplanes have caused damage to aircraft and loss of human life. Over $300 million annually is lost due to wildlife strikes in the United States alone.

There are many factors effecting today's concern about wildlife and aviation safety, three of these factors are:

1.) As jet travel replaced the more noisy and slower piston-powered aircraft, the chance of these jets colliding with wildlife increased.

2.) Along with the change in mode of travel there has been an increase in air traffic worldwide, both military and commercial.

3.) Natural habitat surrounds many modern airports and this habitat provides shelter, nesting area, and feeding areas for wildlife that is not usually present in the surrounding metropolitan area.

These factors result in a majority of wildlife strikes occur within the immediate airport environment.