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McCormik Center

McCormick Place Convention Center Tackles Its Pigeon and Gull Problems


McCormik Center Project

McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL, is one of the largest and most prestigious convention centers in the world. So when pest birds like pigeons and gulls started camping out on the beams of their lakefront building and leaving their messy bird droppings and ensting materials on the sidewalks below (posing a slip and fall hazard for passersby), they decided to take action and call in the Nation Wide Bird Control team of experts.

Although a large undertaking, sealing off all of the overhead areas with bird netting was the most effective way to deter the tenacious pest birds from roosting.

Large boom lifts were used to install large bird net panels across the underside of the tall, exposed beam areas, providing an effective bird barrier for the building.

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Bird Control Products
Bird Netting

Bird netting is generally considered the best form of protection against birds since it is permanent, long-lasting and it creates a permanent bird barrier, completely blocking access to the area it protects. Because of the different mesh sizes available, it is effective against virtually any size bird.

There are many kinds of bird netting on the market. Nation Wide Bird Control uses StealthNet, the highest quality bird netting available. This bird net has extra U.V.-resistance embedded in the polyethylene itself to ensure a long-lasting protective barrier for your building. This bird netting consists of several strands of U.V. resistant polyethelene that are twisted and then knotted at each corner, creating a strong, impenetrable barrier against target birds. This bird control netting is fire retardant and is guaranteed by the manufacturer to withstand the elements for at least 10 years.

The bird netting is available in beige, black and translucent (milky white) colors to blend with your building or structure. Several different mesh sizes are available depending on the pest bird species targeted.

A cable support system is installed by our bird control team and the netting is then attached to the cable. The hardware used to attach the netting is top quality steel, guaranteed to support the weight of the bird net and withstand the elements for years.

More information and bird netting specifications are available upon request; simply click the bird below.


Bird netting is installed using a cable support system to ensure long-lasting protection.


Rooftop equipment is protected by bird netting.


Bird netting installed down face of building prevents bird from landing on the many ledges.


The bird net we use is hard to see once installed. This face net installation (left) keeps birds from prime roosting locations, even though it is hardly noticeable from inside the offices (right).

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