Welcome to a comprehensive exploration of avian management in this riveting LWL episode: “Mastering Bird Control: 6 Proven Strategies for Success.” In this enlightening journey, we delve deep into the intricate realm of bird control, uncovering six meticulously crafted strategies that stand as pillars of success in the field. Guided by the expertise of renowned wildlife control consultant Stephen Van Tassel and an array of industry experts, each episode unlocks a wealth of insights, techniques, and visionary perspectives.
Whether you’re an aspiring avian management professional or a seasoned operator, this series is your key to mastering the art of bird control and embracing a future of unparalleled success. Join us as we navigate the skies of knowledge, unravel the mysteries of avian behavior, and soar towards excellence in “Mastering Bird Control: 6 Proven Strategies for Success.”
Chapter 1: Introduction To Mastering Bird Control
Welcome back to another exciting episode of the “Living The Wildlife” podcast! I’m your host, Stephen Van Tassel, a Wildlife Control consultant, and I’m thrilled to have you here as part of the pesky podcast family. As always, I appreciate your support, and I hope you’re as excited as I am for today’s episode. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to give us a five-star review, ring the bell, and subscribe to the channel. Your engagement means a lot to us, and it helps us bring you more valuable content.
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In today’s episode, we have a special guest joining us – Rolie Calzadilla. Raleigh is the owner and manager of Pest Wildlife Pro, based in sunny Miami, Florida. He specializes in bird control, a challenging aspect of wildlife management that many professionals struggle with. Birds are incredibly mobile creatures, often finding their way into places they shouldn’t be, causing various issues that require expert solutions.
Chapter 2: Unveiling Raleigh’s Journey
Raleigh Calzadilla’s journey into the world of pest and wildlife control is an inspiring story of adaptation and passion. Like many of us, Rolie’s career path took unexpected turns that eventually led him to his true calling. Raleigh’s background was in construction, and he even held a general contractor license. However, the economic downturn during the Great Recession forced him to reconsider his career options. As fate would have it, Raleigh stumbled upon the world of pest control. Intrigued by this new avenue, he decided to dive in and explore.
His interest in birds and their control developed naturally. Rolie’s unique set of skills from his construction days proved to be an advantage in understanding and addressing bird-related challenges. He started with a company called Stereotech and spent three years there, learning the ropes and honing his expertise.
Rolie’s journey took another turn when he started his own venture, Bird and Bee Removal, in 2008. For eight years, he successfully managed his business, specializing in bird control. However, an opportunity arose that led him back to Stereotech, this time as their wildlife expert. The company’s evolution through mergers and acquisitions exposed Raleigh to diverse experiences and allowed him to cultivate a deeper understanding of the industry.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience under his belt, Raleigh eventually founded Pest Wildlife Pro, focusing on a broader range of wildlife control services while maintaining his specialty in bird control. Rolie’s story is a testament to the power of adaptability, passion, and a willingness to explore new horizons.
Chapter 3: Decoding Bird Control
As any wildlife control expert knows, bird control isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. It requires a strategic approach that takes into account various factors, from bird species and behavior to environmental considerations. Rolie Calzadilla’s expertise shines through as he walks us through his process of tackling bird control challenges effectively.
Rolie emphasizes the importance of understanding why birds are becoming pests in the first place. By asking customers about their pain points and the problems they’re facing, you can tailor your approach to address their specific needs.
This customer-centric mindset sets the foundation for a successful bird control strategy.
Identifying the bird species is a crucial step, and Raleigh shares a valuable tool called Picture Bird, an app that uses images to identify bird species accurately. This technology showcases the incredible advancements that are aiding professionals in their work.
Rolie introduces us to his four key questions:
Why are the birds being a pest? This uncovers the customer’s pain points.
Who is the bird species? Identifying the bird guides your strategy.
What is the bird’s behavior? Understanding behavior narrows down solutions.
Where is the bird behaving badly? The location helps focus your efforts.
By answering these questions, you transform a complex problem into a manageable challenge. Rolie’s expertise lies in knowing which solutions to deploy based on the specific context. He acknowledges the power of netting as an effective bird control tool, provided it’s installed correctly. Optical gel, another solution he favors, capitalizes on birds’ visual perceptions to create a deterrent effect.
An intriguing addition to Raleigh’s toolkit is the Avix Autonomous Laser, a species-specific tool that leverages lasers to deter birds. He also introduces a novel product, Eco Bird 14.5, a bird repellent in a can designed for spot treatment.
Chapter 4: Insights into the Bird Control Landscape
In this segment, we delve deep into the ever-evolving world of bird control. Rolie brings forth his observations about the industry’s trajectory, with a special focus on the pivotal role of training and experience. He sheds light on the palpable rise in the quality of bird control practices, underlining the persistent need for well-trained professionals. As the discussion unfolds, we gain valuable insights into the intricate task of managing bird populations, optimizing tools, and deciphering the underlying behavioral patterns.
Rolie Calzadilla passionately emphasizes the imperative of strategic thinking, all while championing the advocacy efforts of trade organizations for the betterment of the industry. The conversation further delves into the challenge of persuading decision-makers to embrace effective and economical bird control methods. With a spotlight on the Avatar and avatrol saga, this segment offers a comprehensive look into the multifaceted realm of bird control, its educational demands, and the collective responsibility to address its challenges.
Chapter 5: Envisioning the Future of Bird Control
Prepare to be captivated as we embark on a journey into the visionary outlook for the bird control landscape. Our guest unveils his aspirations and ambitions, painting a vivid picture of what lies ahead. An intriguing concept takes center stage – the conception of a definitive resource, the “Pest Bird Handbook.” This potential treasure trove seeks to fill a void in existing literature, focusing on pragmatic strategies for bird control. Rolie Calzadilla envisions a harmonious blend of business acumen and technical prowess, catering to both budding operators seeking expansion and individuals aiming to tackle avian concerns head-on.
A spotlight is cast on the dire need for a guide that navigates the intricate realm of hiring the right talent, maneuvering through diverse bird control scenarios, and embracing the unique challenges that come with this specialized field. The segment pulsates with the significance of networking, training, and fostering collaborative partnerships within the industry. An inspiring crescendo celebrates the birth of a community united by a shared passion for avian management.
Chapter 6: Navigating the Avian Odyssey
In this final segment, we set sail on a voyage of practical guidance, tailor-made for those charting their course in the realm of bird control. The interviewee unravels a tapestry of wisdom, urging caution against the pitfalls of trial and error – a path often laden with exorbitant costs in the realm of avian management. The discussion unveils a trove of resources, urging novices and experts alike to tap into the wealth of knowledge found in specialized Facebook groups and industry organizations. Stephen Vantassel’s voice resonates with conviction as he extols the virtues of proper training and underscores the brilliance embedded within avian intelligence.
Anticipation peaks with the tantalizing tease of the forthcoming “Pest Bird Handbook,” a compass for both seasoned entrepreneurs and technical virtuosos navigating the uncharted waters of bird control. As the chapter draws to a close, a symphony of empowerment and encouragement resounds, urging all who venture into this intricate domain to harmonize expertise, strategic acumen, and a deep-seated commitment to unlocking the mysteries of avian behavior.
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Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE
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