About Birds Away/Pigeons Away


In 1975, Bob Van Gelder started a part-time, specialty-service business catering to the appearance enhancement of commercial building exteriors. 10 years later, Bob expanded his power washing business to include pest bird control.  Thus, Birds Away/Pigeons Away opened in 1985, and is now one of the most recognized and qualified pest bird control companies in the Bay Area.

Today, Birds Away/Pigeons Away, a division of Van Gelder Enterprises, Inc., provides humane solutions for a large variety of pest bird and pigeon problems.  Birds Away focuses on custom solutions for every pest bird problem.  The most effective way to stop birds from nesting or roosting on your commercial or residential property is to install materials that are made for the specific type of bird you are trying to deter and that is most appropriate for your particular building or structure.  Our approach is low-visibility and aesthetically pleasing, ensuring that your custom solution blends seamlessly and effectively into the property

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Every Birds Away/Pigeons Away employee has been with the company for over five years.  Individually, they are all experts in their particular field.  The sales staff works closely with manufacturers of bird control devices and constantly tests new products in the market.  They can solve even the most difficult bird projects (see Gallery).  The full-time technicians are API and Boom Operator Certified, ensuring that every job they do meets their exacting quality standards.  Birds Away completes all their own work, without sub-contractors, to maintain the highest level of control and accountability.  And the office staff can assist with COIs, contracts, billing, tax forms, general information and more. As a license, bonded and insured California corporation and small business, Birds Away/Pigeons Away maintains all necessary licenses required by the State of California.  

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With over 35 years of experience in solving bird problems in San Francisco and the entire Bay Area, Birds Away is committed to providing the highest quality work and fair pricing. Their dedication to superior customer service, installation expertise and performance guarantees are the foundations of their business. Contact Birds Away today to find out more information!