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A short, sharp shock.

Bell Environmental Services has developed a revolutionary electric track system that will safely displace birds from buildings. The system is based on the premise of operant conditioning theory, using a shock as the stimulus to decrease the likelihood of a particular behavior being repeated.

Bell Environmental's Bell Strip system is able to displace birds by giving them a powerful, yet nonlethal, shock upon landing on the electric device --causing the bird to be uncomfortable enough to move off the building. Similar to cattle fences that ranchers use to keep their livestock from wandering off, the strip alters the bird's behavior over a period of time through the electric shock--teaching the animal to never land on the building.

"By allowing a flock of birds to sit on a roof or a building's ledges, there is a very real danger of building deterioration, corrosion and roof caveins, costing building owners tens of thousands of dollars in repairs and repetitive cleanup efforts," said Phil Waldorf, president of Bell Environmental Services. "The Bell Environmental track system is 100% effective."

By preventing birds from landing on buildings, the track can stop disease-causing organisms commonly found in bird droppings from spreading to the building's occupants. Known as "Sick Building Syndrome," more than 60 diseases associated with pest birds [Unreadable text in original source.] spread to thousands of people simultaneously by allowing bird droppings to accumulate in or near HVAC systems. These systems can then easily spread disease-causing organisms to every occupant in the building. In many instances tenants of "Sick Buildings" are at risk for serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.

Some of the most common diseases that are spread as a result of bird droppings are tuberculosis, encephalitis, meningitis, chlamydiosis, salmonellosis, fowl typhoid, fowl cholera, Newcastle disease, Pullorum disease, spirochetosis, streptococosis and Q Fever. However, most occupants of contaminated buildings predominantly suffer from repeated eye infections, burning eyes, respiratory distress and headaches.

Bell Environmental's recently launched a website that outlines all the potential health hazards associated with bird droppings.

"By safely and humanely keeping the pest birds off these buildings, I am confident that the overall health of the American population will improve dramatically," said Mr. Waldorf.

The Bell Strip can be manufactured to match the exterior of any building --making it almost completely unnoticeable to the naked eye.
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Title Annotation:Technology: update; Bell Environmental's Bell Strip system
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 10, 2004
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