3 spots that could be attracting birds to your grocery store

Among the list of pests that plague grocery stores — including mice, ants and flies, birds may seem the least menacing. After all, they are usually part of nature and are spotted everywhere in our daily lives…outdoors that is. However, when you catch them flying throughout the supermarket aisles, most shoppers are unsettled, to say the least.

In addition to the fear and confusion they may cause for customers, birds are also a major health hazard for supermarkets and grocery stores. The presence of bird droppings, feathers and debris from their nests around fresh produce and bakery items is extremely unsanitary. In addition, birds are some of the dirtiest animals alive, carrying and spreading a host of diseases.  All of these potential hazards can put your store at risk of being shut down by your local health department and bring on costly repairs for your building. 

Why are birds attracted to grocery stores?

Just like human beings, birds are always on the hunt for the three basic necessities: food, shelter, and water. Grocery stores and supermarkets happen to be an oasis for all three of those needs. Some even sell birdseed. 

While a bird or two making their way into your building may be unavoidable, there are three locations on your property that may be making your building an open invitation to common birds that invade grocery stores such as pigeons, seagulls and sparrows

people unload boxes of food at loading dock

Delivery receiving doors

Every grocery store has a backroom with a designated area for receiving product deliveries on a weekly basis. The issue is, most of the time these non-automated doors remain open for long periods of time, thus making it easy for birds and other pests to simply fly in and make their nests in ceiling rafters and corners of your building. Encouraging employees to be mindful of not leaving these doors open when it isn’t necessary can go a long way in preventing a bird problem in your store.

seagulls in parking lot

Parking lots 

Parking lots for any business are a frequent hotspot for birds, but those at grocery stores are particularly attractive. Birds flock by the dozen to grocery store parking lots since there is typically an abundance of meal options available for them to feast on. With so much to take care of indoors, grocery store employees often overlook and neglect the parking lot. Making sure trash is picked up and garbage cans are regularly changed will deter birds from gathering in large numbers and creating an unsightly mess around your building. 

pigeons in landscaping


Although used to enhance the aesthetics of your store, vegetation such as bushes and other greenery provide harborage for birds to nest in. It and also increases the likelihood of them getting inside via automated sliding doors and shopping carts. Keeping bushes and other vegetation trimmed and well-kept will make the outside of your store less appealing to shelter-seeking birds.


Rentokil’s bird control services

When it comes to actually removing birds from your property, it is crucial to let professional bird control experts step in. Birds can become aggressive and territorial when protecting their nests. Therefore, it is extremely dangerous to attempt to remove the nest on your own. Furthermore, depending on the state you live in, federal law protects most bird species. Our highly experienced avian specialists understand all the protocols involved in handling each type of bird.

Our specialists will first perform an inspection to assess the situation and identify possible entry points inside and on the perimeter of your store. They will then recommend an appropriate treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan may include solutions such as mist nets, sensory deterrents or other bird control methods. The specialist will also give you advice on how to prevent any future bird problems at your grocery store.

To learn more about Rentokil’s trusted commercial bird control services, visit our website here. 


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Danielle Morales

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