How Birds Put Health and Property at Risk

For most people, birds are an everyday part of life. While many enjoy hearing them sing or watching them in flight, these airborne animals can present very real threats to personal health and property. They are known carriers of disease, and their potential impacts on buildings can range from roof damage to the introduction of fire risks. Consider a modest investment in avian pest management today and protect yourself from bigger expenditures down the road.
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Extreme Cold and Your Dogs

The Midwest is experiencing record low temperatures this Week. The wind chills will be between -30 and -60 degrees! There is much information on how to protect ourselves in the extreme cold, but we want to stress the importance of animal safety in the extreme cold. According to the NWS chart below, we will be reaching temperatures that can cause frostbite in under 5 minutes! If that’s how soon our bodies can experience frostbite, just imagine how quickly a dog’s wet nose or thin ears will be affected.

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Lasers Prove to be New Tools for Bird Control

In this article we examine how Rushing Waters Fisheries, Wisconsin’s largest trout farm, partnered with Wisconsin-grown Migratory Bird Management to address their specific pest bird challenges as well as similar challenges facing and potential solutions to support Wisconsin’s aquaculture industry.

Rushing Waters Fisheries lies nestled on 80 acres of forest and valleys at the edge of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Palmyra, Wisconsin. As these premises have been integrated into the surrounding environment they have also been prone to predation by local bird species, namely: Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Egrets, and Kingfishers.

Rushing Waters Fisheries addressed the problem of bird predation through a variety of traditional means, from installing “scarecrow” figures to utilizing kill permits from the USFW. Yet despite these various techniques economic losses continued to mount, primarily from eaten and/or wounded fish being unsuitable for sale. Given that aquaculture facilities are ideal feeding sites for a variety of predators, the same tactics which work on one predator don’t necessarily work on others—this variety of pest bird species has proven to be the most difficult to manage.

Rushing Waters Fisheries was able to significantly reduce the economic damage caused by bird predation by working with Migratory Bird Management to install a new technology solution: the Agrilaser Autonomic. Specifically designed for the agriculture/agri-processing industries, the Agrilaser Autonomic is a fully automated bird repelling system, providing continuous bird repelling capability across long distances (up to 2,500 meters) and wide areas (up to 3,000 acres).

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IDNR makes rule change for Goose Egg Depredation permits

The IDNR has made a change to their requirement to have a permit for each individual property in order to perform goose egg depredation services. This change was made in the summer of 2017 and will affect the Spring 2018 Goose Nesting Season.  This change affects all properties where goose nesting may occur because a property manager or property owner will no longer have to obtain a permit in order to have Goose Egg Depredation services performed on their site.  This translates to less paperwork, administrative time, and may speed up the time it takes to receive our services. 

Keep in mind...the following has not changed:

1. Each property must have a service contract in place if the property is hiring a contractor to complete Egg Depredation services. 

2. Egg Depredation services must be performed in Illinois by those holding a Nuisance Wildlife License from the IDNR.  (We have 12 licensed technicians on staff)

3. All Egg Depredation activities and results must be tracked and reported to the IDNR by the deadline.  (We manage this data for our clients)

If you have any questions about these changes and how it may affect your property, please contact Andy Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 630-728-4491.

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Top 5 Pest Birds & Structural Solutions in Suburban Midwest

Summer is the season during which most structural damage and work occurs. Annually, pest birds cause $30-50 million in damages to properties, assets, roofs, drainage and ventilation systems.    Below is a list of common issues associated with specific pest birds as well as a combination of structural and service solutions to address those issues.

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Top 12 Training Tips for your Dog

6 Things You're Doing Right With Your Dog
  1. Researching your breed before buying

    Researching your breed before you buy is so important because it helps you be honest about the effort you are realistically able to put into your dog. While some breeds of dog are great family dogs, others are athletes, workers, all the way to non-workers. Researching dogs will give you activity level, grooming standards, life expectancy, etc.
    When you research and find the right breed for your situation, you eliminate dogs being dumped in shelters and give your dog a much better quality of life.
  2. Using rewards your dog picked

    Every dog is different and every dog gets to pick what they like and dislike. If you have found the toy, treat, affection, activity that your dog individually loves, you're doing it right! When you have the one thing your dog loves more than anything in the world, you can train them to do almost anything! Some dogs really love to sniff, so you can teach them a cue and use sniffing as a reward. Some dogs really love food or toys. Using these things as rewards makes you the provider of their rewards and makes them want to work harder for you!
  3. Using high value dog food

    Researching your dog foods can help add years to your dog's life and also helps to supplement their bodies properly. Dogs need to have a mix of meat and vegetables in their diet and grains like corn and wheat don't hold much value. When you look at the ingredients label on your food, they list the ingredients in order of highest quantity to lowest in the food. You want to look for meat being the number one ingredient. To get a better break down of your dog food, go to
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Summer ends while planning for structural bird work begins

Did you know pest birds cause $30-50 million in damages to properties, assets, roofs, and ventilation systems annually? Property managers are constantly balancing their property's structural needs with increasing building/ environmental regulations and constrained maintenance budgets. 

However, over 50% of structural property maintenance repair occurs between May and September, but budgets for next year's structural property maintenance repair are generally set during the waning months of the current year. 

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Fall Migration Brings Property Manager Frustration

Beginning in September through as late as November, nearly 5 million Canada Geese migrate from Canada to warmer climates in the southern United States. 

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Chase Extends Beyond Geese to Other Pest Birds and Structural Deterrent Solutions


In addition to Canada Geese, Wild Goose Chase (WGC) is experienced in addressing all types of pest bird problems, including: gulls, pigeons, sparrows, starlings, and turkey vultures. 


Did You Know?

  • WGC has a combined 60+ years of construction, 30+ years of bird biology, and 20+ years of structural bird work experience.
  • Over 50% of structural property maintenance repair occurs between May and September
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Meet Our Dog Trainer... Amy Dunlap


Amy Dunlap began training at Wild Goose Chase in October of 2015. She  is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College graduating from Animal Behavior College in June of 2014, while her husband was an Army Ranger at Fort Benning. During her schooling, Amy was mentored by Johanna Carmack of Curious Canine Dog Training in Phenix City, Alabama. 

She also volunteered at East Alabama Humane Society with the goal of making their long term dogs more adoptable. As her husband was military, she grew a very strong passion for helping veterans, which led her to be a Pets for Vets approved dog trainer for the Chicagoland area. 

Amy is an active member of the Pet Professionals Guild, where up to date studies, online seminars, and trainer to trainer advice is shared. It is very important to her to keep up with modern science and behavioral studies for dogs, so the newest and most effective, positive methods are utilized for all the dogs at Wild Goose Chase. 

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For Wild Goose Chase, Training isn't Limited to Spring

Spring is a time for renewal: people begin to act or continue to build upon their New Year resolutions, Major League Baseball teams prepare for the regular season, and college students head to the gym to prepare for Spring Break. But for Wild Goose Chase, spring is a time when nuisance wildlife begin to cause havoc for property managers through nesting and increased numbers.  

In order to continue to consistently provide quality property management and environmental services, Wild Goose Chase has developed a rigorous training program for both canine handlers and canines through the guidance of our on-site, full-time canine trainer, Amy Dunlap.


Trained Canine Handlers

Our handlers and canines form a team critical to our service delivery. Upon joining WGC, canine handlers receive a four (4) hour training workshop, and at least 80 hours of intensive training with field a operations manager before going out on route.

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St. Paddy's Day Mischief just getting started for Property Managers

St. Patrick's Day: A day in which Chicagoans proudly celebrate the city's Irish heritage by organizing parades, dyeing the Chicago River green, and begin preparing for another nesting season. That's right! Soon after the messes from St. Paddy's Day celebrations are cleaned up the messes from Canada Geese are just getting started, creating mischief for property managers.

Beginning in mid-March and ending in late May, pairs of male and female adult Canada Geese ("Geese") begin to nest with the intention of reproducing and raising goslings.

Geese typically nest within range of nearby water as this generally provides protection from predators, however that is not always the case in urban settings. Although nests are generally found on the ground it is not uncommon to find them on rooftops, flower pots, islands (either real or in parking lots), as well as areas which generally have a good vantage point while providing cover. 

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The Creepy, Crawly Facts about Bed Bugs in Office Buildings

By Carla Wagner, Operations Manager, Canine Detection & Inspection Services
One would think that the potential for bed bugs in office buildings would be extremely low, given the lack of, well, beds. Unfortunately, that’s not what pest professionals in the field are encountering.
In fact, a 2011 survey from the National Pest Management Association noted that the “most striking result in this year’s survey is the spread of bed bugs from housing to less ‘conventional’ settings” and that the percentage of respondents reporting bed bug encounters in commercial office buildings increased from 17 percent to 38 percent in one year alone. Another alarming fact is that residential and commercial pest-control service provider Orkin ranked Chicago number one in the U.S. for bed bug service requests in 2012.
The combination of these two statistics alone demonstrates the need for CRE professionals to be more aware of the potential threat of bed bugs in the workplace.
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Wild Goose Chase Appoints Business Development Manager

CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill., Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wild Goose Chase, ( and sister company, Canine Detection & Inspection Services ( is pleased to announce that Andy Murray has joined the company to further develop their portfolio of regional and national accounts.  Andy brings a wealth of experience serving the commercial real estate industry having spent the last seven years in facilities services where he was instrumental in acquiring numerous corporate accounts in commercial, industrial, multifamily, and retail properties.

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From Goose Chasing to Bed Bugs?

The ever growing resume of man’s best friend

By Carla Wagner –Biologist –Wild Goose Chase – Canine Detection & Inspection Services

Business travelers beware: in the past few years there has been an explosion in the bed bug population, and you don’t have to travel overseas for these pesky pin sized bugs to hitch a ride back to your own home. An increase in non-stop international travel, along with the ban of DDT, and the lack of safe chemicals available for use in sleeping areas, these insects have been becoming more prevalent throughout the US in recent years.

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Liability, Lawsuits, and Avian Wildlife

When most people think about conflicts with wild birds, they usually think of the mess they leave behind, i.e. droppings. This is certainly one of the biggest concerns for Canada Geese and the foundation for much of our business.

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April Flowers Bring May Flowers….and exposure to bird pathogens?

Spring clean-up typically means cleaning up salt and snow piles, mulching parking lot islands, and planting flowers, however clean-up crews should also look up and head to the roof as part of their regular routine.

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