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Integrated Bird Management Audit Program (IBM)

And integratied bird management audit program is essential for the food industry in particular. Pest birds in facilities handling food cause considerable product safety risks:

  • Possible product contamination (bird droppings/feathers);
  • Inspection failure;
  • Secondary insect pest problems;
  • Foodborne illness pathogens;
  • Heavy fines;
  • Possible plant closure.


There are several components to developing an IBM program. A complete inspection of the interior/exterior of the facility will be followed by a review of current data as well as any historical bird data. With this information we will be able to design and implement an IBM for your facility. Regular review of the program and periodic adjustments will ensure that the program stays current and relevant to changing needs and circumstance.


A checklist may look something likt this:


  • Active Birds inside Facility
    List areas and locations (eg. Food prep area, warehouse, etc.)

  • Any history of birds and related areas

  • Interior Landscaping
    List types and necessity

  • Food Processing Areas
    Are control measures in place?
    Assess risk level

  • Doors
    Bay Doors, gaps, bumpers
    Staff habits (doors left open)

  • Additional Access Point(s)
    Check other areas where equipment may enter/exit

  • Pipe-Line Penetrations

  • Sanitation

  • Conducive Conditions
    Locations with standing water
    Locations with food sources

  • Bird Droppings or Nesting Materials

  • Staff feeding birds


  • List areas and locations of birds (eg. Rear loading dock, etc.)

  • Any history of birds around the exterior of the facility and adjacent structures




  • Sanitation Practices (Exterior)
    Location(s): Dumpsters
    Exposed food sources and spillage

  • Trash Receptacles
    Trash removal frequency
    Food waste on grounds
    Cleaning practices and schedule

  • Structural (Exterior)
    Pipe-line penetrations
    Roof hatches
    Canopy or Awning

  • Landscaping
    Retention ponds

  • Bird droppings or nesting materials
  • Exterior storage

  • Merchandise displaysExisting Bird Control Devices