Pelsis acquires California-based humane bird deterrent business

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Pelsis Group has acquired Bird-B-Gone, a California-based leading manufacturer of humane bird deterrents, as part of its international growth strategy, for an undisclosed sum.

Bird-B-Gone is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the North Yorkshire-based company, with all its employees, customers and suppliers transferring to Pelsis Group.

Founded in 1992 by Bruce and Julie Donoho, Santa Ana-based Bird-B-Gone specialises in manufacturing humane bird deterrents for use across commercial, industrial and residential settings. The company also provides bird control training through its Bird-B-Gone University.

Andrew Milner, Pelsis Group’s chief executive, said that Bird B Gone will remain headquartered at its manufacturing facility in Santa Ana and that Todd Pawlowski, general manager for Pelsis Group in America, will lead the business supported by chief operating officer David Smith.

Andrew Milner, Pelsis Group chief executive, said: “Bringing Bird-B-Gone into the Pelsis family of brands fits within our strategy of adding companies that are leaders in their category, and it brings two of the biggest brands in the pest and bird control categories together under one roof.

“The acquisition of Bird-B-Gone will allow us to equip pest control operators with additional products and solutions backed by our mutual commitment to purposeful innovation, investment, and customer service.

Pelsis, which already owned the Network brand of professional bird control products, said the addition of Bird-B-Gone is expected to further strengthen its dominance of the bird control category.

Mr Donoho said: “Julie and I have been blessed by the opportunity to build Bird-B-Gone into the company it is today, and we know that our employees and customers – who we truly consider to be our family and friends – will be in great hands.”

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