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Bird Deterrents Say “Shoo” to Pest Birds

Bird Deterrents Say “Shoo” to Pest Birds

We have a love-hate relationship with our fine-feathered friends. Poets love them. Property managers can do without them. Like anything in this world, too many birds can be a real problem. Suddenly, what was endearing becomes a pest. One that’s noisy, messy and damaging to almost everything it lands on. The solution? Bird deterrents.

In days of old, this meant culling by birdshot, trained predator –like hawks, or poisons. Today, thanks to environmentalists, there are far more humane ways of discouraging pest birds. These bird deterrents have come just in time. For today, pest birds have so many more places to perch, nest and wreak havoc.

It’s no surprise to many that the damage pest birds cause cost businesses and municipalities millions annually. Their droppings contain highly concentrated uric acid, which can alter the color of painted surfaces, permanently stain wood and, over time, erode even metal and stone. Many a stone façade or gleaming bronze statue has been reduced to pitted or crumbling rubble thanks to bird droppings. And many have been saved from this fate by bird deterrents.

Then there are the health hazards that bird droppings create. Bacteria and parasites that live and grow in bird droppings can carry and transmit any of 60 known diseases. Needless to say, keeping bird droppings away from outdoor eateries, parks and public playgrounds, schools and day-care centers can be a crucial first step in preventing the spread of some very serious diseases. Once again, bird deterrents can help keep pest birds at bay and shoo them away.

Thanks to some inventive people, today’s bird deterrents are both humane and effective. They run the gamut from high tech to simple and economical. Most can be used in any situation or location and provide relief from a wide range of pest birds.

Perhaps the simplest, most economical bird deterrent is the category of products known as bird chasers. These basically exploit a pest bird’s negative reaction to bright things that move, wiggle in the wind, or resemble large open eyes. Ideal for gazebos, overhangs, patios, vineyards, eaves, pools, boats and other open areas, chasers comprise the most basic and affordable bird scare products currently available. They include iridescent reflective foil or flash tape that create an “Optical Distraction Zone.” Also included in this category are inflatable balloons, which startle pest birds with lifelike reflective predator eyes and markings. Bird repellers are still another type of bird chaser. These scare-eye diverters are easy to hang in areas frequented by pest birds. Some of the most effective bird repellers have iridescent foil eyes to scare pests by day and glow-in-the-dark backsides to keep them away at night.

One bird deterrent that has been proven effective is the bird gel. Applied like calk from a calking gun, gels create a sticky surface that birds simply can’t stand; yet they’re safe for birds (except swallows) and people. Gels are ideally suited for I-beams, parapet walls, ledges, conduit, pipes, and flat or curved surfaces where pest birds like to gather.

Another simple bird deterrent is the Bird Spike strip. Ideal for pigeons and other large birds, they require no maintenance and are easy to install. Some have stainless steel spikes that look menacing but are harmless to birds. Others feature spikes of rigid unbreakable polycarbonate–ideal for areas where electrical conductivity prohibits the use of steel spikes. Bird spikes are particularly useful for rooftops, commercial signs, billboards, and other open areas. Another simple bird deterrent is the Bird Spider. Ideal for boat canvas covers, biminis, radar antennas and other areas, the spider arms come in a variety of diameters and undulate with the breeze, discouraging a wide range of larger pest birds such as pigeons and gulls from landing.

For courtyards, canopies, signs, warehouses, airplane hangars and rooftops, there’s Bird Netting. This highly effective bird deterrent discourages many species of birds from landing. Heavy-duty bird netting is most often prescribed by architects. Some brands have ISO 1806 mesh test polyethylene fabric that’s U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof. For many applications, non-conductive webbing is preferred. Netting is usually available in 3/4″, 1-1/8″ and 2″ mesh sizes to deter sparrows, starlings, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds.

Still another relatively low-tech bird deterrent is the Bird Slope. The good thing about this deterrent is its utter simplicity–birds just slide off when they try to land. The angled slippery PVC panels install easily on ledges, eaves, beams and other 90-degree areas where pest birds tend to nest, roost and poop.

Finally, an entire family of higher-tech bird deterrents. Included here are the electric-track products. These are ideal for deterring all types of pest birds. Easily mounted on ledges, signs, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces, they utilize an electrified track to impart a mild electric shock to discourage pest birds from landing. Once shocked, birds are convinced that the area is definitely not bird friendly, thus altering a bird’s habits to land and nest there. Some low-profile systems are almost invisible. Others feature a flow-through design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces. Opt for marine grade Monel knitted wire, if you can. It’s stronger than steel, and highly resistant to corrosion, alkali and acidic environments. The knitted designs have a single strand of higher gauge wire and a tube-within-a-tube design that allows for greater conductivity and enhanced strength.

So there you have it. While there’s no shortage of pest birds today, there’s also no shortage of bird deterrents to shoo them away.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane and effective bird control products and methods.


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Got Pest Birds? Here’s How to Scare Birds Away

Got Pest Birds? Here’s How to Scare Birds Away

While bird populations in North America have dropped considerably in the past 40 years, birds tend to nest or rest on the nation’s coasts where nearly half the U.S. human population lives or works. Most birds serve an important role in the ecosystem, but three species of birds in the U.S. are considered pests. Birds categorized as pests include the pigeon, the house sparrow, and the starling. As pests, they can be legally controlled with no justification other than the property owner’s displeasure. Of course, there are many other reasons to scare birds away.

Besides being a nuisance and defacing homes, boats, buildings and monuments, pest birds also pose a serious health hazard. Because of their easy and far-reaching mobility, they can vector an alarming variety of serious diseases. Among these are histoplasmosis (a lung disease that can be fatal if untreated), salmonella, ornithosis (a lower or upper respiratory disease resulting in fever, chills and headache), pseudotuberculosis (causing fever and abdominal pain), and several other diseases, including West Nile Virus via

parasites (like fleas and mites) that live on their bodies or grow in their droppings.

If you want to scare birds away, it helps to know a little about the birds we regard as pests. The first of our fine-feathered friends is the pigeon. Initially introduced from Europe as pets, pigeon populations have expanded almost exponentially and are now considered by many to be pests. These birds congregate in huge numbers and contaminate public areas with their droppings. They deface both stone and metal monuments, and present a serious risk to aircraft.

Next up is the starling. An imported species not native to North America, starlings nest in roof soffits, electrical boxes, and structural crevices of buildings. Young starlings often gather in huge flocks where their droppings deface and damage structures and monuments, park benches, playgrounds and other areas.

Finally, there’s the sparrow. These small birds build fancy nests in gutters, electrical boxes, roof soffits, door housings, and other man-made openings. Sparrows often create expensive problems when they clog rain gutters and downspouts. Their elaborate nests in electrical equipment can cause electrical shorts and fires.

So how to scare birds away?

For pigeons and large birds, one proven and highly effective methods is the use of Bird Spike strip. They look menacing, especially to pest birds, but they won’t harm them. The spikes simply discourage birds from landing. Some bird spikes are made of rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Others employ flexible stainless steel. Another option is the Bird Spider. The spider arms flagellate with the breeze to scare birds away. Spiders are available in a wide range of diameters to deter different bird sizes and cover wider and wider areas. They require little or no maintenance and they won’t harm birds.

One of the most economical ways to scare birds away is through the use of Bird Scare products. These flashy, twirling objects and banners use iridescent reflective foil and shiny tape to create an “Optical Distraction Zone” that discourages pest birds from landing. An unusually effective bird scare product is the inflatable balloon with lifelike reflective predator eyes. These scare-eye diverters are easily attached in areas frequented by birds. Some even feature glow-in-the-dark backsides to repel birds at night. Bird scare products can be easily set up in and around patios, vineyards, pool areas, overhangs, gazebos, boats and other troublesome areas.

A more technical approach to scare birds away involves the use of Electric Shock Bird Repellers. Ideal for pigeons, seagulls and larger birds, these repellers use electrified tracks to impart a mild electric shock when birds try to land. The pest birds are not injured; the mild “jolt” just changes their roosting habits so that they move on. The tracks are easily mounted on signs, ledges, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces. Some manufacturers offer low profile tracks that are virtually invisible from ground level. Other manufacturers offer electric tracks with a flow-through design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces.

Imagine the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard and you’ll get an idea of what our next category of bird scare products sounds like–at least to a bird. Known as Audio Bird Deterrents, they produce ultrasonic sounds that annoy birds. Ideal for walled-off or enclosed areas like sheds, parking garages, and overhangs, these audio devices will scare most birds away–birds like pigeons, sparrows, starlings or seagulls.

There’s also a category of products that use chemicals to scare birds away. Known variously as Foggers or Misters, these bird deterrents utilize an aerosol delivery system to disperse a food-grade, non-lethal aerosol of methyl anthranilate. Approved by the EPA, this chemical irritates pest birds and deters them as they fly through it. Ideal for large areas, many systems feature multiple remote spray units that can cover areas up to one square mile. These environmentally friendly systems won’t harm birds and won’t affect electrical equipment.

Finally, there’s the family of motorized products that work quite effectively to discourage pest birds from landing. These bird repellers utilize rotating arms to scare birds away. Ideal for parapet walls, roofs, signs, billboards, or any flat surface, some are battery powered, others use a plug-in power source. And some are even solar powered.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane bird control methods.
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Bird Proof and Be Free of Pest Birds

Bird Proof and Be Free of Pest Birds

In “A Moveable Feast,” Hemingway describes how he would wait for the gendarme at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris to leave for a break or a glass of wine, then seize a pigeon for his next meal. While this is certainly one way to get rid of pest birds, there are far more humane and efficient ways to achieve the same result.

Pest birds cause millions of dollars in property damage every year. Their nests, droppings and the diseases they carry have become a major concern for homeowners, boat owners, facilities managers and municipalities worldwide. The solution? Bird proofing. Today’s new generation of bird proofing systems covers all manner of bird types and sizes. Many are surprisingly economical and easy to install. Most combine a little bird psychology with common sense. And all have been proven effective in deterring pest birds from their assigned venues.

Spiders to the Rescue

No, not the kind that eats aphids, these spiders are multi-legged and man made. Called Bird Spiders, their spindly arms wave threateningly in the breeze to scare birds away. As a bird proof device, spiders are ideal for use on restaurant tables, canvas boat covers, awnings, patios and other flat surfaces. What’s more, bird spiders come in various arm lengths to shoo away a range of bird types.

Spikes Spell Relief for Pest Bird Sufferers

Anyone who has ever had pest birds nest in their rain gutters knows the problems they can cause. Water dams up, gets under shingles and suddenly, you’ve got an expensive roof repair bill. Enter the Gutter Spike. These spiked strips are the ideal way to bird proof gutters against large pest birds like seagulls, crows, and pigeons. The spikes usually come in two-foot long strips and the spikes are blunted so they won’t harm birds, pets or people. Look for spikes with adjustable clamps at the base that facilitate easy installation to the lip of your gutter.

Also available are Mega Spikes, which boast long 7” spikes. These are an ideal way to bird proof against cormorants, turkey vultures, raptors and other large birds. Try to get spikes made of marine-grade stainless steel as the will typically last longer. You can also get spikes with a crush proof, non-reflective metal finish (which makes them blend in to their surroundings). The best spikes feature a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base that you can angle to fit curved surfaces. In general, most spiked strips come with either durable stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate spikes.

Foggers and Misters to Clear up Pest Bird Problems

Bird Foggers and Misters create a bird irritation zone around a specific area that birds can’t stand. They accomplish this by spraying a fine mist of food-grade methyl anthranilate–essentially a grape extract–in measured amounts to deter pest birds. Harmless to birds and humans, birds fly through the mist and keep going. Simple units consist of a sprayer and a chemical canister. More sophisticated systems employ timers and multiple nozzles that allow users to direct the mist to specific sites in varying times and durations.

Inclined to be Effective

Bird Slopes are slippery PVC panels that prevent pest birds from getting a grip whenever they try to land. And if they can’t land, they won’t stay. The angled panels are ideal for use on eaves, ledges, beams and other similar niches. They can be nailed, glued or screwed to a wide range of surfaces. They even come in a wide range of colors to maintain a building’s aesthetics.

All’s well with this Gel

Bird Gel is the icky, sticky stuff that bugs the heck of pest birds. This bird proof solution was designed to deter a wide range of birds. Gels are ideal for use on conduit, pipes, ledges, I-beams and parapet walls. You apply this goop with a caulking gun and it never really dries—it just skins over. You’ll need to reapply the gel after about six months for best effect.

Neutralize with Nets

Bird Netting is an ideal way to bird proof large areas–like groves, vineyards, enclosed courtyards and patios. And you can get net mesh sizes to deter a wide range of pest birds–including pigeons, sparrows, starlings and seagulls. For demanding outdoor applications, opt for netting that’s U.V. stabilized, flame resistant, and rot- and water-proof.

Balloons and Banners For Birds Who Lack Manners

The Scarecrow with a Brain

A sudden blast of water, the sound of spray and a scary bird’s head all combine to make the Scarecrow a most effective bird proof system. The motion-activated sprinkler device produces a sudden blast of water whenever it senses a bird flying or walking near it. Ideal for use in gardens, backyards, pools/spas and many outdoor areas.

Sounds Like a Real Bird Proof Solution

Audio Bird Repellents create a variety of predator and distress calls that convince pest birds to take flight pronto. Sonic repellents have been used with considerable success to deter pigeons, sparrows, starlings, and seagulls other types of birds.

Shocking Deterrent

Electric Track Bird Repellants are popular because they are humane and effective. They zap virtually any bird that happens to land on their electrified tracks. Ideal for pigeons, seagulls and larger birds. Opt for tracks that feature a flow-through design that won’t allow water to pool around them to damage surrounding areas.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on affordable and effective bird control methods. For additional information on the products listed, please visit www.birdbgone.com


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You Need A Pest Bird Deterrent

You Need A Pest Bird Deterrent

Homeowners, is your patio being rained on by bird droppings? Do you find yourself washing bird droppings off your BBQ every week? Are your rain gutters clogged with bird nests causing water to always overflow into unwanted areas? What about your pool or spa? Do friends and family avoid it because of bird droppings in the water? If the answer is yes to any one of these questions, it’s time you looked into a pest bird deterrent.

Boat owners, is your pride and joy covered with bird droppings? Does your beautiful blue canvas boat cover rip due to hardened bird poop? Are your antennas and masts covered and jammed up with droppings? Do people slip and fall on the slippery poop left by birds as they move about your vessel?  If so, you need some serious pest bird deterrent.

Property managers, are pest birds destroying the businesslike atmosphere you’ve worked so hard to create. Are your air conditioning units and rooftop ventilators grinding to a halt? Are your solar panels and security cameras plastered with poop? Is your outdoor eatery losing customers due to bird droppings on tables and chairs?  If so, you know what you need to do–get some bird deterrents!

If you run a day care center or school, is the outdoor play area covered with disease carrying bird poop? Are the outdoor lunch tables splattered with bird droppings? If so, read on. You need some pest bird deterrent ASAP.

Fortunately, for all those who have been putting up with pest birds, there are many highly effective pest bird deterrents to choose from. These are readily available, easy to install and safe for birds and people.

Let’s start with flash tape. This simple bird deterrent is often made of iridescent material that shimmers and reflects in the sunlight. Tape made of thin metal will crackle in the breeze. The combination of these audio-visual distractions work to disorient and confuse most pest birds. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, flash tape is an ideal bird deterrent for use in barns, sheds, storage areas, warehouses, docks, farms, carports parking lots, homes, boats and boat docks.

A close cousin to flash tape is the Bird Scare Balloon. Often covered with looming reflective predator eyes or other bird-threatening markings, your typical bird deterrent balloon is about 16″ diameter when fully inflated. Pest birds see these balloons bobbing in the breeze and they will fly away. The best balloons are constructed of a U.V.- and weather-resistant vinyl. They are ideal for deterring pest birds from fruit trees, gazebos, boats, patio covers, and building overhangs. Balloons are also an ideal way to discourage geese and ducks away from pools. When filled one-fourth with water and allowed to float around the pool, birds will stay away.

Another bird deterrent that has proven itself to be effective in many applications is the Bird Spike strip. Armed with menacing looking spikes that discourage pest birds from landing, these simple devices have kept pigeons and other large birds from ledges, windowsills, rooftops, commercial signs, billboards, parapet walls, I-beams, and other open areas. Spike strips are currently available with flexible stainless steel spikes or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate spikes. The blunted spikes are harmless to birds and will not cut or injure people. They typically come in two-foot sections and are easily installed with screws or adhesive. Installed properly, their non-reflective metal finish makes them all but invisible from the ground.

Birds really can’t stand this next deterrent–Bird Gel. Easily applied using a caulking gun on virtually any flat surface, this stuff dries, but stays sticky. When birds land on it, they can’t wait to get their little footsies off. Safe for birds and humans, bird gel is ideal for ledges, rooflines, beams, signs, conduit, pipes and other problem areas. The sticky gel typically lasts up to 6 months outdoors.

Next up is the utterly simple Bird Slope. These angled, slippery PVC panels prevent birds from landing. Their little footsies scramble and scamper like “Road Runner.” Pest birds soon give up and move on to more secure landing zones. Easily installed on ledges, eaves, beams and other areas, the best bird slopes are U.V. protected and sun and weather resistant. The panels provide anti-perching, anti-roosting protection against all types of birds, including swallows, starlings, pigeons and seagulls. Some panels have a “snap-on” extender, which allows them to easily adapt to wider ledges and coverage areas.

Still another effective pest bird deterrent–Bird Netting–has proven its worth in orchards, vineyards and other large areas. There’s heavy duty bird netting made of high strength polyethylene for really demanding applications–like air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, eaves and canopies. Better bird netting is often made from a U.V.-resistant mesh for lasting durability. You can order netting in various mesh sizes and cuts to deter a wide variety of bird species and types.

To give pest birds a shocking reception, you might try the Electric-Track bird deterrents currently being marketed. Birds land on these and get a mild electric shock that persuades them to move on. Ideal for small and large pest birds, some electric tracks feature a low-profile design that’s barely visible from the ground. The tracks usually get their “juice” from an AC charger or solar charger.

Everyone knows you can scare pest birds away by clapping your hands. But do you really have the time and energy to clap them 24/7? The solution? Audio Bird Deterrents. Designed to scare pest birds from large open areas, these systems emit distress and predator calls. Some systems have a repertoire of as many as 22 bird calls. The sounds are repeated on a regular basis to remind birds that this is not a “safe” place to land or roost. Ideal for deterring pigeons, crows, woodpeckers, sparrows, starlings, swallows, gulls, grackles, cormorants and many other birds, some audio bird deterrents have the flexibility to add more speakers that will extend the coverage range up to six acres.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane and effective bird control. You can find additional information on the bird control products listed in this article at Absolute Bird Control


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Organic gardening – General Notes on Pest Control Approaches in horticulture

Organic gardening – General Notes on Pest Control Approaches in horticulture

Pest Control Approaches

Chemical horticulture fights off invasive pests with specific insecticides. They may be effective and fast-working at the beginning, but their long-term use may result in the raise of the insects resistant to the used insecticide. To kill those, more efforts will be needed, and the use of the different and stronger chemicals may be necessary. Moreover, killing enemies in the garden, any insecticide will inevitably eliminate predator insects (natural control bugs). And their lack will cause multiplying of the harmful pests. Consequently, a gardener will have to search for some other options to defeat the invasive populations.  

Organic horticulture, on the other hand, offers pests control through the studying and understanding their life cycles and peculiarities, as well as through the combined use of such methods as:

-           plants selection (pests and disease resistant plants are chosen for a garden);

-           companion plants growth (planting those crops that fight off pests and insects);

-           annual changing of the plants location to disrupt the reproduction cycles of the invasive species;

-           the use of row covers during the periods of pests migration;

-           employing insects traps to reduce the population of the pests;

-           increasing the number of predator insects and beneficial organisms.

In addition, organic gardeners usually allow some pests to live in the garden, carefully controlling their level though.

All of the mentioned methods have also additional benefits in the organic garden, as fertilization, soil protection, pollination, season extension and water conservation, despite of the fact that their influence and results usually take some time to become obvious. To sum it up it is possible to say that biological and organic pest control can be constituents of the integrated pest management (IPM). Nevertheless, the latter can also utilize chemical pesticides to eliminate harmful insects, although these do not belong to the biological or organic means.

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Soil control and management are the important things in gardening. They offer the possibility to keep the garden healthy and strong, which is the key factor in the prevention of diseases and pests invasion onto the plants. One of the ways to success is providing the garden with humus and organic matter.

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For Pest Bird Control Choose the Right Product

For Pest Bird Control Choose the Right Product

Birds are free and they can fly where they want. The world is theirs.  Birds can be nice, otherwise why would people keep them as pets or keep birdbaths in their gardens? However, birds can also be pest birds specially when they eat seeds and plants and poop all over the place.  Nobody wants a pest bird whether it’s a pigeon, seagull, sparrow, starling, turkey vulture, crow, or Canadian goose. Not everyone is aware that more than 60 human diseases are related to birds and their droppings, and some of them can even be fatal to humans. When birds cause damage to your home, they leave ugly stains, cause the structure to deteriorate, and may also lessen the value of your property. So it is very important for using bird control around your home, garden, yards, porches, buildings and greenhouses. As you plan your strategy, remember that pest birds can be very determined in finding what they want and need. Since they seek out roosts and nesting places where they will feel comfortable and content, you want to make your home and garden unappealing and unwelcoming to them without causing them any harm.

For years USA Bird Control has been dedicated to helping home owners find the best product for their pest bird control problems. The customer service department is committed to educating customers on the different products available. This article provides solutions for the most common pest bird problems home owners’ encounter. If you have a pest bird problem, USA Bird Control has the right product for you! You can choose from many options for complete bird control.

We’ll start with what’s known as “Bird Scare” products to bird’s control.  They discourage birds from landing on trees, overhangs, gazebos, patios, eaves, pool areas, and other areas. You can also get prowler owl, blow-up balloons and terror eyes emblazoned with threatening predator eyes. Be sure to change the position and color of these bird repellent, since birds get used to them in short order.

Bird netting is another highly effective bird control solution. Bird netting is most effective bird control product when used to keep birds out of specific areas like courtyards, patio covers, and rooftops. Most bird netting is so strong; it even stands up to larger animals like deer, coyotes, and dogs which can help to protect your garden.

One of the all-time favorite bird repellent is the Bird Spike. Bird Spikes are perfect for roof peaks, awnings, gutters, signs, girders, and ledges. Yes, they look like they would impale any bird coming near them, but they are perfectly harmless. Some bird spikes are made of rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate. Others are flexible stainless steel bird spikes. They come in a variety of widths and colors, are easy to install and won’t harm birds. Birds take one look at these threatening looking bird spikes and realize very quickly that landing on or near them are impossible.

Ultrasonic bird Repeller keeps away birds and animals from your property without messy or expensive chemical solutions. This Repel birds and animals away up to 4,000 square feet using an ultrasonic bird Repeller which makes it an Ideal bird Repeller for yards, gardens, porches, buildings, greenhouses and more.

Finally, for a fast and economical bird control solution, there’s bird gel. This non-toxic, sticky chemical leaves a surface that’s tacky and uncomfortable to most birds. The bird gel skins but never sets hard, providing an unstable surface for the birds to land on. Birds hate it, yet it’s safe for both birds and people. Bird gel easy to apply and is ideal bird repellent for pipes, conduit, ledges, I-beams, and parapet walls.

Ethan Mark works for USA Bird Control, Inc. in marketing and public relations. His interests include birds, gardening, reading, and writing.


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Bird Netting to Deter Pest Birds


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Bird Netting to Deter Pest Birds

 

One of the most effective ways to deter pest birds is through the use of bird netting.

Growers and farmers have discovered that this is a great way to keep cornfields, fruit orchards and vineyards from being ravaged.  For example, lightweight plastic mesh netting is ideal for protecting fruit trees, blueberry bushes, gardens, vineyards, eaves and more from pest birds. This netting is virtually invisible, available in large sizes, and easy to work with. Better bird netting is U.V. protected to last longer. Lightweight bird netting can also be used as a temporary barrier to block birds from getting into storage garages, barns and warehouses.

 

Installing Bird Netting

 

There are a variety of ways to install lightweight bird netting. For fruit trees, vegetable gardens, blueberry bushes and grape vines, the netting should be suspended. When draping over a fruit tree, measure the circumference of the tree and cut the net so that you are left with at least one foot extra. You should then secure the netting with twine, zip ties, or hog rings.

 

For blueberry bushes and grape vines, suspend the netting over the bush or vine and allow at least 6 inches of space. This will prevent pest birds from sitting on the net and poking their heads and beaks through the net to get at your fruit. One common way to suspend the netting over the bush or vine is to use a series of poles placed around the perimeter. If you want to protect vegetable gardens, you can either wrap the individual plants in netting or suspend the netting around the entire garden. Finally, to keep pest birds out of eaves and similar open spaces, the best lightweight bird netting comes with handy clips. You can also use a staple gun to secure the netting around the perimeter.

 

Heavy-Duty Bird Netting

 

For larger more demanding applications, there’s heavy-duty bird netting. This netting is constructed of strong polyethylene and is typically used to block pest birds from entering air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, canopies and other large areas. The best netting is this category is usually a U.V. resistant mesh, meets ISO 1806 mesh test standards and comes with a long guarantee–10 years. Some heavy-duty bird netting is rot proof, waterproof, flame resistant and sub-zero stable. This netting is available in various sizes and custom cuts and is preferred by architects. Heavy-duty bird netting should be installed properly or it will sag or droop. This can create gaps that birds can squeeze through. For best results, a cable should be set up around the perimeter of the netted area, and the net should then be attached to this cable.

 

Bat Netting

 

If your facility or property is troubled by bats, you can get bat netting. This bird netting is 3/8″ mesh and is typically available in 10′x10′, 25′x25′, and 50′x50′ sizes. It will block bats from getting into eaves, attics, garages, and similar areas. The best bat netting is made from a strong polyethylene mesh, and carries a long guarantee—as long as 10 years. Bat netting is installed much like most heavy-duty bird netting. Once a perimeter cable is set up, the net is secured to this cable and pulled taught around all edges to close up any gaps.

 

Why You Need Bird Netting

 

You don’t have to be a grower or vintner to appreciate the value of bird netting. Facilities managers and building owners know that pest birds can invade their property, causing extensive damage to courtyards, patios, storage yards and other open areas.

 

One big problem with pest birds is their droppings. These pose a serious health hazard, since it’s well known birds can carry any of 60 diseases. Bird nests and the mites that attach themselves to their feathers compound the problem. Feral pigeons, for example have been known to carry a bacterium that causes Salmonellosis. Pigeons can also carry Ornithosis, a disease that resembles viral pneumonia. Bird netting is the effective barrier deterrent that can keep out these disease carrying pests.

Airport managers know that pest birds can be a major headache in aircraft hangars. Facilities managers realize that when birds gather in eaves, canopies, support beams and other large open areas, bird droppings and nesting debris can end up in engines and delicate aviation parts and assemblies. What’s more, when bird droppings fall onto the smooth floors in hangars, they can create serious slip-and-fall hazards. Bird netting is an effective deterrent that can prevent pest birds from nesting in these areas.

 

In general, most building owners, whether private or public, will suffer from the invasion of pest birds. For example, bird droppings and nests can block gutters, drain pipes, and vents. They can jam up turbine ventilators, block light sensors, obscure security cameras, and ruin solar panels. Pest bird nests can also create ideal conditions for starting fires, as their dry twig and feathers make ideal kindling. Again, bird netting can keep out many of the birds that create these problems.

 

Finally, food processors, packagers and other food intensive areas can suffer dearly from pest birds. Health inspectors visiting these facilities don’t look kindly at pest bird infestations in these areas. They know that bird droppings can create all sorts of health hazards for foods being processed and readied for shipment. Birds can also eat into packaged products in loading docks and warehouses. Bird netting can keep pest birds out of these sensitive areas.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on effective bird control solutions. To find a company near you that can install bird netting, visit http:www//birdbgone.com

 


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How to Humanely Deter Pest Birds

How to Humanely Deter Pest Birds

There are birds and there are pest birds. Birds are the subject of poets and song. Pest birds are a nuisance and must be dealt with. Left unchecked, pest birds can cost millions in property damage and infect us with disease. They can bring down our planes, grind our factories to a halt, eat our food, and deface our finest statues and monuments.

 

But how to deter pest birds? We can no longer poison, shoot or cull them like days of old. We just want them to leave and find “greener pastures” somewhere else.

 

So what are the best ways to deter pest birds? Through a mix of science and bird psychology, modern man has developed a number of ingenious and surprisingly effective ways to deter our fine feathered friends. These include everything from the simple to the complex, from high tech to no tech. Some can even be used in tandem with others.

 

Among the most economical ways to deter pest birds is to simply scare them away. This approach has spawned an entire family of “Bird Scare” products. There’s iridescent reflective foil or flash tape, easily the least expensive. These simply wave in the breeze and “shoo” birds away. Then there are the blow-up balloons covered with threatening predator eyes. Same principle here. Along with tapes and foils, these deter pest birds by creating an “optical distraction” zone. They work well on patios, overhangs, gazebos, eaves, pools, and similar open areas. One note: change their position and color as birds get used to them fairly quickly.

 

Another bird scare product that has demonstrated its ability to deter pest birds is the Bird Spider. It uses thin spider arms that flail threateningly in the breeze to convince birds to move on. Spiders come in various diameters to deter different sized birds. They’re perfect for patios, awnings, boat covers and other flat areas.

 

Next up is the ubiquitous Bird Spike. These porcupine strips of spikes look dangerous but they’re perfectly harmless to birds. They work because they deter pest birds from landing. Ideal for roof peaks, awnings, gutters, signs, girders, and ledges, the spikes are available in rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate or high strength, durable stainless steel. Advisory note: Be sure to install spikes to fully seal off the corners and sides of a ledge or birds will just sneak around them.

 

Still another effective way to deter pest birds is the surprisingly simple Bird Slope. If you’ve ever tried to climb uphill on a slope of wet ice, you know what a bird feels like in trying to land on this deterrent. Like a hamster in a  squirrel cage, feet move, but they just can’t get a grip on the angled PVC panels. If birds can’t land, they’ll leave. Bird slope panels are easily installed on most surfaces using glue or screws, and they come in several colors to match a building’s décor. For lasting durability, get UV- stabilized polycarbonate panels.

 

Our next product uses the opposite bird deterrent technique. Known as Bird Gel, you apply this non-toxic substance with a caulking gun to any flat or curved surface and

it leaves a sticky, tacky finish that birds can’t stand. Used on pipes, conduit, ledges, I-beams, and parapet walls, pest birds will simply shun the area and go somewhere else to land and nest.

 

For growers and facilities managers who want to deter pest birds from large areas, there’s Bird Netting. Typically available in 3/4″, 1-1/8″ and 2″ mesh sizes, these nets won’t harm  birds. Agricultural netting is available for fruit trees, crops, and vineyards. To keep pest birds from large buildings and other major structures, there’s heavy duty netting. Try to get U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof netting. If you’re concerned about electrical conductivity or signal interference issues, opt for non-conductive webbing. One helpful note: for buildings, cover window recesses, balconies and entire rooftops to prevent birds from sneaking around the net.

 

Sometimes to deter pest birds, you need to so something really shocking. That’s where our next bird deterrent comes in. Called the Electric-Track bird repeller, it persuades birds not to land on a certain surface by imparting a mild electric jolt to their little footsies. These low-profile electrified track systems are practically invisible from ground level and can be easily mounted on flat or curved surfaces. Some electric tracks feature a flow-thru design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops and other areas. Others feature marine grade knitted wire that can stand up to alkali and acidic environments and resist corrosion. The better track systems have a knitted design with a single strand of high-gauge wire and a tube-within-a-tube arrangement.

 

For those who like the idea of chemical deterrents, there are a number of “bird-hazing” systems currently on the market. Most deter pest birds by releasing a super fine mist of methyl anthranilate into the air. The chemical they use is a harmless grape extract that naturally occurs in concord grapes. It works quite well to deter sparrows, pigeons, starlings, crows, blackbirds and geese from large open areas. The chemical releasing systems come with all sorts of nozzles and timers to let you zero in on problem areas.

 

If you’ve ever noticed, most birds have excellent hearing. Although a bird’s ears are covered with feathers, the ear hole is nearly as large as a bird’s eye. Sonic Pest Bird Repellers exploit a bird’s acute hearing and aversion to distress and predator calls. Some sonic repellers emit up to 22 types of calls. These calls can be heard for hundreds of feet, which makes them ideal for large open areas.

 

Finally, a “green” solution to deter pest birds. The Solar Powered Bird Repeller. This device features arms that whip around at a respectable speed to discourage birds from landing. Great for keeping pigeons, seagulls and larger birds from billboards, signs, parapet walls, roofs, or any level surface.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on effective and humane bird control. To learn more about the products or techniques mentioned in this article, visit Absolute Bird Control for a complete line of huamne bird control products including bird spikes, bird net,bird repellent, bird scare devices and more.


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Controlling pest birds on boats and marinas

 

Controlling pest birds on boats and marinas

 by Alex A. Kecskes

 

If you’re a boat owner or skipper, you know about pest birds. They’re the seagulls and cormorants that perch and poop all over masts, spreaders and those beautiful navy blue canvas covers. If you own or manage a marina, you may have spent countless hours (and big money) cleaning up after the hoards of pigeons that turn canopies and awnings into unsightly, smelly distractions. For marina managers and owners, pest birds also create a huge slip-and-fall liability on walkways and docks—making them literally an accident waiting to happen. Something you don’t need in this increasingly litigious society.

 

As many boat owners have painfully learned, and marina owners know, pest birds create far more than a visual nuisance. The high concentration of uric acid—higher in sea birds—can discolor paint, permanently stain canvases and eventually erode steel. In addition to being pests, these birds can create an inherent health risk. The bacteria and parasites that live and grow in bird droppings can carry and transmit any of 60 known diseases.

 

The bottom line: controlling pest birds and keeping them at bay is a wise investment in time and money. But where to start?

 

Fortunately, there are a number of effective products to keep pest birds away from boats or marinas. This includes an entire family of bird spikes. Ideal for pigeons, gulls and other large birds, the strong, rigid spikes are often made of unbreakable polycarbonate. Other products in this category have marine grade stainless steel spikes. Both types will discourage pest birds from landing on radar antennas, masts, ledges, or other flat surfaces. Just as effective are bird spiders. Their spider arms move with the breeze, keeping birds from landing. Most are sturdy and stable, come in a variety of diameters, are easy to install and usually maintenance free. Spiders are particularly useful for canvas boat covers, biminis, radar antennas and other similar areas.

 

For state-of-the-art high-tech bird control, there’s a whole new generation of bird chase supersonics. Some let you select a “target” bird and emit any one of a dozen or so distress calls, which will play, pause, then play again with adjustable volume. For marinas, you can connect additional speakers for acres of coverage.

 

Another high-tech pest bird solution is the repeller. These “repellers with propellers” are motorized whirly-gigs with arms that rotate at a bird-scare speed to whisk pest birds away. Ideal for parapet walls, roofs, signs, or any flat surface, they discourage pest birds from landing and keep them from coming back. Some have batteries, others you plug in, and some are even solar powered.

 

If you’re on a budget (who isn’t in this economy), you can opt for inexpensive low-tech visual deterrents. Things like iridescent reflective foil or flash tape, which is easily strung around a boat or turned into pennants around a marina. Inflatable balloons are another economical visual scare device. Ideal for masts, radar antennas and overhangs, rooftops and similar structures, their lifelike reflective predator eyes and markings drive birds away by creating an “Optical Distraction Zone.”

 

These scare-eye diverters are easy to hang in problem areas. Opt for repellers that have iridescent foil eyes to scare birds by day and glow-in-the-dark backsides to keep them away at night. One tip: since most birds like to land on the high points of a vessel, mount these bird control devices as high as possible. Birds are always on the lookout for predators, food sources, and stable landing perches, so reflective, flapping objects will discourage them from making your boat or marina their next perch or nesting place.

 

Keep in mind that all these bird control products are humane and will not harm animals, birds or humans.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer, writing for Bird-B-Gone Inc, the nations leader in affordable and effective bird control products.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Prepares for Pest Bird Landings

A new 4,800-vehicle four-level parking structure, site work and a grand canopy entry area are currently under construction at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in the Grand Rapids area. The approximately $115-million project began in September 2007 and it is expected to be completed in October 2009.  The Grand Canopy is a glass structure attached to the parking garage covering the roadway and two skywalks to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport terminal.  Whether you are waling or driving, you will be protected from the elements. The $114 million budgeted for the project includes roadway changes and utilities. The infrastructure improvements include a new entrance plaza to the airport grounds and an exit plaza from the parking structure. 

 

Netting Under Canopy at Portland International Airport.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is managed and operated by the Kent County Department of Aeronautics. Approximately 5,500 travelers pass through Gerald R. Ford International Airport each day. The airport covers nearly 3,200 acres (over five square miles), an area almost as large as the city of Grandville and a bit larger than East Grand Rapids.  The new parking structure is being built to accommodate future increased airport traffic.

Part of the planning for the project included providing some sort of bird control on the canopy.  This was deemed necessary because of the lessons learned at the Portland International Airport in Oregon.  A similar canopy was constructed there that soon became home to thousands of pigeons.  It order to get rid of the pigeons in Portland, over 18,000 sq. ft. of bird netting was installed.  To avoid this problem in Grand Rapids, bird control netting was included in the project specifications.  The job went to bid in July of 2007.  The bird control portion of the project was awarded in December of 2007.  The contractor was to hang approximately 180,000sq. ft. of bird control netting on the underside of the Grand Canopy to protect it from pest birds.  

 

 

Using 85’ lifts to install bird netting.

 

Bird Netting Under Canopy Infrastructure.

The bird netting system is to be installed under the infrastructure of the Grand Canopy.  Under the glass top is a network of beams that support the glass top; these beams make perfect landing, roosting and nesting areas for pest birds such as pigeons.  Installation of the netting in October of 2008.  An 8-man crew was used to install the netting in 12 different bays. The netting is attached to a cable system that is installed along the main trusses of the canopy.  The areas are reached using 85’ and in some cases 135’ lifts. It took 6 weeks to finish 6.5 bays, and then the bird control installers were caught up to the construction crew.  As soon as the construction is complete on the rest of the bays, the bird control installers will return and finish installing the bird netting.  Bird netting was specified for this job because it is an all inclusive products.  Installing it under girders of the canopy makes it impossible for birds to land on the infrastructure.  It is also virtually invisible once installed; this ensures that the visual aesthetics of the canopy’s architecture is not disturbed.  Bird netting also has a long guarantee, it should last up to if not longer than 10-years.

Besides the bird netting, bird spikes will be installed along the Welcome Wall to keep pigeons from landing and roosting there. Bird spikes are a great way to keep pest pigeons from landing on flat surfaces.  What kind of Welcome would it be if the wall was covered with bird feces?  Bird Spikes are available in polycarbonate plastic and stainless steel.  The stainless steel where chosen for this job.  Stainless Steel Bird Spikes are a long lasting, low visibility, economical bird control deterrent.   The bird spikes will be installed in the final phase of the project sometime in April of 2009.

All of the bird control products installed on the Gerald R. Ford Airport were purchased from Bird-B-Gone, Inc.. Bird-B-Gone is the largest manufacturer of bird deterrent products in North America.  Bird-B-Gone, Inc. offers over 100 products to deter pest birds.  For more information contact them at (800) 392-6915.  Bird-B-Gone, Inc. has a network of Authorized Installers available across the nation

Fran Prisco lives and writes in Southern California. She has been in the bird control industry for over 8 years. Her areas of interests span from running and bicycling to volunteer work and golfing.

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