Commercial Bird Netting Solves Many Bird Control Problems

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird nettingKeeping birds away from commercial buildings and structures can prevent a variety of costly maintenance and repair problems. Using high quality bird netting to physically exclude pest birds is both humane and effective. Bird netting comes in various types, mesh sizes and even colors to provide an aesthetic and workable solution to deterring birds. The different types of bird netting currently available from a leading bird control company include:

Bird Net 2000 Heavy Duty Netting

Ideal for establishing bird control in and around warehouses, overhangs, rooftops, eaves and even airline hangars, Bird Net 2000 Heavy Duty Bird Netting is made of a tough UV-stabilized polyethylene mesh. This netting is long lasting and extremely durable, since it is rot proof, water proof and flame resistant.  The netting is ISO 1806 and 9001 Protocol mesh tested, temperature stable (-250F to 270F), and non-conductive. It comes in stock sizes, custom cuts up to 200 ft., and three different mesh sizes—2”, 1 1/8” and ¾”. The 1-1/8" mesh is most effective for gulls, pigeons and larger birds.  This netting is often specified in architectural plans and is commonly installed in commercial and industrial areas. It’s backed by a 10-Year Guarantee and comes in black, stone or white to blend in with its background.

No Knot Netting

Similar to Heavy Duty Bird Netting, No Knot Bird Netting is UV-protected, durable and long lasting.  Its key advantage is its light weight combined with unusually high break strength—50 pounds—owing to its multi-strand polypropylene fiber.  No Knot Bird Netting is also flame resistant and effective in wide temperature ranges from -250F to 338F.  The netting comes in two different mesh sizes—2” and ¾”.  It’s ISO 1806 Protocol mesh tested, backed by a 10-Year Guarantee, and is virtually invisible when installed. Like Bird Net 2000, this netting can be used as effective bird control in and around warehouses, overhangs, rooftops, eaves and even airline hangars.

Bat Netting

Many commercial buildings, structures and warehouses attract bats. Bat Netting (or Bat Net) keeps them out. It’s virtually invisible when installed, and is specially designed to exclude bats from entering the many dark, secluded and lofty areas of a structure. Bat Net is made of a knotted, UV-resistant monofilament polyethylene mesh. It is available in a 3/8” mesh and many different sizes—everything from 10’ x 10’ to 50’ x 100’ to deter bats in a wide variety of commercial applications. Backed by a 10-Year Guarantee, Bat Net is the humane way to deter bats.

Bird-Scape Solves the “Trapped Bird” Problem

When netting is used as a bird control solution, birds can sometimes become trapped by the netting. An innovative product called Bird-Scape solves this problem. It’s designed to prevent birds from being permanently trapped behind bird netting. Sold as a netting accessory and installed into the bird netting using hog rings, Bird-Scape allows trapped birds to fly safely out of a funnel.

Harmony at Home with Bird Control Products

Friday, December 27, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bird control productsHarmony at home can be achieved with effective bird control products.  It is important to make the home environment a safe and peaceful environment.  A home free from pest birds is a safe and peaceful home.  Pest birds are a pest the same as mice, rats, squirrels, opossums and bats.  It is easier to trick the pest birds and to block them from the unwanted specific areas around the home where they land, roost and nest. 

Bird Control Products Do Not Need to Harm Birds

It is important to use safe and human bird control products.  There is a Migratory Bird Treaty Act that makes it unlawful to harm migratory birds.  It is a safe way of thinking about all birds.  There is no need for poisons or other lethal methods of getting rid of birds.  It can be as easy as scaring them away and blocking them from a certain area.

Sonic or sound bird control products will scare birds away.  They create an environment that the birds do not like.  The sound bird control products are pre-recorded with actual bird distress calls and predator calls.  Each device has over 22 different types of species programmed into the device.  You can set the sound bird control device to play a specific type of bird, or set it on the general setting.  The general setting will play a multitude of bird calls from different species.  Each unit can cover about an acre of land.  With additional speakers, the sound bird deterrents will cover up to five acres of land.

For specific areas such as the rooftop, balconies, garages, sheds and the eaves, bird netting would be ideal.  A bird control product such as bird netting will totally bar the bird from these particular areas.  Setting up bird netting where you do not want the birds before springtime is advised.  You do not want them building nests, because then you will not be able to get rid of them until the nests are unoccupied by the young.  Setting up birding netting in fall and winter will also stop the birds from roosting in theses area.

Bird control products installed around the home is an easy weekend venture.  A home that is bird free means a home free from the messy droppings that cause an unsightly mess and bring about disease.

Problems with Bats? Try Bat Netting

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bat netting If you believe there is a need for bat netting this means you have most likely already been through the bat inspection process.  The process discovers where all the entry holes into the building are.  It is wise to inspect for bird and bat entry from time to time.   It is also wise to do this before the building needs to be shut down.  A clinic in Volusia County, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, had to be closed down because of bats.  The health department had to contract with a company to eradicate the bats, which can spread disease.  This particular clinic was closed for a week.

Closing down a company can mean thousands if not millions of dollars lost in revenue.  It seems practical to take action before the devastation of a bat infestation takes place.

There are over 900 kinds of bats.  The big brown bat hibernates in very cold, even freezing, temperatures and it is common to find them sleeping in public buildings, garages and houses during the early winter.  It is important to block them from entering in the first place so as not to have to deal with them when they wake up from this hibernation and try to feed.  Installation of bat netting is a sure way to keep them out.

Bats can fit through very small holes.  Bat netting is very strong, even stronger than average bird netting, and it is knotted and specially designed to be a bat barrier.  Bat netting is available in 10’x10’, 25’x25’, and 50’x50’ and with the mesh size of 3/8”.  The mesh is made of U.V. protected polyethylene.  It can also be ordered to fit any size to cover all of your bat exclusion needs when ordering from a reputable bird control company.

Prevent Bird Strikes with Heavy Duty Bird Netting

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

stop bird strikesA common occurrence at an airport, unfortunately, is a bird strike.  Bird strikes are a significant threat to the safety of flights.  There are specific terms allocated for a bird strike.  Engineers call this event avian ingestion and other terminology used is bird hit, or BASH (for Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard).  BASH is a collision between an airborne animal, which is usually a bird or bat, and a human-made vehicle, which is usually an aircraft.  Birds flying into the windscreens or engines are the most common incidences reported.  They cause an estimated $400 million within the United States and about $1.2 billion to commercial aircraft worldwide.

Bird strikes happen most often during landing or takeoff and when flying at low altitude.  The majority of bird collisions occur on the airports during takeoff and landing however.  In the United States, the geese and gulls are the most frequently involved species.

The only way to reduce the amount of bird strikes during takeoff and landing is for the airport to be involved in bird control management.  Birds are very adaptable to human behavior, so it is important to find the best bird control measures to re-direct their behavior.  If the pest birds know they can roost and nest in the airport hangers, they will flock there continually.  The high rafters are the ideal safe location for the birds to keep out of sight and away from their predators.  The hanger’s doors are usually wide open during the day offering a huge welcoming entrance to the hanger.  Heavy Duty Bird Netting that is correctly installed by an Authorized Bird Control Installers will prevent the birds from accessing this area.  It simply blocks their ability to roost and nest.  Heavy Duty Bird Netting comes in a variety of mesh sizes.  To block out the pigeons, geese and gulls the 1 1/3 to 2 inch mesh size is appropriate.  For smaller birds like the sparrow, ¾ inch mesh is suggested.  Bird control experts will help guide you in the management of the pest birds and give you suggestions on the best heavy duty netting that is made of high-strength polyethylene.  This type of netting also needs to be UV stabilized, flame resistant and rot and water proof.

Another approach besides bird control netting use is scare devices such as sonic sound deterrents and visual deterrents.  The professionals can help guide you to the best products to use for your location.
 

Bird Netting will Decrease Pest Bird Damage

Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Kathy Fritsch
get rid of birds with bird nettingThere are major problems associated with pest birds.  Municipalities, vineyards and groves all continuously have problems with pest birds when there is no bird control measure in place.  Birds are labeled pest birds when their presence interferes with business or pleasure.  The interference can be quite detrimental to both health and property. 

The bird’s feces are what cause damage to the property.  Without bird netting to protect against roosting and nesting pest birds, these birds will roost and nest leaving behind their feces.  Birds excrete their feces in the form of uric acid rather than urea.  The uric acid exits in the form of crystals that look like white paste.  When you see the spattering of this white paste all over, you know that this is an area in trouble.  Birds have an extremely high metabolism rate and they need to eat large amounts of food.  This entails large amounts of poop.  It can accumulate quite quickly when there are large roosts.  Uric acid is corrosive and will eat through and damage awnings, concrete, metals, wood and paint.  The unsightly mess will be quite costly to clean and repair.  Having bird netting in pin point locations will discourage the bird from roosting and nesting.

Another major hazard of bird poop on your property is the health issues that can arise from the accumulate feces. There are fungal diseases such as Histoplasmosis that humans can be susceptible to when coming into contact with dried bird feces.  It is transmitted by breathing in the spores that are released when the bird droppings are disturbed.  Mites, bedbugs, ticks and other insects that can cause disease and discomfort can be found in bird debris, roosts and nests. 

It is easy to see how damage to produce and food can come to be.  Bird netting will save vineyards and groves from the unwanted pecking of the pest bird, deeming the fruit and product useless.  Bird netting is a simple solution to a huge problem. 

Bird netting will exclude a wide range of bird species.   There are different kinds of bird netting as well, heavy-duty bird netting and no-knot bird netting.  There is even special netting made to block bats.  There is 4 inch mesh that works well for gulls, 1 1/8 inch mesh that is successful in deterring blackbirds and starlings, and then ¾ inch mesh for the smaller sparrows and swallows.  There are various weights of the bird netting and various colors as well.  The various colors can be matched to the area that the bird netting is protecting, making it virtually invisible.  The various colors of the netting will blend in extremely well with the aesthetics of the environment. High quality netting is made with specially treated polyethylene and is U.V. protected.  Most netting is also rot-proof, waterproof, flame resistant and sub-zero stable. 

Following specific guidelines when installing any bird netting will increase effectiveness. For instance, when protecting vineyards, it is advices to allow for space between the plant and the bird netting.   This will keep the bird from perching on the netting itself and poking its beak down between the netting to get at the fruit.  The bird netting can be easily suspending above the vines which are attached to poles that are secured into the ground.  When applying bird netting to areas of buildings such as eaves, make sure the netting is secured without leaving any drooping or sagging areas where the pest bird can breach the barrier. 

As you can see, one very effective resolution is bird netting. It is both humane and environmentally friendly, leaving behind pesticides and aroma repellants which can harm birds, and in many areas it is illegal to do so.  Apart from of your pest bird problem, the advantages of bird netting are diverse.

Bird Netting for Commercial Buildings

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Kathy Fritsch
get rid of birds with bird nettingBirds can be beneficial and a wonderful melodious addition to our environment at times.  When they decide to roost, perch and nest, and their droppings start to accumulate, this is when they are considered pests and should be excluded from your business and home.  When bird control is not put into place business owners and home owners will spend a lot of money and time cleaning up after the feathered foe.    It is not only unpleasant to look at, but bird droppings are quite hazardous.  There are over 60 transmittable diseases that can be spread that stem from the bird’s droppings.  Before the droppings become hard and dust like, they are quite slippery.  There are documented cases of employees and customers having slip and fall accidents from stepping on fresh bird droppings.  It is important to initiate a bird control solution such as bird netting before the pest bird calls your property home.  If you do not install bird netting in time, you will have to wait usually an entire season.  Most birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.  It is illegal to remove birds and nest when there are babies in the nests.  The statue of 1960 amended its penalty provision by stipulating, “…violations of this Act would constitute a misdemeanor and conviction would result in a fine of not more than $500.00 or imprisonment of not more than six months.”

Bird control implemented early spring will ensure that bird exclusion is legal.  Bird netting can be installed in areas such as warehouses, overhangs, rooftops, eaves and even airline hangars.  Bird netting will offer 100% exclusion of pest birds.  Bird netting comes in various difference mesh sizes and several different colors.  There are also several types of bird netting available.

Heavy Duty Netting

Heavy duty bird netting is constructed of heavy duty polyethylene.  It is made from a U.V. stabilized mesh.  It is long lasting and extremely durable.  It is rot proof, water proof and flame resistant.  It is ISO 1806 Protocol mesh tested and is “sub-zero” stable and non-conductive.  This type of netting comes in three different mesh sizes, 2” mesh, 1 1/8” mesh and ¾” mesh.  It is commonly installed in commercial and industrial areas as it is specified in many architectural plans.

No Knot Netting

No knot bird netting is very similar to heavy duty netting.  It is also U.V. protected, durable and long lasting.  It is very light weight yet super strong with break strength of 50 pounds.    No knot bird netting is flame resistant and is a multi-strand polypropylene fiber.  It is effective in wide temperature ranges from -250F – 338F.  It has two different mesh sizes, 2” and ¾”.  

Bat Netting

Many attics, garages and warehouses are homes to bats.  Bat netting is made especially to exclude bats from entering any unwanted area.  It is stronger than other netting and comes in a 3/8” knotted black mesh.  It is available in many different sizes in order to cover many bat exclusion needs.

Installation

Installation in commercial buildings can get complicated.  Netting in large open spaces will require thousands of square feet in netting and special equipment.  Selecting a bird control company that has access to professional bird control installers is recommended.

Bird Netting is a Must

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Kathy Fritsch
bird nettingBird netting is a sure fired way to deter the pest bird away from gardens, orchards and vineyards.  Plastic bird netting is lightweight and easy to work with while protecting fruit trees, berry bushes, gardens and even the eaves of the home or other buildings.  Bird netting is U.V. protected, so it is durable and long lasting.  When installed correctly, it is virtually invisible.

Types of Bird Netting and Installation


Installation of bird netting is very versatile.  The netting can be suspended over gardens, berry bushes and grape vines.  When protecting fruit trees, measure the circumference of the fruit tree and add and extra foot before cutting.  Then you simply secure the netting with twine, zip ties or hog rings. 

For any type of berry bush or grape vines, it is best to suspend the bird netting over the bushes or vines by at least 6 inches.  It is pest to leave a space which will prevent the pest birds from sitting on the bird netting and poking their beaks through the mesh to peck at the fruit.  It is easy to secure the suspended bird netting using a series of poles placed sporadically around the perimeter of the foliage.    Wrapping each individual plant also protects the vegetable gardens.  Bird netting also works to keep the pest birds from building nests under the eaves of a building structure.  It is very simple to install.  Either a staple gun or bird netting clips can be used to secure the netting to the structure.

For larger areas such as garages, canopies, air hangers and factories, heavy-duty bird netting is more practical.  Heavy-duty bird netting is constructed of a very strong professional grade polyethylene.  The heavy-duty bird netting is water proof, rot proof and flame resistant.  It is also sub-zero stabilized and non-conductive.  This type of bird netting comes in three different mesh sizes depending on what type of pest bird species is causing the problem.  Installation of bird netting should be done properly so it will have no sags or droops.  If there are sags and droops, this creates a gap for the pest birds to go through.  For secure protection, attach a tension cable to the opening on the building and then attach the netting with hog rings. 

If the pest bird is a bat, there is netting that is used specifically for bats.  Bat netting has a 3/8” mesh and comes in various sizes.  Bat netting is also made of a strong polyethylene mesh.  Bat netting installation can be done the same as heavy-duty bird netting using a tension cable.  This physical bird deterrent will block bats from areas such as attics, garages and eaves.

It is important to gain control over the pest bird.  Bird droppings are one of the biggest problems of pest bird infestation.  Bird droppings pose serious health hazards.  There are over 60 known diseases associated with birds and their droppings.  The most serious risks arise from disease organisms that grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and the debris under their nests and roosts.    External parasites are also a problem with infested birds and bats once they leave their nests and roosts.  The parasites then are able to invade buildings and bite people. 

There is also fungus such as histoplasmosis to be concerned about.  Humans and animals can be affected by this disease.  Airborne fungus spores can be ingested by breathing in the spores.  This can occur especially after a roost has been disturbed.  The National Institutes of Health has also reported a potentially blinding eye condition, ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, a result from the fungus.

Bird netting is a must to protect not only fruit trees, berry bushes, gardens, vineyards and building structures, but the health and well being of humans.


Protecting Crops from Pest Birds

Monday, December 19, 2011 by Kathy Fritsch
get rid of birds

Farmers, professional gardeners and your average amateur fruit and veggie patch aficionado have something in common.  Protecting the fruits of their labor!  After working hard to nurture along the fruits and vegetables, protecting them from pest birds so consumers, family and friends can enjoy the produce is an important task at hand.  There is no need for pesticides and poisons to get rid of pest birds.  There are alternatives that are humane and safe and quick and easy to put into action to keep the pest birds away all season long.

Physical Bird Deterrents

Physical bird deterrents are bird control measures that physically block pest birds from the area that they are trying to get to.  Bird netting is a type of physical bird deterrent that will protect the commercial crop as well as the backyard garden.  It is a very low profile and easy bird control method to include as part of the bird control strategy to keep birds away. Bird netting is often seen in vineyards as a way of blocking the bird from the precious grapes.  Bird netting is a very versatile physical bird deterrent.  Bird netting comes in different mesh sizes, width size, lengths and specifications.  The mesh material is made of a polyethylene.  Important features to have in commercial bird netting are U.V stabilized netting, rot proof and water proof.   You also want to choose bird netting that is flame resistant and are ISO 1806 Protocol Mesh tested.  There is heavy duty bird netting, no-knot bird netting and garden bird netting to choose from.  There is even netting that specifically keeps bats at bay.  The versatility allows implementation for various needs and concerns.

Another type of physical bird deterrent is bird spikes.  Very often birds will sit up on ledges, rooflines, light posts, signs, awnings and canopies.  The bird will land and be looking down and around for food and water sources.  By alleviating the bird’s eye view, you are, to a certain point, hiding the plants and vegetation.  Bird spikes simple create an uneven surface that the birds will not land on.  The spikes will not harm the birds in any way, nor harm the person who installs them.  The tips of the spikes are blunted and will not pierce.  There are different widths available and when choosing plastic bird spikes over stainless steel, there are a variety of colors to choose from to match the structure they are applied to.  The bird spikes can be applied to any flat or curved surface.  Bird spikes are easily installed using adhesive or screws.  When installed properly they are virtually invisible from the ground. 

Visual Bird Deterrents


Using a visual bird deterrent in conjunction with the physical bird deterrent or sound bird deterrent is always recommended.   Birds are very intelligent creatures.  Using different types of bird control products will keep it fresh and the birds will not get use to one way of deterring them.  Visual bird deterrents work by scaring birds away.  The scare balloon and flat scare diverter work in a similar way.  Both have reflective surfaces that are very shiny.  The scare balloon is made of a U.V. and weather resistant vinyl.  It is the size of an average beach ball around 16” diameter when inflated.  The flat bird diverter is made of a rugged and durable plastic.  Both the scare balloon and the flat bird diverter  have a design printed on the side.  There is a foil eye in the center of the scare devices which frightens the pest birds away.  They think the scare diverters are predators.  The visual distraction of the shiny surface also annoys the pest birds.   Both diverters can be hung in trees or on posts around the garden areas.  The flat bird diverters are an excellent defense that can be used in fruit trees.  

Bird scare flash tape is one of the most inexpensive bird control products to go along side the physical bird deterrents and sound deterrents.  Flash tape is made of iridescent red on one side and silver on the other.  Both sides flash brilliantly when they move in the slight breeze.  They make a fluttering sound that the birds do not like.  The mirror-like reflection of the tape will get rid of the birds quickly.  Flash tape easily scares the birds away.  Flash tape is proven effective in a wide variety of garden and crop applications.  They can be secured on the outer branches of trees or shrubs, much like a streamer would be.  It is a great product to have as part of an optical distraction.

Sonic Bird Sound Deterrents

Sonic bird sound deterrents are excellent for large open areas.   The sonic bird sound deterrents work by broadcasting bird distress cries and bird predator sounds that are frightening and menacing.  This alerts the pest birds to flee the area.  And they will.  The sonic units can be adapted to cover up to six acres of bird control.  There is an LCD display panel that makes for very easy usage and shows the settings and the status at all times.  The sonic bird sound deterrents play over 22 different species of pest birds.  If you are uncertain as to which pest bird is the main problem, there is a setting that will cover a multitude of bird species.  The sonic bird sound deterrents can be programmed to play at night or during the evening or both.  They are very rigidly constructed, U.V. protected, sun and weather resistant.  The sonic units are definitely designed for outdoor use.

At the end of the day, the bird control measures that are chosen need to be selected according to your personal needs for your particular crops.  As you can see from the options above, there are many ways to protect what you have worked hard to accomplish. 

Bird Control Options for the Starling Problem

Friday, April 29, 2011 by Kathy Fritsch
get rid of birdsAbout the Starling

Starlings in the yard can create quite a nuisance.   Starlings are chunky, short-tailed and an iridescent black bird spotted with white.  In the summer months their long pointed bill is yellow, and in fall and early winter their bills are a dull gray.   Starlings are very aggressive birds.  They will more often than not run off native birds and mark that territory as their own.  Starlings were first introduced into the United States via Europe in the 1800’s.  They have increased in numbers and have spread throughout the whole country.   Starlings are very well known for their flocking behavior.  They will gather in thousands, and have become well adapted to urban life because of the abundance of food and nesting sites.  Roosting in trees and building structures can be quite noisy, as well as the filthy and odorous.

Reasons to Control Starlings

One of the main reasons to keep the huge flocks off your property is because of their poop.  Bird droppings accumulated by a large roost will become quite hazardous quickly.  The droppings, by themselves, pose a risk from the bacteria, parasites and fungal agents that are in the accumulated droppings. One of the more well known fungal diseases is the respiratory disease Histoplasmosis.  Histoplasmosis is a disease that is caused when airborne spores of the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum are inhaled.  The primary infection site is the lungs.  It is found in soil where birds and bat droppings are allowed to accumulate.  Disrupting the droppings is what releases the spores.    Symptoms of Histoplasmosis range from cold or flu like symptoms to ocular Histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS), which according to the National Institutes of health is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans ages 20 to 40.   When cleaning any bird droppings, protecting yourself should be a main consideration.  Also use of a broad spectrum hospital grade disinfectant and cleaner that a reputable bird control company sells is recommended.  This type of high potency disinfectant will be effective against over 100 disease causing viruses and bacteria.  This type of disinfectant cleaner also will clean yeast and mold.  Make sure that it is USDA approved for use on non-food surfaces and well as food surfaces.

Damages from Starlings

Starlings are also considered a pest bird because of the damage they cause in both the yard and structurally.  They are a nuisance in both urban and rural areas.  Starlings are known to wreak havoc in gardens where there is cultivated fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, peach trees, apple trees as well as large vineyards.  It is also troubling and quite costly when roosts have taken over a structure, such as your home, barn or patio covering.  Droppings from all pest birds are very acidic and will eventually corrode the structure they are left on.  The acid from the bird droppings will eat through machinery, roofs, wood, steel, metal and paint.  Bird droppings can also clog ventilation ducts and obstruct drainage systems.  Birds will nest in the gutters and clog them up.  

Solutions for Starling Bird Control

Sound deterrents, physical and visual deterrents and scare tactics will change the starlings roosting habits and get rid of the pest bird permanently.  Bird control is especially effective when combining one or more different types of deterrents.

Using a sonic unit which plays distress and predator calls will work well for a large area where the starlings will roost in the trees.  The sound deterrent is a scare tactic.  When the birds hear the “mock” predator calls and distress calls, their natural instinct to flee the area kicks in and they will fly away.  The sound deterrent units are capable of playing over 20 different types of bird predator and distress calls, so the sound deterrents are useful for more than just the starling.  The sound deterrents cover up to an acre, but additional speakers can be added to the sonic unit to cover up to five acres.  The sonic unit operates between 65 to 105 decibels.  It can be programmed to play day or night.  The sound deterrents have an LCD display panel for easy use and shows the status and settings at all times.  It is specially made for outdoor use.  The sonic units are durable; U.V. protected and is sun and weather resistant. 

The sound deterrent would couple nicely with a visual bird deterrent such as the reflective bird diverter. Not only will the starling, or any other pest bird, hear the distress and predator calls, but with the reflective bird diverters hanging in the trees, they will see a predator eye which will confuse and frighten the bird away.  The reflective bird diverter is made of a durable and rugged plastic with a mock predator eye printed on the shiny reflective surface of the diverter.  The birds do not like the shiny surface when the sun reflects off the diverter. The reflective bird diverter are very easy to hang in the trees, along the edges of the patio, eaves and gazebos, any problem area where the starling may perch and roost or nest.  They can even be placed on poles that are around the perimeter of plants or gardens where the pest birds will want to eat their breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

A physical bird deterrent like garden bird netting is very effective in blocking the starlings out of unwanted areas.  These areas may include fruit trees, garden plants, grape vines.  Bird netting also can be applied to areas on the rooftops, balconies, garages and eaves of the home.  Garden bird netting is very light weight and easy for the average home owner to handle and install.  It is light, yet very durable.  Garden bird netting is made of U.V. protected polypropylene.  When installed correctly it is practically invisible.  Using a visual bird deterrent would also be a beneficial addition when applying garden bird netting.  The reflective bird diverter or you could also apply a very simple flash tape.  Flash tape has a shiny surface like the bird diverter, but it is an iridescent red Mylar film.  It can be tied to the trees, overhands, patios and in the garden area.  The birds do not like the reflection the tape creates and it can also act like a sound deterrent because the flash tape makes a “crackling” sound when it moves in the breeze or wind.

When using a sound deterrent, physical and visual deterrents and scare tactics there is no harm being done to the starlings.  These types of bird control are safe and humane for all, birds, domestic animals and humans.  The only action will be the birds flying by to find a better place to perch roost and nest.


Reclaim Your Warehouse from the Birds

Monday, January 17, 2011 by Kathy Fritsch
get rid of birdsReclaim your business back from the pest birds.  Millions of dollars is spent each year from the damage of pest bird debris.   Pest birds will find that hidden, open area to roost and nest in.  Even if there is activity around as in a busy warehouse, a covered location for the birds is optimum security.  Their natural instincts are to hide away from their predators and find food sources. 

Bird netting is one of the most cost effective and successful means to get rid of the bird from any building.  Bird netting is being used in warehouses, garages, airplane hangers and factories all over the world.  A heavy duty polyethylene bird net will block the birds from entering unwanted areas.   Heavy duty bird netting is mostly installed in commercial and industrial businesses.  It can be used residentially as well.  The bird netting is made from U.V. stabilized mesh and comes in different stock sizes and custom cuts.  It is both waterproof and flame resistant with a 250 degree melt point. 

Another bird net option is no-knot netting.  It is also professional grade bird netting.  It comes in two different mesh sizes, 2” and ¾” mesh.  It has break strength of 50 pounds.  It is extremely light and very easy to install and extremely strong.

If the pest bird is a bat, there is bat netting.  This type of bird net has a 3/8” knotted black mesh.  It comes in various sizes to accommodate various needs. 

Running a successful business takes strategy.  Running a business free from bird droppings and nesting debris takes bird control.  Facilities managers in charge of maintaining warehouses, factories and the like can easily maintain quality bird netting.  Once installed properly, it will be virtually invisible, yet a strong barrier to keep the area free from pest birds.   Proper installation is important.  You do not want the bird net to sag or droop, creating gaps where the pest birds and bats will get through.

Bird droppings are very acidic and can corrode wood structures, paint and even metal.  The cost of not having a bird control products in place can be quite costly.  Not only financially, from the replacement and repairs to structures and materials, but it can be detrimental to the employee’s health.  If birds are allowed to nest and roost, the buildup of bird droppings can create a danger due to the viruses, bacteria and fungal matter that can develop because of the droppings.  Histoplasmosis is one of the fungus’ that can be transmitted to humans.  Respiratory infection can occur when spores are carried by the air and then inhaled.  All the diseases’ that can arise from bird droppings is a good reason to make sure the problem does not exist.  The investment in bird control installation of bird netting is an investment in time management, health and safety. 


Bat Netting for BMOC (Bats Moving On Campus)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
bat nettingStudents of Rollins College in Florida were shocked not long ago by some unwelcome guests in their dorm. When freshmen moved into Ward Hall, a newly renovated building, they had no idea they'd be sharing their dorm with—bats! Seems the renovation plan left out one important item when they rebuilt the hall--bat netting
 
When darkness fell, the bats arose, dozens of them. They flew through vents in the laundry room and perched in light fixtures, room corners, and windowsills. One third-floor resident recalled her first startling run in with a bat, noting that it just swooped down at her. She screamed and ran for cover.
 
Living in constant fear of the bats, students had shoved towels under the doors, since the bats had begun squeezing into dorm rooms through the space between the floor and the doors. Without bat netting to exclude the bats, some students took matters into their own hands and, armed with trash bags, tried to catch the bats.

One annoying aspect of the dark invaders was that they urinated frequently. Bat urine, high in ammonia can be toxic, and is the biggest threat to the residents in Ward Hall. The urine is not in itself dangerous but it can lead to mould growth. In the case of the urine, smell is the greatest problem. In general, bats can transmit disease like any other wild animal, and the same precautions should be taken if you were to handle any other wild creature. 
 
Since Rollins College is the oldest recognized college in Florida--founded in 1885--college administrators might have gotten together with the renovation contractor and talked about pest bird barriers. They should have consulted a pest bird expert who would have advised them to install some bat netting. Installed where bats emerge, such as in attic louvers, chimney/house interfaces and gable ends, the flying pests could have been controlled. 
 
Bat netting comes in various mesh sizes to deter various bat species. A 3/8-inch mesh is typically available in 10’x10', 25’x25’, and 50’x50’ sizes. Properly installed, bat netting will block bats from getting into eaves, attics, and similar enclosed areas. The best netting is made from a tough polyethylene mesh and carries a strong guarantee--as long as 10 years. Some bat netting is virtually invisible when installed, so it blends in aesthetically with a building or structure. 
 
Like most heavy-duty bird netting, bat netting must be properly installed to be an effective deterrent. Once a perimeter cable is set up in the area to be netted off, the net is then secured to this cable. The netting should be pulled taught around all edges to keep bats from squeezing through any openings around the edges.
 
 

Pigeon Control Methods to Coo About

Friday, March 12, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
Did you know that a single pair of pigeons can produce as many as 18 new pigeons every year? Or that one pigeon can generate up to 25 pounds of droppings annually? And did you know that these droppings can carry as any of 60 transmittable diseases to people and animals? In fact, pigeons are one of the dirtiest birds around. Dirtier that bats. 
 
What you may not know is that there are all sorts of pigeon control devices out there to keep pigeons off our kids' lunch tables, park benches, boat covers, anywhere we really don't want them to be. These devices are humane and effective, and they don't involve gunpowder, propane, avicides or other lethal means. Instead, they rely on science and a bit of bird psychology to work their magic. Here are a few:
 
Post and Wire—This pigeon control device is basically a wire anchored to some springs at both ends to create an unstable landing point. It's ideal for deterring pigeons from ledges, parapet walls, rooflines, handrails and similar areas. The devices are widely used on Federal and State government buildings. The best of these use nylon coated stainless steel wire for lasting durability in harsh weather.
 
Bird Motels--They check in and can't check out--well, not without your help. These live-trap pigeon control cages are ideal for use on rooftops, courtyards and other areas where pigeons like to nest. The better ones come with an easy-access door that lets you remove the bird and release it far, far away. The good "motels" are made of galvanized wire so they won't rust or corrode.
 
Bird Scare Products--These cover the full spectrum of "danger zone" devices--flash tape that crackles in the wind, banners that snap and wave in the breeze, and balloons that resemble a giant Cyclops. Even the most courageous pigeon will eventually succumb to the fear these devices induce, and they'll take to the wind.
 
Pigeon Spikes--These look deadly but they're harmless to birds and people. Birds can't land around them. Spikes come in rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate, or longer lasting slightly more expensive stainless steel. Architects, contractors and government agencies like to specify them, since they don't like the idea of their signature projects being defecated on by pigeons. To keep pigeons and larger pest birds from landing on girders or I-beams, opt for Girder Spikes. To save you rain gutters and spouts, go with Gutter Spikes.
 
Pigeon Netting--An effective pigeon control solution, this netting will exclude them from rooftops, courtyards, patio covers, and other large areas. Some of the best netting is made from ISO 1806 mesh test polyethylene fabric.  U.V.-stabilized, flame-resistant, rot- and water-proof netting is also available. 
 
 

Bird Repellents Great for Grackles

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
Like something out of a Biblical plague, thousands of grackles recently descended on a Northbrook residence in Philadelphia and blanketed the yard. The invading birds had chosen the house on their migratory journey. Without bird repellents to stop them, the thirsty grackles crowded the banks of the backyard pond and ravaged the home's front and back yard feeders. After twenty minutes of feeding, drinking, and resting, the huge flock left, leaving behind quite a mess in droppings. This scenario is not uncommon in many parts of the country.
 
Grackles are typically 11-13 inches long and found in most of Eastern North America. These blackbirds now occupy vast open urban areas, and they can be found in farmlands, orchards, swamps, savannahs, and suburban and agricultural settings--areas where bird repellents are seldom used. Grackles forage mostly on the ground, but will also look to trees and shrubs as food sources. They eat insects, invertebrates, small fish, mice, small bats, seeds, grains, acorns, and some fruits. Grackles will even eat bird eggs. Nesting grackle pairs will roost individually or on colonies, sometimes up to 200 pairs per colony. They are very territorial of their nesting sites. 
 
Lacking effective bird repellents, areas invaded by grackles end up with quite a mess on their hands. The birds swarm aggressively into parks and courtyards, and will go after seeds and grain in rural areas. To deter their onslaught, many people have tried various traditional bird repellents--like shotguns, poisons or propane cannons--only to find temporary relief. What's needed, instead are bird repellents that are not only humane but effective and permanent. 
 
A rising new star among bird repellents is Bird Mist Capture Netting. It's ideal for deterring a wide range of pest birds, including small birds like starlings and grackles. Uniquely designed for indoor use, mist capture netting can be used to keep pest birds out of warehouses, grocery stores, storage facilities," big-box" stores, air hangars and large garages. Made from a strong, UV-stabilized lightweight fiber, this bird repellent is nearly invisible to birds. This specialized netting is currently available in four different sizes: 7’x10’, 10’x20’, 10’x30’ and 10’x40’. Best of all, a single net can capture multiple birds. Installation is basically a no-brainer. You simply hang the nets directly in the flight paths of the invading grackles using poles or overhead beams. When the grackles hit the net, they're instantly immobilized. You simply reach in, remove the birds and humanely relocate them. 
 
Another highly effective bird repellent for moving flocks of grackles from large open spaces is a non-toxic Liquid Fogging Agent. The chemical agent, a grape extract called methyl anthranilate, irritates birds and is easily dispersed using thermal and ULV fogging machines.
 
 
 
 

School Learned its Lesson: Install Bat Netting

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
bat nettingRecently, dozens of bats sent students ducking for cover, and maintenance workers scrambling at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas. One student complained that a bat almost hit him in the head; he narrowly avoided the flying pest by ducking out of the way as he headed for his next class. The scene inside the school was just short of panic as bats flew over students' heads while they rushed to class. To control the bat invasion, maintenance workers installed "extruder" devices, which allow the bats to fly out but not back in. They should have installed bat netting in the first place.  Oh well, lesson learned.
 
To contain the bats, officials took immediate action and shut down the school's main hallway. This forced some students to walk outside to get to class. Probably not a bad idea, since many students complained that the smell was terrible in several areas of the building.  School officials noted that as many as 52 bats were rounded up. School health officials tested many of the bats and were relieved to learn that none of the intruders were diseased. Regrettably, when students returned to class the following day, the bats were still there. Bat netting could have prevented this incident. 
 
There are over 950 kinds of bats. The big brown bat can hibernate in below freezing temperatures, so it's common to find them asleep in cold garages, houses or public buildings during early winter. These bats may suddenly appear in midwinter during a warm weather spell and may try to feed. Setting up a barrier of bat netting is one way to keep them out.
 
When installing bat netting, keep in mind that bats can fit through a hole the size of your thumb. Some bats temporarily roost behind shutters, under wood shingle siding and roofing. Others seek refuge under awnings and under flashing around chimneys. 
 
If your facility or property is troubled by bats, one sure way to exclude them is by installing bat netting. This netting is stronger than your average bird netting and it's knotted and designed especially to exclude bats. Bat netting typically comes in 3/8” mesh and is usually available in 10’x10’, 25’x25’, and 50’x50’ sizes. If you're concerned that netting will give your property a spook-house appearance, not to worry. One manufacturer makes a monofilament U.V. -protected mesh that's virtually invisible. It does a nice job in blocking bats from getting into eaves, attics, garages, and similar areas. The best bat netting is made from strong polyethylene and carries a long guarantee--up to 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.
 
 

Stop Pest Birds with Bird Proof Netting

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
bird proof nettingIf netting can stop an Olympic downhill skier going 80 mph, it can certainly stop a bird from damaging your property. Netting follows one simple rule of bird proofing--exclude the pests from getting at things you want to protect. Today's bird netting does that. Humanely and effectively. 
 
Airport managers like bird proof netting because it keeps birds out of aircraft hangars, maintenance bays and storage areas. Facilities managers use netting to keep birds clear of eaves, canopies, support beams and other large open spaces. Both know that bird droppings and nests can block gutters, drainpipes and vents. Pest bird droppings and debris 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 electrical fires, as their dry twig and feathers make ideal kindling. Again, bird netting can keep out many of the birds that create these problems. 
 
Food processors and packagers use bird netting to keep birds out of their facilities. They know that bird droppings can create all sorts of health hazards for foods being processed and readied for shipment. In loading bays, warehouses and storage facilities, pest birds can also eat into packaged products. When these products are damaged, the expense to ship them back for repair or replacement can be huge. Bird netting is the simple barrier solution that keeps pest birds out of these sensitive areas.
 
Growers and farmers use bird netting to keep cornfields, fruit orchards and vineyards from being damaged. They use lightweight plastic mesh netting to protect fruit trees, blueberry bushes, gardens, vineyards, eaves and more from pest birds. Netting often comes in a number of different colors, so it's practically invisible. And you can order netting in various sizes and cuts to deter a wide range of pest birds. Better bird netting is U.V. protected to last longer. 
 
For really big jobs--and really large, determined birds--there's heavy-duty bird netting. This netting is ideal for protecting air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, canopies and other large areas. The best netting meets ISO 1806 mesh test standards, is rot proof, waterproof, flame resistant and sub-zero stable. Heavy-duty bird netting should be installed by professionals who have the right lift equipment and training to do the job properly. 
 
There's also bat netting. Yes, some people have serious bat infestations that cause all sorts of headaches. Bat netting is one effective solution. It typically comes in 3/8” mesh and is usually available in 10’x10’, 25’x25’, and 50’x50’ sizes. It's ideal for keeping bats out of eaves, attics, garages, and similar areas. The best bat netting is made from a strong polyethylene mesh, and is installed like heavy-duty bird netting
 
 
 

Bat Netting Will Keep You From Going Batty

Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
Did you know that there are more than 1,100 species of bats? Most don't like to live in extremely cold or hot areas. Big bats prefer warm areas, smaller bats, on the other hand. are more adaptable and can be found in warm or cold climes. When bats hibernate, they gather in groups of hundreds and sleep together for warmth. Some bats eat fruit, nectar and seeds from plants. A few species of bats, called "vampire bats," even drink blood--from the backs of cattle and the feet of chickens. Whew! Time for some bat netting.
 
Bats like to hide in vacant buildings, church steeples, attics, spaces between walls, and belfries. They are also very resourceful and will sneak through very small openings or cracks, spaces as narrow as three-eighths of an inch. They'll get into building through open doors, chimneys or unscreened windows. Yes, bat netting will keep them out.
 
While the incidence of bats transmitting disease is low, when bat colonies find refuge in a  building, the droppings and odor of bat urine can be unbearable. Bat droppings are typically found in piles below walls and rafters where bats roost. Bat squeaks and the rustling noise they make as they enter or leave may also be quite irritating.
 
The only sure-fire method of preventing bats from roosting in a building is to bat-proof it with bat netting. But first, you'll need to locate and block all entrances where bats can possibly gain access. Observe the building during the last half-hour of daylight and see where bats emerge. Pay particular attention to attic louvers, chimney/house interfaces, and gable ends. 
 
Bat netting typically comes in various mesh sizes to deter various bat species. A 3/8-inch mesh is typically available in 10’x10', 25’x25’, and 50’x50’ sizes. Properly installed, bat netting will block bats from getting into eaves, attics, garages, and similar areas. The best netting is made from a strong polyethylene mesh and carries a strong 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. To protect fruit trees, vegetable gardens, blueberry bushes and grape vines, the netting should be suspended. Allow enough room between the net an the tree or crop so bats cannot reach the fruit with their beaks or claws through the netting. 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. 
 

Bird Control Products You Can't do Without

Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
bird control problemsGot serious bird control problems? You need serious bird control products. And we don't mean poisons or propane cannons. We're talking humane, effective solutions that discourage and deter pest birds from landing, roosting and nesting on your property.
 
Whether it’s pigeons, sparrows, seagulls, starlings, crows or geese, pest birds can cause all sorts of problems. Take bird droppings, for instance. These can discolor paint, stain wood, erode metal, even crumble concrete and expensive stonework. On top of that, you've got all the health risks of bacteria, fungi and parasites that live and grow in bird droppings. These can carry any of 60 known diseases.
 
One bird control product many have learned to rely on is the Bird Spike. It prevents pest birds from landing on rooftops, awnings, gutters, girders, roof peaks and ledges. Some spikes are made of durable stainless steel; others are fabricated of rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate. Neither will harm birds or people as they are blunted at the tip. Spikes come in various spike lengths and types to effect bird control for whatever pest bird plagues you. 
 
Another popular bird control product is bird netting. To keep birds out of large courtyards, warehouses and aircraft hangars, you might consider heavy duty bird netting. To protect fruit trees, crops and vineyards, use agricultural netting. The good stuff is made of ISO 1806 mesh test polyethylene fabric, U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof. Netting typically comes in 3/4", 1-1/8" and 2" mesh sizes to control a variety of birds. To keep bats out, go with strong, knotted bat netting. 
 
If you've got pest birds nesting and roosting on ledges, eaves, beams and other 90-degree areas, the bird control product you need is Bird Slope. These slippery PVC panels won’t allow birds to get a grip, so they slide off and move on. Bird slope panels come in several colors to match your building's exterior. They're easily glued to any surface or screwed to wood. 
 
Next up, a shocking bird control product called the Electric Track. Pest birds get a harmless but unwelcome jolt of electric juice that discourages them from landing on ledges, rooftops, and other flat or curved surfaces like signs. You can get low-profile electric tracks that conform to virtually any architectural configuration. One commercially available electric track uses marine grade Monel knitted wire that’s stronger than steel, resistant to corrosion and highly resistant to alkali and acidic environments. 
 
Now for a bird control product that's sustainable, humane and effective--the Solar Powered Bird Repeller. Its arms rotate at 30 RPM and gently sweep birds away. Ideal for pigeons, seagulls and larger birds, the repeller can be used on signs, billboards, parapet walls, roofs, or any flat surface, including outdoor eating areas.
 

Why You Need Bird Repellents

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
When large flocks invade or attack private property, birds can be a real nuisance. They can cover your new dish antenna with enough droppings to black out your Super Bowl show. Or turn your boat into a smelly mess. If you're a facilities manager for a building, you can spend big money on repairing or replacing AC units, ducting, rooftop ventilators and electrical wiring damaged by bird droppings. And if you own a restaurant, birds are something you play on your Musak, not something you want defecating outside your eatery. As health inspectors have so often reminded you, bird deposits can carry any of 60 known diseases. It's time you looked at bird repellents
 
Pest birds create millions of dollars of damage every year. But unlike days of old when people dealt with pest birds using unscientific and inhumane devices, today, there are all sorts of bird repellent products that combine technology with bird psychology. 
 
Okay, so let's look at one of the most effective pest bird deterrents on the market today--the Bird Spike. Basically a strip of blunted spikes made of either durable stainless steel or rigid unbreakable polycarbonate, they keep pest birds from landing on rooftops, signs and other elevated areas. 
 
For restaurants who have tables outdoors, you'll need the Bird Spider. This bird repellent has spider arms that wiggle and wave in the breeze to discourage birds from landing any where near open tables. You can get bird spiders in various arm lengths to deal with a variety of bird sizes. 
 
Watching birds try to negotiate a landing on our next bird repellent is like watching an episode of Funny Animal Videos. With Bird Slopes, birds that try to land just slip off with their little legs going a hundred miles an hour. Made of PVC panels, bird slopes are easy to install and perfect for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree crannies.
 
Almost as comical to watch are how pest birds deal with Bird Gel. This stuff goes on like goo, then it skins over but never quite dries hard. It just stays sticky. When birds land on it, they can't wait to leave. Not to worry, it’s safe for birds (except swallows). Bird gels are ideal for use on conduit, pipes, ledges, I-beams and parapet walls. 
 
If you're a facilities manager for a warehouse or airplane hangar, Bird Netting is an ideal bird repellent. Netting is now available in a number of different cuts and mesh sizes to deal with all kinds of pest bird types--including sparrows, starlings, pigeons, seagulls and really big birds, even bats. The best netting is flame resistant, U.V. stabilized, and rot- and water-proof. 
 
 

Reduce Pest Bird Damage with Bird Netting

Friday, December 11, 2009 by Fran Prisco
bird nettingPest birds continue to create a number of problems in cities, towns, groves and vineyards. Pigeons, for example, carry infectious diseases. Their droppings can cause tuberculosis, flu, paratyphoid, lyme disease, toxoplasmosis, and encephalitis. In rural areas, pest birds will peck on fruits, vegetables and plants, costing growers money and plenty of grief. One very effective solution is bird netting. It's both humane and environmentally friendly, since pesticides and aroma repellants can kill birds, which in some areas is illegal. Regardless of your pest bird problem, the advantages of bird netting are manifold.
 
Types and Sizes of Bird Netting
 
Bird netting is available for a wide range of birds. There's 2-inch mesh for deterring pigeons and crows; 1-1/8-inch mesh for starlings and blackbirds; 3/4-inch mesh for sparrows and swallows; and 4-inch mesh for deterring gulls. Bird netting also comes in a number of different weights and colors--like black, stone and translucent to blend in aesthetically with your environment. Some manufacturers offer heavier woven hexagonal mesh white netting, others offer lighter, diamond mesh nylon black netting. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
 
White bird netting, for example, offers a number of distinct advantages. For one thing, it's heavier than black netting, so it's less susceptible to wind tearing it loose. It's also stronger to resist tearing. And for some reason birds seem less likely to get under white netting than black netting. Finally, white netting is less expensive than black netting. Black netting, on the other hand is less visible, so it blends in more aesthetically with its surroundings. And since it's lighter, it requires far less in terms of supporting stakes or structures. Quality constructed netting is usually made of specially treated high-density polyethylene. This netting is highly resistant to U.V. rays.
 
Many fruit trees and berry bushes--including blackberry, black/red current, loganberry raspberry, and strawberry--need to be covered with nets to protect them from birds as the fruit ripens. Bird netting is an extremely effective means of preventing blackbird infiltration. Birds such as grackles and crows can overwhelm trees and other vegetation, leaving damage and droppings in their wake.
 
 
Heavy-Duty Bird Netting--for Really Big Jobs
 
To keep pest birds from entering air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, canopies and other large areas, there's heavy-duty bird netting. Made of strong polyethylene, this netting is usually a U.V. resistant mesh that meets ISO 1806 mesh test standards. Some heavy-duty bird netting is rot proof, waterproof, flame resistant and sub-zero stable. Like most netting, it comes in various sizes and custom cuts.
 
Bat Netting
 
If you've got a serious bat problem, you'll need bat netting. Specially designed for bats, this netting is 3/8” mesh and usually comes in 10’x10’, 25’x25’, and 50’x50’ sizes. It's quite effective in keeping bats out of eaves, attics, garages, and similar areas. The best bat netting is made from a strong polyethylene mesh, and carries a long guarantee--some manufacturers offer a 10-year guarantee.
 
Installing and Using Bird Netting
 
There are certain guidelines that have proven helpful when installing bird netting. For vegetable gardens, blueberry bushes and grape vines, the netting should be suspended so as not to allow birds direct access to the crop. When protecting blueberry bushes and grape vines with netting, allow at least 6 inches of space. When covering a bush or vine, use support poles. To protect vegetable gardens, wrap the individual plants in netting or suspend the netting around the entire garden.
 
Before installing bird netting over trees, prune them to a height that allows you to spread the netting over the top of the tree without using a ladder.  If you have to move and go up and down a ladder, you'll waste time and energy. If your trees are just a little on the high side, use a pole to prop the net over the top of the tree. You might think about "summer pruning" your fruit trees to cut down on the number of branches you have to negotiate when draping the net. If your trees are too large to be covered by a single net, cut the net into smaller pieces and wrap the individual branches. Be sure to draw the edges of the net together under the branches to prevent birds from sneaking underneath the net. In many cases, special net zippers and clips are available to simplify maintenance. Finally, don't leave the nets on too long. Young shoots will grow through the netting, and you'll be hard pressed to remove it without ripping it to shreds.
 
Heavy-duty bird netting should be installed properly by professionals. Installed improperly, this netting will sag or droop, creating gaps where pest birds can squeeze through. Ideally, 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 is installed similar to heavy-duty bird netting. You set up a perimeter cable, then secure the net to this cable and pull it taught around all edges to eliminate any gaps.