Goose Repellents that are Effective

Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentDuring breeding season, the geese breed and lay about four to eight eggs at one time.  It takes approximately thirty days to incubate under the watchful eye of the mom and dad.  A mother goose in her lifetime will hatch up to fifty geese.  Geese are abundance and it is easy to realize why.

They can be quite a nuisance however.  If there is a water source, there will be geese.  Parks, airports, golf courses and many planned communities are in constant battle with the pest geese.  Geese love freshly manicured lawns.  They will graze on the plants, weeds and grass.  They will easily destroy the grassy area, and will leave in their wake a lot of droppings.  Goose droppings and most other bird droppings are known to carry over 60 transmittable diseases, and some of them are airborne.

Goose repellents should be installed where geese are rampant.  Geese droppings can pose a hazard to domestic animals as well as humans.  Cats can maneuver around the droppings on the grass naturally, but the dogs love to roll around in it and even eat it.  There was a study done by the CDC on a resident flock of Canada Geese in Georgia and North Carolina.  There was proof that antibiotic resistant E coli were carried by the geese.  It is obvious how one can be affected when the dog comes charging inside after rolling around on the grass laden with goose poop after what appears to be a safe time at the park.

There are many goose repellents that are humane and safe.  Liquid goose repellent is highly effective and very cost effective as well.  Liquid goose repellent is a non-toxic liquid that can be sprayed on the grass area and any shrubs.  The ingredient in the liquid goose repellent is a grape extract, Methyl Anthranilate.  This causes the mucous membranes and trigeminal nerves to be irritated, and they will not like it at all.  It will keep the geese off the grass, yet the area will still be safe for any domestic animals.

There are many choices of goose repellents.  There is also sound deterrents, motion activated sprinklers and coyote decoys to get rid of geese from your property.
 

Goose Control at the Golf Course

Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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Golf courses have man-made designed hazards to make the course more interesting.  There is water and bunkers.  This is what the Official Rules of Golf designate as hazards.  To a golfer, a hazard is anything that is hazardous to the ultimate golf score.  Another hazard on the golf course is the Canada Geese.  Goose control is a hot topic for golf course workers and superintendents.  It takes effort to keep the course clean and green.  With geese running amuck depositing their droppings everywhere they go just adds to the cleaning up portion of the course maintenance worker’s job.

Golfers are not very happy stomping in goose droppings or having their golf balls rolling around in the droppings.  Golfers pay a lot of money to play a course usually, and they should not have to worry about picking up their golf ball and having to sanitize their hands each time they touch it.  When geese are present, their residual feathers are usually all over the place as well.

Goose control is especially relevant with golf courses that have a lot of water features.  The goose control problem even filters over into the surrounding luxury homes, condos and apartments that are often built around the golf courses.  The noise of the geese is also a factor.  A golfer lined up for a shot does not like to be distracted by the geese flapping their wings or diving into the pond.

Goose Control Methods

How can the golf course and paying golfers be spared from the geese? The course and players are spared by applying a goose control method or two. Visual bird diverters, or bird scares, placed sporadically around the waterholes with bird deterrent balloons attached to a type of stake pounded in the ground would be a great start to getting rid of the pest birds.  A goose control using a visual deterrent such as the visual balloon deterrent, works by frightening the geese away.  As the balloon will look like a decorative item to the golfer, it is a predator to the pest birds.  The “mock” predator eye is printed on the sides of the balloon. The surface of this visual bird deterrent is shiny and reflective which adds to the uncomfortable visual stimuli of the pest bird, confusing and frightening the bird and forcing the feathered nuisance to find an alternate bathing, resting and eating place.  These balloon diverters can also be hung in trees, wherever the problem occurs.  There are also diverters that act in the same way, but they are not balloon shaped.  They are more flat but still have the shiny surface and the predator markings which confuse and scare the geese.

There are also motion activated sprinklers and sound goose deterrents that work well in unison with the visual scares.  A professional from a successful bird control company will be able to guide you to the best combination of goose control methods that will keep the course free from the Canada Geese.


 

Geese are Returning – Install Goose Control

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentsIt is spring and the migratory geese are returning.  Grass and shrubs will be eaten until there is nothing left.  Well, what will be left is the mass of goose droppings all over the place.  They take the food, but they leave their fecal matter behind.  Goose control products are needed to take control of the goose problems.  Goose control methods are safe and humane and a great solution to get rid of geese from the area.

Goose Control Repellents

Geese graze and chomp on the grass and shrubs so the best way to deter them is by putting something on the area that will annoy them.  Migrate Goose Repellent will annoy the geese and make them leave the area but will not harm them or anyone else who comes in contact with this non-toxic liquid goose repellent.  The active ingredient in the liquid goose repellent is Methyl Anthranilate, which is a fancy term for a non-toxic grape extract.  This extract has proven to be effective in repelling pest birds including the geese.  The geese are annoyed because the extract irritates their trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes through the entry in their eyes, nose and mouth.  The birds dislike the sensation it causes and they will want to leave the area that is treated with the liquid repellent.

Another method to get rid of geese is a sound goose deterrent.  A solar powered scare tactic can deter geese from a few acres with additional speakers that are set up strategically.  Birds hear at the same level as humans so do not be deceived into buying an ultrasonic device.  The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic is not ultrasonic, and this device features actual distress and predator calls of over 22 different types of birds, including the unwanted geese.  The goose control method is great for large areas such as parks, golf courses, cemeteries and sports fields to only name a few places.

Goose control products are simple to install, but if you have neither the time nor resources to install the goose deterrent products, there are wildlife and pest control professionals that offer advice and services.  The cost effectiveness of bird control outweighs the cost of damage and repair to lawns and fields.

 

 

Protect Large Grassy Areas with Goose Control

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Maintenance supervisors and workers have their work cut out for them when they deal with goose droppings all over the lawns on golf courses, parks and cemeteries.  Goose deterrent methods are needed ASAP for these kinds of locations.  Interruption of a golf game when the golfers have paid hundreds of dollars to play the course will make for some unhappy golfers.  Geese can also be a real nuisance at parks and cemeteries.  Geese are known to be quite aggressive and will chase animals and small children.

When their natural predators such as foxes and coyotes are not around to chase them away, geese will gather in huge numbers and then you have a real mess and a lot of noise.  Geese are more often found near water sources such as lakes, reservoirs, large ponds and rivers.  Thankfully, there are highly effective and humane goose control methods that can be installed to get rid of geese in these areas.

Effective Geese Deterrents

There are great geese deterrent products out on the market.  Sonic deterrents work well.  Ultrasonic devices will not work, so make sure that it is a sonic sound deterrent.  Geese hear at the same level as humans, so if you cannot hear it, they will not be able to either.  The sonic sound deterrents work with the goose’s natural fear of predators by broadcasting distress calls and predator calls.  Some units can cover as many as four acres of land.  The speakers can be directed towards certain areas.

There are also non-toxic liquid goose deterrents that discourage geese from eating the grass since it leaves a bad taste and sensation in their mouth. The active ingredient is grape extract and it is safe for pets and humans. One application lasts up to two weeks outdoors, and it won’t wash off with rain or sprinklers. The liquid deterrent is ideal for large outdoor areas. The best chemical goose control products are registered with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure they can be safely used.

There are also visual deterrents that are effective and are great goose-scare devices. These include scare balloons and flash tape. Geese like to feel comfortable when they nest and roost and bird scare deterrents make them uncomfortable. The best balloons have large predator eye designs that look threatening to the geese. Flash tape is reflective in the sun and rustles in the breeze, making geese even more nervous.

To ensure maximum effectiveness, goose deterrents should be set up before geese arrive. They should also be used at night when geese tend to roost. It is recommended to use these methods together since geese may eventually get used to them and no longer see one particular goose control product as a threat.

 

Effective and Humane Goose Control

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlEffective goose control is much needed.  Every year thousands of dollars is used in clean up and repairs from what the pest bird droppings destroy.  If the areas such as a park, airport and golf course are not covered by goose control measures, large flocks of geese will often lay claim to the area, and this means leaving disease-carrying droppings in their wake.  The droppings will contaminate the ponds, lakes and any other body of water.  They will also leave the area unsightly and unsanitary.  Geese graze on the grassy areas and shrubs and they will destroy the area.  Geese are drawn to large inland bodies of water, and that is why they are attracted to parks and golf courses.

Most airports are also near large areas of land that usually have bodies of water.  Geese cause other hazards around an airport, causing major damage to engines and props.  Collisions are potentially lethal between the airplane and geese.  There are many bird strikes reported each year.  Not all develop into catastrophes, but some do.

Most species of geese are protected by federal and local statutes, so only non-lethal goose deterrents can be used against them. Below are some of the most effective and humane goose control methods that are often used.

Sound Goose Deterrent

Using sound to scare pests exploits the goose's natural fear of predators.  Sonic bird deterrents scare geese off with sounds of distress and predator calls. They are most effective when they are strategically positioned in open spaces.  They can work day and night, and are easily programmed.

Motion Activated Sprinkler

Sprinklers deliver a vigorous blast of water when wandering geese approach the radius of detection. The sudden blast of water, startling sprinkler sound and realistic looking bird-like moving head delivers an aggressive message to pest geese. The sprinkler simply connects to a garden hose, yet uses just 2 to 3 cups of water per spray. It covers approximately 1,200 square feet with a stream that reaches out 35 feet and 45 feet wide. The sprinkler works day and night for up to 6 months (over 1,000 'bursts") on a single 9-volt battery. For added flexibility, you can fine-tune both the sprinkler's sensitivity and spray distance. They are perfect for keeping geese out of the area.

Bird Deterrent Installation is Integral in Building Maintenance Plans

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsMost buildings require regular maintenance, just like a car, home or any other structure.  Regular maintenance keeps the buildings from deteriorating.  No matter what size the building is, certain tasks need to be performed to ensure that there is proper operation of things such as heating, cooling, air conditioning systems and ventilation.  These areas also need to meet health and safety codes.  Bird deterrents that are installed properly will prevent nesting materials and the bird’s droppings from damaging these important systems and to ensure that they continue working properly without the added cost of repairing and replacing them due to the hazardous and damaging bird materials.

The same is true for outdoor areas where the public may walk, or take their morning, afternoon and lunch breaks.  Bird deterrents are needed to keep the birds from leaving their droppings all over the tables and chairs used by employees and customers.  The bird droppings contaminate where they land, including drinking fountains, drains and grass areas.  New droppings are also very slippery and can be a liability issue should someone slip and fall.  The droppings also harbor diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Security cameras and light posts also should be protected with a bird control method so that the building and business do not become laden with droppings and make for an unwelcome environment.  The nesting materials and droppings can also obscure and render the safety cameras inoperable.  The costs of repair and lack of proper security can lead to more costs due to lack of bird control.

Roofs, signage and exterior facades can also be seriously damaged by pest-bird droppings and nesting materials. Roofs, particularly, can be exorbitantly expensive to repair or replace. The acid in bird droppings can quickly eat into painted signs and plastic, ruin paint, artwork, statues and other architectural values on the building. All the more reason to invest in bird deterrents before damage transpires.

Bird Deterrent Options

There are numerous bird deterrent methods to choose from.  Bird spikes, bird slopes, visual scare devices and sound bird control units to only name a few.  Investing in a low cost bird control method is very cost effective and will protect the property from the unwanted advances of the pest birds.
 

Get Rid of Canada Geese in Parks

Saturday, April 5, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of geeseCanada geese can cause significant problems when there is no goose control in action.  Geese are sometimes year round invaders in parks and golf courses.  If there are resident geese around, goose control needs to be implemented all year long as well.  Geese will graze along the grass usually near a water source, but it is not only the grazing that is the issue.  More so, the issue is the droppings they leave in their wake.  Accumulated goose droppings can begin to contaminate the area, including the water.  There are many transmittable diseases that humans can catch from the droppings.  Installing goose control methods is a very cost effective way to get rid of geese from an area.

Goose control should include application of combined goose control methods.  It is the most effective way to get rid of geese.  There are experts out there who have successfully tested goose deterrent methods and there are reputable companies that sell these products.

Geese Control Methods

For large areas such as parks, a sound goose deterrent would work well.  Sound devices cover a large area, up to one acre, and additional acreage with added speakers that adapt to the devices.  This type of goose deterrent plays distress calls that alert the geese to danger.  When the geese hear the calls, their natural instinct to flee from danger is alerted and they leave the area.  The sound deterrent devices have an LCD display panel that shows the status and makes it very easy to read and use.   The devices can be programmed to play at different times.  The sound deterrent operates between 65-105 decibels.  Geese and most other birds hear at the same level as humans, so make sure you choose the sonic sound deterrent, not an ultrasonic sound unit.

Liquid goose repellent is another way to keep the geese off the grass.  Liquid goose repellent is a non-toxic substance that can be sprayed on the grass and shrubs.  The active ingredient in the goose repellent is Methyl Anthranilate, which is grape extract.  For some reason this extract irritates the bird’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes, and they do not like the sensation of the goose repellent and will fly away to find a more comfortable grazing ground.  This extract will not irritate or harm humans.
 

Motels Need Critter Control to Attract and Keep Guests

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Fran Prisco

critter controlMany weary travelers seek refuge in motels off the highway and in rustic rest stops. All they want is a place to shower and a good night’s sleep. But some motels are bothered by critters. Depending on the location, raccoons, skunks, rats, and rabbits can easily work their way into and around a structure, scratching on doors and scampering on roofs in the middle of the night. They can also leave nice little “deposits” in front of entry doors. Nothing is worse than a midnight trip to the icebox in your bare feet or socks only to discover that you stepped in a critter dropping. Episodes like this can ruin a motel’s reputation.

Critters cause other problems as well. Small children can be attacked by critters and become bitten or otherwise injured.  There’s also the problem of structural damage. Many critters have sharp teeth and claws that can rip through roofs. They can also burrow under the footings of storage sheds and garages. Once inside, they will settle in, poop and eat whatever’s available. Some motel owners have resorted to poisons, firearms and noisemakers to keep critters away.  These methods are only marginally effective, since critters always come back. These tactics can also be dangerous to kids and pets.

Fortunately, there is an economical deterrent that will keep critters away from your motel and its facilities. It’s called the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™.

The Lights & Sound Solution

Scientifically designed by critter control experts, the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™ gets rid of critters that wander near your property. Its sensitive motion sensor comes to life the second a critter crosses its zone of protection. Once activated, the Sonic Shield broadcasts sounds and light to scare critters away.

Dual Operating Modes

Ideal for motels and hotels, the Sonic Shield™ features a daytime and nighttime mode of operation. In the daytime mode, flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds work in unison to scatter critters from your property. Choose the nighttime mode, and only bright flashing LED lights turn on to frighten critters away. This “lights only” mode is ideal for nighttime use so as not to disturb your guests. Regardless of mode, the Sonic Shield™ is a proven cost-effective device that will rid your property of many types of critters. It’s also far superior to ultrasonic deterrents, which emit sounds above the hearing range of most critters.

Easy to Set Up and Keep Up

The Sonic Shield™ is completely portable and totally self-contained. It can be set up wherever you suspect critters might be gathering or snooping around your property. It requires just four standard AA batteries, so you won’t need long AC cords to power it. You can attach it to a light post, wall or under an eave. Simply set the mode of operation you need—night or day—and critters will stay away.

 

Universities Prepare for Graduation – Bird Control Needed

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlSpring time is very busy season for Universities. It is the season for commencements.  Maintenance and landscaping crews are beefed up and preparation starts a couple of months in advance.  What needs to be addressed during this time is the pest bird activity.  Pest bird issues are becoming more of a concern than ever before due to the rising health concerns, law suits that are health-related and property damage. Facilities managers are working tirelessly for ways to keep educational facilities safe and healthy and up to code. This is especially true in the outdoor sporting arenas such as baseball and football fields.

Perching, roosting and nesting sites are abundant on most campuses. They are attracted to light poles, outdoor stadiums and any outdoor eating areas. No matter what the problem involves, there is a successful and proven form of bird control that will deter the pest birds. Not only are the university students smart, but birds are very intelligent creatures. Application of the right method of bird control to the appropriate area will ensure less of a bird problem.

Bird Control

There are many effective bird control choices on the market. Using bird control that takes aim at the birds’ senses is the best way to get rid of the birds. There are devices that work with the birds’ audible and visual senses.  It is always best to use a couple of bird deterrents together so the birds do not get use to one particular method.

Visual Bird Deterrents

There are a variety of visual bird deterrents to choose from. Flash tape is a very basic visual deterrent. It is made of iridescent red foil Mylar. It can be streamed down buildings, hung in trees or off posts.  The wind or breeze moves the tape and the sun reflects off the tape creating a visual commotion which scares and annoys the birds. It creates a crinkling sound when it moves as well which confuses the birds and they will want to avoid the area. Another type of visual bird deterrent is a scare balloon. The predator design and shine of the balloon will confuse and frighten the bird and is also a very easy way to get rid of birds from an area.

Sound Deterrents

There are sonic sound deterrents that blast bird warning calls that care the pest birds.. Sonic units are great for a large open area such as a university or college. The units are programmable and will work for over 20 different species of pest birds. There is also a setting that will play multiple bird species intermittently. The facilities personnel can program the units to play nightly or during the day. There is an LCD panel that displays the status and settings at all times. One unit with additional added speakers can cover many acres.

Get Rid of Geese these Three Ways

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of geeseGeese should not be allowed to graze on your lawn.  They can be destructive to your grass and contaminate any water source you might have on your property including a backyard pool.  It is not only their grazing and eating of the grass and seeds, but their droppings should be the largest concern.  With any form of goose control, the fresh droppings will be left behind which can cause slip and fall accidents.  Accumulate droppings also harbor diseases and bacteria.

The geese love freshly mowed lawns.  That is why your nicely manicured lawn attracts them.  This is why they are frequently seen in parks and golf courses.  Canada geese are particularly a concern near airports.  Geese have contributed to bird strikes and have been the cause of plane crashes.

There are safe and humane solutions on the market today that get rid of geese and other pest birds.  Implementing a combination of goose control methods is the most effective way to keep geese away from the yard.

Three Goose Control Products that Get rid of Geese

Sound deterrents are an effective way to keep geese away.  Large yards can benefit from the sound goose deterrents as they cover up to an acre of land.  Three acres can be covered with additional speakers.  There are solar sound units that play actual distress goose calls.  The geese will flee the area when they hear the warning calls.

Liquid goose repellent is another way to get rid of geese from your lawn.  The liquid goose repellent is a non-toxic liquid that can be sprayed on the lawn.  The active ingredient that keeps birds off the lawn is Methyl Anthranilate.  This ingredient is essentially a grape extract.  This extract causes the birds’ trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes to be irritated.  They will not like the sensation and immediately fly off to find another location.  The repellent lasts for three months and will not wash off with rain or watering.  It is safe for domestic animals and humans.

A visual goose deterrent such as a coyote decoy is another bird control product that will deter geese from the property.  The coyote decoy is a free standing life size image of the natural predator to the geese and ducks.  This will frighten the geese away.  The coyote decoys are made of weather resistant plastic.

These three methods of goose control will efficiently and effectively take care of the nuisance goose problem.
 

Sound Bird Deterrents that Get Rid of Birds and Other Pests

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

sound bird deterrentYear after year many people struggle with how to get rid of birds and other pests such as rabbits, deer, raccoons, rats, squirrels and the likes.  They eat through garden hoses and plow through the garden plants in no time.  If there is a backyard pool, geese may find their way to it.  You cannot stand out in the back yard and shoo them away twenty-four hours a day.  Thankfully, there are pest and bird control products that will do that for you.  There are products that work day and night to keep the pests away from your property.

Sound Bird Deterrent Options

There is a bird deterrent method that also works with the ground critters, which uses both sound and light to scare them away.  This critter and bird deterrent is motion activated and the trigger is a dog barking sound and a flashing LED light when the pest crosses the motion sensor.  This type of critter and bird deterrent is great for all kinds of spaces.  The deterrent will scare away pests from yards, patios, decks and balconies.  If there is a problem where your trash cans are stored, it can easily be used there as well.

The Sonic Shield Pest Deterrent will keep your yard free of all the pests day and night.  The sonic unit has both daytime and nighttime settings.  The daytime setting uses both features of sound and light to keep birds off the yard as well as all the other critters.  The nighttime setting uses the LED flashing lights only to scare them away.  This fear factor will force them to find another property to bother.

Another type of sound deterrent to get rid of the birds is a Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic.  This type of sound deterrent will scare away over 22 different types of birds, including the geese.  Birds hear just about the same as humans, so do not be deceived by ultrasonic products out there on the market.  They will not work.  However, the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic has recorded bird calls and predator sounds from actual birds.  Once the birds hear the warning cries they will want to get out of the area quickly, and they will fly away.

Sound bird deterrents are one way to achieve the goal of getting rid of pest birds and critters.
 

Want a Goose Free Spring? Goose Repellents Needed

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentThe geese can be fun to watch.  Their flying V-formations are amazing.  Their mating rituals of chasing each other around are quite entertaining.  What is not so delightful is their eating all the grass seed and leaving behind goose droppings that harbor parasites and other insects and diseases.  The geese can eat up to a half of a pound of grass a day.  They can swiftly destroy lawns, greenbelts, parks and even golf courses.  If there is any type of water feature nearby your property, you are sure to find the geese very active in the area.  They can be intimidating also.  They oftentimes chase after small pets and children.

Great Goose Repellent Choices

There are great goose repellent choices that range from liquid repellents to sound deterrents that frighten and trick the birds into leaving the area.  Whatever goose repellent product you decide to use, use it appropriately so that it will work effectively and efficiently for the entire season.

A non-toxic liquid goose repellent can be sprayed on lawns to make the grass unpalatable to the geese.  This repellent is made from grape extract which is also known by the name Methyl Anthranilate.  This grape extract aggravates the senses of the geese, namely their mucous membranes and trigeminal nerves.  It is safe and humane, the birds simply do not like the feeling, and they will leave the area to find a more comfortable spot.  It is safe for domestic animals and children and will not cause them any discomfort at all.  It will not wash off when watering or if it rains.  It will last at least three months.  A gallon container is enough to effectively cover a 16,000 square feet area.

Another goose repellent that will work for a large area is the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic.  It is a sound deterrent that broadcasts pre-recorded goose distress calls.  The distress calls will broadcast about every 10 minutes and it alerts the geese to danger.  They will want to avoid the area all together and move on to safer ground. A single device can cover up to an acre of land.  Additional speakers can be added to maximize the coverage to more acres.  The units are easy to program and can be turned off in the evenings if preferred.  There are over 22 different types of called recorded into the unit, so this one device has the ability to scare away many species of birds.

 

Three Effective Ways to Get Rid of Geese

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of geeseGetting rid of geese from your property should be a priority.  The geese can quickly be destructive by eating the grass and contaminating any water source, including the backyard pool.  Fresh droppings are slippery and can cause a fall, but accumulated droppings are more damaging in the long run.  The older droppings often harbor disease, bacteria and diseases and many of the diseases and such can be transmitted to humans.  The geese are attracted to freshly mowed lawns and water.  This is why they tend to gravitate towards parks and golf courses.  Airports are usually located around marsh land or open land with water, and they are considered a real nuisance at the airports, causing many bird spikes each year.

There are safe and humane resolutions on the market today that will get rid of geese and the problems they leave in their wake.  Combining a couple of goose control methods at once is the most effective way to keep birds away from the area, especially the nuisance Canada geese.

Three Goose Repellent Possibilities

  1. Liquid goose repellent is one way to get rid of geese from any grassy area.  Liquid goose repellent is a non-toxic liquid that can be sprayed on the ground.  The active ingredient that keeps birds off the lawn is Methyl Anthranilate.  This ingredient is actually a grape extract.  This extract causes the birds’ trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes to be irritated.  They will not like the feeling and immediately fly off to find another site to graze and poop on.  The repellent last for three months and will not wash off with rain or watering.  It is safe for domestic animals and humans.
  2. A visual goose deterrent such as a coyote decoy is another goose control method that will deter geese from the property.  The coyote decoy is life size imagine of the predator to the geese and ducks.  This will scare the geese away.  There are also visual deterrents such as flash tape and scare balloons.  Both of these will scare the geese away with the shiny reflective material they are made of.
  3. Sound goose deterrents are another way that is effective at keeping geese away.  Large areas can benefit from the sound goose deterrents as they cover up to an acre of land. More acres can be covered with additional speakers.

Any of these three goose control methods used together will effectively and efficiently stop the geese from making themselves at home on your property.
 

Goose Repellents – An Effective Way to Get Rid of Geese

Friday, March 21, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentsPest birds, including geese, cause extensive property damage every year.  Millions of dollars is spent repairing what the pest birds and their droppings have damaged, with a lot of the expense also going to cleanup.  Effective goose repellents will stop parks, pools, fountains and golf courses from becoming contaminated by the nasty and messy droppings that the geese leave behind.  Geese are particularly notorious for causing the problem of contamination in public areas.  Other pest birds that leave their droppings behind are the pigeons, sparrows, grackles and crows.  There are many transmittable diseases that humans are susceptible to when they come in contact with the bird’s accumulated droppings.

Poisons and other deadly means to get rid of the geese and other pest birds is not an option, as it creates an additional risk to humans and domestic animals.  Also, many pest bird species are protected by local government and cannot be killed.  There are safe and humane methods that can be used to get rid of geese.

Safe Goose Repellents

There are non-lethal goose repellents that can be used in trees and on ledges, bushes and grass.  The liquid bird repellent is applied by a hand or pressure pray gun.  It is very easily applied and usually lasts up to three months outside.  The repellent will not wash off with watering or rain.   A safe goose repellent will be registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The liquid goose repellent is made from grape extract, Methyl Anthranilate, which irritates the birds’ trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes through the entry of the eyes, nose and mouth.  They do not like the feeling that the extract gives them.

Another means of protecting a large area of land or crops is a solar sound goose deterrent.  A sound deterrent is perfect for deterring geese from large open places.  Solar units can cover up to 3 acres when additional speakers are used.  The solar unit is easily programmed to broadcast actual goose distress calls at ten minute intervals.  When the geese hear the distress calls, their natural instinct will be to flee the area.  The sound deterrent is weather resistant and can be programmed to automatically shut off at night.

Whether a non-toxic liquid or sound goose repellent is used or a combination of the two, it will achieve the goal of getting rid of geese and their droppings.

 

Get Ready – Spring is in the Air – Pest Birds Need Bird Deterrents

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Spring is not the only thing in the air.  Late winter, is when the life cycle for geese begin and when goose control methods need to be in place.  The adult pairs return to their nest areas from the previous year.  Late February and March is when the waters begin to open up.  The non-breeding geese also are close by in large flocks for feeding during the nesting season.  There are resident geese and migratory geese.  The resident geese will spend their lives in one area as opposed to migratory geese.  Canada geese are migratory and they have a very strong inclination to return to where they were born year after year looking for the same nesting areas and feed areas.

There are goose deterrents that will discourage the geese from settling in an unwanted area.  A mixture of methods with a persistent application of products will produce the best results of deterring the geese.  In more suburban areas, geese are more use to people and they are not as afraid, so scare techniques need to be fresh and innovative.

Two types of Scare Bird Deterrents

Sound goose deterrents have been proven very effective in large open spaces. There are sound deterrents that broadcast goose-distress calls.  The calls are played every ten minutes and they alert the geese that there is danger and they will want to flee the area.  Each unit covers an acre of space.  With additional speakers, more acres can be covered and protected from the pest geese.   The sound bird deterrents have an LCD display panel that is easy to program.

Another type of goose deterrent that is effective on geese is a motion activated sprinkler.  The sprinkler hooks up to a regular garden hose.  There is motion sensor that detects the larger pest bird such as geese.  It detects them from 35 feet away.  Once the geese are detected, the sprinkler immediately releases a burst of water.  The water spray will scare the geese.  They will remember the water and will not want to return to the location.  This deterrent also keeps the crows and pigeons away.  The motion activated sprinkler works day and night.  A nine volt battery will keep this bird deterrent in action for at least six months.
 

How to Keep Woodpeckers from Pecking on Your Home

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

When woodpeckers peck on your home, they are only doing what they were created to do.  They are drumming for food, or they might be drumming to attract a mate or establishing their territory.  It is their natural instinct to peck peck peck.  Woodpecker control can be installed around your home that will stop their behavior and keep your home damage free and quiet.

Right before spring is the ideal time to add woodpecker deterrents around the home.  This will be before any damage can occur from their incessant drumming.  Thousands and thousands of dollars is spent each year repairing and replacing what the pest birds destroy.

3 Forms of Woodpecker Control

  1. BeakGuard is a fairly new product on the market that has been proven as an effective woodpecker deterrent.  BeakGuard is an elastomeric acrylic finish that is painted on the surface of a structure.  It can be painted on wood, fiber-cement, stucco, aluminum or vinyl.  It does not hurt the woodpecker, in fact, the same active ingredient is used in products that are marketed to stop nail biting and thumb sucking in humans.  The product is marketed and used by children, and will also not harm the woodpecker.
  2. There is woodpecker bird netting that is specifically designed to block out the woodpeckers.  The woodpecker netting is ¾” mesh.  It comes in 14’x 100’ pieces and can be cut to any size.  The netting is a lightweight plastic mesh and it is installed on the sides of the home to create a barrier so the woodpeckers cannot drum on the side of the home.  It is quick and easy to install and can also be taken down, stored away and re-used during the next woodpecker season.
  3. There are sound woodpecker deterrents that play distress and predator calls, alerting the woodpecker to danger.  The programmable sound deterrents are perfect for large open areas.  It will protect the trees as well as the structures and home at the same time.  With one speaker the device covers an acre of land.  There is additional speakers that enlarge the area covered.  The device is easy to program using the LCD display panel.  The unit has over 22 birds programmed into it, so you can protect the home from many species of birds, not just the woodpecker.

One of these woodpecker deterrents used in conjunction with visual deterrents like flash tape and diverters will keep your property woodpecker free.
 

Good Bird Control Includes Bird Netting

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird netting

Birds are needed for our environment, but you do not have to have them in your backyard if they are causing damage.  Their backyard behaviors include roosting, nesting and leaving their feces all over the patio furniture, on cement walk ways and on the side of the home when they roost in the eaves.

Why Bird Netting is Needed

Home owners spend a lot of time and money cleaning up after the feathered nuisance each and every year when there is no bird control in effect.  The droppings are not only messy and ugly to look at but they can be hazardous as well.  Firstly, the droppings are very acidic and they can eat away at various surfaces, especially tar-based roofing materials.  They can damage and clog up ventilation systems as well as machinery and much more.

The nesting ingredients can also be quite hazardous.  Birds are known to nest near electrical outlets for warmth which can be a fire hazard with the dried nesting materials next to anything electrical.  They often nest inside chimneys and ventilation systems which can clog up the entire system as well as spread diseases through the systems.  Birds and their nests and feces harbor over forty types of parasites and can host over sixty types of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

It is easy to recognize the importance of bird control.  Bird netting is a way to create a barrier between vulnerable areas and the pest birds.  Bird netting can be applied to the eaves, rooftops, vegetable and fruit gardens, barns, balconies to only name a few places where bird netting can be effective.  The netting is made of U.V. protected polypropylene and is strong and durable.  It is lightweight and easy to manage and install.  Once installed correctly, it is virtually invisible.  It is very versatile and comes in different sizes of mesh which depends on which bird is causing the havoc.  For instance, ¾ mesh is ideal for deterring woodpeckers.

Using a solar sound deterrent or a visual scare deterrent in combination with the bird netting is suggested.  Birds are very clever creatures.  They can get use to one type of bird deterrent and figure out a way around it.  Using a couple different products helps with the success of the outcome.

Bird netting will not harm the birds, but will make it impossible for them to make themselves comfortable around your home.

 

Migration and Bird Control

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlMigration brings to mind the image of the geese flying their way south in their V-shaped flocks.  This is an example of the annual, large-scale movement of birds between their breeding homes and their non-breeding grounds between winter and summer.  There are more than 650 species of nesting birds in North America with the majority of these species being migratory birds.  There is no wonder that there is such demand for effective forms of bird control.

Safe and humane bird control methods need to be used.  The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects most migratory birds under the law.  Installing proper bird control methods will ensure they do not stick around and roost and nest.

Bird Control Methods that will Scare Pest Birds

Visual bird deterrents are a great place to start.  Using a visual bird deterrent with any other type of bird control is ideal.  An area that is treated with visual deterrents frightens the birds away using a common scare trigger such as a predator feature.  There are scare balloons and other reflective diverters that have predator eye designs on them.  To a human, it looks like a simple design, but what the bird sees is a predator’s eye.  This is what forces them to leave the area in fear.

There are physical bird deterrents that will stop a pest bird from landing in a certain area.  A motion activated sprinkler, for instance, will deter larger pest birds like the geese, crows and pigeons from landing.  The motion sensor will detect the movement of the bird from 35’ out by 45 wide.  It hooks up to a regular garden hose, and when the bird is in the area it will blast a spray of water.  The goose and other pest birds will associate the area with this sudden blast that scared them and will want to avoid the area.

Sound bird deterrents will also frighten away a variety of birds.  There is a solar sound deterrent that has over 22 birds species programmed into it.  It scares the birds away by playing actual bird distress calls and predator calls.  The units are easy to program.

All three types of bird control methods will work immediately when set up correctly.  Have one or two products working in conjunction with each other is always a good idea.  Birds are smart, and you do not want them getting use to one particular method.
 

Protect Your Boat with Bird Deterrents

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsWhen birds migrate, they not only go to buildings and homes and trees but they also will find great spots on boats.  When a bird, such as the seagull spots your boat, they can easily make it their home.  There is a constant battle between pest bird and boat owner.  The boat owner should win this battle every time with all the bird control methods available to keep birds off boats.

Applying bird deterrents on the boat is essential to stop the birds from damaging the deck and canvas on the boat.  Birds roosting and landing on the boat rigging or other projecting parts of the boat in itself is harmless.  However the droppings that damage the deck and most other surfaces on the boat are not so harmless.  Bird feces are very acidic and can destroy paint, wood, canvas and even most metals.  It is also nasty and messy to look at.  Fresh droppings can cause a slippery mess on the boat as well.

2 Bird Deterrent Choices

To keep the boat hazardous free, bird deterrents need to be in play.  Visual bird control products are a successful way to control this constant problem.  Visual bird deterrents cause a visual distraction to the bird that frightens them away.  Flash tape is an example of a type of visual bird deterrent product.  Flash tape is made of Mylar tape and is a red iridescent color.  The shiny reflective tape moves with the breeze.  The shiny reflective surface not only scares the bird, but the flash tape also makes a crackling sound that is an irritant to the bird.  Annoyed enough for them to fly away and find a more comfortable place to land.

A Bird Spider 360 is a physical bird deterrent that also scares the bird away.  On many docs and harbors you might often see them softly bouncing on boats.  The bird spider deterrent has a base which can be mounted to the boat, or it can be a sandbag base for more portability.  From the base extend spider like arms that move in the breeze. The movement of the spindly arms is what frightens the bird away.  The arms rotate 360 degrees and it is perfect for preventing large birds from landing.

For best results, use both bird deterrent methods at the same time.

 

Bird Repellent Choices for the Backyard

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellentBird repellents that are environmentally friendly, cost effective, safe and humane are the right choices in bird control for your backyard.  You want to make it as safe and easy as possible to get rid of the birds.  Harming the birds is not a good option and in most cases it would be illegal.  The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects most migratory birds from being hunted, killed, capture and sold.

Some of the birds that are listed on protected migratory birds are Downey Woodpeckers, sparrows, crows and Canada Geese.  These are a few of the birds who can wreak havoc in your backyard as well.  The woodpeckers and geese are interesting birds and often fun to watch.  But the damage they can cause if left unchecked is not quite so entertaining.  Millions of dollars is spent each year on repairing what the pest birds have damaged.  Thankfully, there is woodpecker control and goose repellents that will get rid of these pests and a bird control method for about every species that causes problems.

How to Choose Bird Repellents

To pick the most effective bird repellent, first determine the culprit, and then the area around the home that they are roosting and nesting. Protecting the garden is essential so the birds do not get to it before you have a chance to pick the ripe berries and vegetables.  Are the fruit trees infested with roosting birds?  Garden bird netting would be the choice.  Garden bird netting blocks the birds from reaching the fruit.  Garden bird netting can even help protect areas such as the eaves of the home, rooftops, balconies and garages.  Woodpecker netting would help save the side of the home from the woodpecker’s incessant drumming.

If you have a large backyard, and if there is any kind of water source, the Canada Geese will be sure to find your location very easily.  An effective goose deterrent can be a solar sound device that broadcasts the distress and predator calls through speakers around the yard.  This will get rid of geese and keep them away.

Adding other visual scare tactics alongside the bird netting and sound deterrents is advised.  This will keep the birds, any birds, from getting use to one particular bird control method.