Spring into Action to Protect Your Orchard from Pest Birds

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird damage to orchardsWith spring just around the corner, bird pests will be flocking to your orchard. Unless you’re ready with some effective pest bird deterrents, you’ll experience some heavy losses. As you’ve regrettably experienced in the past, birds will strip berries, and ruin radishes, turnips, rutabagas, cabbages, cauliflower, canola, and kale. Come spring, they’ll also steal your seeds, damage seedlings and eat your almonds, flowering cherries and crab apples.
Time to prepare for the invasion of pest birds! Fortunately, you have an arsenal of humane and effective pest bird deterrents to choose from. These can be used to deter a wide range of bird pests. Most of these deterrents are easy to implement and require very little maintenance. Here’s what the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone recommend:
Seal Out Bird Pests from Your Orchard with Bird Netting
Bird-B-Gone’s Garden Bird Netting is the barrier deterrent that effectively locks out pest birds. The easy to handle netting is very light and designed for temporary use. It solves your pest bird problem humanely, without having to resort to poisons or traps. Garden Bird Netting is fabricated of tough, UV-protected polypropylene. It’s available in a 3/4-inch mesh to seal out today’s most damaging bird pests. The netting is also available in a ½-inch and ¼-inch mesh to deny smaller birds access to your orchard. Garden Bird Netting comes in bulk rolls of 14 x 100 feet and 14 x 200 feet. The large rolls are easily trimmed down to protect specific areas of your orchard. The netting can be suspended around an entire area and firmly secured with zip ties, twine or similar materials.
Scare Birds from Your Orchard with Sonic Bird Deterrents
Birds come to your orchard because it’s inviting and a safe area to feed. Remove the inviting and safe and you remove the pest birds. Bird-B-Gone’s Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic broadcasts pre-recorded distress and predator calls that birds recognize as a natural threat. The calls last for two minutes and are repeated every 10 minutes to discourage all types of birds from your orchard—as many as 22 different species. The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic comes with a built-in speaker to protect over an acre-size orchard. And since the device is powered by sunlight, it can be conveniently placed where pest birds gather most often. It even works on cloudy days. Constructed of UV-protected materials, it’s sun- and weather-resistant.

Fog Force Bird Repellent

Applied using thermal foggers or misting units, Bird-B-Gone’s Fog Force is a non-toxic liquid fogging agent used to deter all birds from open spaces like orchards. The active ingredient is methyl anthranilate, a grape extract proven to be effective in repelling pest birds. The extract irritates birds’ trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes, yet it will not harm birds or work crews.


Plan for Spring - Keep Pest Birds Away with Bird Control Products

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlSpring and summer are only a few short weeks ahead.  Boats are being cleaned up and made ready to go out on the waters.  Patio furniture is being bought or being brought out of the garage and backyard barbeques and just about ready to be used regularly.  Garden supplies are being purchased or at least planned out.  Bird control should be another “to do” item on the get ready for spring list.

Bird Control Products 

Spring is the busiest season for the pest bird.  They are very active at this time.  Early spring is the time when the male birds start establishing their territories for nest building.  They often attack other males to protect a territory.  You might notice birds repeatedly banging into your large windows.  The birds actually see themselves in the window’s reflection and they are trying to attack the bird they think they see.  There are window decals that can be put onto the window to get rid of birds from running into the glass.  The static cling decals reflect ultraviolet light and when you place the decals on the glass surface of the window, birds will see the ultraviolet light and realize that the window is a surface.

The swallow is another bird that could cause problems. You do not want the nasty mud nests attached to your eaves or sides of buildings.  They leave stains and a lot of bird droppings.  The droppings are acidic and damaging as well as a health hazard.  Many diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans are in the accumulated droppings.  Bird control products such as bird slopes will take care of the problem of the swallows building their mud nests on your home.  Bird slopes can be applied on ledges, eaves, I-beams and even windowsills.  The slopes create a perfect slippery, 90-degree angle that the birds will not be able to land on or build a nest on.

Woodpecker damage on the home is another springtime problem for homeowners.  Woodpecker deterrents such as bird netting will keep the relentless drumming at bay.  Woodpeckers can do a lot of damage to the wood siding on the home.  Get rid of the nuisance woodpeckers with the lightweight, plastic bird netting.  This physical bird barrier will keep woodpeckers from pecking on the side of the home.

There is never a need to harm the birds.  In fact, most migratory birds are protected under the law.  Also, there are many safe and humane bird control methods that are effective at getting rid of the pest birds.


Get Ready for the Birds – Install Bird Netting

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird nettingWith spring around the corner expect all the creatures to start coming out.  All the animals that have hibernated through winter start scurrying about.  There is also more bird activity in the air.  Pay attention to the early signs so that bird control can be implemented and you can keep your backyard free from bird messes throughout the summer.

As soon as you sense the bird activity or start hearing them in the early mornings, get prepared.  Their bird calls are telling others where the food sources are, where shelter is, and they are also trying to attract a mate to start nesting.

Install Bird Netting in the Garden

Beware all you backyard gardeners.  Do not let the migratory pest birds destroy the production of your garden.  To ensure an abundant garden, include bird netting as your bird control strategy.
Garden bird netting will protect your fruit trees, berry bushes and any other plants that produce anything you do not want the pest bird to get at.  Garden bird netting is a simple physical bird deterrent that creates a barrier between the bird and your treasured garden.

Garden bird netting is light weight making it easy to handle and install.  It is recommended that you suspend the netting over the plants by at least 4 inches.  Place poles around the sides of the area and attach the netting to the poles.  They can be attached using a staple gun, net clips or hooks.  Remember to leave room on the poles so they can be raised as the plants grow taller.  Plants can also be individually wrapped with the bird netting as well.   Protecting the fruit trees is easy as well.  You simply measure the circumference of the tree, and then cut an extra foot larger.  The netting is then secured to the tree with twine, zip ties or hog rings.

Combining a physical bird deterrent with another type of bird control method is suggested.  A simple Mylar flash tape streaming from trees and the netting would create a good visual distraction to go along with the bird netting.  Diverters in trees work well too.  They scare the birds away with their unique predator eye design pattern.

Take control with bird control products that will keep birds away all season long.  Once you have an effective method, they can be used over and over.

Bird Control Solutions for Hazardous Pest Bird Debris

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlBirds might seem innocent when you see them around the home, but they can be a hazard.  If they start building their nests and roost on your home or in your trees, their droppings will start collecting and adding up and will accrue rather quickly.  The smaller birds create more droppings that the larger birds believe it or not.  Bird control methods are needed because birds will eliminate 20 to 50 times each day and if they are roosting or nesting in the same spot, you can imagine how quickly it can add up.  A few key locations where the birds like to go are the eaves, rooftops and windowsills.  They like any place up off the ground but close to where they have a food source and hidden away enough to be out of view of their predators.

The accumulated bird droppings are not just a nasty mess to look at or clean up, but they are hazardous as well.  They can harbor disease, bacteria, parasite, molds and the list goes on and on.  Some of the diseases such as Histoplasmosis can be transmitted to humans.  It causes an upper respiratory illness when the droppings are disturbed and you are nearby and breathe in the spores in the dust of the droppings.  When cleaning up droppings, wet them down first and use protection over your eyes, nose and mouth.

Various Bird Control Options

Installing bird control products around the home and garden is a smart solution to the pest bird dilemma.  There are various types of bird control methods that you can choose from.

A bird deterrent like a repeller that spins in the wind is a very effective method to keep birds from landing on certain areas.  The repellers have a 6’ stainless steel arm with two “sails” mounted at each end.  The “sails” have a reflective bird predator eye feature that frightens the bird away and will keep the birds away from where it is located.   The repellers can be installed on rooftops, skylights, air conditioning units, rooftops and chimney caps.  They are often seen on the docks near water and on the boats themselves.

Bird netting is a type of bird deterrent method that creates a barrier.  Often times, a garden bird netting variety can be suspended over the garden area to stop the birds from pecking at the fruits and vegetables and seeds.  It needs to be suspended over the plot by at least four inches.  Bird netting can also be used in garages, balconies and the eave areas.

Bird spikes work well on windowsills and there are many other products to choose from.  Visit an online bird control company and ask them for guidance if you are unsure what method would work best for you.

A Must for Gardens – Garden Bird Netting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

garden bird nettingWith spring around the corner, the gardeners are itching to get outside in the dirt.  Planning is taking place.  Gardens are being thought out and supplies are being purchased.  Sometimes, bird control is not thought about until after it is too late and the pest birds haven eaten the fruits of your labor, and all the effort put forth for the garden was for naught.

All about Garden Bird Netting

Bird netting is an ideal bird deterrent for garden protection.  It works because it blocks the bird entirely from the garden area.  Bird netting works on an array of bird species including pigeons, starlings, gulls, sparrows and crows.  Most birds like to roost in trees, and if there are fruit trees around, even better.  Roosting is described as communal sleeping.  Birds will roost in large flocks as a way of protection against their predators.  They will also search for a roosting spot that is close to a food source.  Backyards, especially when there is a garden, are a good spot for them.

Bird netting is very effective in keeping out the birds when installed accurately.  Not only will it protect your garden plants, but it can also be installed in the eaves of the home, garages and areas on the rooftops.  There are many possibilities when it comes to purchasing bird netting.  A light-weight mesh which is made specifically for gardens is the best choice.  This type of netting would last throughout the season.  Garden bird netting comes in two different size rolls, 14’ x 100’ and 14’ x 200.  There are three different mesh sizes to choose from, the smaller the bird, the smaller the mesh.  The sizing is from ¼” to ¾”.  Although the bird net is light-weight, it is very strong and durable.

Garden netting works best when it is suspended over the entire garden plants by a few inches.  This guarantees that the birds will not reach the plants even if they perch themselves on the mesh.  The netting can be stapled to posts set up around the perimeter of the garden area.  There are also specific net clips that can be used or hooks would work as well.  Remember to leave room for the growth of the plants.

Garden netting is a needed tool in maintaining a bountiful garden

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.


Bird Netting to Protect Your Garden

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

garden bird nettingIt is never too early to protect your backyard garden or to start planning out the garden.  Gardens are very inviting for pest birds and it is important to figure out how to create an environment where your plants will flourish and the birds will stay out of.  There are different bird control methods to choose from, but a total barrier is always the best way to go.

Garden bird netting creates a barrier between the entire garden and the pest birds.  Bird netting is effective against all type of birds, large and small including pigeons, gulls, starlings, sparrows and the crow.  Many birds will look for fruit trees to roost in making their food source easy picking.  And it will not usually be just one or two birds.  Birds roost communally.  They roost together in very large numbers depending on the species.  If they spot your backyard as a plentiful food source, beware.

Correct Installation of Bird Netting is Essential

When installed correctly, garden bird netting is a very effective way to keep out the birds.  The netting is also effective for protecting the eaves, garage and rooftop areas.  Bird netting is a very versatile form of bird control.  Garden netting is very light weight but also very strong.  It comes in two different size rolls, 14’x100’ and 14’x200’.  There are different mesh sizes to choose from as well; the smaller the nuisance bird, the smaller the mesh.

Garden bird netting is most effective when it is suspended over the entire garden area by at least four inches.  It is important to leave room on the pole that the netting is attached to so that you are able to move the netting up as the plants grow.  This guarantees that the birds cannot reach the plants even if they perch themselves on the mesh and put their beaks through it.  The garden bird netting can be installed using staples to poles set up around the perimeter of the garden area.  There are also specific net clips that can be used or hooks would work as well.

The garden plants can also be wrapped with the netting just as individual fruit trees can be.  For fruit trees you measure the circumference of the tree and then cut the netting about an extra foot.  The netting can then be secure to the tree using zip ties, twine or hog rings.

Garden bird netting is very cost effective and will insure that you will enjoy the fruit and vegetables and not the birds.

Bird Control Before Spring Arrives is a Must

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlIt is never too early to get ready for spring and those migratory birds.  There will be early signs.  The strongest male birds will arrive ahead of the rest to stake out their territory.  Often times they will return to the same nests.  The females will then arrive and they will start to pair up.  It is important to get the bird control in place before they start mating and there are eggs in the nests.  Laws protect most migratory birds once they have nested.

The Reason to Install Bird Control

Each year many thousands of dollars is spent on repairing what the pest bird has destroyed.  The bird droppings can deface buildings causing wood, masonry, even steel to deteriorate.  The accumulation of droppings is very acidic and will corrode and damage roofs, clog gutters, discolor paint, ruin cloth and awnings.  Bird droppings can even short-out electrical equipment. 

A more important hazard to be aware of is the health hazard associated with bird droppings.  There are more than 60 transmittable diseases and dangerous parasitic organisms that can be transmitted to humans from bird droppings.  A common way of contracting a disease from the droppings is inhalation.  Histoplasmosis is a well documented respiratory disease that can be transmitted by inhaling a dust that has been created by disturbed dried droppings.

Bird Control Options

Bird netting and bird spikes is a couple of types of physical bird deterrents.  Bird spikes are ideal for larger pest birds such as pigeons and crows and gulls.  Bird spikes fit on any flat or curved surface like the rooflines, ledges, eaves and building signs.  Bird spikes create an uncomfortable uneven surface and the birds will not be able to land.  They will get discouraged and move to a different area.

Bird netting will totally exclude the pest bird from an area.  The netting acts as a barrier between the pest bird and the place that needs protection.  Bird netting will block any bird, small or large, as there are different mesh sizes.  It will even block the woodpecker from drumming on the side of the building.  It will also protect crops and gardens.

Placing bird control products into action before spring can be quick and easy.  Spending a short amount of time and relatively a little amount of money protecting your property is going to make the long days of spring and summer more enjoyable.

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.

Bird Control: Keep Swallows Off Your Property

Saturday, March 1, 2014 by Ashley Johnson

get rid of barn swallowsBird Deterrent

Swallows can be a nightmare for homeowners. They are very territorial, returning to the same nesting site in the spring and summer. While homeowners should be concerned about swallows nesting on their homes, keep in mind that there are limitations to what one can do to get rid of these pest birds. Since swallows and their nests are fully protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure or take the swallows. It is also illegal to intentionally damage or destroy the nest, eggs, or young of a swallow while it is being built or in use. The Act allows fines or prison sentences for every bird, egg or nest destroyed. Ideally it is best to deter birds before they begin nesting; however, if swallows have nested in a particular location in the past they will be back. Using a physical deterrent, like bird netting, is the best way to ensure swallows do not rebuild their nests on your property.

An effective type of bird netting one can rely on to safely exclude swallows is garden bird net. This low-profile plastic bird netting is an ideal way to prevent birds from getting under eaves, barns, balconies, garages, sheds and other areas around your home. The netting is a lightweight plastic mesh made of durable, U.V. protected polypropylene. It comes in three different mesh sizes: 3/4”, 1/2”, and 1/4” and a variety of cuts to match the area being treated.

Plastic Bird Netting is easy to work with and can be readily secured with twine, zip ties, or hog rings. For vegetable gardens, wrap individual plants or suspend netting around the entire garden area for protection. Ultra netting is meant for temporary use and hangs easily using the clips provided by the manufacturer. You can also just use a staple gun to secure the netting around any perimeter.


How to use Woodpecker Control

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

woodpecker controlThe woodpecker belongs to the Picidae family.  There are over twenty species of woodpeckers that inhabit the United States.  Woodpeckers are easy to spot.  They are 7 to 15 inches in length and have brightly contrasting colors.  Most of the males have red on their heads.  Woodpeckers are dependent on trees for shelter and food.  Most have extended their dependence on man-made structures including wooden fence posts, utility poles and buildings.  Because of this, your home is susceptible to the woodpecker even if you do not have any trees in your yard.

Woodpecker Control Methods

Woodpecker control is needed now more than ever.  Just about every home could benefit from some type of bird control product.  When woodpeckers are the issue, the bird control methods are similar but the way they are used is unique.

Woodpecker netting is uniquely installed to stop the woodpeckers from drumming and ruining the side of your home.  Woodpecker netting is secured to the outer edge of the overhang or edge of the building or home.  The netting can then be secured using bird netting clips, staples or other attachments.   The netting can either drape down the side of the structure with weights at the bottom of the netting to hold it down or it can be attached to the building using self-adhering hooks.  The hooks can be found at just about any lawn or garden center.

Woodpecker netting is very lightweight and is made from U.V. protected polypropylene.  The netting can be easily installed but also it is just as easy to take down, and store away until it needs to be re-used.  Bird netting that is used for woodpeckers has a ¾” mesh, small enough for them not to get through the mesh. 

Visual bird deterrents are another way to get rid of woodpeckers.  There are woodpecker kits that contain visual deterrents that will scare the bird away.  Flash tape is one of the visual deterrents in the kit.  The kit also includes a Predator Eye Balloon.  Both the tape and balloon have shiny reflective features that will frighten birds from the area. 

Both methods of woodpecker control are safe and humane.  They are also a very low cost and economical solution to get rid of woodpeckers from your home.

Easy Woodpecker Deterrents

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

woodpecker deterrentsSpring is going to be here before you know it.  There is still a lot of snow and cold in many places but the inevitable will happen.  The sun will shine, it will warm up and there will be many DIY projects to get done around the home.  There will be fences that need repairing, flowers and gardens to plant, painting projects and many more endeavors to complete around the home.  Depending where you live, woodpecker deterrents will need to be implemented before the cute little bird starts making not so cute little holes on the side of your home.

It is important to protect the home from the threat of the woodpecker.  They are a fun and interesting bird, but they are known for pecking holes in wood structures and in trees looking for bugs to eat.  They will also drum and make holes in dry wood of buildings, fence posts, garages and any other structure around the home.  The woodpecker also drums to call to other woodpeckers to make their presence known.  When they drum they are establishing their territory and also drum to attract a mate.  The damage to your home could be caused by one or two of the birds or as many as six to eight in one season.

Woodpecker Deterrent Netting

Bird netting is a widely used woodpecker deterrent.  The installation is quick and easy.  The netting itself is very lightweight material.  This type of woodpecker deterrent works by excluding the pest bird from the area where they want to drum.  Woodpecker deterrent netting is a bird netting that has a ¾” mesh size, small enough so the bird cannot get through the mesh.  It comes in 14’ by 100’ pieces and is easy to install and take down to store away and use later.  It is practically invisible when installed correctly.  It is a very durable product that is made from U.V. protected polypropylene.

Installation is either letting the netting drape down the side of the building using weights or attaching it to the building using adhering hooks.  The netting must be installed away from the wall of the building.  Woodpecker netting is also easy to apply to the eaves and canopies. 

It is necessary to take the time and look ahead and plan for the needs of the home.  DIY projects can be just a quick easy project, or month long.  It is important that you be proactive and install woodpecker deterrents before the birds arrive and certainly before they start nesting.

Prepare for Spring Gardens with Bird Control Solutions

Saturday, February 15, 2014 by Ashley Johnson

garden bird nettingBird Deterrents

Spring is around the corner, which means it’s almost time to plant your garden. As you prepare, be mindful of the pest birds that eat your plants, berries and flowers. Pest birds can destroy a garden by eating, leaving a mess of nesting materials and droppings behind. Bird droppings can contaminate your crops, making the harmful and/or inedible. There are humane bird control products to protect your garden this spring.

Garden Bird Netting

To exclude pest birds entirely from your garden area, use garden bird netting. The netting is used a physical barrier to humanely block birds from getting to fruit trees, berry bushes, edible garden plants, under eaves and other areas. This particular bird netting is made from a durable, U.V. protected polypropylene. The netting is lightweight and meant for temporary use. To install the bird netting, simply suspend the netting over bushes or vines by at least 4 inches; for individual plants, you can wrap them individually or suspend the netting around entire garden area. When the birds see there isn’t a food source, they will move on and the bird netting can be removed.

Bird netting is sold in two roll sizes: 14' x 100' and 14' x 200' and can easily be cut down to desired size. There are three different "mesh" sizes to choose from: ¾" mesh, ¼" mesh and ½" mesh. Garden bird netting clips are also available for purchase for easy installation.

Bird Sound Deterrents

The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic is a programmable sound deterrent used to deter birds from large open spaces. The unit is weather resistant and is solar so that it can play on clouded days. During the day, the device is powered with solar energy and a light sensor shuts the device off at night to conserve energy.

Distress and predator calls from over 22 types of birds are broadcasted at ten minute intervals to alert birds of danger. When birds hear these calls, their natural instinct is to flee the area. Birds hear on the same level of humans and do not hear ultrasonic noises; therefore, the device operates between 65-105 decibels. The device an easily be installed where ever birds are a problem.

Got Everything Except Eagles in Your Eaves? Time for Bird Control!

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlIf you’ve got all manner of birds nesting in your eaves, canopies and awnings—everything but bald eagles—you need some serious bird control. When birds roost and nest in your eaves, their nests and droppings can eat into your paint and leave unsightly “scars” on your wood. Their droppings can fall onto your windows and stain the wood or vinyl. Window screens covered with dried bird droppings can carry in any of the 60 known diseases found in bird droppings. It’s a no-win situation that can cost you time, money, aggravation and even the health of your family.

If you’re tempted to simply destroy these nests with your broom or rake, you may be in violation of certain local, state and federal laws. Once they’ve nested, certain birds must be allowed to stay alive and well to care for their young. Besides, your kids and spouse would never forgive you if you killed these tiny birds. The only solution is to keep birds from nesting under your eaves in the first place.

Fortunately, there are a number of effective and humane bird control products you can use to keep birds away from your eaves, canopies and awnings:

Garden Bird Netting

Simple to use and easy to handle, Garden Bird Netting will block out birds from certain areas of your home. It comes in 14 x 100-foot and 14 x 200-foot rolls and can easily be cut down to the size you need for eaves, awnings and canopies. It’s also available in three different "mesh" sizes: 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4". The netting installs easily and bird netting clips are available to keep the net nice and taught. The best Garden Bird Netting is made from durable, UV-protected polypropylene. This keeps it strong, light, and practically invisible.

Bird Chase Super Sonic

Recommended for long stretches of eaves or multiple canopies and awnings, the Bird Chase Super Sonic broadcasts bird distress and predator calls that birds will regard as threatening. The sounds generated resemble normal birdcalls, so you, your pets and your neighbors can rest easy. If you have a number of different birds nesting in your eaves and canopies, the Bird Chase unit can emit sounds from a programmed selection of 22 different types of birds. The unit will deter pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many other birds.

No Nasty Nest

It looks simple, but it works. No Nasty Nest uses hanging "twine" to block birds from nesting in eaves, awnings and canopies. Faced with the daunting task of working through a gauntlet of twine strips, birds will simply move on to a better nesting spot. No Nasty Nest is an effective and economical bird deterrent. Each No Nasty Nest strip features a self-adhering back for quick application on eaves, canopies, awnings, gables, entryways and other areas.

Without Effective Bird Control, Birds Can Create Fires!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlA recent fire at Our Lady of Aglona Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan was blamed on birds. The Grand Rapids Fire Department noted that the fire was started at the church located on 507 Broadway Northwest when a bird’s nest in the attic ignited a recessed light fixture. The fixture had been left on for most of the day, which provided sufficient heat to set the nest ablaze. Damage to the building is estimated at over $600,000.

At the Two Wells Hotel in South Australia, a bird’s nest in an inactive chimney was blamed for a blaze that quickly spread into the roof space to a wine cool room and offices. While no one was injured, hotel guests and staff had to be evacuated from the fire, which resulted in over $100,000 in damages. Investigators determined that bird-nesting debris in a boarded-up chimney over a hot gas grill caused the fire.

If you own commercial property that attracts pest birds (most properties do), you should implement some effective bird control measures. Here are two proven bird deterrents the experts recommend:

Plastic Bird Spikes

Proven time and again to prevent birds from landing and perching. Plastic Bird Spikes are the anti-perching, anti-roosting bird deterrent designed to deter all manner of birds, especially large birds. Blunted at the tips and approved by several humane groups, the spiked strips are safe to use around birds and maintenance crews. The spikes even come in a variety of colors—including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan—so they’re barely noticeable. The best Plastic Bird Spikes are made of unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate, which means they’ll last for years in harsh outdoor weather. The Plastic Bird Spikes preferred by most commercial users feature a flexible base that easily follows the curved surfaces around signs, chimneys and architectural features. The spiked strips have pre-drilled holes or glue troughs for quick installation. Plastic Bird Spikes come in two-foot sections and 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths to cover wider and wider areas; yet the base of each spiked strip measures just 1.5 inches wide, which allows them to be installed on narrow ledges, signs and other features.

Plastic Bird Netting

Ideal for sealing out birds from attics and other rooftop areas, Garden Bird Netting is a lightweight mesh that effectively denies birds access to these areas. It comes in 14 x 100-foot and 14 x 200-foot rolls and can easily be cut down to the size you need. The netting also comes in three different "mesh" sizes: 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4". The netting installs easily under eaves and over patio covers.  Bird netting clips are recommended to keep the netting taut. The best garden bird netting is made from a durable, UV-protected polypropylene. This netting is strong, lightweight, and designed for temporary use. Properly installed, Plastic Bird Netting is almost invisible.

Residential Bird Control Choices

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

residential bird controlResidential bird control should always be environmentally friendly, humane, safe and cost effective.  There is no reason for it not to be with all the great choices on the market.  For residential bird control, it is best to do it as easily and safely as possible.  There is no need to harm the birds, and take a risk of harming more than the birds.  Most pest birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act anyways.  The Act states that it is illegal to hunt, take, capture, kill, pursue or sell birds on its list.

Some of the birds listed on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are Barn and Cliff Swallows, sparrows, crows, Canada Geese and Downy Woodpeckers.  All these birds are very active pest birds in a lot of people’s backyards.  If you are not sure what bird is causing the havoc it is better to take the side of caution and assume it is on the list.  These birds can be very damaging if left to their own device.  Woodpeckers can cause house damage from their drumming, and other birds that roost and nest in areas around the home will poop all over and the acidic nature of the bird’s poop will damage the surface it lands on.  It is more damaging than it is unsightly.  Both are not wanted or needed around the home.

Options of Residential Bird Control

Choosing the right residential bird control for the property is not difficult.  First you need to be aware of where the birds are flocking to.  Chances are they are on the rooftop, the eaves of the home, fence lines, garages, sheds, patio covers and many more areas.

Garden bird netting will protect more than just the garden plants.  Garden bird netting can be secured down to protect the eaves, balconies and garages.  There is special woodpecker netting that protects the side of the home.  Woodpecker netting is installed differently than bird netting you would use on roosting and nesting birds.  But all bird netting will do the same thing.  The netting creates a bird barrier and will not allow the bird access to the area that is being blocked off.

Bird spikes are another option to stop the larger pest birds from landing on an area.  Bird spikes can be laid down on practically any flat or curved surface.  The blunted spikes make it very uncomfortable for the bird to land.

Both residential bird control products are also seen at commercial sites.  They are effective, practical, and quick and easy to put into action.


Bird Control or Barrage of Bird Droppings

Monday, January 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlIf you have a barrage of pest birds around your home, it is a good idea to put some type of bird control methods into place.  They will begin roosting in areas around your home and eventually find nesting spots when spring rolls around.  If left to continue their behaviors, the pest birds will hang around and the difficulty of this is that their droppings will continue accumulating on your property.  Birds defecate anywhere from 20 to 50 times per day and the droppings can add up quite quickly.  Places where the birds roost are eaves, rooftops, window sills and any other place they can find to hide away from their predators.  They feel safest off the ground, so the higher the structure, the more secure they will feel and the longer and more comfortable they will make themselves.

Bird droppings are not just an ugly and dirty looking spectacle; they are highly corrosive and will damage just about any surface they come in contact with.  They also are a haven for various diseases that can be transmitted to humans and harbor bacteria, molds and parasites.

Installment of Bird Control

Making a plan to install bird control products around the home will help keep the birds at bay.  There are various methods to choose from, and bird control methods that work well in tandem to keep the birds guessing.

A very effective way to keep birds away is by installing some sort of physical bird deterrent.  A physical bird deterrent is a method in which prevents birds from landing in concentrated areas.  Physical bird deterrents range from wind and solar powered bird control devices to scare tactics. 
Bird netting is one kind of physical bird deterrent that can be used around the home and garden.  Garden bird netting is one type of variety that can be suspended over the garden area to stop the birds from pecking at the fruits and vegetables and seeds.  It needs to be suspended over the plot by at least four inches.  Plants can also be wrapped individually to create that barrier from the pest bird.  Bird netting can also be used in garages, balconies and the eave areas, or anywhere that they need to be blocked from. 

Whether you use a physical bird deterrent or a solar powered bird control device or a scare tactic to keep birds away, an effective solution is needed to protect the home from unwanted pest birds.

Bird Deterrents can be Harmonious

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsProtecting nature is a responsibility that everyone has.  Living with nature should be harmonious, even when bird deterrents are in place to correct the behavior of the nuisance birds on your property.  Pest birds such as the sparrows, geese, grackles, pigeons and crows have the whole world at their disposal.  There is no reason to feel bad that you are deterring them from your small area on the planet.  Protecting your home environment and keeping it clean from bird droppings and protecting your family from the hazards that the droppings harbor is also a big responsibility.

Types of Bird Deterrents

Bird netting is a safe and humane way to block an area from the birds to have access to.  Vegetable plants and fruit trees can be protected from the birds eating the fruit when they are protected with bird deterrent netting.  The side of the home can be protected with bird netting so that the woodpecker does not damage the home and cause a costly mess from its drumming.  Garden bird netting and woodpecker netting are both lightweight and easy to manage.  The netting is also very strong and durable and is made of U.V. protected polypropylene. 

Another type of effective bird deterrent is bird spikes.  Bird spikes are a low profile means to stop the pest birds from landing.  Bird spikes are also safe for the pest bird and the person installing the spikes.  The spikes have a blunt end and will not injure anyone during their installation.  Bird spikes can be applied to any flat surface such as rooftops, ledges and even window sills.  They can even be added to the tops of the A.C. unit where pest birds like to land.  Bird spikes simply create an uneven and uncomfortable surface that they will not want to land on.  Plastic bird spikes come in a variety of colors and will not disrupt the visual harmony that has been created around the home. 

Bird netting and bird spikes are both practically invisible when they are installed correctly.  If guidance is needed, a professional bird control company will have certified installers that can assist with any questions and concerns you may have. It is conceivable to live harmoniously with nature and not harm the pest birds by having humane bird deterrents on the property.


The Need for Bird Control

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlThere has always been a need for bird control.  Thanks to those who have gone before, there are many different bird control products to solve all kinds of bird problems.  Without bird control, there is loss of grain, seed and berries in large fields and backyard gardens and destruction of property, roofs, eaves and rafters in businesses and homes.

Why Bird Control

The obvious reason there is a need for bird control products is to guard against the damage that pest birds can do when allowed to roost and nest around areas of the home such as rooftops, patio covers, and eaves and in the trees.  Not only does it damage your wallet, but the cost of your health is in jeopardy.  When birds roost and nest freely, their droppings start accumulating and it is in the droppings where unhealthy elements lie.  There are over 60 different types of viral, bacterial and fungal diseases that can be found in the droppings.  Many of these diseases are transmittable to humans and many cause very serious upper respiratory illnesses.  West Nile virus and Bird Flu is also carried by the bird.

The droppings cause other damage as well.  The feces are very acidic and can corrode wood, steel, paint and concrete along with many other substrates.  Once the damage is done, the cost of clean-up and repair can be quite substantial.  The key to bird control is installing bird control methods before the problem of unsightly, unhealthy and damaging droppings are a problem.

How to Apply Bird Control

The first thing to do is to identify the areas where birds tend to land.  This could be and open patio where there are only slats as protection, it could be any ledge or eave near the doors and windows or even in the fruit trees.  There are bird control methods that are effective in all these areas and more.  There are visual deterrents, physical bird control methods and sound deterrents.

A visual deterrent creates an optical illusion that scares the birds away.  Visual deterrents can be hung around the home, eaves, any overhand or in the trees.  The birds see the design on the deterrent as a predator marking and will fly away in fear of coming into contact with their predator.

Sound deterrents also scare birds away.  Each sound deterrent unit has a speaker that plays distress calls and predator calls.  Each unit has over 22 different bird species programmed into them.  There is an easy to read and use LCD display panel that allows you to easily program the unit to which bird is causing the havoc.  If you are unsure which bird to choose, there is a general setting that will play them sporadically.  A sound deterrent is ideal for a large yard as it can cover up to an acre of land.  With additional speakers, one unit can cover five acres.

Physical deterrents such as bird spikes and bird netting work by not allowing the bird’s access to where they land.  Bird control is cost effective and one installed will work immediately.

Bird Netting is an Effective Bird Control Measure

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird nettingBird netting is the strongest and most versatile means of excluding the pest bird entirely from an area.  Pest bird antics include perching, roosting, nesting and searching for food.  These elements alone sound harmless, but the birds poop where they perch roost, nest and eat. 

Homeowners spend countless hours and too much money on cleanup and repair from the pest bird damage.  The droppings are very acidic and will eat away at various surfaces.  They ruin tar-based roofs, patio furniture, walkways, machinery and just about any surface the droppings land on.

Bird Netting Stops Health Hazards

Nesting materials can be hazardous as well.  If the birds build their nests near anything electrical, they become a fire hazard.  Nesting materials can clog gutters, chimneys and ventilation systems.  The droppings and nest harbor parasites, bacteria, molds and viruses that can be harmful to humans.  The droppings become very dangerous when they are in large quantities and are dried which makes them airborne and they can be inhaled.

It is a serious issue and bird netting is one way to block the birds from hanging around your property.  Bird netting can block birds from the eaves, rooftops, gardens, trees, barns, balconies and many other locations.  Bird netting is strong and durable and made of U.V. protected polypropylene.  It is easy to install, however, because of how lightweight the netting is.  When installed correctly it is very difficult to detect from the ground.  Netting comes in different mesh sizes, and your choice depends on what type of bird you are trying to keep out.  The smaller the bird, the smaller the mesh needs to be.  Woodpeckers for instance require a ¾” mesh netting to stop them from drumming on the side of the home.

There are other bird control methods that can be used around the home also.  There are visual deterrents and sound bird deterrents that scare the nuisance birds away.  There are other physical bird control products such as bird spikes and bird slopes that stop birds from landing where they are applied.

The purpose in using bird control such as bird netting is not to harm the bird, but to make it impossible for them to make themselves at home.