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.


 

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.

 

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.
 
 

 

Are You Ready for the Spring Arrival of Canada Geese?

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Fran Prisco

canada gooseCanada geese are highly adaptable and settle in quickly to their surroundings. They can be up to six pounds heavier that ordinary geese, live as long as 20 years and produce many offspring. These big birds need plenty of fresh water, succulent vegetation, safe nesting areas and freedom from predators. They prefer to nest within 100 feet of open water (lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, etc.) and near large lawns of residential neighborhoods, corporate office campuses, golf courses and parks.
 
Unless you prepare for their spring arrival with effective and humane goose repellents, you can expect some costly headaches around your property. These include overgrazing of turfgrass leading to erosion problems; large accumulations of fecal material, creating a health risk; and degraded water quality due to fecal bacteria and elevated nitrogen and phosphorous concentrations.  
 
Chasing geese, disturbing their nests, or using lethal means against them are largely ineffective and can be illegal. The preferred way to get rid of geese is by using non-lethal goose repellents. Here's what the professional bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone recommend:
 
The Scarecrow with a Brain
 
Bird-B-Gone Scarecrows are smart enough to instantly sense when geese enter their line of sight. Ideal for keeping geese from specific areas where they often gather, the Scarecrow’s motion sensor activates a harmless blast of water that scatters geese from the area. The Scarecrow connects to any standard water hose and covers an area up to 1,200 square feet. Install a few Scarecrows strategically around areas frequented by geese and say good-bye to your goose problem. Each Scarecrow’s sensitivity and coverage pattern is easily adjusted, and the devices stand guard day and night for up to 6 months, delivering as many as 3,000 firings on a single 9-volt battery.
 
The “Grape” Repellent
 
Bird-B-Gone’s Migrate Goose Repellent is a non-toxic chemical that turns grass into inedible food for geese.  Migrate’s active ingredient is a harmless grape extract called Methyl Anthranilate that irritates a goose’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes.  You won’t need a lot of Migrate, just apply it with a standard sprayer to areas where geese feed most often.
 
The Sound Solution
 
Bird-B-Gone’s Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic emits pre-recorded distress and predator calls that scare birds. It can be set to scare geese and convince them “nearby geese” are being attacked. These threatening birdcalls are broadcast for two minutes and repeated every 10 minutes. The Bird Chase device comes with a built-in speaker to cover an entire acre, and more speakers can be added to cover up to five acres.  And because it’s solar powered, you can easily place it wherever geese tend to gather. It also works on cloudy days. Designed for outdoor use, the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic device is constructed of weather-resistant, UV-protected materials. You can control the volume and program the device to automatically shut off at night.
 

 

Time to Open Your Boat, But Not to Pest Birds!

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlShiver me timbers. It’s time to open up your boat for spring and summer. Be warned mate, spring’s the time when birds come a callin’. Gulls and blue herons, pelicans and cormorants. They’ll be looking for a place to settle in on your decks and beams. And before you know it, your vessel will be covered with nests and droppings—from stern to bow pulpit. So will your gear—everything from sheets to cleats.

Time to do what the smart and rich do to keep birds off their vessels—set up some effective bird deterrents to keep the nasty critters off your boat. Ignore the warnings of squawking pest birds hovering about and your masts and spreaders, biminis, canvas covers, radars and railings will soon be covered with bird droppings. Droppings that can eventually eat into your vessel’s surfaces, permanently marring and possibly damaging them. Booms, sheets, blocks and pulleys, and rigging--all will fall victim to destructive bird droppings. And lest ye forget that wet droppings can make gunwales dangerously slippery, creating slip-and-fall hazards for you and your guests.
 
If you’re opening up your boat, keep birds away by installing some effective bird deterrents. Here’s what the bird control pros at Bird-B- Gone recommend:

Scare Birds with the Repeller 360°

Bird-B-Gone’s Repeller 360° spins in the breeze to prevent large birds like gulls from landing on specific areas of your vessel. This rotating bird deterrent protects a wide area, keeping birds from landing and loitering. The Repeller 360° catches the slightest breeze using two "sails" mounted at either end of a 5-foot stainless steel arm. Each sail boasts a reflective bird predator eye to scare birds. When the Repeller’s arms spin, they scare birds away. Like a tireless sentry, the wind-powered arms whip about continuously, day and night. The Repeller 360° is UV protected and designed for use in harsh seaside weather.

Spook Pest Birds with the Bird Spider
 
Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Spider 360 prevents bird pests from landing on your boat using the power of intimidation. Its long, breeze-powered tentacles bounce and sway, making birds too nervous to hang around your vessel. The new tips won’t scuff your boat’s surfaces. Spiders are highly flexible and can be mounted a variety of ways: there’s the Boat Base for use around masts or spreaders; the Sand Bag Base for portable, placements on canvases and Biminis; or the Railing Mount for direct  attachment to boat rails. The Bird Spider is available in four leg lengths that cover 2', 4, 6’ and 8' diameters. Designed for harsh seaside use, the Spider’s arms are made of 316 marine grade stainless steel embedded into a UV- protected polycarbonate base. No assembly is required, installation is easy, and construction grade adhesives can be used in place of the sandbag base.

Wind-Powered Pest Bird Deterrent Keeps Marinas Bird Free

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird deterrentIf you operate a marina, you have your hands full when it comes to pest bird problems. Bird pests can severely impact your refueling, washing and repair facilities, as well as your boat chandlers, stores and restaurants. Ground facilities such as parking lots for cars, trucks and boat trailers can also be impacted by pest birds. The same holds true for slipways (or boat ramps), boat hoists, and in- or out-of-water boat storage facilities. And pest birds can be particularly annoying around picnic areas, pubs, and clubhouses, which guests and tenants expect to be clean.

Pest Birds Deface, Damage and Carry Disease

Without effective bird controls to deter them, larger birds can leave piles of acidic droppings that will eat into and mar almost any surface—including steel, aluminum, plastic, canvas, even stone facades. These droppings also present a health hazard, as they can carry any of 60 known diseases, including E. Coli, Salmonella, Psittacosis and fungal infections. Bird droppings can clog and damage rooftop AC units, degrade the efficiency of skylights and solar panels, jam up security camera mechanisms, and interfere with outdoor lighting and signs. Removing bird droppings and debris is often time consuming and expensive. Lethal means like poisons and pellet guns are often illegal in many areas and considered only marginally effective. Pest birds will come back. The only solution is professional-level bird control.

Scare Birds with the Wind-Powered Repeller 360°

The Repeller 360° spins in the breeze to keep large birds such as gulls, pigeons and crows from landing in unwanted areas. The unit offers pest bird protection in a wide 6-foot diameter area, keeping birds from perching and loitering. Designed to catch the slightest breeze, the Repeller 360° features two "sails" mounted at both ends of a 6-foot stainless steel arm. Each sail features a reflective bird predator eye to scare birds. When the wind spins the Repeller’s arms, they intimidate and frighten any bird pests attempting to land near them. Like a 24/7 sentry, the wind-powered arms rotate continuously day and night.

Pest Bird Deterrent Installs Easily Almost Anywhere

The Repeller 360° uses sustainable wind power, so it can be placed virtually anywhere pest birds gather, perch or roost—on boats, signs, docks, billboards, parapet walls, roofs or any flat surface. No electrical wiring or hookups are required. The unit is easy to set up. A patent pending clip locks it securely into place. The unit’s railing mount attaches easily to railings from 1- to 5-inches thick. Simply tighten the screw until the unit is secure. The Repeller 360° has been specially designed to work in high winds. Engineered for outdoor use, it’s constructed of UV-protected materials, including polycarbonate fins and a rugged base supported by two stainless steel rods. This ensures lasting performance in harsh outdoor weather.

 

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.
 

Goose Control for Landowners

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlA lot of time is spent on bird prevention and bird elimination by many landowners.  As an example, geese are extremely social and are found in large flocks around golf courses, parks, wetlands, docks, marshes and even residential homes near a water source.  They are very prolific breeders and if allowed to get comfortable and breed on you property you will have a whole gaggle of geese in no time.  Geese are notoriously messy, leaving unsanitary and messy dropping that are very acidic that eat away at the structures they land on including cars, boats, decks and buildings.  In addition, the droppings harbor parasites, bacteria and diseases that can be transmitted to humans.  Effective goose deterrents are needed for this real problem that property owners face.

Safe and Non-Toxic Goose Control

The geese can still be motivated to leave the area even if they have already settled in.  There is a non-toxic goose repellent that can be sprayed on the grassy areas.  The geese will not like the sensation that the spray gives them and they will want to relocation somewhere else.  The ingredient they do not like is a grape extract.  It irritates their mucous membranes and a nerve when they come in contact with the extract through their eyes, nose and mouth.

There are other bird deterrent methods available that work by scaring birds away from the property.  Bird scare methods take advantage of the goose’s natural fear of predators and harm.  Creating a sense of what the geese perceive as danger in their environment will have them flying away to find less frightening surroundings. There are inexpensive bird scare products that have bright colors and predator markings that will scare the geese.  There are scare balloons with predator-like eye decals on the balloon.  The material of the balloon is also shiny and reflective.  This confuses the geese and makes them uncomfortable and will get rid of geese from the area.

Whether the geese are surveying for new territory, or have found a comfortable place to call home, either of these goose deterrent methods used alone or together, can offer property owners peace of mind and useful, safe and non-toxic bird control.
 

A Better Bird and Goose Repellent than Ultrasonic Bird Control

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentSome pest control companies will advertise the effectiveness of an ultrasonic bird control product.  Do not be deceived.  There is no scientific evidence that the ultrasonic devices work on birds.  Birds cannot hear the high frequency noises just like humans cannot.  In fact, the pigeon, for instance is a notorious pest bird for businesses and they actually hear lower frequency sounds than people.  Do not waste money on ultrasonic bird scaring devices.  Invest in other effective forms of bird control.

Effective Bird Control Devices

There are other sound bird repellents that are effective on pest birds, including geese.  The Solar Bird Chase Supersonic is not an ultrasonic device.  It plays actual distress calls and predator calls of over 20 types of birds, including the geese.  The sounds can be heard by humans, and they are played every 10 minutes.  The sound can be adjusted, and it can be programmed to turn off at night.  When the birds hear the distress calls, their natural instincts will cause them to flee the area.  The solar supersonic unit uses sustainable solar energy.  It comes with rechargeable batteries for operation during nighttime settings as well.  There is an easy to ready LCD display panel that will show the status and user settings at all times.  It is constructed of rigid, U.V. protected materials and made for a long outdoor life. To fully charge the batteries it needs to be in the sun for approximately 8 full hours.  Then turn on, and away the pest birds go.

Visual bird deterrents are another route to go, or a great additional to any other bird control method.  Visual bird deterrents are used to frighten birds away from an area.  They use a common scare trigger such as a predator feature.  Another trigger for the bird is shiny and reflective items.  The visual bird deterrents use both scare triggers.  There are scare balloons that are the size of an average beach ball that have predator markings and the material is shiny.  There is also a tape that has a shiny reflective surface.  Both can be hung on the sides of the building, on posts near crops or around the edge of the water sources.

Save your money on the ultrasonic devices and other gimmicks.  Rely on professionally tested and proven forms of bird and goose repellents.
 

Stop Woodpeckers from Drumming with Woodpecker Control

Sunday, March 2, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

woodpecker controlThe name of this bird says it all; woodpecker.  They peck wood to look for insects to eat.  They peck wood to establish their territories.  They even peck to attract a mate.  And then they peck to make a space to build their nests.  The male is the one who drums looking for the female, and then it is the female woodpecker who will choose the male if she hears something she likes.  When it is woodpecker season, the drumming is constant and could cause a headache to homeowners. 

There are twenty two known species of woodpeckers in North America.  The culprit will usually be the Downey Woodpecker.  They are the most common of species found in backyards.  If you have a bird feeder instead of a bird deterrent in your backyard, you can be sure that you will have the woodpecker and other pest birds in your yard.  The woodpeckers also like to nest inside the walls of buildings, and at home that building is your home or garage or shed.

Woodpecker Control Products

It is important to protect the structures if the woodpeckers are drumming.  It is a good idea to install bird deterrents for the woodpeckers and other pest birds before they come around and start damaging the home and leaving behind their droppings. 

There are woodpecker control products such as a Woodpecker Kit that contains visual bird deterrents that will scare birds away.  The visual deterrents appeal to the bird’s sight and to their natural instincts of imminent danger.  Visual woodpecker deterrents are brightly colored and there is a predator eye design on the side of the bird deterrent itself.  To humans it looks like a nice unique design, but to a bird it looks like a predator’s eye.  The visual deterrent will move in the breeze and this along with the mock predator eye will confuse and frighten the woodpecker and other birds, and persuade them to move onto a different location.

Bird netting is another way to keep the pest woodpecker from drumming on the home or other buildings on your property.  Bird netting can be used under the eaves as well as the siding.  Woodpecker netting comes in a ¾” mesh size which is the perfect size.  It is small enough so they cannot get through the mesh.  It is lightweight and made of a U.V. protected polypropylene.  It is very durable and can be removed after the woodpecker season is over, stored away, then reused again in subsequent years.

Both types of woodpecker control are safe and humane.  The idea is not to harm the bird, but to discourage them from hanging around.

 

Goose Control – Act Quickly

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlGoose control issues are everywhere.  If you have a lake front property, business or residential, there more than likely are geese around.  Golf courses, parks, farms and airports are other locations where geese are known to gather.  It is important to act quickly when you notice any geese on the property.  Acting quickly before spring arrives when they are more easily dealt with before they are looking around for suitable breeding spots.  It is much more difficult to get rid of geese once them have settled in and become entrenched in the area.

Canada geese are most likely the culprits.  Whether they are migratory or resident geese, they could be subject to different laws and regulations.  A reputable bird control company can help you navigate your specific area and what laws govern your area.  But there are many different bird control methods that are effective in dealing with geese.  An integrated approach using multiple strategies together to smite the geese is usually required. 

Goose Control Strategies

Goose control for commercial properties needs safe and humane methods especially if the public is in contact with the property as well.  Visual bird deterrents are a good place to begin.  Mylar tape is a very inexpensive product to put into action.  When the sun reflects off the shiny tape the brilliant shine will confuse and irritate the geese.  Also when it moves in the wind it makes an odd crinkling sound that scares birds away.  Just make sure to move the tape from time to time so the geese do not become accustomed to the tricks.

Another technique to trick the geese away is to use a coyote decoy.  They are a free standing, life-size visual deterrent that will scare large birds and geese from open spaces.  The coyote is a natural predator of the geese and ducks and the image of the coyote will frighten them. 

Another method that is entirely different is a bird sound deterrent.  Bird sound deterrents work by scaring the birds and geese away using their own predator and distress calls.  Each unit has pre-recorded actual bird calls that are broadcasted from a speaker.  The birds believe they are being warned about the area and their natural instinct will be to fly away.

Using these various goose control methods simultaneously and occasionally moving them around will keep the methods fresh and new to the birds and will keep them away.
 

Absolute Bird Control For Woodpeckers

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird control for woodpeckersBird control products are constantly evolving.  No longer are pots and pans being banged together to scare away the woodpeckers and other pest birds around the home.  There is no need to hang up the shiny pan lids in the trees to deter the birds.  There are plenty of safe, humane and non-toxic ways to get rid of woodpeckers.
The reason to get rid of them is to save thousands of dollars in repairs.  The woodpeckers will drum on the structures around your property including the siding of you home.  They will even drum on the rooftops.  Thousands of dollars is spent each year by homeowners replacing and repairing what the woodpecker and other pest birds have damaged.

Bird Netting for Woodpeckers

Woodpecker netting is a ¾” mesh bird netting that will block the birds from drumming on the sides of the structures.  Woodpecker netting comes in pieces that are 14’ by 100’.  It is made of a lightweight plastic mesh that is a durable U.V. protected polypropylene.  It is practically invisible when installed correctly.  It can be taken down, stored and re-used.  Installation means securing the netting with staples, other attachments or specific bird netting clips to the outer edge of the eave or overhang.  You can either let the netting drape down using weights for it to hang correctly or the ends can be secured to the structure using self-adhering hooks.  It is important for the netting to be installed away from the wall of the structure.

Non-Toxic Woodpecker Control

There is a non-toxic elastomeric acrylic finish that can be painted onto the surface of the structure.  The compound works by immediately communicating a warning signal to woodpeckers that prompts them to find a more desirable location.  It comes in a few different colors and paints on just like a standard latex paint would.  The paint on woodpecker deterrent does not harm the woodpecker or any other bird.  The active ingredient is used in many consumer products in today’s market including nail biting and thumb sucking deterrents for children.

Woodpecker Scare Deterrents

Woodpecker Kits are available that offer products to hang around the home that will scare birds away.  There is flash tape and scare balloons.  Both of these woodpecker deterrents have a bright shiny surface that creates a visual disturbance for the birds and will keep them flying on by.

 

Scare Birds Away using Solar Bird Deterrents

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsBirds can be a nuisance when there are no bird deterrents in place.  Birds are fun to watch and listen to.  It is entertaining to feed them and watch them quickly scoop down and observe how gracefully they capture the food and fly away.  What is not fun is when they arrive in huge flocks and take over an entire area and leave behind their droppings and feathers and make a big mess.

Solar Bird Deterrents in Action

An outdoor solar sound device is a very effective bird deterrent for large areas where large flocks of birds have gathered.  They most likely will not go away on their own.  If they do happen to disappear, be assured that they will find their way back eventually.  Birds tend to go back to the same spots time and time again.  With a solar bird deterrent, however, they will be leaving the area in no time.

The solar bird deterrent is programmable and has over 22 types of birds recorded into the unit.  There are actual bird distress calls and predator calls that are programmed.  There are no ultrasonic noises as they have been proven to not be effective.  Birds hear at the same level of humans, so actual distress calls are what will make the birds take flight.  Birds communicate through sound.  Their chirping actually means something to them.  They alert others when predators are near.  A different chirp alerts others to a food source.  With the solar bird deterrent, the calls will communicate that the area is dangerous and the birds will make a mass exodus.

The solar bird deterrent units are made for outdoor use.  They are weather resistant, made of rigid construction and are solar powered so that they will work during cloudy days.  There is an easy to read LCD display that shows the status and user settings at all times.  You can pick a specific species of bird, but there is also a general setting that covers a multitude of bird species.  The unit can be programmed to shut off during evening hours if so desired.  Each solar bird deterrent covers an acre of land.  There are additional speakers that can be purchased that make the unit effective for up to five acres of land.

This is a safe and very humane way to rid your property of birds and to keep your property clean from the messes of their droppings.
 

Keeping Pest Birds off Your Balcony

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Fran Prisco

keep bird offBalconies can be great for enjoying views, entertaining, and just relaxing with friends and family. Trouble is, birds love balconies too. They love to perch on balcony railings. And if you use balconies infrequently, they love to build nests under the rooflines.  Whether nesting above or perching on railings and landings, birds can leave unsightly and unsanitary droppings. If not promptly removed, these droppings can stain and permanently damage wood, wrought iron, stucco, even brickwork.

The other problem with pest birds is the diseases they carry—in their nests and droppings. Cleaning bird droppings off most surfaces takes a bit of work. You need to wear gloves, eye protection and possibly even a facemask to avoid contact with the many disease-carrying parasites that live in droppings and nests.

The good news is that there are a number of effective bird deterrents that will keep pest birds off your balcony.  Here’s what the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone recommend:

Scare Birds with Red-Tail Hawk Decoys

Bird-B-Gone’s realistic Red-Tail Hawk Decoys work well to intimidate many varieties of pest birds from balconies. Unlike owls, which hunt at night, Hawks hunt during the day when most pest birds are active. This is why hawk decoys are preferred over their owl counterparts. The realistic-looking hawk decoy offered by Bird-B-Gone stands 17 inches tall and is designed to convince pest birds that it poses a “real” threat to them. The decoy is made of heavy duty plastic to retain its realistic appearance for years outdoors. It can be hung from a balcony cover or placed on a stand. And like all visual bird deterrents, one should move the hawk decoy around often to prevent pest birds from getting used to it.

Intimidate Bird Pests with the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic

Proven effective as a bird deterrent, the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic by Bird-B-Gone makes use of a bird’s sensitive hearing and instinctive fear of predators. It emits pre-recorded distress and predator calls for as many as 22 species of birds—including pigeons, crows, and gulls. The device is easily set up to deter a specific species of bird. Or if you’re troubled by several bird types, you can set the device to a "general" setting to intimidate multiple species. The distress and predator calls are repeated every 10 minutes to keep pest birds away. You can adjust the sound output—from 65-105 decibels—using the volume control. The sounds emitted resemble normal bird-calls to the human ear, so they won’t bother your pets or neighbors. And unlike ultrasonic devices, which send out sounds above the hearing range of birds, the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic generates sounds birds can hear. The device is ruggedly designed for outdoor use and can be mounted under a balcony cover.

 

Top 3 Bird Control Devices for the Pool and Spa Industry

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlIf you install pools, spas, or other water features, pest birds can pose a real problem—not just during installation, but after the work is done. Bird droppings during construction can cause schedules to slip as workers perform cleanups to render the pool or spa sanitary and safe.

After project completion, bird droppings can create all sorts of headaches for property owners—in terms of sanitation and ph balance. A single bird dropping can render a pool or spa unsafe, since bird droppings can carry any of 60 known diseases. Slippery bird droppings around a pool or spa, or on diving boards and ladder steps can cause people (especially kids) to slip and fall, resulting in possible injury.

The good news is that there are a number of effective bird deterrents you can use to keep pest birds away from a pool, spa or water feature. Here are three bird control measures the experts recommend:

1. Visual Bird Deterrents

Also known as Bird Scare Deterrents, these inexpensive products include Flash Tape and Reflective Banners, which reflect sunlight and rattle in the breeze to scare birds away. Also effective are Scare Eye Diverters, which are large teardrop shaped plastic panels covered with a “mock” predator eyes that frighten birds. Using the same principle are Bird Scare Balloons, which are covered with large predator eyes to spook birds. Visual bird deterrents are easily attached to patio covers, trees, fences or any elevated area near the pool or spa. The Balloons can also be partially filled with water to skim the water’s surface to further intimidate birds. For best deterrent effect, remind your customers to move these deterrents around often, lest birds get used to them.

2. Bird Chase Super Sonic

Easy to set up and use, the Bird Chase Super Sonic emits bird distress and predator calls that frighten birds away. This device won’t irritate people or pets because the sounds it emits resemble normal birdcalls. The versatile Bird Chase unit emits distress and predator calls for 22 different species of birds. It has a built-in speaker and will drive away pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many other birds. The unit has a volume control and can be programmed to turn on or off at night.

3. Scarecrow Bird Deterrent

Ideal for protecting pools, spas and other water features, the Scarecrow is a motion-activated device that blasts any bird entering its radius of protection with a harmless water spray. The startling sprinkler sound and realistic looking bird-like moving head add to the Scarecrow’s intimidation factor. Scarecrows connect easily to most garden hoses and provide over 1,200 square feet of protection (35 feet out by 45 feet wide). Scarecrows are inexpensive to operate, delivering up to 1,000 "firings" on a single 9-volt battery. The device’s sensitivity and range are easily adjusted to meet the specific needs of virtually any pool, spa or water feature.

Quick and Easy Bird Control Devices

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird control What goes up must come down.  If you install bird control devices around the home, what comes down will not be the bird droppings from the feathered home wreckers.  If there are birds around your property, there are bird droppings.  It is a natural occurrence.  You cannot control the bird’s bathroom behaviors, but you can control the birds around you property and persuade them to find a new home to roost and nest at.

Why Bird Control Devices

Bird droppings are naturally very acidic.  Birds excrete liquid bodily waste which is uric acid.  It leaves the bird’s body in the form of crystals.  That is the white pasty material that is seen spattered all over the place.  When the droppings are left to accumulate on the roof, or patio covers, awnings or any other area, the droppings will damage the surface.

There are bird control devices that can be placed around the property to keep birds away and to keep the property bird dropping free.  Bird spikes are a physical bird deterrent that is very effective at keeping bigger pest birds from landing where the bird spikes are installed.  Bigger pest birds like pigeons, gulls and crows will not be able to land where they are applied.  Bird spikes can be placed on the rooftop, chimney caps, window sills, eaves, any flat or curved surface around the property that birds tend to land on.  There are stainless steel and plastic bird spikes.  The plastic spikes come in an array of colors that helps keep the aesthetics pure around the home.  They are easily screwed, glued or tied down to the surface.  When installed correctly, both types are practically invisible from the ground.

Another type of physical bird control device is bird netting.  Bird netting can be placed in areas such as balconies, eaves, garages.  When installed, this bird barrier will block the birds completely from the area.  Garden bird netting is great when it comes time to plant the garden and protect it from being eaten by the pest birds. Vineyards often use bird netting to protect the precious vines.

Visual deterrents are also a great bird control device to have around the home.  Visual bird deterrents scare birds away from an area.  There are hawk decoys, flash tape and other diverters with predator markings that will keep birds frightened away.

All three types of bird control devices are quick and easy to implement.  All three bird control methods are also safe and humane.
 

How to get rid of House Sparrows

Saturday, January 18, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of house sparrowsYou can find the House Sparrow not just on houses but just about any building.  House Sparrows are boisterous birds.  They fly in and out of nest holes hidden behind building signs.  They hang around parking lots waiting for crumbs, or to look for bugs that have hit the car grills and windshields.  You will notice them hopping around fast food joints begging for a bit of a hamburger bun or a fry.  How to get rid of the House Sparrow is the question.

Answers to How to get rid of House Sparrows

Bird control is in order to get rid of the nuisance sparrows.  House Sparrows are non-native invasive birds that are not protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but when bird deterrents are used where humans congregate it is not a good idea to use lethal means to get rid of the pest bird.  There are safe and humane options to choose from that will get the job done.

Bird netting is one solution that would create a physical bird barrier to the sparrow.  Bird netting stops the birds from landing, roosting or nesting where the bird netting is installed.  Bird netting works and can exclude all types of bird species.  For larger pest birds, bird spikes can be used, but for the small House Sparrow, bird netting is a more appropriate and effective bird control method.

Bird netting with a ½” mesh is the appropriate type of bird netting and is how to get rid of the sparrow.  Bird netting is ideal for placement in the eaves of the building.  This is one of the more common locations where the birds will roost and nest.  Bird netting can be installed commercially in courtyards, canopies, signs, and warehouses.  Loading docks are one place that bird netting is installed to stop the sparrows and other nuisance birds from causing a racket. 

Visual scare bird deterrents and sound bird deterrents will also pester the sparrow and make them fly away to find a new location to roost and nest.   Using a combination of products is your best bet, and will keep the birds away.
 

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.
 

Three Bird Control Strategies that are Effective

Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlBirds can run a muck on your property if there are no bird control strategies in place.  Every season there is a need for bird control.  Winter, birds are looking for places to hide away from weather elements, and during spring migratory birds are coming back to where they roosted and nested before.  There is no time like the present to install bird control products to keep birds off your property.

Bird control should be a priority.  If not, the bird droppings that accumulate on your property could cause structural damage and there is also a health risk involved.  There are over 60 transmittable diseases that are carried by the bird and their hazardous droppings.  Of course, like most ailments, children, the elderly, and those with immune issues are more susceptible and have a greater chance of being infected by the diseases, fungus, molds and parasites.

Bird Control Choices

Bird repellents are one type of bird control strategy that will keep birds away.  There is a product that is non-toxic that can be sprayed on grass, bushes and trees.  This type of liquid bird repellent is effective because the active ingredient irritates the bird’s trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes in their eyes, mouth and nose.  It is non-toxic because the active ingredient is actually a grape extract called methyl anthranilate.  It is safe and humane for the birds, and others who are around the property.

A second type of bird control method is visual bird deterrents that scare birds away.  Flash tape is one type of visual deterrent that frightens the pest birds.  Flash tape is made of a shiny reflective material that the birds do not like.  When the tape moves in the breeze it makes a crinkling sound that also scares the birds.  There are also flat diverters and balloons that have predator markings on them that will frighten birds away.  They can easily be hung along the sides of the building, in trees, along patio covers and around the garage.  Anywhere that is close to where the pest birds like to linger.

The third type of bird control is physical bird deterrents such as bird spikes.  This type of bird control strategy blocks the birds from an area where the spikes are installed, such as rooftops, under eaves and on fences and any flat or curved area.

Spending a minute amount of time and money will produce benefits that will last season long or years long.
 

Best Types of Bird Control

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlBird control methods are constantly evolving.  Methods that are currently effective have come a long way since having to beat metal objects such as pots and pans together to scare birds away.  There is no need to ever harm the birds because the bird control products on the market are safe and humane.  What is not safe is having the birds leave their droppings all over the place.  The reasons for getting rid of birds is because of their droppings and how hazardous they are, not to mention how unsightly.  

Birds that are allowed to stick around and roost and nest will have an accumulation of the feces that can become quite dangerous to human’s health.  There are many transmittable diseases that can be given to humans just from the accumulated droppings.

Bird Control Options

Sound bird control products are an option that will frighten birds away.  They are ideal for large spaces of land.  The sound bird deterrents can cover up five acres of land.  The devices have over 22 types of birds pre-recorded.  The devices play actual predator calls and distress calls about every 10 minutes.  Sound deterrents that are effective include the sonic units.  Ultrasonic has been proven ineffective, as birds hear the same sounds as humans.  So make sure that the sound bird control product that you choose is a sonic unit, and not ultrasonic.

Physical bird deterrents block birds from the ability to land in a treated area.  Bird spikes and bird netting are both commonly used bird control products that physically block the birds from areas such as rooftops and eaves.  There is also woodpecker netting that blocks the bird from drumming on the side of the home.  Extensive damage can be done to a home by a pest bird when no bird control products are installed.

Visual bird deterrents are another type of bird control product that will scare birds away.  There is flash tape and diverters that are both made of a shiny reflective vinyl that creates a visual disturbance that the birds do not like.

These bird control products are all safe and humane, while being cost effective and practical for the property owner.