Bird Repellents for Your Business

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellentsBusiness owners and maintenance managers are the persons usually responsible for deciding the bird repellents that will best fit the business.  When bird repellents are absent, there is a risk that the birds will disrupt the flow of business or the droppings will damage the structure.

Millions of dollars is spent by business owners nationwide in the cleanup and repairs due to damage from the birds.  Bird repellents are affordable and simple to install and is the only way to keep pest birds off the building away from the business.

Bird Repellent Options

Sonic bird repellents scare birds away with sounds of actual predator and distress calls.  The birdcalls are played at short intervals from the speaker on the unit.  The bird’s natural instinct to fly away in the face of danger is triggered when the birds hear the distress calls.  There are over 22 different birds that are programmed into each unit, including the pigeon, crow, sparrow, woodpecker and gulls.  The sonic bird repellents are water proof and very easy to program.  If you do not know the specific species of the bird causing the havoc, the unit can be programmed to play a variety of bird and predator calls.

Physical bird deterrents are more commonly used at outside eateries and other businesses where there are outdoor trash areas.  Bird spikes are often seen on the wood slat covers of fast food restaurants over the trash areas..  These trash areas are usually behind the business and near the drive through lane.  It is not good business nor appetizing if lots of scavenging birds are flying around and droppings are all over the ground and the walls that shield the trash area. 

Bird netting is another type of physical bird repellent that is used in warehouses, airport hangers and big box distribution centers.  There is often a bird problem present in these types of spaces.  Bird netting will exclude the pest birds from the targeted area.  Installation of bird netting is important to make sure the effectiveness is at 100%.  Any gaps or openings will allow the smart birds to find a way behind the netting. 

Bird control companies that sell bird repellent products are a great source of knowledge should you need help with which product to buy or with installation.

 

Protect Koi Ponds Year Round with Pond Defender

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

protect pond fishA pond defender is a physical bird deterrent that blocks the large pest birds from gaining access to the edge of the koi pond.  This can be used all year round.  Larger birds like the Great Blue Heron are notorious for spearing the innocent koi, and devouring them in one gulp.  If you live near a water source or near the ocean, you have more than likely encountered the heron.

This predator bird is light grey with a bluish tint.  It has very long stick-like black legs.  They have a black stomach and black stripes along its white head.  Their beaks are pointed and long, perfect for spearing the innocent koi.

Some koi cost a huge amount of money.  One reason they cost so much is because they live a long time.  Ordinary koi can live 20-35 years.  Buying full size koi can be quite expensive.  Younger koi are not as expensive.

It is important to protect them from being eaten by the large pest birds in the area.  One way to defend your investment is to install the Pond Defender™ in the pond itself.  Pond Defender is a series of discs that interlock together and float just below the surface around the edge of the pond.  This creates a barrier that makes it impossible for the big birds to stand on the edge and spear the koi fish.

This type of bird deterrent is virtually invisible from just a few feet away.  It is a much less intrusive bird deterrent for the pond than the traditional pond surface netting.  The interlocking discs are made of U.V. protected plastic and can be fit together in seconds and to the shape of any pond.  Pond Defender is the perfect bird deterrent and it also creates a shelter for pond fish such as the koi against predators. 

Plants will grow through the Pond Defender™ openings and no one except the predator birds will realize they are there.  It is also a very easy bird deterrent to remove when the pond needs cleaning.  Easily removed and easily put back into place.
 

How to Protect Gardens from Pest Birds

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

garden bird controlYou can go and buy produce at the local farmer’s markets or at the grocery stores, but what fun is there in that? Gardening for some is a hobby.  Hobbies usually cost money and gardening takes a lot of time to plan out and prepare and nurture.  What might take days and months to get blooming can be destroyed overnight by pest birds.  It makes total sense to do what you can to protect the garden from ruin by the pesky feathered foe. 

There are many different kinds of bird control products that can be put into place.  A physical bird barrier is a good method to start with that will block the birds from the garden area.  Bird netting is one type of physical bird barrier.  Bird netting is easy to implement and it is a very low profile method of bird control.  Garden bird netting comes in a variety of mesh sizes, from ¼” to ¾”.  It is durable for any season and is U.V. protected.  It is recommended that netting be suspended over the entire garden area.  Suspension of at least 4 inches will give enough space between the plants and the netting, just in case a bird decides to have a seat on the netting and poke its beak through.  The bird will not be able to reach the plants.  It is easy to suspend the netting.  You simply place poles around the outside of the garden plot and then attach the netting to the poles using twine, hog rings, zip ties or staples from a staple gun.

Other deterrents can be used to keep birds off the roof or out of the patio or pool.  There are physical bird deterrents that have moving rods that will scare the birds away and not give them the space to land.  There are bird spikes and bird slopes as well, which make it nearly impossible for the large pest birds to perch.

Even if you do not have a garden it is a good idea to deter the birds.  If they are allowed to gather in flocks, they are going to leave behind a lot of droppings.  The droppings bring on a problem of their own.  Bird droppings harbor diseases and fungus.  There are over 50 transmissible diseases that can be given to humans.  Those who are most susceptible to the diseases are the very young and the elderly, and especially those with immune disorders.

Safe and humane bird control choices will keep your garden safe, as well as your family and friends.
 

Birds Eating Your Garden Bare? Time for Bird Control!

Friday, July 19, 2013 by Fran Prisco

keep birds away from your gardenYou sweated, toiled and tilled your garden until your hands were as blue as the blueberries you’re growing. But all that hard work could be in vain if you don’t protect your garden against pest birds. They’ve been eyeing your ripening fruits and veggies for weeks now, just waiting for you to go inside so they can feast on your bumper crop of goodies.

Sparrows, swallows, pigeons and crows are just some of the pest birds you’ll need to worry about. As are blackbirds, starlings and robins. And little did you know that if you regularly spray pesticides to limit the amount of insects in your home garden, birds will simply eat more of your fruits and vegetables. It’s a no-win scenario unless you implement some effective bird control measures. One of the best bird deterrents you can get to protect your garden is Garden Bird Netting.  

Garden Bird Netting

Used by professional growers and gardeners, Garden Bird Netting physically blocks birds from specific areas of your garden, yet allows sun, rain and fresh air to nurture your fruits and veggies. Spread over your plants, the netting denies birds access to fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetables and other edible garden plants. And it does so humanely without bird poisons or traps. Although it’s designed for temporary use, Garden Bird Netting is made of tough, UV-protected polypropylene. It comes in a 3/4-inch mesh size to seal off today’s most troublesome birds. Other mesh sizes include a ½-inch and ¼-inch to block out smaller birds. You can buy this netting in pieces or bulk rolls of 14 x 100 feet and 14 x 200 feet. The large rolls can easily be cut down to the desired size.

Easy to Use

Garden Bird Netting is light, easy to handle and virtually invisible to the eye. Simply follow these guidelines to ensure your plants are properly protected against the ravages of pest birds:

For Blueberry Bushes and Grape Vines. Suspend the Garden Bird Netting over your bushes or vines, leaving at least a four-inch space between the netting and the bush or vine. This will prevent birds from sitting on the net and eating fruit through the mesh using their necks and beaks. You can also suspend the netting from a series of poles placed around the perimeter of your garden or plants.

For Vegetable Gardens. Wrap each of your individual plants in netting. You can also suspend the netting around an entire garden area to completely block out pest birds. To secure the netting and ensure that it stays taut, use zip ties, twine or similar materials.

Fruit Trees. Measure the circumference of the tree and cut the net accordingly. Make sure you cut at least one foot extra. The netting can be secured with twine, zip ties, or hog rings. Garden bird netting clips are also available to simplify installation.

 

 

 

2 Economical Bird Control Products

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

Sonic bird deterrentsThe term “bird control” is a very general term used to describe various methods to deter or eliminate pest birds from nesting, roosting and landing. It is essential to use professional bird control products and methods so there is no harm done to the pest birds, other animals or any humans. 

Bird control is needed when pest birds are an intrusion.  Pest birds can create health-related issues through their droppings.  These issues may include psittacosis, cryptococcosis and histplasmosis.  Not only are health-related issues a concern, but the bird droppings will also cause damage to property and equipment.  The pest birds can also ruin crops and fruit orchards, as well as backyard gardens.

There are 2 forms of bird control that have proven to be very effective.  Both of these bird control products are very economical.  Not only are they inexpensive to buy, but will save a lot of money in return by not having to replace or repair property or machinery that has been destroyed by the birds’ feces.  There will not be any medical expenses because of the pest bird either.

Plastic Bird Netting

Bird netting is one way to exclude the birds from an area.  Bird netting is one of the most versatile and effective ways to keep birds off your property.  It is the most effective way to keep pest birds from landing, roosting and nesting.  Birds are very territorial, and they will come back year after year to the same location.  Bird netting simply eliminates their access to the area.   Bird netting will keep the birds from the eaves of the home.  If there are openings into attics, garages or sheds, bird netting can be used to block their access.  Whole gardens can be protected using the netting.  Netting is often suspended over the entire garden plot with the netting attached to poles around the perimeter of the garden area.  Fruit trees can be protected with netting as well.

Sonic Bird Deterrents

Sonic, or sound, bird deterrents are great when a large open space needs protection.  A huge backyard could be protected if a sound bird control product is used.  Sonic units can be programmed to play over 22 different types of bird distress and predator calls.  When the pest birds hear the calls, their natural instinct to flee makes them flee the area.

Sonic sound bird deterrents work well in tandem with other visual scare tactics such as diverters and scare balloons or scare tape.  Bird control products used in tandem make it most effective, as birds may get used to one type of bird control method. 
 

Protect your Blueberries with Garden Bird Netting

Sunday, July 14, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds awayBird control for the home is serious business.  Bird netting is one way to physically block the bird from access to any and all vulnerable areas.  Plastic bird netting can be used on rooftops, in garages or barns, under eaves and it is an excellent way to protect the backyard garden.

Blueberry plants are very susceptible to damage by the pest birds.  The sweet fruit attracts the hungry birds.  If there are other berry plants and various vegetable plants, they may all be under attack by the birds.

Plastic bird netting is also referred to as garden bird netting.  It is very lightweight because it is made of U.V. protected polypropylene.  It is also very durable netting.  This type of netting comes in various sizes, from ¼” mesh to ¾” mesh.  The mesh netting comes in two roll sizes: 14’ x 100’ and 14’ x 200’.  The netting can be cut down to any size needed, or pieces can be secured together to protect very large areas.  Bird netting clips can be purchased as a way of securing the netting down.  Zip ties, twine and staples can also be used for securing the netting.

For gardens that have blueberry bushes, it is recommended that the netting be suspended over the plants by at least 4 inches.  This 4 inch gap will prevent the birds from sitting on the netting and reaching the plants with their beaks.  The netting can be suspended over the garden and attached to poles that have been placed around the perimeter of the area. 

Do not delay implementing garden bird netting.  If the birds find your plant, they will bring in their friends and the next time you go out to pick your berries, you may just have to get in your car and drive to Costco to buy them.  The birds will not wait to harvest, so you should not wait to install the netting.
 

2 Effective Bird Deterrent Products for Early Gardens

Sunday, April 28, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of birdsOn the west coast, even in winter and the pre-beginnings of spring, there are days that are full of very warm weather, the kind of weather that makes you want to plant yourself out in the garden and start preparing the soil, buying seeds and dirt and other gardening supplies.  Stores are having pre-spring sales and the garden centers are heavy with new pots and plants. 

What the average backyard gardener needs to remember is that planning should also include bird control and bird deterrents for the garden and yard.  Springtime is also a very active time for the pest bird.  This is breeding season for the feral birds.  Nesting sites are being spotted and planned.  The linings of the nests are being constructed.  Days are becoming longer, so this gives the pest birds more time to prepare.

There are many options for the homeowner to choose from when it comes to bird control and ways to keep birds away from the property.  There are many bird deterrent products that will work specifically in the garden and backyard areas. 

Physical bird deterrents such as bird netting are a very effective means of blocking the birds from an area.  Lightweight garden netting can be used to keep birds away from fruit trees and well as the plants on the ground.  They can protect berry bushes.  You will often times see bird netting used in large vineyards.  The lightweight garden bird netting variety is very easy to install.  It is made of a durable, U.V. protected polypropylene.  It comes in rolls, but can be easily cut down to your desired size.  Often times the netting is suspended over the garden plot by about 4 inches or so.  Plants and trees can also be individually wrapped with the netting.

Visual bird deterrents are another bird control product that will keep the birds from planting themselves firmly on your property.  Visual disturbances frighten birds away.  There is simple flash tape that blows and makes a crinkling sound in the breeze.  There are flat diverters that can be hung on trees or on stakes around the garden area.  They are shiny and reflective which the birds do not like.

Using a couple of different types of products together will increase the success at keeping the garden and home bird free.
 

2 Garden Bird Deterrents that Protect the Garden

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of birdsThere are two very effective resources to keep birds off and away from your garden.  There are visual garden bird deterrents and physical garden bird deterrents.  There is nothing worse than spending time and money on preparing your backyard garden; buying dirt, fertilizer, plants and stakes and the like, and then in a matter of a day having the pest birds reap the benefits of your labor.

When you plant your garden, install the bird control products that will stop them in their tracks.  There are more reasons to install bird deterrent measures than the destruction of the garden.  Bird droppings are highly acidic and can ruin just about any structure or surface if the droppings are allowed to accumulate. 

They are also a hazard to one’s health when they are allowed to accumulate.  There are diseases that can be transmitted to humans when the droppings are disturbed and the spores from the dust of the droppings are inhaled via the nose or mouth.  Upper respiratory ailments can be the outcome of coming in contact with the droppings in this way.

Protecting the garden before birds congregate is the solution.  One type of garden bird deterrent is the visual bird deterrent.  Visual bird deterrents are products like a hawk decoy, scare balloons and diverters.  These bird control products can be placed around the garden area. The hawk decoy is a life-like red-tailed hawk.  It is the natural predator of most backyard pest birds.  You could have the hawk decoy sitting on a post near the garden.  Scare balloons and diverters have a mock predator eye design on them.  They can be hung on any balcony, overhang or posts around the garden area.  When the birds see these bird control products, they will be confused and frightened and will want to stay away from the area.

A physical garden bird deterrent would be garden bird netting. When suspended over the garden area, it physically blocks the birds from access to the plants.  Plants can also be wrapped individually, but for larger areas, it is suggested that the garden bird netting be suspended over the entire area by at least 4 inches. The U.V. protected polypropylene mesh can be attached to poles using a staple gun, zip ties or twine.

It is always a good idea to keep the garden bird deterrents new and fresh by moving the hawk occasionally to a new spot, and changing the locations of the diverters and balloons.  This will keep the birds from getting use to any type of deterrent.
 

Protect Your Garden with Garden Bird Netting

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by Fran Prisco

keep birds away from your gardenSpring is on the way and it is time to start planning out the garden.  Each year people all over the nation plant gardens in their yards, balconies and even rooftops.  There is nothing like a wonderful summer meal with fruits and vegetables from your own garden.  Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who enjoy the goodies of our gardens, so do the pest birds.  So this year as you plan out what to plant, also think about what bird control products you are going to install to protect your garden from the birds.  

One of the best ways to keep birds away from your garden is to exclude them with garden bird netting.  Garden bird netting is made of a very strong extruded plastic.  It is made of a U.V. protected plastic, coming in a black color which has additional natural U.V. protection.  It is easy to work with and is guaranteed to last for the whole season.  

Installing the garden bird netting can be done by placing stakes around the garden perimeter, then string twin from stake to stake.  You can then attach the bird netting to the twine with plastic clips that are specially made for the plastic netting.  As the garden grows, just move the netting up the stakes.  It is important to buy stakes that will be taller than the tallest plant in your garden.  Also, when draping the net over the twine, be sure to leave enough so that as the garden grows you do not leave any openings.  The netting comes in several mesh sizes, but they are large enough to allow watering through the mesh.

A little planning before you start to plant your garden will ensure a bird free garden using garden bird netting.  

Your Garden and Bird Control Netting

Sunday, April 22, 2012 by Kathy Fritsch

garden bird nettingProtecting the garden is creating an environment where the pest bird is not invited.  It is not only planning the garden out, buying supplies, and planning out what to plant, but preparation of the type of bird control to use and how to protect each plant and tree.

Garden bird control netting works because it blocks the bird entirely from the area the netting is protecting.  Bird netting works on many different species of birds, including pigeons, starlings, gulls, sparrows and the nuisance crow.  Birds love to roost in trees, especially fruit trees.  Their food source is a peck away when roosting in a fruit tree.  Roosting is described as communal sleeping.  Birds roost together in large numbers as a way of protection against their predators.  They also will find a location to roost that has a good source of food.  Backyard gardens are that perfect source.

Garden bird netting is very effective in keeping out the bird when installed properly.  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 options 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 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.

Garden netting works best when it is suspended over the garden plants by at least six inches.  This guarantees that the birds cannot 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.

Garden netting is the best investment to insure lots of fruit and vegetables at your dining table.

Bird Control Spikes for Tall Structures like Movie Theaters

Monday, December 19, 2011 by Kathy Fritsch
Get rid of birds with bird spikes

Summertime is the time for action movies in the theaters.  Kids are out of school and those hot summer afternoons watching a movie in the cool, air conditioned theater is a special treat.  Another creature who likes the action and the theater during summer is the pest bird.  What they like is the high structure of the movie theater.  When you are standing in line to buy tickets, you might notice the bird markings on the ground, especially around the corners of the buildings.  Hopefully, you have not slipped and fallen from the fresh bird droppings!  Or maybe you have been hit on the head with bird poop?  In some cultures that is a lucky thing.  Not so much so when you are ready to go into watch a movie but first having to clean bird poop off your clothing or from your hair.

Theater owners and managers need to be conscientious about the upkeep of the business.  However, their other concern should be the safety of the movie goers.  When theaters, in a lot of cities, are almost on every corner, people are going to choose to attend the clean ones.

Preparing to bird proof the building mainly consists of cleaning up any old debris or droppings.  A broad spectrum hospital grade cleaner that disinfects and deodorizes the surface is recommended.  This type of cleaner should be approved by the USDA and can be used for non food as well as food surfaces.  Areas to clean are the rooftops, near HVAC units and air conditioning units, ledges and window sills.  The cleaner is sold as a concentrate and is mixed with water.  You simply spray it on and wash it off.  Microcide SQ is a broad spectrum hospital grade cleaner that is EAP approved.  It also is effective against over 100 different diseases from bacteria, yeast, mold and viruses.

Once a thorough cleaning has taken place, it will be obvious where bird control products need to be implemented.  It is where the cleaning was needed.  Physical bird deterrents such as bird spikes, bird slopes and even bird netting are all options that will work well for the high structure.  A physical bird deterrent blocks the bird from landing whether it is just perching or roosting and nesting.  Bird spikes work well where large birds are the problem, such as pigeons, gulls, crows, vultures and raptors.  There are plastic bird spikes, stainless steel bird spikes, gutter spikes, girder spikes and mega spikes.   

Plastic bird spikes can be applied to ledges, rooflines, awnings and canopies that may be around the edges of the building.  They are made of a professional grade plastic and are U.V. protected and sun and weather proof.  It does not matter which region the theater is in, from North Dakota to California, they are not affected by extreme temperatures.  The plastic bird spikes are non-conductive which means they will not interfere with electrical or communication transmissions.    They are easily installed by either gluing them down or they can be nailed or screwed onto the surface.

Stainless steel bird spikes can be used on the same surfaces and installed the same way as plastic bird spikes.  The stainless steel bird spikes fit any contour and have a patented Bend & Crush design and can bend 360 degrees.  Stainless steel bird spikes are often recommended by architects, contractors and also government agencies.  

Gutter spikes are unique in they are specifically made for the gutters around a building.  Gutters are where the birds will try and build their nests.  The gutter creates a safe and secure area hidden from predators.  Where there are birds fluttering around, gutters should be bird proofed.  Gutter spikes have stainless steel spikes with a U.V. protected polycarbonate base.  They are secured to the gutter with “c” clamps.  They are sold in 2 food long sections and are 4” wide.  They are also manufactured using the Bend & Crush design.  Gutter spikes fit into all gutters and are quick and easily installed.

There are also special spikes made specifically for I-beams and girders.  They are sold in 3 different width sizes, 3”, 5” and 8”.  Girder spikes also have a U.V. protected polycarbonate base and are patented with the Bend & Crush design.  Girder spikes are also installed using “c” clamps.

Mega bird spikes are the tallest bird spikes available.  This bird deterrent spike would work well in a deep area where maximum coverage is needed.  The mega bird spikes, like all the other, can be easily bent and applied to a flat or curved surface.  The mega bird spikes have a non-reflective metal finish with the U.V. protected polycarbonate base. 

Bird spikes are a permanent solution to an annoying problem.  All work the same way by creating an uneven surface, the spike aspect, which doesn’t allow the birds an opportunity to comfortably land where they are applied.  Applying bird control, whether it be bird spikes or other  bird control products, is very cost effective when measured against the cost of damage and repair to the building when there is no bird control measures in use.   Bird spikes are a safe and humane way to deter the bird and get rid of the bird without any harm.



Bird Deterrent Netting For Any Structure

Friday, November 5, 2010 by Kathy Fritsch
bird deterrents Birds are wonderful and graceful creatures and are an important element to our eco-system.  They become pest birds, however, when they enter human living and working spaces.  Commercial properties, as well as homes, are vulnerable to the troubles associated with pest birds, their nests and their droppings.  There is documented damage of bird droppings causing employees to slip and fall, with civil damages having to be paid out as well as structural damage to the building materials from the bird’s feces.  Fall and winter months are more vulnerable to pest bird infestation.  Birds are looking for that dry, safe area to roost and stay out of the weather factor.  The danger is once a bird finds a good location it is guaranteed they will not be alone for long.  Many pest birds are communal roosters, meaning they roost in large loquacious groups.

Bird deterrent netting is the strongest and one of the most versatile bird barring systems in the world. Bird deterrent netting denies pest bird’s access to literally any architectural configuration including courtyards, rooftops, overhangs, parking garages, etc.

Bird deterrent netting can be used on virtually any building, large or small. Bird deterrent netting can be installed vertically or horizontally and is virtually invisible.  This versatile bird control method is lightweight, cost effective and offers UV protection from the elements.  UV protection makes it more resistant to the effects of the sun.  Bird deterrent netting if correctly installed to ensure no opening, presents an impenetrable barrier to keep birds away from surfaces being protected.  There are a wide variety of fastening devices for use on any substrate.  It has 100% bird exclusion against all pest bird species.  It is available in different mesh sizes to exclude all pest bird species.  It is important to buy bird deterrent netting that conforms to industry standards and is recognized as high quality.

Use of the long lasting, humane and nearly invisible bird control product will keep in step with not interfering with the eco-system.  Bird deterrent netting simply deters the pest bird from a specified area.  The pest bird will fly on by and can easily find another location to nest and roost. Another important reason to keep the pest bird away is the health issues related to the bird droppings, especially in the work place such as factories and other large and small structures.  The accumulation of bird droppings is loaded with many fungal, bacterial and viral diseases that can be contracted by coming into contact and breathing in the dust spores of the bird feces. Upper respiratory conditions such as Histoplasmosis can be mild, but it is also known to cause pneumonia and even death.

Protecting the building structure as well as the people inside it is as simple as installing bird deterrent netting that will keep everyone safe from the pest bird.  Pest birds can and will damage property and endanger human health.

Pest Bird Problems? Consult a Bird Control Professional

Friday, July 2, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
bird control productsA bird control professional can save you a lot of grief and money. If you're a grower or farmer, you know what pest birds can do. Flocks of crows, for example, numbering in the tens of thousands can wipe out an entire crop in just days. The Western crow is considered the most ravenous destroyer of orchards. These birds are also hard to control, since their feeding habits are so erratic, attacking orchards virtually any time of day. The solution?  Consult a bird control professional.
 
Skilled and trained in deterrents and repellents, bird control professionals know how to efficiently and humanely deal with pest birds. They can perform an on-site evaluation, which is far better than merely buying products on line, and they can point you to the right bird control solution for your specific problem. The goal is to solve your pest control issue before it becomes a major problem. To that end, here are some effective bird control solutions they may recommend:
 
Bird Scare Devices--To protect your field from pest birds, your bird control professional might recommend such bird scare devices as reflective foil banners and strips, and blow-up balloons and diverters. The foil banners crackle in the breeze, which adds to the fright factor. Balloons and diverters are covered with huge predator eyes to scare away most any bird. Your bird control professional can also advise you on where and how to hang these deterrents for best effect. 
 
Bird Netting--Available in many types and mesh sizes, your bird control professional will advise you on the right size mesh netting for your application. You may also be advised to get bird netting that meets ISO 1806 protocols, is U.V. stabilized and flame resistant, and rot- and water-proof. He or she can advise you on proper net installation procedures as well. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Protecting Your Tomatoes from Pest Birds

Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Kathy Fritsch

bird control for gardensLiving a more sustainable life is very rewarding.   Home gardening is becoming more prevalent because of the incursion of sustainable living.  Sustainable living is simply an attempt to provide the best outcomes for humans and natural environments, both now and the indefinite future.  It relates to how humans live with the non-human environment harmoniously.

Starting in our own backyard, there are many ways to initiate that strive we have to live the sustainable lifestyle.  When it comes to gardening, there are many eco-friendly products and ways in obtaining that balance of living cleanly with our environment.  There are natural weed control products to watering methods or recycled garden beds.

Tomatoes are one of the most popular grown plants in the average backyard garden.  There is no tomato you can buy that tastes as good as that home grown, vine ripened sweet tomato.  They are challenging to grow but when done successfully, the outcome is very fruitful!  There are many tips, from the soil up, of how to tend to this quirky plant.  Sometimes it is forgotten that we also have to look from the sky down as to what will help the plants grow.  Sunshine is a needed element to a healthy plant.  Pest birds are not!  Many gardeners have invested time and money into their precious tomato plants only to find one day that the birds have enjoyed the plunder first!  How do we live harmoniously with these thieves?  What would a sustainable bird control product consist of?

One option would be a physical bird deterrent such as bird control netting.  The bird netting acts as a barrier between your tomato plants and the pest bird.  Blocking the pest bird from the plant is not hurting the bird or environment; it is simply encouraging the nuisance birds to find another source of food.    Strong and lightweight bird netting is easily installed by a novice backyard gardener to the professional vineyard keeper.  Whether you are having problems with the smaller sparrow and the big black crows, the bird netting comes in various mesh sizes to deter the various size backyard birds.  More than likely you are growing various fruit and vegetable plants other than your tomatoes, and the bird netting will accommodate those needs as well.

Humane treatment, even of pest birds, is an important element of sustainable living.  All birds have some positive element to our environment.  We do not have to give them free reign in our back yard gardens, however.  There are plenty of backyards that house birdhouses and bird baths for our feathered friends.  There is no reason to feel badly about getting rid of the backyard pest bird.  They are resourceful creatures and will find food and water without problem.  Feel positive about the humane bird control system in your garden.  Sit back and watch those tomatoes turn bright red without any birds pecking out the sweetness first!  Enjoy your summer and live harmoniously with nature.

Using Humane Bird Barriers to Protect Your Home

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Kathy Fritsch

Protect your home with bird barriersWhen it comes to birds near the home, there are generally three views of thought.  You do not care or give much thought to the bird’s presence.  You entice the birds by creating a haven of bird baths and bird houses.  You think up ways to get rid of the birds because they are interrupting the peaceful refuge of home you are trying to maintain.  There is no right or wrong view point, unless you intend to harm the birds in any way.  Thankfully there are safe and humane ways to get rid of birds from your home.

Bird Proof Netting and Diverters


Bird control barriers
are obstacles put into place where the pest bird is known to roost and nest.  House Sparrows, for example, can be a big disturbance in the  garden.  You would not think that such a small bird would be considered such a huge pest.  The House Sparrow is a very social bird, often forming flocks with other types of birds. They are known to flock in trees.   House Sparrows mostly eat plant materials, which are grain, fruit and garden plants.  Anti perching US bird control devices are necessary to protect fruit trees and garden plants.

Bird control netting on trees, bushes and garden plants is a solution that places the barrier between the pest bird and your bounty.  Ultra bird netting is made from a U.V. protected polypropylene making it weather resistant, light and easy to install.  It is versatile as you can use a smaller mesh for your blueberry bushes, yet a larger mesh for tomato or zucchini plants.  It is virtually invisible to the human eye so it will not disrupt the aesthetics or functionality of your garden.  Placing bird control netting with bird scare diverters will protect against various species of pest bird.  The crows and starlings can be deterred easily with scare bird diverters.  These pest bird diverters work for large and small pest birds.  They can be hung in trees.  They can be placed around gardens using a simple wooden post or dowel with the diverters hanging from twine.  The movement of the light weight diverters with its shiny reflective surface and mock predator eye is what scares the nuisance birds away.  No harm to the bird comes from the bird netting or bird diverters.

Bird Gel and Bird Slopes

Bird nest deterrents
such as transparent bird gel and bird slopes are ideal for areas where the sparrows try to hide and nest, under the eaves of the home or any ledges that meet a 90 degree angle.  Transparent bird gel is a non-toxic gel that is very sticky.  It can be placed on any horizontal surface where the birds perch or nest, and the sticky sensation will keep them off the area and acts as an encourager to go and find a more comfortable spot.  It is easy to apply using a caulking gun.  It will not harm any domestic animals, humans or the birds.

Another safe option is the bird slope.  This anti-roosting and anti-perching bird deterrent will encompass not only the sparrow, but most other species of birds.  Bird slops can be placed under the eaves of the home where sparrows like to tuck their nests away.  It creates a “slippery slope” and birds will not be able to land on the surface, nor build their nests on them, therefore creating a secure barrier.

Why Protecting your Home from Pest Birds is Important

The health risks alone should be enough to want to protect your family from pest birds.  The House Sparrow is host to a huge number of parasites and diseases. Sparrows are even known to carry bed bugs.  Bed bugs can affect humans and domestic animals.  The obvious lesson is that the less birds there are in any given area, the better.  This translates into a slighter probability of an infected bird in that area infecting family and domestic animals.

As it may be more cost effective to buy your vegetables and fruit on sale at a market, the end result of eating a home grown tomato or freshly picked fruit from the garden out ways the cost.  What you do not want to do is spend the time and sweat into a hobby that just goes to the birds.  US bird control solutions are economical and effective and will guarantee a bountiful flavor for you and your family at meal times.



 



 

 

Effective Bird Deterrents for Today's Growers

Monday, March 22, 2010 by Alex Kecskes
Growers have long suffered at the expense of pest birds, particularly in the absence of effective bird deterrent measures. A grower's chief nemesis has always been innocuous looking smaller birds--like the starling. In the early days, vineyards, fields and orchards used to be smaller and intermixed with other crops. Today, farms are much larger and crops considerably sweeter. This combination often attracts enormous flocks of pest birds. And once they get into a feeding frenzy, they can wipe out a crop in short order. 
 
A flock of 10,000 starlings, for example, can consume up to two tons of food in just 10 days. Starlings and their cousins, grackles, robins, orioles, and mockingbirds, can be a huge problem, particularly, if you grow things like grapes or tender fruit. What you need to keep birds away and losses to a minimum are some really effective bird deterrent measures.  
 
One of the best ways to discourage starlings and similar pest birds is Bird Netting. This barrier bird deterrent comes in various cuts and mesh sizes. For little birds like starlings, there's 3/4" mesh netting. Opt for knotted polyethylene bird netting made of U.V.-treated twine. To properly install bird netting, drape it directly over your crops or trees. To protect your orchard or vineyard, anchor the netting to an overhead fixture. What you want to do is totally enclose the area being ravaged by pest birds. Remember to drape the netting high enough to keep birds from getting at crops using their beaks.
 
Sound waves can also be an effective bird deterrent. If you have a problem with starlings, there's a Bird Sonic System that emits hawk screeches. If your crops are being attacked by several bird species, there's one versatile system that emits distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. Some sonic systems let you add speaker units to expand the coverage area up to 6 acres. When buying a sonic system, consider getting units that feature U.V.-protected construction to ensure ample sun and weather resistance.
 
Another bird deterrent that can cover an expansive area and save you from a pest bird invasion is the Fogger/Mister. These systems disperse a food-grade, non-lethal aerosol of methyl anthranilate. Approved by the EPA, this chemical makes most pest birds very uncomfortable. It irritates a nerve in a bird's mucus membrane, yet it won't harm birds, people or pets. Some systems feature multiple remote spray units that can deter pest birds for up to one square mile. Other systems let you easily program them to individually turn on specific nozzles at preset intervals during the day or night. One system features an advanced nozzle design that emits a 5-micron particle so it won't leave any residue.
 

Bird Control Netting for Your Garden

Friday, February 12, 2010 by Kathy Fritsch
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