Safe Home Environment using Bird Repellents

Sunday, January 19, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellentsA safe home environment is a top priority for most homeowners.  When there are bird control issues it is important to pick safe bird repellents that keep everyone safe and the birds away.  It usually is as simple as tricking the pest birds into moving elsewhere and encouraging them with bird repellent products to find another area where they can roost and nest.

Woodpeckers, crows, swallows and pigeons can all be deterred using safe and humane bird repellents.  They can be blocked using physical bird repellents such as bird netting and they can be scared away using sound bird repellents and visual deterrents.

Choices of Bird Repellents

Bird netting is very effective in places that birds such as pigeons and swallows like to roost and nest.  Eaves, balconies, garages and rooftops are some places that are commonly inhabited by the pest birds.   Installing bird netting would stop the bird’s access to these areas.  This is something to evaluate at the beginning of the year before springtime brings forth more active roosting and nesting.  Bird netting can be easily and quickly installed using a simple staple gun or hooks or special net clips.  It is lightweight and is practically invisible from the ground when the installation is correctly done.  It is a long lasting solution and the netting is durable and U.V. protected to ensure its strength.

A solar bird repeller is a great way to scare pest birds away.  The solar bird repeller creates an environment where the birds hear their own distress and predator calls.  The solar bird repellents have over 22 different types of bird species programmed into them.  You can set the sound electronic bird control device to play a specific species or set it to the general setting which will play a multitude of bird types.  The solar bird repellent is ideal for large pieces of land as it can deter birds within an acre to five acres.

Installing safe and human bird repellents is a weekend venture for a homeowner.  Getting rid of the pest birds and their droppings will keep the home safe for all.

An Electronic Bird Repeller that Works

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Electronic Bird RepellerAn electronic bird repeller can be a very effective way of keeping pest birds at bay.  It is important to know about the bird control product you are buying, however.   Make sure you are purchasing an electronic bird repeller that broadcasts actual bird calls, not any type of ultrasonic sound.  It has been proven that ultrasonic sound does not deter the birds because they can not hear it.

Good Choice in an Electronic Bird Repeller

Birds hear very similarly to the way humans hear.  Humans have ears, but birds do not.  They do, however, have openings on the sides of their little heads that are covered by special feathers.  Their hearing is very keen, even with the feathers covering the openings.

The way birds communicate to one another is by sound.  Their tweets and calls and cries are meaningful to each other.  It is how they let others know of food sources and how they alert other birds of predators close by and to high tail it out of there.

It makes sense to have an electronic bird repeller that broadcasts actual bird calls and warnings to scatter the birds from an area.  These sound bird deterrents use actual calls, not ultrasonic sound to scare the birds. Each electronic bird repeller device has over 22 different kinds of bird species calls programmed into the device.  With the built-in speaker the devices can cover an acre of land.  With additional speakers, five acres can be covered.  An electronic bird repeller is ideal for larger areas where there are crops of produce.  Pest birds gravitate towards the crops and birds and growers have been battling it out for centuries. 

There are choices when it comes to which electronic bird repeller will best fit your needs.  There is one device that works using solar power.  Before it is fully effective it needs to be left in the sun for a full 8 hours to fully charge the batteries.  The other device uses a simple 110 outlet and comes with a 15 foot long power cord.  Both are easily programmed and have an easy to read LCD panel.  They can be programmed to turn on/off at night.

Both devices do the same thing, they scare the birds away.  Simply program the targeted bird and let the device work its magic.  If you are unsure as to which bird is the problem, there is a general setting that will play sounds off all the bird calls programmed into the device.
 

Humane and Effective Bird Control Products

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird control productsThere are bird control products that will solve many pest bird infestation problems.  Solutions are available for business owners and maintenance managers.  If a warehouse is involved or a food distribution center, bird control will be needed to keep the facility bird free and to keep the unsanitary droppings out of the warehouse.

Bird droppings cause thousands of dollars to millions of dollars to be spent each year in product loss and damage to machinery and structures.  The droppings are very acidic and will eat through just about any surface including paint, canvas, wood and even metals.  Bird droppings are also very unsanitary and may carry any of the 60 known transmittable diseases.  Liability is a big issue in business.  It is wise to implement bird control before there is a problem with bird infestation.

Bird Control Solutions

There is diversity in bird control solutions.  There are varies remedies at controlling birds inside and outside the building.  Physical deterrents, visual deterrents and sound deterrents are all safe and human methods to keep birds away.

Physical bird control deterrents bird spikes, bird netting, advanced electronic bird control and a few others.  Physical bird deterrents basically stop the birds from physically landing in a treated area.  Physical bird control deterrents are designed for a variety of different areas.  The goal is to make the area inhospitable and undesirable for the bird to roost or nest or land for any length of time.

Visual deterrents are a bird control product that scares birds away.  They create a visual disturbance for the bird and their natural instinct is to fly away in the face of danger.  Some of the visual deterrents have predator markings on them, and the birds believe they are face to face with a predator.  Most of the visual deterrents also move in the breeze, and the movement also scares the birds away. 

Sound deterrents are also a bird control product that frightens birds.  The sound deterrents play predator calls and distress calls of actual birds.  Each unit has a speaker that will cover a large area, up to an acre.  Sound deterrents are mostly for outdoors and large areas.  Perfect to place outside of the warehouse to discourage birds from getting close to the loading dock or other entrances into the building.

Whatever the bird problem, there is a bird control solution that is easy to implement and cost effective.  A bird free environment equals a prosperous business.
 

Plastic Pigeon Spikes – Keep Birds Off

Friday, January 3, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

plastic pigeon spikesPlastic pigeon spikes are a way to keep birds out of your business.  Literally.  Pigeons are building dwellers.  The term for pigeons and doves is often used interchangeably.  Pigeons and doves comprise some 300 species of birds in the order Colubiformes, all of which are related to the extinct dodo. 

If your place of business has a pigeon problem, it is usually a large one.  Pigeons tend to be in flocks of twenty to thirty birds.  They are very gregarious.  Plastic pigeon spikes will get rid of the entire flock if they cannot land comfortably on the buildings.

About Plastic Pigeon Spikes

Plastic pigeon spikes are a very low cost bird deterrent for pigeons and other large pest birds, including the seagull.  The two-foot sections of spikes are UV stabilized and made of polycarbonate.  The plastic pigeon spikes are non-conductive which means they will not interfere with electronic communications. 

To help with the invisibility factor, the spikes come in a variety of colors including white, tan, brick red brown, bland and gray.  There are also three different widths, 3”, 5” and 7” to match the surface being treated.  The base of the spike strips is 1.5” wide and can be either glued, screwed or tied down.

Plastic pigeon spikes can be used on ledges, rooflines, parapet walls, eaves, I-beams, windowsills, light posts, signs, awnings, the areas are limitless.  If there is a flat or curved surface, the plastic pigeon spikes can be installed.

There are other bird spikes made specifically for gutters and there are also bat spikes.  The spikes also come in stainless steel.  Stainless steel bird spikes are often recommended by architects, contractors and government agencies.  They, too, fit about any contour.

Keeping birds off the buildings does not need to be difficult.  Using the right strategy will do the trick.  It is important to keep the property free from pigeon droppings.  They are quite messy and unsightly, but they can cause slip and fall accidents when customers come into contact with the fresh droppings.  Accumulated dry droppings can carry diseases, parasites, molds and bacteria.  That would not be so good for business.  Whether you decide the plastic pigeons spikes are the right bird control product for your use or any other of the many bird control methods, your business will be bird free.

Electronic Bird Repeller – Beware of Effectiveness

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

electronic bird repellerAn electronic bird repeller can be very effective, if you buy the correct type.  Beware of buying products on ebay and other websites that sell bird control products.  There is an electronic bird repeller that uses ultrasonic sound waves to scare away birds.  This does not work.  Ultrasonic means nearly silent to humans.

Birds Do Not Hear an Electronic Bird Repeller using Ultrasonic Sound

Birds and human hearing are very similar.  They do not have hears as humans do, but they have openings on the sides of their heads that are covered by special feathers.  Birds communicate using sound.  They tweet and call to one another alerting others of food sources and alerting others of impending doom such as a predator close by. 

There is an electronic bird repeller that uses the actual bird calls and warnings to scare birds away.  If you have a large backyard, or a large plot of land that you need to keep the birds out of, a sound deterrent that uses the bird calls and not the ultrasonic sounds is the ideal bird control product to use.  This product speaks the birds own language.  The sound deterrents have over 22 different bird species programmed into the unit.  The built-in speaker will provide protection for an entire acre.  With additional speakers added, the coverage goes up to five acres.  If you own a vineyard, this is a great bird control method to consider. 

There are three effective bird control products that are considered an electronic bird repeller.  One works on solar power and one works with a standard 110v power cord.  The third works by sounds of a dog barking and flashing LED lights, it is called the Sonic Shield.  It not only deters pest birds, but works in scaring away critters such as raccoons and squirrels.  It also works in a more localized area such as the balcony, patio, or near trash cans or a shed.  It is also motion triggered.  There are two modes of operation, daytime and nighttime.  Flashing lights will be triggered during the nighttime mode, leaving out the barking dog sound. 

The solar powered and plug-in electronic bird repeller options cover a much larger area.  Which bird control repellent you choose depends are your particular pest bird and critter problem.
 

Bird Deterrent Devices Improving Constantly

Sunday, November 24, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

Bird deterrent devices have been solving problems for years. 

sound bird deterrentThere are constantly new developments in bird control products and new insight of where to put the devices to alter the bird’s bad behavior on your property.  Plato said it best, “necessity is the mother of invention.”

For example, a holographic bird scare owl is not as effective as a sound bird deterrent device.  Sounds deterrents are a great way to deter the birds from a large backyard.  Bird deterrent devices that use sound are very effective at scaring away a wide range of pest birds because the device broadcasts recordings of actual bird distress calls and predator calls.  When the birds hear the bird calls their natural instinct is to flee the area.

Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic is one type of sound bird deterrent device.  The solar device plays the distress and predator calls at ten minute intervals.  There is one internal speaker which covers an acre of land.  As most bird deterrent devices, the solar unit is made specifically for outdoor use so it is made of rigid construction and the materials are U.V. protected.  There is an easy to use display panel that can be programmed to play over 22 different types of bird calls.  If you are unsure as to which bird is the problem, there is a general setting that will cover multiple bird species.

Birds hear at the same level of sound as humans, so bird deterrent devices that advertise playing ultrasonic noises will not be effective at getting rid of your bird problem.  Choose products such as the solar unit and Bird Chase Super Sonic.  Bird Chase Super Sonic is similar to the solar unit, except it does not run on solar energy.  The unit uses a standard 110v power cord.  There are additional speakers that can be adapted to it to cover up to five acres of land. 

Each of these bird deterrent devices are weather resistant and cover up to five acres.  Both are effective and a smart choice as an electronic sound bird deterrent to solve the pest bird problem

 

Starling – A Pest Bird at Home

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

StarlingsThe European (Common) Starling, Sturnus Vulgaris, is considered a pest bird because of its ability to reproduce in large numbers which create large flocks of thousands of starlings.  You will recognize the starling by their shimmery feathers.  They are about the size of a chunky Robin.  They have a short tail and a long pointy bill. 

A pair of Starlings can build a nest in one to three days.  It is estimated that 1/3 to ½ of returning females will nest in the same spot in sequential years.  The large flocks will roost communally in trees at night.  They can create a good amount of noise with their calls.  They also create a huge mess with their droppings.  The tree limbs will appear white from the accumulated droppings.  They like to gather together on the ground as well, looking for food such as seeds, insects and worms.  The lawn will also be full of their feces.  A good bird deterrent strategy is needed to keep starlings from an area.  Keeping the Starling out of your trees and off the home should be the objective.  There are scare tactics and physical bird deterrents that can be put into place to persuade them from landing on your property.

Scare Tactics

Sound bird deterrents like the Bird Chase Super Sonic are ideal for scaring the birds out of the trees and off of your property.  Bird sound deterrents use the bird’s natural instincts to scare them away.  The sound deterrents play through speakers prerecorded bird distress calls and predator bird calls.  Humans and birds hear the same ranges in sound making the Super Sonic the only effective choice in electronic sound deterrents.  Ultrasonic devices have been proven to be ineffective. 

Visual deterrents are a great choice to use alongside the sound deterrents.   Visual deterrents use predators as its scare tactic by having the predator eye feature on the actual deterrent.  The diverters and balloons that are visual scare deterrents have the predator eye feature on the sides of them.  They are also made of a shiny reflective material that disturbs the bird’s optical senses.  These can be hung in the trees, along the outer room of the patio, on the eaves or the sides of the home.

Physical Deterrents

Bird spikes on the rooftop or any flat or curved surface were the Starlings will congregate will keep the off the area.  Bird spikes create an uneven surface and prevent them from landing comfortably, which forces them to find another location.  There are plastic bird spikes that are a great choice for homeowners.  They come in different colors to match the structure they are applied onto. 

Any combination of bird control products will help be most effective by not allowing the birds to become too used to any particular method.
 

Best Way to Scare Crows Away

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Ashley Johnson

get rid of birdsAmerican Crows, more commonly known as “crows”, are said to be one of the most intelligent species of bird. So when your bird problem is crows, you must be clever when finding a solution to get rid of these birds. Since crows live and work in tight knit communities in order to ward off predators, chances are you have more than a few.

While corn, wheat and other crops are their favorite food, crows will eat insects, animal carcass and scavenge through landfills, garbage and most anywhere food can be found.  Crows are very adaptable, finding homes anywhere from the wilderness, farmland, parks and open woodland areas to small towns and major cities.

Since the American Crow is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, they remain high in population and widespread throughout the US and Northern Mexico. The high numbers means more bird problems for home and business owners since crows are destructive, messy and unsanitary. Not to worry, there are many humane options to keep these birds away from your property. Address the root of the cause by eliminating whatever is attracting crows to your property. It could be a high point used for a lookout, planted crops or even discarded food in the garbage. Here are several options to keep these birds away from your home or property.

To keep birds off your roofline, ledges, window sills and fences, bird spikes are the perfect solution. Bird spikes are a physical bird deterrent that prevent large birds from landing and nesting in unwanted areas, without harming the birds. Bird spikes are available in plastic or stainless steel and are easy to install with adhesive, screws or zip ties.

For crows gathering in gardens or fields, the Bird Chase Super Sonic, which is electronic, or Solar Bird Chase Sonic, which solar powered, is great for scaring birds away. Both of these sound bird deterrent products play bird distress calls and predator sounds to alert pest birds of danger, causing them to flee from the area. Both the solar and electronic Bird Chase Sonic cover an acre with the option to add up to four additional speakers for extra coverage.

Crows in smaller, more concentrated areas can be scared away with the Sonic Shield, which is a battery operated, motion activated device that replicates a vicious guard dog barking when triggered. The Sonic Shield is an inexpensive solution to bird control and is perfect for areas like patios, decks, balconies, small gardens and garbage cans. 

These are only a few of the bird control products availabe to scare birds away from your home or property.

Be bird free! Scare crows away.

Sound Bird Control Products for Home Use

Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Kathy Fritsch

scare birds away with sound bird deterrentsMany homeowners have difficulty keeping the pest bird under control around their homes, buildings, barns and garages.  They are many different methods to choose from.  There is no need to physically chase them off with yelling and with a weapon in your hand.

There are products on the market that are sound bird deterrents.  The sound deterrents have recorded bird predator and bird distress calls.  Birds will hear the bird calls and be scared away.  Birds hear the same range of sound as humans do.  Electronic sound deterrents are an effective choice to scare birds away.

There are units that are for pigeons, crows and gulls, to name only a few.  And there is a unit that is specifically for geese.  Each system covers up to 1.5 acres.  With additional speakers, the area of coverage can be up to 5 acres.  This type of bird deterrent unit is U.V. protected and sun and weather resistant.  They are specifically designed for outdoor use.

There is a very easily adjustable and readable LCD display panel which shows the status and user settings.  There are over 22 types of birds programmed into the units to broadcast the over 22 distress and predator calls.  There is also a general setting that covers a multiple amount of bird species.

Installation is as simple as attaching the power supply cord to the back of the unit, and plug it into a regular 110v outlet.  There is volume control on the LCD screen. It can be programmed to play day or night or both.

It would be a good idea to use the sound deterrent along with either a physical or visual bird deterrent.  Physical bird deterrents might consist of bird spikes or bird slopes.  Both products keep the bird from landing where they are installed.

Visual bird deterrents consist of diverters, balloons and tapes that would frighten the birds away.  They can be hung around the outside of the house or in trees and other structures.

Birds are intelligent creatures.  Using a duo of bird control products will ensure coverage of very sound bird control products.
 

Bird Control for Boisterous Crows

Monday, April 16, 2012 by Terra Anders

get rid of crowsCrows have a reputation. Some still find the crow a beauty all feathered in black, but most citizens and business owners, plagued by thousands of crows gathered on their property, consider this black bird a beast in need of aggressive bird control efforts.  Take for example the descriptive crow-related emotion put to prose in Counting Rhyme found in  Laura C. Martin’s collection titled, Folklore of Birds (1993).  “One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a wedding, four for a birth. Five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret not to be told. Eight for heaven, nine for hell, and ten for the devil's own self.” Clearly this author felt the flocking birds were more demonic than desirable. 

 

In the fall and winter it is not unusual to see a swell in the size of crow  flocks. Whereas the crows used to roost mainly in woodlands and on countryside acres, modern day crows favor the city where food is easier to find and fewer natural predators threaten them. They will begin to gather just before sunset, and the squawking and cawing of these noisy birds can quickly become a nuisance, driving away customers or disturbing quiet outdoor guests. Along with the incessant noise, the mounting bird feces brings serious safety and health issues that must be addressed.

 

To manage the crow population on a property, try fighting noise with noise!  Install an electronic sound bird deterrent that emits a wide range of bird distress sounds every ten minutes. When the crows hear this sound of danger lurking, their natural instinct is to flee.  One unit covers up to one acre, but additional speakers can be added for larger properties. The crow population can be thinned significantly in only a matter of days or a couple short weeks.  Repeat only if the birds return.

 

Place bird spikes on roof ledges, window sills and structural points where the crows roost. The crows are hearty birds (normally about 18 inches long) and and bird deterrent used must be strong enough to keep them from landing at all.  Set up stainless steel bird spikes along the popular horizontal perching ledges.  These spikes will make it impossible for crows to land on their favorite spot, humanely sending the gathering crowds elsewhere.

 

Crows dine on seeds, grains, fruits, invertebrates, carrion, and even small animals. Keeping property clean and free from food waste, rodents will be a helpful addition to any bird control program.  

Goose Control on the Golf Course

Friday, June 18, 2010 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlMany golf courses use the word “goose” in the name of the golf course.  There is Goose Creek Golf Club in Virginia, Grey Goose Golf Course in Indiana and Goose Creek Golf Course in California.  The beautifully manicured green grass and spectacular water holes attract golfers to a wonderful day on the course.  The same beautiful green grass and water holes attract geese as well, unfortunately.  How can the two live in harmony?  There is an organization that uses rescued border collies to chase away the geese from golf courses.   Even though the dogs are trained not to bark at the geese, it seems a little comical to picture a dog running around the golf courses chasing a goose.   It would be fun to hear what a pro golfer thinks about this particular form of goose deterrent.  What type of goose deterrent will not hinder but enhance a peaceful round of golf?  A sound deterrent would do the job.

Canada geese, like all birds, have a fight or flight natural instinct.  Geese can communicate with one another and send out distress calls warning other geese to take flight.  There are sonic sound deterrents that can be hidden out of sight which have satellite speakers that can be placed in various locations on the golf course.  This sonic goose deterrent plays recorded goose-distress calls every ten minutes tricking the nuisance geese into believing there is danger nearby.   The geese will simply move onto greener pastures; maybe not greener than a golf course but definitely to a different feeding ground.  This is not an average electronic device that will erode in weather if left outside.  The sonic goose deterrent system is rigidly constructed to withstand the weather and sun.   It can be programmed to turn off at night, and start back up early morning.  It is easily programmed and the grounds keepers will save time in the long run not having to clean up after the pest goose. 

Goose droppings in and of themselves can be a real problem.   The Canada Geese can consume up to four pounds of grass per day, which in turn produces approximately three pounds of fecal matter per day.  Where is an abundance of grass for their daily heavy meals?  A golf course!    Geese do carry diseases.  Histoplasmosis is a fungal disease found in goose droppings.  Humans can be affected by this disease when the spores of this fungus become airborne and are inhaled.  Giardia, a parasite that causes infection in the small intestine, is another risk to humans via geese droppings.  A golfer could become infected by simply bending down to pick up his golf ball and brush his hands on the grass that has bird droppings in the soil, and later accidently touching his mouth with the same hand.  It is also contagious and unbeknownst to the golfer, can be carried home to the family.

The risks are high, but thankfully the solution is low cost.  Installing a sonic goose deterrent on the golf course can prevent the high costs of damage the pest goose can cause.  A round of golf should be in a peaceful environment, free from harm and nuisance, unless it’s the sand trap.