Goose Repellents that are Effective

Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

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

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

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

Goose Control at the Golf Course

Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

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

Goose Control Methods

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

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


 

Geese are Returning – Install Goose Control

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

Goose Control Repellents

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

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

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

 

 

Goodbye Birds - Bird Control is in Action

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlNormal wear and tear on a property is an expected occurrence.  Building owners and facility managers anticipate a certain amount of damage to occur each year, and usually there is a line in the budget for this projected expense.  Often times, however, facility managers may not think about the bird damage and the liability caused by a pest bird infestation.  You do not have a lot of control over the normal wear and tear, but you do have control over the pest bird problem and you can get rid of pigeons and other birds from your property.

Pigeons and other pest birds can be very messy.  They leave their droppings all over the rooftops, walls, and windowsills and their droppings can even fall on very expensive equipment.  The droppings contaminate water sources and droppings and nesting materials can clog vents.  Walkways are an issue with fresh new droppings.  They are often the cause of slip and fall accidents.  This is a huge liability that needs to be forefront and taken care of immediately.  Droppings are also very acidic and because of the acidity they can be corrosive and cause irreversible damage to the equipment and any other surface they land on.

Get rid of Pest Birds with Bird Control

The most successful way to get rid of pest birds is with a combined approach including bird deterrents.  Eco-friendly and humane products that are safe for everything is the perfect bird control solution.  Facility managers have many products to select from including bird netting, bird spikes, visual deterrents and sonic devices that will scare the birds away.

Your company’s reputation is at stake.  Also investing in bird control will save time and money without having to have the added personnel to clean up and repair the damage the pest birds are sure to accomplish if they are allowed to linger.
 

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.

 

Get rid of Swallows from your Office Buildings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of swallowsThe conflict with swallows occurs when the swallows nest close to humans and their droppings and other debris are prevalent.  Swallows are federally protected, so lethal bird control is not an option.  Nests can be removed when the nests are completely empty.  It is important to remove the nests when possible, because the swallow will come back to its same nest, or quite often other birds will use the nest.

Whereas many people may enjoy watching the swallows build their nests and the activity surrounding them, a commercial building is not the place for this to occur.  Swallows have very messy mud nests and their droppings can be quite a mess as well.  Not a nice visual for a company’s reputation.  It is important to create a swallow control plan so that the nests do not even begin being built.

Swallow Control Barriers

Creating a barrier is one way you can be sure that they are unable to build their nests, and they will fly away and find another location.  Bird netting and bird slopes are both methods that create a barrier so the swallow will not build its nasty nest on the commercial building.  A technique to use with the bird netting is to hang the netting from the eave.  The netting should be 3 to 4 inches from the wall and extend down about 18 inches.  You do not have to worry that the public will see all the netting.  When installed correctly it is virtually invisible from the ground.  The area under the eaves is usually shaded and the netting will get obscured by the shadows.

The bird slope is a unique design that creates a 90-degree area that makes it impossible for the birds to land on.  The slopes are made from a UV protected PVC plastic.  It is ideal for the eaves area and can also be applied to ledges and beams.

The swallows will need to find another location if bird netting and bird slopes are installed on the building.
 

How to Keep Pigeons off of City Buildings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

keep pigeons offProperty damage is often times due to the pigeon and their poop.  They thrive in the city.  There is readily available food, water and shelter everywhere they turn.  There are also fewer predators for them to be worried about.  They will choose to roost and nest just about everywhere including rooftops, ledges, bridges, warehouses and any signage on the building and can easily do so when there is no bird control to stop the pigeon.  All their options are substitutes for their natural ledges in the sides of cliffs.  The feral pigeons are derived from domestic pigeons which were originally bred from the wild Rock Dove, which are natural inhabitants of sea-cliffs and mountains.  That is why city life is so inviting to them, with all the architectural nuances on the structures that are substitutes for their natural ledges in cliffs.

They can be quite a nuisance when they arrive in large flocks.  Each pigeon will drop about 25 pounds of poop per year, so it is easy to imagine a flock of birds that are not discouraged with any type of pigeon deterrent and the amount of droppings that can accumulate.

Pigeon droppings are not only unsightly and messy, but they are very unsanitary.  This creates a big problem if they get inside warehouses or they roost and nest on the buildings where there is an abundance of human traffic.  Bird poop is very acidic and will permanently stain and eat through most surfaces, including most metals.  Machinery, signs, statues are all at risk when the birds are allowed to use these areas as their resting spots.  The droppings also harbor diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Bird Deterrent Spikes

There are safe and humane pigeon control methods on the market that can eliminate the pest bird problem and help get rid of pigeons.   Bird spikes are a very effective bird deterrent that creates a barrier between the pigeon and the surface to keep pigeons off the buildings. Bird spikes can protect rooftops, under eaves, beams and rafters and window sills.  The U.V. protected polycarbonate plastic bird spikes would be a good solution.  They come in different colors and can match most structures they are applied to.  It is imperative to install the spikes correctly because pigeons are very intelligent and they will try and find a way to sneak around the strips of spikes.  There are authorized bird control product installers that can help you determine your specific needs as well as help with installations.

 

Protect City Structures from Swallow’s Nests

Sunday, April 6, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Swallows nestsAccording to the Attawa Citizen paper a $24-million bridge replacement was held up due to nesting swallows.  The bridge was set for demolition to make room for a new and bigger bridge but the ministry stopped the work because barn swallows are protected.  There was a big controversy because the birds mysteriously disappeared.  There were accusations of alleged shooting of the Barn Swallows but there was insufficient evidence to proceed with any charges and the case was closed.

As the article states, “The whole problem could have been avoided if someone had moved the nests away from the bridge before breeding season.  MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) emails say the city was responsible for arranging this but didn’t.”

This should be a lesson for all city managers.  Removing unoccupied nests should be done as soon as possible.  If they are not removed, the sparrows are known to move into the nests.  Sparrows are also a protected bird under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Removal of the nests and installation of bird control products is needed to get rid of swallows and to keep their muddy nests off city property.

Swallows nest on bridges, docks, eaves of buildings and other man-made structures.  They mainly build their nests on vertical structures.  Barn swallows nest in pairs and cliff swallows nest in colonies that could contain a dozen to 500 nesting pairs.  Swallow nests are prone to parasite infestations.  This, and the damaging mud nests and the hazardous bird feces is reason enough to want to deter these nuisance birds from city property.

Swallow Bird Deterrents

There is a very unique bird deterrent that will stop swallows from building their nests under eaves or on the side of the building or under a bridge.  Hanging clear mono-filament sections can be attached to the structure.  The hanging “twine” blocks the birds from being able to build their nests.  They will not want to wade through the strips and will move to a better spot to nest.

Bird slopes are another type of swallow deterrent.  The slope can also be installed under the eave.  The bird slope is made of PVC which is slanted.  This design makes for a slippery slope that the birds will not be able to land on, let alone build a nest on.

In the long run, bird control methods bought and installed is much more cost effective than having to hold up construction or repair and repaint city structures.
 

Get Rid of Canada Geese in Parks

Saturday, April 5, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

Geese Control Methods

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

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

Motels Need Critter Control to Attract and Keep Guests

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Fran Prisco

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

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

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

The Lights & Sound Solution

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

Dual Operating Modes

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

Easy to Set Up and Keep Up

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

 

Universities Prepare for Graduation – Bird Control Needed

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

Bird Control

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

Visual Bird Deterrents

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

Sound Deterrents

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

Pest Birds That Nest Under Eaves…and How to Stop Them

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlThere are many species of birds that will seek shelter under the eaves of homes, garages and other residential structures. Without effective and humane bird control measures to deter them, pest birds can create a number of headaches for today’s homeowners. Birds nesting under eaves will leave brown stains that generally require repainting. Pest birds can also be very noisy, and their droppings can eat into painted surfaces fairly quickly. Bird droppings carry diseases—as many as 60 have been attributed to birds. The species that most often build nests under eaves include:

House sparrow. A small, brown bird about 6 inches long that often enters the roof-space via a gap between your roof tiles and gutter.

Starling.  Following the same entry point as the house sparrow, these 8-inch long birds whistle, rattle and crackle inside your roof.

Feral pigeon. These common bird pests seek shelter, especially in damaged roofs.

House Martins. These 6-inch long birds will build unsightly mud nests.

Swifts. A 10-inch long bird that often seeks shelter just inside your roof, Swifts usually enter where overhanging roofing felt is torn or where soffit boarding has rotted out.

Most Pest Birds Are Protected by Law

Getting rid of pest birds can pose a problem, for most are protected by law and their nests must not be disturbed. The best solution is to keep these birds from building nests in the first place. One way to do that is to install a product called Bird Slope by Bird-B-Gone. Bird pests can’t get a grip on these slippery, angled PVC panels whenever they try to land. Effective against all types of birds, the sloped panels install easily on eaves, ledges, beams and similar areas frequented by pest birds.

The Easy-to-Install Bird Pest Deterrent

Bird Slope panels come in 4-foot long sections and 48 feet per box. They are easily screwed, glued or nailed to any flat surface. A handy "snap on" extender lets you adapt the panels to ledges as wide as 10 inches. (Without an extender, the panels can protect a 6-inch wide ledge.) Special mounting clips enable the panels to be easily installed vertically on the sides of buildings. A glue trough on the underside of each panel ensures easy installation using basic outdoor polyurethane adhesive. Some panels have “end caps” that won’t allow pest birds to sneak behind them. Without an effective bird deterrent strategy, pest birds will nest and create expensive cleanups and repairs.

The Aesthetically Pleasing Solution to Pest Birds

To blend in aesthetically with their surroundings, Bird Slope panels come in two colors--stone and grey. Each panel is made of UV-protected PVC material to hold up in hot sun and harsh weather. If you need to install Bird Slope next to electrical wiring, the panels are non-conductive for extra safety.

 

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.
 

 

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

Bird Control Products 

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

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

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

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

 

Woodpecker Control for Home Siding

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

woodpecker controlThere is no doubt that improvements around the home can increase the value of your home.  Not all types of home improvements actually increase the value however.  New windows, central air, and luxuries such as tennis courts do not actually increase the value.  Windows and central air do not recover its value.  Luxuries such as tennis courts will make it more high end, but not increase its value more than what you spend on the remodeling.  On top of the to-do list is beautifying the façade/outside of the home.  Landscaping, new plants and shrubs, and also protecting what is already there is important.  This is where bird control comes into play.

Pest birds can damage the property.  Their feces are very acidic and therefore very damaging on the surface that they land on.  This is true for just about any surface.  They can stain and ruin wood, paint, canvas, cement and even metals.

Woodpecker Control Products

Home siding is a costly expense that needs protection from the woodpecker.  Whether you have wood siding, aluminum siding, fiberglass or cement fiber siding, you will want to install woodpecker control to protect the investment if your property is phone to woodpeckers.

Plywood house siding, for instance, is siding made to simulate reverse board-and-batten design, is attacked by the woodpeckers.  The leaf-cutting bees make nests in holes in the plywood core.  The woodpeckers are going to drum endlessly to get to the bees.

Woodpeckers not only drum to get to their food source, insects, but they drum to make their presence known and mark their territory.  It is not a pretty call from a bluebird in a tree calling to its mate.  The drumming can be ceaseless, and start very early in the mornings, waking you out of a perfectly good slumber.

Woodpecker damage can be costly.  Woodpecker control should be installed to distract the bird from its drumming site by blocking their access and by using scare techniques which is one technique that will get rid of woodpeckers.  There are woodpecker kits that contain scare tactics to use.

A sure way to keep them off the side, however, is bird netting.  Woodpecker netting that has a ¾” mesh is perfect to stop the woodpeckers from drumming on the home.  The netting is installed by securing it to the outer edge of an eave or overhang using staples, special bird netting clips or any other attachments.  You can either secure the netting back to the building with self-adhering hooks or you can let it drape down using weights at the bottom.

 

Get Rid of Geese these Three Ways

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

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

Three Goose Control Products that Get rid of Geese

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

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

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

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

Sound Bird Deterrents that Get Rid of Birds and Other Pests

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

Sound Bird Deterrent Options

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

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

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

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

Three Effective Ways to Get Rid of Geese

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

Three Goose Repellent Possibilities

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

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

Goose Repellents – An Effective Way to Get Rid of Geese

Friday, March 21, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

Safe Goose Repellents

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

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

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

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

 

3 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Swallows

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of swallowsNorth America welcomes back the swallows every spring.  This means mud nests and more baby swallows.  If they have found your home or structures to build their muddy nests on, you may not be so excited to welcome them back.  The perfect spot for the swallow to build its nest is the eaves of the home.  The eaves provide protection from predators and a nice hidden away shelter.

There are many hours and lots of money spent each year cleaning up after the swallows.  Swallows will find a surface where their mud nests will stick to.  This includes concrete, masonry, wood and stucco.  They will nest in large colonies which can create a huge mess for business owners and homeowners.  It is not only that their nests are unsightly, but the nests and their droppings carry diseases that are harmful to humans and other animals.  The nests will eventually fall off the walls onto the ground and there is a huge chance that fleas, ticks mites and other bugs found in the nests can spread to your domestic dogs and cats.

Which Bird Deterrents to Get Rid of Swallows

The best way to deter any bird, including the swallow is by total exclusion.  There are three methods that will get rid of swallows by making it impossible for them to even build their nests.

Bird netting is one way to stop the swallows in their tracts.  It can be hung from the eaves of the home down the side of the wall creating a 45 degree angle.  This stops them from getting into their favorite spot and will cause them to fly elsewhere.  The bird netting should be installed before the swallows arrive and it can be easily taken down when they leave.

Bird spikes are another form of bird control that will stop them from attaching their nests.  Bird spikes can be installed where the roof eave meets the wall and will not allow them to get a foothold on the wall.  They will not be able to attach their nesting materials.

Bird slopes create an uneven, slippery surface when installed under the eaves of the home.  The bird slopes are made of PVC material.  Again, they will not be able to adhere their nesting materials to the slope or the wall.