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.
 

Bird Control Solutions for Hazardous Pest Bird Debris

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

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

Various Bird Control Options

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

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

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

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

Boating Season Needs Pest Bird Deterrents

Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsBoating season is around the corner for many people.  The days are becoming longer and the air is becoming warmer.  If you have no form of bird deterrent on your docked boat, you may go and find that it is full of bird droppings.  Hopefully, the droppings have not created the disaster that they are capable of.  Droppings are very acidic and over time they can eat through wood, canvas and even metals.  Boat owners and birds have had a long battle.  But boat owners should be winning because of all the great bird control methods out there they can be using to keep their boats bird free during all seasons.

If there is bird droppings it is not too late.  Clean the droppings and any nesting materials by using a broad spectrum hospital grade cleaner which will also disinfect and deodorize the surface.  Make sure to protect your nose, mouth and eyes so that you do not inhale any dust particles from the droppings.  This is how diseases and bacteria get transmitted from the droppings to humans. After the boat is all clean, even when you are using the boat often, in between water runs, have bird deterrent products in place so that you do not have to clean the boat and disinfect it each time you want to use it.

Bird Deterrents Ideal for Boats

Visual bird deterrents are always a good product to start with such as flash tape, diverters or scare balloons.  The visual distraction that these bird control products cause will keep birds off the boat.  It is the shiny reflective material they are made out of and the foil eye predator design that frightens the birds.

Another type of visual bird deterrent is a repeller that spins 360 degrees.  The repeller has a 6’ stainless steel arm that spins in the breeze.  On the end of each arm is a reflective predator eye feature that looks like a small red sail.  This is a popular product that is often used and seen on boats and in the marina.

Bird spikes are also used on boats to keep the boat bird free.  Plastic bird spikes can be placed on spreaders, mats and radar antennas.  They are easily installed using zip ties which make it easy to remove and stow away when using the boat.

Putting bird deterrents to work before the birds make themselves comfortable is the key to keeping the boat clean and bird free and ready to take out at a minute’s notice. 
 

Goose Control in Public Places

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlPest geese, such as the Canada geese, cause major problems to businesses every year. Extensive clean up and repairs are often needed after an infestation of geese that costs business owners millions of dollars each year.  The answer to this problem is simple.  Goose Control.  To get rid of geese and their hazardous droppings means no contamination of water sources at properties such as parks, golf courses, and any other place with a pool or fountain that attracts the pest geese.  When geese find a water source, the flock will move right in.  Other birds such as crows, grackles and gulls also often move into the area.  Some pest birds have large flocks, often times in the thousands.  The area near their roosting site will be inundated with their droppings and will cause contamination of the area.

There are laws and treaties protecting many migratory birds from harm. A safe and humane bird deterrent for the pest geese is required. The best solution for property owners, ground keepers and property managers is to be proactive when it comes to choosing a solution to get rid of geese and other pest birds.

Safe Goose Control Method

There are very effective means available that are also safe and humane.  There is a chemical goose repellent that will deter the geese.  It is a non-toxic liquid spray that can be applied to the grassy areas and any type of landscaping.  The liquid goose repellent is made with methyl anthranilate which is simply a grape extract.  This extract will not harm the grass or plants or any other animals or humans.  The liquid goose repellent comes as a concentrate that you add water to, one part concentrate and twelve parts water.  The repellent spray should last up to three months.  It will not wash off during watering or with rain.  How it works is the extract irritates the geese’s trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes.  The pest geese do not like the sensation of the extract and they will move to a different location, not wanting the extract in their eyes, nose or mouth any longer.  The extract merely makes the area unpalatable to the geese.

Keeping areas where the public will congregate goose free can only help your business.  No one wants to be harassed by aggressive geese and by installing goose control; it keeps the droppings away and the area clean.
 

Bird Repellent Choices for the Backyard

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellentBird repellents that are environmentally friendly, cost effective, safe and humane are the right choices in bird control for your backyard.  You want to make it as safe and easy as possible to get rid of the birds.  Harming the birds is not a good option and in most cases it would be illegal.  The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects most migratory birds from being hunted, killed, capture and sold.

Some of the birds that are listed on protected migratory birds are Downey Woodpeckers, sparrows, crows and Canada Geese.  These are a few of the birds who can wreak havoc in your backyard as well.  The woodpeckers and geese are interesting birds and often fun to watch.  But the damage they can cause if left unchecked is not quite so entertaining.  Millions of dollars is spent each year on repairing what the pest birds have damaged.  Thankfully, there is woodpecker control and goose repellents that will get rid of these pests and a bird control method for about every species that causes problems.

How to Choose Bird Repellents

To pick the most effective bird repellent, first determine the culprit, and then the area around the home that they are roosting and nesting. Protecting the garden is essential so the birds do not get to it before you have a chance to pick the ripe berries and vegetables.  Are the fruit trees infested with roosting birds?  Garden bird netting would be the choice.  Garden bird netting blocks the birds from reaching the fruit.  Garden bird netting can even help protect areas such as the eaves of the home, rooftops, balconies and garages.  Woodpecker netting would help save the side of the home from the woodpecker’s incessant drumming.

If you have a large backyard, and if there is any kind of water source, the Canada Geese will be sure to find your location very easily.  An effective goose deterrent can be a solar sound device that broadcasts the distress and predator calls through speakers around the yard.  This will get rid of geese and keep them away.

Adding other visual scare tactics alongside the bird netting and sound deterrents is advised.  This will keep the birds, any birds, from getting use to one particular bird control method.
 

Get Rid of Boisterous Crows using a Sonic Bird Repellent

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

sonic bird repellentThere are many different birds that are considered pests and could be deterred using a sonic bird repellent.  Woodpeckers, pigeons, crows, grackles and pigeons are just a few of the pest birds.  The crow is one that roosts and nests in the winter months, roosting in packs.  Roosting means the birds are sleeping.  They like to roost on tree branches and other protected places and all sleep together in the same place.  A roost of crows could be as many as a thousand.  There is safety in their numbers, as they are roosting and trying keep out of the sight of their predators. 

With the large numbers in their packs comes a lot of noise.  At dusk is when the crows will start with the squawking as they are talking to one another and making their plans for the evening.  They will also start chasing and fighting and be quite a nuisance.  Not only is their noise bothersome, but when they find their roosting spots in your trees, they might also be in the eaves of your home or other hidden away areas they perceive as being safe.

How a Sonic Bird Repellent Works

Birds hear at the same level as humans.  Do not be confused by the ultrasonic bird repellents on the market.  They are not effective.  A sonic bird repellent features actual distress and predator calls.  Effective repellents will have over 22 types of birds programmed into each unit.  The distress and predator calls are then broadcasted about every ten minutes.  The calls will alert the birds to danger and their natural instincts of fight or flight will cause them to fly away and try and find another area to roost at. 

If the crow is your particular problem, you can program the crow distress and predator calls in the unit using the LCD display panel which will show you the status and user settings at all times.  You can program the unit to play during the day or evening.  For the crow, programming the unit to play later afternoon will encourage them to be boisterous elsewhere and to find another location for the evening roost.

Using a sonic bird repellent is a very cost effective way to get rid of crows and all other pest birds.  Without the roosting birds, their droppings will be kept away from your property as well.  The droppings can cause many problems around the home from ruined paint to respiratory ailments.  Get rid of crows and other pest birds using the sonic bird repellent and you get rid of a huge hazard.

 

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.
 

How to Use Bird Repellents at Home

Monday, December 30, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellentsThere are many ways to create a safe environment around the home.  It is also crucial to make the home a safe and peaceful place by using bird repellents.  If there were rodents, ants, skunks and bugs, you would surely try to get rid of them.  The same thing is true about pest birds.  The only difference is pest birds just need to be dissuaded and tricked into moving elsewhere to find another place to roost and nest.

Safe and humane action against pest birds such as crows, pigeons, woodpeckers and swallows is as easy as blocking them away and/or scaring them away.  Physical bird repellents such as bird netting would block them from unwanted areas.  Sound bird repellents would scare them away and keep them away.

Choices in Bird Repellents

Bird netting is ideal in places that birds such as pigeons and swallows like to nest.  Rooftops, eave areas, balconies and garages are a few places that they commonly gravitate towards to nest and roost in.  Enlisting bird netting would block birds out of these areas.  This is something you want to look into at the beginning of the New Year, before springtime brings about the active nesting and breeding.  Bird netting is installed using a handy staple gun or net clips or hooks.  The bird netting is lightweight and is virtually invisible from the ground.  Bird netting is durable, long lasting, and U.V. protected to ensure its strength. 

A sound or sonic unit is a way to scare the birds away by creating an environment with their own distress calls and predator calls.  The sonic unit has over 22 different types of species programmed into them.  You can set the sound bird repellents to play a specific bird species or there is a general setting that covers a multitude or bird types.  The sound bird repellents cover the whole property and maybe even beyond.  It covers at least an acre, or about five acres if you add additional speakers.

Installing these two types of bird repellents is a weekend project for a homeowner.  Rest assured, this one weekend project will give you respite and harmony for the weekends to come.  Making your home safe will bring peace and relaxation to your living environment.

How To Keep Pigeons Away using Bird Deterrents

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

how to keep pigeons awayYou can completely get rid of anything to extinction, that would hurt the earth’s ecosystem, but there is an answer as to how to keep pigeons away from your property.  There is a much friendlier way to keep the pigeon mess and noise away from your outdoor space.  There are many safe and humane bird deterrent products that will keep the pests away.

Here is How to Keep Pigeons Away

Visual bird deterrents are always a great place to start.  Visual deterrents frighten birds away from a particular area with a scare trigger such as predator features or reflective surfaces.  The visual disturbance of the predator “eye” and the shiny reflective surface of the bird deterrent is what make the birds flee the area.

Visual deterrents such as flash tape, diverters and scare balloons have the triggers that will frighten away the pigeons.  You can hang them along the side of the home, eaves, patios and any overhangs.  Pigeons are building dwellers, but if you put these visual deterrents in the trees, you will keep away other pest birds as well such as crows, grackles and robins.

Installing a physical bird deterrent is how to keep pigeons away and off of the rooftops, skylights and air conditioning units. A physical deterrent is a way to block the pigeon as well as scare them away from an area.  Physical bird deterrents range from bird spikes and bird slopes to spider-like deterrents that have a spinning arm, which physically sweeps the pigeons away from an area.  The Solar Bird Repeller is a small self-contained bird deterrent that has a 5’ telescoping rod that spins continuously.  The rod, or “arm” is mounted on a base that can be secured to the roof, skylight and even chimney caps.  The solar power will keep it working night and day, and will not let the birds roost and hide away.

Pigeon deterrents do not need to be cruel, but just frighten the birds enough or block them which will force them to find another location to land on.

Bird Repellent Products Keep Birds Away

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

Why You Need Bird Repellent Products

bird repellentThe reason a bird repellent is needed in the first place is because the birds have become a problem.  Birds become pest birds when they interfere and cause damage and messes where humans congregate.  Birds love to gather together, too.  When people gather together, as in a backyard picnic, the birds will flock to the location as well.  People will drop bits of food, often times purposefully feeding the birds in the yard.  Birds are smart and they have a memory that will keep them coming back for more. 

When the birds find a lucrative food source, they will roost and nest in the area.  The reason you do not want them sticking around is because they will poop all over your yard, on your patio furniture, in your pool and hot tubs and on your fences.  If the birds have access to the vents on top of the home they can even get inside your home.  Rooftops are a good area to implement a bird repellent.

There is a solar bird repellent that will work for you day and night, and will be in constant motion to keep sweeping the pest birds away.  This solar powered bird repellent uses motion to scare the pigeons, seagulls and crows away.  It can be placed on the rooftop, the chimney cap or skylights. 

How it works is that the bird repellent has two telescoping 2.5-foot “arms” mounted above a unit that spins continuously.  The movement scares the birds and also prevents them from landing because the “arm” will sweep them away. 

This type or bird repellent is portable and is also very lightweight and easy to mount. It can be mounted on any flat or angled surface.  It uses 2-AA rechargeable batteries for the dark periods, but when there is sun, it is operated on solar power.

It is a very economical and simple way to keep birds off the rooftops.  Because they are so portable and lightweight and simple to use, you often see them on swim platforms and on boats.

Where birds and people collide, some type of bird repellent should be in place.  This eliminates the health hazards of the bird’s droppings and keeps the area free from the acidic droppings that can stain and eat through most surfaces.
 

How To Keep Birds Away from the Rooftop

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds awayWhy and How To Keep Birds Away 

 

Before you ask yourself how to keep birds away from the rooftop or any other area where you do not want them, you first have to know why it is a good idea to keep them away.

 

Birds have a very quick digestive system.  They eat a lot and what goes in must come out.  And it comes out often.  Bird droppings are more than just annoying.  They are acidic and cause damage to just about any structure they land on or in.  Pigeons are often a culprit needing diverting from rooftops.   Pigeons rapidly reproduce, and issues can escalate if not dealt with. 

 

The droppings pose a health risk to humans.  There are 3 main diseases that are known to be associated with pigeon droppings:  histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis.  There are over 60 known diseases that can be transmitted to humans from bird feces.  When left alone, the droppings accumulate, and fungus grows, and for instance that is how histoplasmosis comes about; a fungus in the droppings causes it.  It is an upper respiratory disease that is transmitted when breathing in spores when you come in contact with the droppings.

 

That is reason enough as to why to keep birds away.  How to keep birds away takes action.  Bird control products need to be installed.  Installation does not mean it is complicated.  Sometimes installing a bird deterrent simply means hanging a deterrent on a tree limb. 

 

Bird spikes can be installed on the rooftop, and simply gluing, screwing or tying them down installs them.  There are other physical bird deterrents that can be used on the rooftops as well.  There are solar repellers that spin and constantly sweep birds way by preventing them from landing on the area.   Bird gel is sometimes used to stop the bigger birds from landing.  Installation includes putting the gel down by using a simple caulking gun.  The gel is transparent and is non-toxic.  It works because the birds do not like the sticky sensation on their feet.

 

Moving birds away by installing bird deterrent products on the roof is how to keep birds away from this area.

 

Save Your Vegetable Garden from Critters with the Sonic Shield™

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Fran Prisco

protect your gardenWoodchucks attacking your veggie garden? Rabbits nibbling away at your pumpkin plants? These furry varmints will eagerly enter your fenced-in kitchen garden and chomp away at your kale or other veggies in their raw state. Even if your backyard is fenced, rabbits can get through anything. Woodchucks will devour your parsley, and eat the tops off your dill, cilantro and tomato plants. Rabbits love the first tender signs of cabbage, lettuce, and peas. And some moles can pull a giant artichoke plant right under the ground.

It can be pretty frustrating to nurture a garden only to have it ruined by hungry, determined critters. Some have suggested using various types of animal urine around plants to scare them away. This works in some cases, but it leaves an awful unappetizing odor around plants you’ll eventually have to eat. Others have suggested trying repellent sprays on the market, most of which have an unappealing odor--like rotten eggs. Worse yet, you have to apply these repellents often, since they lose their potency after a few days and right after it rains. So what can you do to protect your vegetable garden? Fortunately, there is one simple, humane solution.

The Sonic Shield™ to the rescue

This handy critter deterrent uses light and sound to keep all manner of critters away from prized vegetable gardens. The versatile Sonic Shield™ effectively gets rid of voles, moles, squirrels, raccoons, possums, skunks, gophers, chipmunks, deer, virtually anything on four legs—even bats. So forget about buying poisons, repellents or traps for each critter. Or covering your veggies with animal urine.  One compact deterrent gets rid of all critters. 

Advanced motion sensor technology, dual operating modes

The Sonic Shield™ uses advanced motion sensor technology to detect any critter encroaching on your garden. And it works in two modes—a daytime and nighttime mode. This gives you extra flexibility in where and how it can be used most effectively. For the daytime mode, flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds combine to create a startling deterrent to scare critters from your garden. In the nighttime mode, only the flashing LED lights are activated—recommended for areas where night noises would bother neighbors. No matter which mode of operation you choose, the Sonic Shield™ provides a cost-effective solution to your garden critter problem. The Sonic Shield is also far more effective than ultrasonic deterrents, which emit sounds most critters can’t hear.

Compact, portable, battery operated

The Sonic Shield™ is compact and completely portable. It requires just four standard AA batteries. So it can conveniently be set up on patio covers, in a tree, on a fence, set on the ground, or anywhere critters try to enter or gather. There’s no need for AC wired connections.

Bird-B-Gone is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of bird and critter control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a critter-free environment. For additional advice on how to deter critters from your vegetable garden, consult an expert like the folks at Bird-B-Gone.

 

 

Lazy Days of Summer Can Be Bird Free

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

sound bird deterrentsMany, especially school-aged children cherish summer months.  Summer is the warmest season and it is when the sun shines directly on one half of the world.  At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest.  Summer is traditionally associated with hot dry weather, but this does not occur in all regions. What does occur are the flocks of birds after their spring breeding.  Summer months means lots of birds.  And when there are more birds outside and more people outdoors, the birds can become pest birds. 

Pest birds are the culprits that are getting into your garden and pecking at the fruit in your trees.  They may even be bathing in your pool or hot tub.  Bird control is need when this occurs, or better yet, before it occurs.  It is never too late to implement bird control.

Bird repellents can be placed throughout the property, while they are virtually unnoticed; they will be keeping the pest birds away and will be safe and humane for everyone.  There is no need to harm the pest birds, they just need to be persuaded to find another place to roost, perch, and scrounge for food.

In a large backyard, a sonic sound deterrent would be best to scare birds away from just about every area.  The sounds coming from the unit frightens the pest birds away.  The pre-recorded sounds in the unit are real distress and predator calls.  There are over 22 different types of birds programmed into each sonic sound deterrent.  If the bird type is unknown, there is a general setting that will broadcast multiple distress and predator calls. 

It is always a good idea to use the sound bird deterrent in tandem with either a physical bird deterrent or a visual deterrent.  Birds are very smart and they could become use to one type of bird control product over time, so if there are a couple different strategies, and they are changed every now and then, this keeps the bird control fresh and new to the bird and in turn highly effective.

Visual bird deterrents are objects that can be placed in trees, along the side of the home, on patio covers and any other overhang.  There are flat diverters, tape and scare balloons. 

Physical bird deterrents encompass garden netting, bird spikes and other bird repellents.  Installing garden netting can protect fruit trees and the entire garden area.  Bird spikes are ideal for any flat or curved surface including rooftops, fences and windowsills.

How to keep birds away from home is as easy as implementing a bird control method.

Two Main Reasons to Install Bird Control

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

keep birds awayAlmost every home at one time or another is in need of bird control.  What exactly is bird control?  It is a term used for various methods used to deter or repel pest birds from perching, roosting and nesting anywhere on your property.  How do you know if a bird is a pest bird?  A pest bird is any bird that causes damage to property or is a risk to one’s health.  These two reasons alone, damage to property and health risks, is the 2 main reasons to install forms of bird control.

Damage to Property

There are many dollars spent each year to repair or replace the damage the pest birds have done.  The droppings are highly acidic, and the droppings can eat through just about any material or structure.  This includes paint, wood, stone, iron and steel.  It can damage cloth or canvas awnings and car paint.  If the droppings are left to accumulate, they will also clog gutters and short out electrical outlets and equipment.  On the rooftops, if droppings add up, it could eat through the roof causing leaks to develop.  Bird control needs to be in place or machinery; automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems are all at risk.

Health Risks

There are numerous risks to health if the bird droppings are left in place and allowed to collect.  Research has discovered over 60 transmittable bird-borne diseases and other dangerous parasitic organisms.  If you come into contact with these diseases and parasites by inhaling micro-organisms in the bird droppings that have dried up and turned powdery, breathing in the spores can lead to lung diseases such as histoplasmosis.  Histoplasmosis problems can range from mild symptoms to life threatening.

Bird Control Solutions

There are many safe and humane bird control solutions to choose from.  Bird control products can be visual or they can be a sound deterrent that scare birds away.

Visual bird deterrents are highly effective at scaring the nuisance birds away.  There are teardrop shaped diverters and balloons that have a shiny reflective surface and predator eye markings that the birds do not like.  They will sense fear, and their fight or flight instinct will kick in, and they will fly away.  The visual bird deterrents can be placed along the patio, gazebo, side of the home, eaves and any type of overhang.  The scare balloons can also be partially filled with water and float in the pool or hot tub to keep the birds away from the water.

Sound bird deterrents are a great solution and will get rid of birds from large open spaces such as large backyards, gardens, patios and warehouses.  Sound bird deterrents are ideal at golf courses and parks.  Bird sound deterrents broadcast distress calls and predator calls.  The calls play at ten minute intervals to alert the birds to danger.

A tactical approach to bird control is crucial. Both visual and sound bird deterrents are safe and humane bird control options. 
 

Goose Sonics Scare Birds Away!

Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Fran Prisco

scare geese awayThe once nearly extinct giant Canada goose (Branta canadensis maxima) has experienced population explosions in areas throughout North America. This trend is due in part to the success of wildlife management programs and the adaptability of these magnificent birds.  Pest geese are taking over our parks, golf courses, schoolyards, greenbelts and even our airports. Geese are herbivores and have a preference for grass shoots, aquatic vegetation, seed heads, and various grains. Canada geese usually nest in March and April. Adult Canada geese have very few predators, though raccoons, skunks, fox and crows sometimes prey on their eggs.  How do we move them along to other areas where they will be welcomed?

Scare devices such as the Goose-B-Gone Sonic by Bird-B-Gone, Inc., can be a cost-effective way to repel geese when applied consistently as soon as geese arrive on your property.  The Goose Sonic works by playing loud Canada goose distress calls.  When the pest geese hear these calls they will instinctively leave the area as they sense danger.  It is best to set up Goose Sonics before the geese arrive and set up home on your property.  If the geese have young it may be necessary to use more than just the Goose Sonic, you may need to treat the area with a goose repellent.  Liquid goose repellent is a non toxic food grade substance that deters geese from outdoor areas.  The repellent is sprayed where the geese are grazing, such as lawns and shrubs.  The active ingredient in the goose repellent is Methyl Anthranilate, a not toxic grape extract proven to be effective in repelling pest geese.

Canada geese are an important natural resource and are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They can be legally hunted during the hunting seasons with the proper licenses.  Killing geese outside of the established hunting season and disturbing nests with goose eggs present can be done only under special permit, which can be applied for only when other techniques have been unsuccessful.

Got Critters Around Your Home? Get Bird-B-Gone’s Sonic Shield!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Fran Prisco

scare critters awayIf your home is near a wooded area or adjacent to open countryside, you probably have your hands full with pest birds and four-legged critters snooping around for food. They seem to get into everything--trashcans, storage bins, sheds even your attic. While they may be cute and cuddly, they do eventually create quite a problem. Here’s just a sampling of the headaches many of these critters can create around your property:

Squirrels chew everything

These little critters are really resourceful and it’s surprising the trouble they can cause. They’ll chew through the sides or barns, sheds and wooded garages to seek shelter. They’ll also chew up electrical wires (which often spark and create fires). Squirrel droppings will smell up the place and draw bugs. Squirrels have even been known to chew through vinyl rain gutters and plumbing vents.

Raccoons are powerful

There’s no stopping these critters once they decide to make your garage, shed or attic their home. With their powerful, sharp claws, they’ll rip through roofing tiles, louver vents, and chimney caps, making short work of chimney screens and trashcan lids. Once they’re in, it’s a real challenge to get them out.

Bats leave gobs of guano

While not as aggressive as some critters, bats deposit nasty amounts of guano, smelling up attics, sheds and garages. Dried bat guano easily becomes airborne and if you breathe in this stuff, you could get a respiratory illness like histoplasmosis. All the more reason to keep bats out of your attic, shed or garage. Keep in mind that bat guano should not be swept up or hosed down. Instead, have a licensed pest removal company properly and safely remove it.

So what can you do to keep these pesky critters out of your attic, shed and garage, and away from your property? Fortunately, there’s a humane, non-lethal solution. It’s called the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield.

A “one-two” combo of light and sound

Using light and sound to scare critters away, the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™ uses a sensitive motion sensor to trigger a loud dog bark and flashing LED light. It has two modes of operation to give you 24/7 protection against curious critters. There’s a daytime mode to repel critters using flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds; or nighttime mode to repel critters using only flashing LED lights—just the ticket for areas where night noises are discouraged or not allowed. The Sonic Shield™ is both safe and humane for birds and critters. And it’s ideal for deterring a wide variety of pests, many of which can’t hear or respond to ultrasonic deterrent devices. The Sonic Shield™ is completely self-contained and totally portable, running on four standard AA batteries. You can set it up practically anywhere to get rid of most common critters—like deer, raccoons, skunk, rats, rabbits, and winged critters like bats.

For additional advice on how to keep pest birds and critters away from your home, consult an expert like the folks at Absolute Bird Control.

 

 

Pigeon Deterrents that Work

Monday, August 12, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of pigeonsPigeons have been around for centuries.  They have been both friend and foe.  What labels them pest birds is when they gather in great numbers in cities and towns and homes.  They are also a very prolific bird.  It takes less than 20 days for a baby pigeon to hatch from an egg.  A pair of pigeons can produce over 15 new pigeons every year.  It is easy to see why they are a problem, and how fast they can become a problem.

The pigeon droppings are what the mess is all about.  One pigeon can produce over 20 pounds of droppings every year.  These droppings attract parasitic insects and flies.  The droppings can also spread over 60 transmittable diseases to domestic animals and humans.

Not only are there diseases you can get from the pigeon, but the nature of the pigeon droppings are very acidic.  The acidity in the droppings causes major damage to metal, roofs and paint.  If the pigeon is allowed to congregate on your home, there will be damage to gutters, shingles, skylights, AC units and even satellite dishes. 

There are many highly effective pigeon deterrent products that are available at present.  Pigeon deterrents that work include plastic bird spikes, bird spiders and pigeon deterrent repellers.

Plastic Bird Spikes

Plastic bird spikes are a great way to keep the pigeons from landing on unwanted areas.  Birds cannot land where the spikes are installed, because the spikes create an uneven surface that the pigeons do not like.  It forces them to move to a better spot.  Plastic bird spikes come in an array of colors so they will not hinder the aesthetic appeal of the home.  The spikes can be placed on rooftops, under eaves, fence lines, AC units, ledges, and just about any flat or curved surface.

Bird Spiders and Pigeon Deterrent Repellers

Spiders and repellers are similar in that they both have stainless steel “arms” coming from the base of the deterrent. The bird spider has many thin rods that bounce and move in the breeze.  It not only prevents them from landing, but the spider creates a visual distraction by the movement of the arms and it frightens the pigeons away from the treated area.

The pigeon deterrent repeller is a solar deterrent with a 5-foot telescoping rod that spins continuously.  The movement of the telescoping rod frightens the birds and also does not allow them to land.  The solar power unit also comes with rechargeable batteries that will store power in the dark periods. 

Both the spider and deterrent repeller can be mounted on flat or angled surfaces.  They are portable and can be used then put away, and then reused over and over.  All three forms of pigeon deterrents are humane, safe and cost effective.
 

Keep Geese Away this Summer

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Fran Prisco

Get rid of geeseCanada Geese can be a big problem when they decide to make your lawn their feeding area and home.  A single goose can eat up to four pounds of grass a day, they can quickly ruin your lawn making it unattractive and unhealthy.  Canada Geese will create about three pounds of fecal matter daily.  This can cause contamination to water that is near the areas where they are eating and living.  It is also a slip and fall hazard, goose poop on the lawn can be very slippery, how many times have you slipped on the golf course or while playing at a local park that are loaded with geese?  There is a solution to all of your goose control problems, liquid goose repellent.

Liquid goose repellent is easily applied to your lawn using a garden sprayer.  Once applied the repellent flavors the lawn so that the Geese do not like the taste, they will move on to an area with a more palatable food source.  It is best to start to use the goose repellent before the geese arrive.  It should be sprayed on freshly cut lawn, the lawn should then be left to grow for about two weeks, then mowed and the goose repellent re-applied.  Never use liquid goose repellent on frozen ground, it will have no effect, it must be sprayed on the food source of the goose.  Once the initial two applications have been done, additional applications can be done every month until the geese are gone.  There are times when the goose repellent will be less effective, such as when goslings are present, adult birds will not leave the area with their new babies until the babies can fly on their own.

Keep your lawn and garden area clean and free of geese this summer with liquid goose repellent.

How to Keep Animal Pests Out of Your Garden

Friday, June 7, 2013 by Fran Prisco

scare animals away from your gardenSpring is here and it is time to start planting your summer garden.  After spending hours planning, planting and watering, the plants begin to grow.  But before you have the chance to ejoy the fruits of your labor, animal pests have eaten or ruined your vegitables and flowers.  How do you keep this from happening?  You can fence off your entire garden, but then how can you enjoy it from the house or patio?  The best way to keep animal pests from eating your veggies is to use some sort of animal repeller in or around your garden.

There is an easy, affordable and humane way to keep pest animals away from your garden and yard, install a Sonic Shield by Bird-B-Gone.  The Sonic Shield is a portable animal repeller that uses lights and sound to scare animals away.  It uses an infrared sensor to detect movement, up to 30 feet away.  Once it detects movements a Guard Dog Bark sounds and the strob light flashes to scare the animal away. It is ideal to use in gardens, around pool areas, on patios and other areas that pest animals are a problem.  The unit uses four AA batteries, making it easy to install just about anywhere. 

The SonicShield is ideal to use in gardens, around pool areas, patios and balconies.  Where ever animals are a pest the SonicSheild will scare them away.  Some areas may require more than one unit to have complete coverage.

Effective Liquid Goose Repellent

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Kathy Fritsch

Get rid of geeseIt is breeding season for the geese.  Geese breed and lay anywhere from four to eight eggs at one time.  The eggs need to incubate for about thirty days with the watchful eye of mom and dad.  A female goose in her lifetime can hatch about fifty geese.  In spring it is no wonder that the geese are abundant.

Geese, however, can be quite a nuisance.  The pest bird will invade your yard and garden, and even get into your pool.  They love a freshly manicured yard.  This is why they are so often seen around golf courses, where mowing the course is constant.  They love your yard and garden for the plants, weeds and grass.  They will easily destroy the yard, and in their wake will leave behind a lot of droppings.

Goose repellents should be installed where geese are prevalent.  Geese droppings can pose a hazard to the family dog as well as the family.  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 was carried by the geese.  It is obvious how the household can be affected when the dog comes charging inside after rolling around on the grass laden with goose poop.

There are many goose repellents that are humane and save.  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 bird deterrents, motion activated sprinklers and coyote decoys to get rid of geese from your property.