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.
 

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.

 

 

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.
 

Spring into Action to Protect Your Orchard from Pest Birds

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird damage to orchardsWith spring just around the corner, bird pests will be flocking to your orchard. Unless you’re ready with some effective pest bird deterrents, you’ll experience some heavy losses. As you’ve regrettably experienced in the past, birds will strip berries, and ruin radishes, turnips, rutabagas, cabbages, cauliflower, canola, and kale. Come spring, they’ll also steal your seeds, damage seedlings and eat your almonds, flowering cherries and crab apples.
 
Time to prepare for the invasion of pest birds! Fortunately, you have an arsenal of humane and effective pest bird deterrents to choose from. These can be used to deter a wide range of bird pests. Most of these deterrents are easy to implement and require very little maintenance. Here’s what the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone recommend:
 
Seal Out Bird Pests from Your Orchard with Bird Netting
 
Bird-B-Gone’s Garden Bird Netting is the barrier deterrent that effectively locks out pest birds. The easy to handle netting is very light and designed for temporary use. It solves your pest bird problem humanely, without having to resort to poisons or traps. Garden Bird Netting is fabricated of tough, UV-protected polypropylene. It’s available in a 3/4-inch mesh to seal out today’s most damaging bird pests. The netting is also available in a ½-inch and ¼-inch mesh to deny smaller birds access to your orchard. Garden Bird Netting comes in bulk rolls of 14 x 100 feet and 14 x 200 feet. The large rolls are easily trimmed down to protect specific areas of your orchard. The netting can be suspended around an entire area and firmly secured with zip ties, twine or similar materials.
 
Scare Birds from Your Orchard with Sonic Bird Deterrents
 
Birds come to your orchard because it’s inviting and a safe area to feed. Remove the inviting and safe and you remove the pest birds. Bird-B-Gone’s Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic broadcasts pre-recorded distress and predator calls that birds recognize as a natural threat. The calls last for two minutes and are repeated every 10 minutes to discourage all types of birds from your orchard—as many as 22 different species. The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic comes with a built-in speaker to protect over an acre-size orchard. And since the device is powered by sunlight, it can be conveniently placed where pest birds gather most often. It even works on cloudy days. Constructed of UV-protected materials, it’s sun- and weather-resistant.

Fog Force Bird Repellent

Applied using thermal foggers or misting units, Bird-B-Gone’s Fog Force is a non-toxic liquid fogging agent used to deter all birds from open spaces like orchards. The active ingredient is methyl anthranilate, a grape extract proven to be effective in repelling pest birds. The extract irritates birds’ trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes, yet it will not harm birds or work crews.
 
 

 

Are You Ready for the Spring Arrival of Canada Geese?

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Fran Prisco

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

 

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

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

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

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

Scare Birds with the Repeller 360°

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

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

Wind-Powered Pest Bird Deterrent Keeps Marinas Bird Free

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

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

Pest Birds Deface, Damage and Carry Disease

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

Scare Birds with the Wind-Powered Repeller 360°

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

Pest Bird Deterrent Installs Easily Almost Anywhere

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

 

Get 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.
 

Want a Goose Free Spring? Goose Repellents Needed

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellentThe geese can be fun to watch.  Their flying V-formations are amazing.  Their mating rituals of chasing each other around are quite entertaining.  What is not so delightful is their eating all the grass seed and leaving behind goose droppings that harbor parasites and other insects and diseases.  The geese can eat up to a half of a pound of grass a day.  They can swiftly destroy lawns, greenbelts, parks and even golf courses.  If there is any type of water feature nearby your property, you are sure to find the geese very active in the area.  They can be intimidating also.  They oftentimes chase after small pets and children.

Great Goose Repellent Choices

There are great goose repellent choices that range from liquid repellents to sound deterrents that frighten and trick the birds into leaving the area.  Whatever goose repellent product you decide to use, use it appropriately so that it will work effectively and efficiently for the entire season.

A non-toxic liquid goose repellent can be sprayed on lawns to make the grass unpalatable to the geese.  This repellent is made from grape extract which is also known by the name Methyl Anthranilate.  This grape extract aggravates the senses of the geese, namely their mucous membranes and trigeminal nerves.  It is safe and humane, the birds simply do not like the feeling, and they will leave the area to find a more comfortable spot.  It is safe for domestic animals and children and will not cause them any discomfort at all.  It will not wash off when watering or if it rains.  It will last at least three months.  A gallon container is enough to effectively cover a 16,000 square feet area.

Another goose repellent that will work for a large area is the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic.  It is a sound deterrent that broadcasts pre-recorded goose distress calls.  The distress calls will broadcast about every 10 minutes and it alerts the geese to danger.  They will want to avoid the area all together and move on to safer ground. A single device can cover up to an acre of land.  Additional speakers can be added to maximize the coverage to more acres.  The units are easy to program and can be turned off in the evenings if preferred.  There are over 22 different types of called recorded into the unit, so this one device has the ability to scare away many species of birds.

 

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.
 

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. 
 

Bird Deterrents for Barn Swallows

Saturday, March 22, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsBarn Swallows are very adaptable birds.  You can find them feeding in fields, parks, roadway edges, marshes, ponds and near coastal waters.  Their nests are very easy to spot.  They build their mud nests under the eaves or inside of sheds, barns, and under bridges and other structures.  Safe and humane bird deterrents are needed for the swallow because they are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. The Act states that once an egg is in the mud nest, the nest needs to be intact until the fledglings have left the nest. Huge fines can be applied for removing nests that are occupied.

Both the male and female build the nests.  They are unique nest builders as they build their nests on vertical surfaces.  That is why a bird deterrent such as the bird slope would be a great choice in bird control to stop them from building their nests.  The swallows starts building their nest by creating a small shelf-like structure out of their mud and grass mixture.  This gives them an area to land on while they construct the rest of the nest.  Swallows will often time use old nests, if they are still there.

The Slope Bird Deterrent

The bird slope creates a 90 degree angle which makes it impossible for them to land and build their nests.  The slope is also made of a slippery PVC material making it very difficult to land on it without sliding off.

The bird slope is sold in a four foot kit that contains two, two foot long sections of slope, two end caps and one tube of glue. Gluing down the bird slope is easy. If there is any trouble with the installation, there are professionals that can help you with your installation. They might even suggest other types of bird deterrent products such as swallow repellents, swallow bird netting and other bird control products that are on the market and will be effective in deterring the swallow.

The reason you do not want the mud nests on your structures is because they can stain the surface.  The droppings from the swallow are acidic and can damage the surface.  They also harbor disease, bacteria and parasites as well as other bugs that could get inside the buildings spreading transmittable diseases.

It is best to install swallow bird deterrents before they arrive.  This will help with any clean up you might have to do and keep you within the laws concerning migratory birds.

 

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.

 

Woodpecker Repellents say Goodbye Woodpecker Destruction

Friday, March 14, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

woodpecker repellentsWoodpeckers are usually found in wooded areas all over the world.  Because of urban development and population sprawl they have lost some of their natural habitat and they will be seen more often now in city parks, orchards, vacant lots and backyards.  If your area is susceptible to this cute fellow, you may want to think about installing woodpecker repellents to protect your property and save your sanity.  As early as spring, the Downey Woodpecker will make a lot of noise, with their shrill whinnying call and also their incessant drumming on trees or your home.

When the woodpecker is drumming on your home there can be no denying it.  Amongst their feeding, excavating nest cavities and drumming, woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second which amounts to a total of 8,000-12,000 pecks a day.  If you are on the other side of that wall, you are going to know you have a problem.  Their continual drumming may give you a headache, but they will not get one.  The woodpecker has a reinforced scull that is structured to spread the impact force of the drumming.  Their brains are also tightly cushioned and protected.

Woodpecker Repellents

Installing woodpecker control products is the only way to make sure they do not damage the structures around the home.  There are means to scare them away and block them from an area.  Using both of these bird control methods at the same time will ensure total exclusion of this pest bird.  Birds are intelligent creatures and they can easily get use to one bird control product if it does not change or move.

Woodpecker kits are available that include visual bird repellents that will scare the woodpecker.  A scare balloon is a beach ball size balloon made of vinyl that have predator eye features on the side that the woodpecker believes to be a predator’s eye.  It can be hung right in front of the area where the woodpeckers are an issue.  The shiny and reflective surface and the slight movement of the balloon will get the woodpecker moving on to find another area to be nuisance.

Woodpecker netting that has ¾ mesh is a perfect physical bird deterrent that keeps the woodpecker from pecking on the side of the home.  It is lightweight, easy to install and nearly invisible.

Woodpecker control products can be used season after season and can be stored away and re-used when needed.  Wait until you are unquestionably certain that the woodpecker has moved on before removing them.
 

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 Geese Before They Try To Move In

Monday, March 10, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

get rid of geeseThe life cycle for geese begins later winter.  Goose couples pair up and begin to return to their previous nesting places.  Waters are opening up at this time usually.  Any non-breeding geese will remain nearby in flocks for feeding during this time as well.  Canada geese have a very strong inclination to return year after year to the place they were born, to the same feeding and nesting spots.  If you had geese last year, you can be sure to expect them this year unless you implement goose repellents that will keep your property free from the geese and their nasty and hazardous droppings.

There is a choice in the way that you get rid of geese.  If you have resident geese, a combination of methods is encouraged.  Geese that have been in urban areas have adapted and gotten use to humans and they are not as fearful as they should be.

Two Goose Repellent Choices

A goose deterrent that uses sound is very effective for large open spaces.  There are sound goose deterrents that broadcast goose-distress calls.  The calls are played at ten minute intervals and this alerts the geese that there is danger and they will want to fly away to a safer spot.  A solar powered sonic unit covers an acre of space.  With additional speakers, three acres can be covered and protected from the nuisance geese.   The units have an LCD display panel that is easy to program and read.  It is constructed of a rigid material that is U.V. protected and is sun and weather resistant and made for long lasting outdoor use.

Another type of method that is an effective goose repellent is a motion activated sprinkler.  The sprinkler hooks up to an average garden hose.  There is an infrared motion sensor that senses the larger pest bird such as geese.  It detects them from 35 feet away.  Once the geese are sensed, the sprinkler instantly releases a spray of water.  The water spray will scare the geese away in fear.  They will remember the burst of water and will not want to return to the area.  This repellent also keeps the crows and pigeons away.  The motion activated sprinkler works day and night.  A nine volt battery will keep this bird deterrent in action for at least six months.

The simple use of sound and water will keep geese away from your property.  Both products are safe and humane and will not harm the birds or any other animal or persons who come in contact with the goose repellents.
 

Goose Control for Landowners

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

Safe and Non-Toxic Goose Control

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

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

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

Bird Control Can Save Your Company Image

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Ashley Johnson

bird controlBird Control

When bird droppings and other debris left behind by pest birds are covering your signs, lights, walkways and entryways, your company image takes a dive. Clients and pedestrians are not impressed by the unsightly mess pest birds create. Depending on the type of business, this could do more than ruin your company image; it could create an unhealthy environment, legal issues if someone slips and falls on bird droppings, and huge clean-up costs. Don’t let pest birds ruin your company image – Implement bird control.

If larger birds, like pigeons, gulls or crows, are landing and roosting on your business, bird spikes are an effective solution. Bird spikes create an uneven surface preventing birds from landing on the treated area. Bird spikes are humane and will not harm birds or installers. Bird spikes come in two foot sections for easy installation, and are sold 50 feet per box. They are available in a variety of sizes including super wide 8”. Installation is easy; simply glue, screw or tie down to most surfaces.

Bird gel is an effective and low cost bird deterrent. Bird-Off Gel is the original and first bio repellent gel. It is used to prevent pigeons and other large birds from roosting and congregating in unwanted areas. Unlike other bird repellent gels which are made from polybutene, Bird-Off Gel is an oil base bird repellent gel. It’s nontoxic and doesn’t harm the bird, even if the birds come in contact with Bird-Off Gel they can still fly or walk. They will not be trapped on the treated surface. The gel can be applied with a caulking gun.

An electric flat track system is effective in keeping birds off of unwanted surfaces. The low profile, electrical track system produces a mild electrical shock when birds land on its surface. The shock will not harm birds, but will modify their behavior by conditioning them to stay away from the area. Be sure to use an electric flat track system that is made in the USA and has anti-arcing and glue trough designs.

If birds are nesting on your business premises, full exclusion is the best solution. Bird netting is the best way to ensure full exclusion. Heavy Duty Bird Netting comes in a variety of different mesh sizes. There’s a 2-inch mesh to keep out larger birds like gulls, pigeons and crows; and a 3/4-inch mesh to exclude sparrows and other small birds. The best netting should be fabricated of a UV–stabilized material that’s been ISO 1806 protocol mesh tested, flame resistant and rot- and waterproof.

 

A Better Bird and Goose Repellent than Ultrasonic Bird Control

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

Effective Bird Control Devices

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

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

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