Effective and Humane Goose Control

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlEffective goose control is much needed.  Every year thousands of dollars is used in clean up and repairs from what the pest bird droppings destroy.  If the areas such as a park, airport and golf course are not covered by goose control measures, large flocks of geese will often lay claim to the area, and this means leaving disease-carrying droppings in their wake.  The droppings will contaminate the ponds, lakes and any other body of water.  They will also leave the area unsightly and unsanitary.  Geese graze on the grassy areas and shrubs and they will destroy the area.  Geese are drawn to large inland bodies of water, and that is why they are attracted to parks and golf courses.

Most airports are also near large areas of land that usually have bodies of water.  Geese cause other hazards around an airport, causing major damage to engines and props.  Collisions are potentially lethal between the airplane and geese.  There are many bird strikes reported each year.  Not all develop into catastrophes, but some do.

Most species of geese are protected by federal and local statutes, so only non-lethal goose deterrents can be used against them. Below are some of the most effective and humane goose control methods that are often used.

Sound Goose Deterrent

Using sound to scare pests exploits the goose's natural fear of predators.  Sonic bird deterrents scare geese off with sounds of distress and predator calls. They are most effective when they are strategically positioned in open spaces.  They can work day and night, and are easily programmed.

Motion Activated Sprinkler

Sprinklers deliver a vigorous blast of water when wandering geese approach the radius of detection. The sudden blast of water, startling sprinkler sound and realistic looking bird-like moving head delivers an aggressive message to pest geese. The sprinkler simply connects to a garden hose, yet uses just 2 to 3 cups of water per spray. It covers approximately 1,200 square feet with a stream that reaches out 35 feet and 45 feet wide. The sprinkler works day and night for up to 6 months (over 1,000 'bursts") on a single 9-volt battery. For added flexibility, you can fine-tune both the sprinkler's sensitivity and spray distance. They are perfect for keeping geese out of the area.

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.
 
 

 

Get Ready for the Birds – Install Bird Netting

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird nettingWith spring around the corner expect all the creatures to start coming out.  All the animals that have hibernated through winter start scurrying about.  There is also more bird activity in the air.  Pay attention to the early signs so that bird control can be implemented and you can keep your backyard free from bird messes throughout the summer.

As soon as you sense the bird activity or start hearing them in the early mornings, get prepared.  Their bird calls are telling others where the food sources are, where shelter is, and they are also trying to attract a mate to start nesting.

Install Bird Netting in the Garden

Beware all you backyard gardeners.  Do not let the migratory pest birds destroy the production of your garden.  To ensure an abundant garden, include bird netting as your bird control strategy.
Garden bird netting will protect your fruit trees, berry bushes and any other plants that produce anything you do not want the pest bird to get at.  Garden bird netting is a simple physical bird deterrent that creates a barrier between the bird and your treasured garden.

Garden bird netting is light weight making it easy to handle and install.  It is recommended that you suspend the netting over the plants by at least 4 inches.  Place poles around the sides of the area and attach the netting to the poles.  They can be attached using a staple gun, net clips or hooks.  Remember to leave room on the poles so they can be raised as the plants grow taller.  Plants can also be individually wrapped with the bird netting as well.   Protecting the fruit trees is easy as well.  You simply measure the circumference of the tree, and then cut an extra foot larger.  The netting is then secured to the tree with twine, zip ties or hog rings.

Combining a physical bird deterrent with another type of bird control method is suggested.  A simple Mylar flash tape streaming from trees and the netting would create a good visual distraction to go along with the bird netting.  Diverters in trees work well too.  They scare the birds away with their unique predator eye design pattern.

Take control with bird control products that will keep birds away all season long.  Once you have an effective method, they can be used over and over.
 

Sound Bird Deterrents that Get Rid of Birds and Other Pests

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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

Sound Bird Deterrent Options

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

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

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

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

Get Ready – Spring is in the Air – Pest Birds Need Bird Deterrents

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

Spring is not the only thing in the air.  Late winter, is when the life cycle for geese begin and when goose control methods need to be in place.  The adult pairs return to their nest areas from the previous year.  Late February and March is when the waters begin to open up.  The non-breeding geese also are close by in large flocks for feeding during the nesting season.  There are resident geese and migratory geese.  The resident geese will spend their lives in one area as opposed to migratory geese.  Canada geese are migratory and they have a very strong inclination to return to where they were born year after year looking for the same nesting areas and feed areas.

There are goose deterrents that will discourage the geese from settling in an unwanted area.  A mixture of methods with a persistent application of products will produce the best results of deterring the geese.  In more suburban areas, geese are more use to people and they are not as afraid, so scare techniques need to be fresh and innovative.

Two types of Scare Bird Deterrents

Sound goose deterrents have been proven very effective in large open spaces. There are sound deterrents that broadcast goose-distress calls.  The calls are played every ten minutes and they alert the geese that there is danger and they will want to flee the area.  Each unit covers an acre of space.  With additional speakers, more acres can be covered and protected from the pest geese.   The sound bird deterrents have an LCD display panel that is easy to program.

Another type of goose deterrent that is effective on geese is a motion activated sprinkler.  The sprinkler hooks up to a regular garden hose.  There is motion sensor that detects the larger pest bird such as geese.  It detects them from 35 feet away.  Once the geese are detected, the sprinkler immediately releases a burst of water.  The water spray will scare the geese.  They will remember the water and will not want to return to the location.  This deterrent 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.
 

Good Bird Control Includes Bird Netting

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

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Birds are needed for our environment, but you do not have to have them in your backyard if they are causing damage.  Their backyard behaviors include roosting, nesting and leaving their feces all over the patio furniture, on cement walk ways and on the side of the home when they roost in the eaves.

Why Bird Netting is Needed

Home owners spend a lot of time and money cleaning up after the feathered nuisance each and every year when there is no bird control in effect.  The droppings are not only messy and ugly to look at but they can be hazardous as well.  Firstly, the droppings are very acidic and they can eat away at various surfaces, especially tar-based roofing materials.  They can damage and clog up ventilation systems as well as machinery and much more.

The nesting ingredients can also be quite hazardous.  Birds are known to nest near electrical outlets for warmth which can be a fire hazard with the dried nesting materials next to anything electrical.  They often nest inside chimneys and ventilation systems which can clog up the entire system as well as spread diseases through the systems.  Birds and their nests and feces harbor over forty types of parasites and can host over sixty types of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

It is easy to recognize the importance of bird control.  Bird netting is a way to create a barrier between vulnerable areas and the pest birds.  Bird netting can be applied to the eaves, rooftops, vegetable and fruit gardens, barns, balconies to only name a few places where bird netting can be effective.  The netting is made of U.V. protected polypropylene and is strong and durable.  It is lightweight and easy to manage and install.  Once installed correctly, it is virtually invisible.  It is very versatile and comes in different sizes of mesh which depends on which bird is causing the havoc.  For instance, ¾ mesh is ideal for deterring woodpeckers.

Using a solar sound deterrent or a visual scare deterrent in combination with the bird netting is suggested.  Birds are very clever creatures.  They can get use to one type of bird deterrent and figure out a way around it.  Using a couple different products helps with the success of the outcome.

Bird netting will not harm the birds, but will make it impossible for them to make themselves comfortable around your home.

 

Migration and Bird Control

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlMigration brings to mind the image of the geese flying their way south in their V-shaped flocks.  This is an example of the annual, large-scale movement of birds between their breeding homes and their non-breeding grounds between winter and summer.  There are more than 650 species of nesting birds in North America with the majority of these species being migratory birds.  There is no wonder that there is such demand for effective forms of bird control.

Safe and humane bird control methods need to be used.  The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects most migratory birds under the law.  Installing proper bird control methods will ensure they do not stick around and roost and nest.

Bird Control Methods that will Scare Pest Birds

Visual bird deterrents are a great place to start.  Using a visual bird deterrent with any other type of bird control is ideal.  An area that is treated with visual deterrents frightens the birds away using a common scare trigger such as a predator feature.  There are scare balloons and other reflective diverters that have predator eye designs on them.  To a human, it looks like a simple design, but what the bird sees is a predator’s eye.  This is what forces them to leave the area in fear.

There are physical bird deterrents that will stop a pest bird from landing in a certain area.  A motion activated sprinkler, for instance, will deter larger pest birds like the geese, crows and pigeons from landing.  The motion sensor will detect the movement of the bird from 35’ out by 45 wide.  It hooks up to a regular garden hose, and when the bird is in the area it will blast a spray of water.  The goose and other pest birds will associate the area with this sudden blast that scared them and will want to avoid the area.

Sound bird deterrents will also frighten away a variety of birds.  There is a solar sound deterrent that has over 22 birds species programmed into it.  It scares the birds away by playing actual bird distress calls and predator calls.  The units are easy to program.

All three types of bird control methods will work immediately when set up correctly.  Have one or two products working in conjunction with each other is always a good idea.  Birds are smart, and you do not want them getting use to one particular method.
 

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.
 

How to use Woodpecker Control

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

woodpecker controlThe woodpecker belongs to the Picidae family.  There are over twenty species of woodpeckers that inhabit the United States.  Woodpeckers are easy to spot.  They are 7 to 15 inches in length and have brightly contrasting colors.  Most of the males have red on their heads.  Woodpeckers are dependent on trees for shelter and food.  Most have extended their dependence on man-made structures including wooden fence posts, utility poles and buildings.  Because of this, your home is susceptible to the woodpecker even if you do not have any trees in your yard.

Woodpecker Control Methods

Woodpecker control is needed now more than ever.  Just about every home could benefit from some type of bird control product.  When woodpeckers are the issue, the bird control methods are similar but the way they are used is unique.

Woodpecker netting is uniquely installed to stop the woodpeckers from drumming and ruining the side of your home.  Woodpecker netting is secured to the outer edge of the overhang or edge of the building or home.  The netting can then be secured using bird netting clips, staples or other attachments.   The netting can either drape down the side of the structure with weights at the bottom of the netting to hold it down or it can be attached to the building using self-adhering hooks.  The hooks can be found at just about any lawn or garden center.

Woodpecker netting is very lightweight and is made from U.V. protected polypropylene.  The netting can be easily installed but also it is just as easy to take down, and store away until it needs to be re-used.  Bird netting that is used for woodpeckers has a ¾” mesh, small enough for them not to get through the mesh. 

Visual bird deterrents are another way to get rid of woodpeckers.  There are woodpecker kits that contain visual deterrents that will scare the bird away.  Flash tape is one of the visual deterrents in the kit.  The kit also includes a Predator Eye Balloon.  Both the tape and balloon have shiny reflective features that will frighten birds from the area. 

Both methods of woodpecker control are safe and humane.  They are also a very low cost and economical solution to get rid of woodpeckers from your home.
 

Keep Birds Away with Bird Repellents

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird repellentsA bird repellent is a method or plan of attack to keep the pest birds from coming into contact with a particular area.  Areas include the lawn, garden, trees, garages and homes.  Bird repellents help aid the homeowner by keeping the birds at bay which will also keep the home free from the nasty bird droppings.

Bird Repellents Aid in Maintaining Building Integrity

Bird droppings are very acidic by nature.  If the droppings are allowed to accumulate on the roof, for example, the integrity of the roofing material could be in jeopardy.  The acidity could ruin the roofing and eventually cause holes in the roofing material.  Cost of a new roof is quite significant.  The cost of various bird repellents is extremely inexpensive.

There are various bird control methods to choose from.  Visual bird repellents are a good place to start.  They are also a great addition to any other method that you may choose.  It is always best to use a couple of bird control methods at the same time.  Birds are highly intelligent creatures and they could become immune to one bird deterrent that is constantly there over a matter of time.  Implementing a visual deterrent such as flash tape, scare balloons and diverters are a great first step at keeping the pest birds away.  Visual deterrents trick the birds into thinking they have come in contact with a predator.  The scare balloons and diverters have a design that looks similar to a target, but the coloring and shiny surface confused the birds and they think they are looking into the eyes of a predator.  The visual deterrents can be hung around the side of the home, in trees, along patio covering, near the gazebo or any other overhang.

The rooftop can then be protected by using bird spikes.  Bird spikes are a physical deterrent that blocks the bird’s access, not allowing them to land on the surface.  Plastic bird spikes are a good choice for a home as they come in different colors to match the paint or trim of the home.  The colors include white, tan, brick red, brown, black and gray.  They are available in different widths and can easily be screwed, glued or tied down.  They can be installed on any flat or curved surface.

There is solution for every bird problem.  Anticipate the need for bird repellents before the problems arise.  This will save valuable time and money.
 

Best Goose Control Practices

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose controlGetting rid of the geese problem on your property takes a strategic approach.  Goose control requires an integrated approach using multiple strategies working together to smite the long-necked nuisance bird.  The migratory geese that are looking for a safe breeding site in spring are more easily dealt with than the resident geese.  But both can be deterred from making your lawn their grazing site.

Goose Control Product Options

Visual goose control options are a great place to start.  Mylar flash tape is very inexpensive and creates an uncomfortable visual distraction for the geese and other pest birds.  It creates a bright reflection when the sun hits it and makes an odd sound when it blows in the breeze.  Be sure to move the tape around from time to time to make sure the geese do not get used to it in one spot. 

Other visual deterrents include scare balloons and tear-shaped diverters.  They can be hung around the property to distract the geese.  The balloons can be attached to a post and planted around a pond to them out of it.  They can be hung near the garden to keep them from trampling your plants and grazing on them.

The natural predator of the geese is a coyote.  There are coyote decoys that will scare the geese away as well as ducks and other large pest birds.  The birds will come across the decoy and fly away in fear.  This is another type of goose control product that is best when moved around from time to time.

Migrate Goose Repellent is another way to ensure your lawn is free from the wandering geese.  This bird control product is a non-toxic liquid spray.  The active ingredient is simply a grape extract.  The grape extract irritates the bird’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes.  They do not like the sensation and will want to leave the area.  The liquid goose control spray will stay effective for three months and will not wash off with water or when it rains.

Using a couple of these goose control products together will increase the effectiveness and keep the geese far away from your lawn and family.

 

Bird Deterrents – Safe, Low-Profile and Effective

Friday, February 14, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird deterrentsThere are various birds that are considered pest birds, which is why your home could benefit from bird deterrents.  Bird deterrents will keep birds from landing, roosting and nesting in unwanted areas around the home.  There are ways to block the birds from access to an area and there are ways to scare the birds that will force them to leave the area.

Bird Deterrents for Different Birds

Pigeons are notorious mess makers.  They are very prevalent and found in urban and suburban areas.  They are natural born cliff dwellers so they will adapt quite easily to your home.  They will land on your roof, sit on windowsills and even find their way under the eaves.  Bird spikes would be an effective type of bird deterrent for the pigeon.  Bird spikes are ideal for larger pest birds.  They can be installed on ledges, windowsills, eaves, rooflines and any other curved or flat surface where the pigeon has decided to land.

Sparrows also are attracted to your home, but they will also find holes and bushes to get into.  Bird spikes are not meant for the sparrow, but there are other bird deterrents that will keep them away when needed. Scare tactics such as visual deterrents with reflective surfaces creates a visual distraction zone that the sparrow will stay away from.  There are also sound bird deterrents that will broadcast actual recordings of bird distress calls and predator calls.  When birds hear the warning, they will want to flee the area immediately.   Hawks are also a natural predator of sparrows.  There are life-like hawk decoys that can be placed on patios, balconies or near the bushes and garden.

The American Crow can be a real nuisance bird.  They are loud and there usually are many.  They, too, can be deterred with a sound bird deterrent.  There are also reflective eye scare diverters that can be hung in the trees that will alarm the birds and keep them away.  Trees are where this bird likes to roost, so hanging a few scare devices will keep them out of the trees and out of your way.

Bird Deterrent: Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Ashley Johnson

bird sound deterrentBird Deterrent

The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic is a programmable sound bird deterrent used to deter birds from large open spaces. The unit is weather resistant and is solar so that it can play during clouded days.  Easily install the Solar Super Sonic where ever birds are a problem.

Birds are often a problem in large open spaces, like yards, gardens, small orchards or vineyards and rooftops. Bird sound deterrents can be a very effective bird control solution by scaring the birds away from open areas. An excellent sound deterrent is the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic, a programmable sound deterrent used to deter birds from large open spaces. The unit is weather resistant and is solar powered for energy conservation and convenience in areas without electrical outlets. It can be installed where ever birds are a problem. During the day the device operates off of solar energy and a light sensor shuts the device off at night to conserve energy.  

Birds hear on the same level of humans and do not hear ultrasonic noises; therefore the device has volume control and operates between 65-105 decibels. The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic features actual distress and predator calls of over 22 types of birds. These sounds are played for a period of two minutes every ten minutes to alert birds of danger. When birds hear these calls, their natural instinct is to flee the area.

For Homeowners who have Geese – Goose Deterrents to the Rescue

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose deterrentsYou will most likely encounter the squawking waterfowl if you live near an ocean, river, lake, large pond or reservoir, and there are no goose deterrents in action.  Once they find their spot they will start chomping on your lawn and any decorative or aquatic plants you may have.  Canada geese can do a lot of damage.  They weigh up 24 pounds and can crush gardens and make huge messes.  The geese can also be rather aggressive.  They have been known to chase pets and toddlers.

If your backyard has a spa, pool, pond or fountain, the goose droppings can quickly contaminate the water.  The goose droppings cause algae problems and bacterial issues.  The droppings also carry disease including histoplasmosis, giardia and toxoplasmosis.

Implementation of Goose Deterrents

The first thing to do before implementing any type of goose deterrent is to clean up around the property, clearing away any tall reeds or plants.  For any embankments near water, make sure there is an angle to the embankment.  Once everything is all cleaned up it is easy to install effective yet humane goose deterrents.  Fortunately, you have a few methods to choose from.

A Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler is the perfect type of goose deterrent for a backyard.  The deterrent hooks up to a regular garden hose.  The deterrent is motion activated so when the geese or any other large pest bird comes into the infrared sensor zone the birds immediately get sprayed with water.  This startles the birds and scares them away.  The sprinklers cover a 1200 square foot area (about 35’ by 45’).

Migrate Goose Repellent is a non-toxic liquid goose deterrent that uses the ingredient methyl anthranilate.  Do not let that ingredient scare you, it is simply a grape extract.  It is often used in grape flavored gum.  But for the some reason the birds do not like the sensation of the extract.  It irritates their trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes through their nose, mouth and eyes when they drop down their head to graze.  They will try and shake off the feeling and will fly away and will want to continue to avoid the area.  The liquid goose deterrent comes in gallon containers and will cover a 16,000 square foot area.  The liquid deterrent will last three months, even when the grass is watered or if it rains.
 

Goose Repellents for Homeowners

Saturday, February 8, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

goose repellents

If you live in close proximity to a lake or pond, there is no doubt that you will have a goose problem.  You can sic your dogs on them, or try scaring them away with a loud noise, but more than likely they will return in a matter of hours or days.  Goose repellents will keep their loud and annoying squawking at bay, but more importantly the repellents will stop them from leaving behind smelly and nasty droppings.  Geese have also been known to carry bird flu which is known as avian flu.  It is a disease that is caused by a strain of influenza virus that typically only infects birds.  There is concern that the bird flu could mutate and a new form of the disease could quickly spread from person to person.

The only real effective means of getting rid of geese from your backyard is to use the kind of goose control measures the specialists use. These are methods that have been proven effective, safe and humane.

Scarecrow Goose Repellent

What if a general garden hose could guard your property 24/7?  The second a goose finds its way near the lawn, garden or pool the hose produces a blast of water that hits the goose. The geese would definitely get the message that your property is a no geese zone to them. A scarecrow is a silent guard, ever watchful to the mere existence of geese. There is a Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler that immediately deters the fowl when entering the area of protection. They feature a realistic looking bird-like moving head that blasts water at invading birds who dare to enter a 1,200 square foot area that extends 35 feet out by 45 feet wide. Scarecrows connect easily to most garden hoses. You can even adjust a Scarecrow’s sensitivity and range to cover certain areas of your yard.

Scary Balloon Goose Repellent

One of the less expensive goose repellents is the Scare Eye Balloons.  They work well when used in combination with another type of goose repellent method such as the motion-activated sprinkler. The balloons feature a large, scary “mock” predator eye that makes geese feel way to vulnerable to hang around the area. Easily hung on trees, patios, fences or attached to posts around the water source, these scare balloons bounce and move in the breeze to give them a lifelike feature.

Critters Breaking into Your Metal Storage Shed?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Fran Prisco

scare animal pests awayIf you live in an area like California, where space is scarce and expensive, you probably don’t have a basement or attic in your home.  And your garage is pretty much jammed to the hilt with “stuff.”  So you bought one of those metal storage sheds and you assembled it in your side yard or back yard. It’s probably packed with lawn feed, a lawnmower and other garden tools--all safe from the elements.

But unless you live in the city, you’ll have critters—possum, rabbits, squirrels, rats, moles, raccoons and, heaven forbid, skunks—working their way under the soil to seek refuge from the weather and bear their young inside your shed. You could place traps and poisons in and around your shed, but if you’ve got pets or kids, that’s not such a good idea.

Fortunately, there is a humane, inexpensive animal deterrent that will keep critters away from your shed. It’s called the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™.

Two Animal Deterrents in One--Light and Sound

Proven effective in many applications, the Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™ discourages all manner of winged and four–legged critters from snooping around your shed. It uses a motion sensor to activate two deterrents the second a critter crosses its area of protection. Once activated, a dog barking sound and flashing LED light scare critters away.

Your Day or Night Sentry

For added flexibility, the Sonic Shield™ has a daytime and nighttime mode of operation. In the daytime mode, flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds work in unison to frighten all types of critters from your shed. In the nighttime mode, it’s only the flashing LED lights—ideal for areas where night noises would wake up the neighbors. In either mode, the Sonic Shield™ offers a cost-effective way to get rid of winged and four-legged critters. It’s also more effective than those ultrasonic deterrents, which emit sounds your average critter can’t hear.

Goes Where the Critters Appear

Critters often try and work their way into a shed in different places. The Sonic Shield™ is self-contained, portable and goes wherever critters attempt to sneak in. It runs on four standard AA batteries, which means you’ll always have a deterrent in suspected critter entry points. No need for AC hookups, or such undesirable deterrents as pellet guns, traps, smelly mothballs or cat urine.

Add Plastic Bird Spikes to Keep Birds Off

To keep birds from unloading all over your new shed, consider adding some Plastic Bird Spikes. The spiked strips won’t allow birds to land on or near them. They have pre-drilled holes or glue troughs for quick installation.  And they come in two-foot sections and 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths.  The best plastic spikes are made of unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate, so they’ll last season after season outdoors. They even come in a variety of colors—including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan—so they’ll blend right in with your shed’s color.

 

Pest Geese Create Lawsuit Woes for Commercial Property Owners

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Fran Prisco

goose controlNot long ago, a woman, her daughter, and granddaughter were attacked by Canadian geese. The three-some were walking to the JCPenney store at Greenwood Park Mall in Indianapolis. The goose landed on her head and forced her into a brick wall and finally onto the sidewalk. The attack continued until passersby helped her. The woman subsequently filed suit against JCPenney, the mall, and the security company for failing to protect her from the large attacking bird.

Pest Birds, Costly Nuisance

Large pest birds like geese often pose a major nuisance to commercial property owners. These big birds will aggressively attack shoppers and passersby at stores and shopping malls. They’ve been known to destroy lawns, shrubbery, and gardens by eating and trampling on these areas. Geese also have a nasty habit of leaving droppings everywhere. These droppings can contaminate fountains and other water features, resulting in a smelly nuisance. The use of poisons and other lethal means are either ineffective or illegal, and not a humane solution to this pest bird problem. Canada Geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918, which makes it illegal to harm or injure a goose and damage or move its eggs and nest, without a Federal permit. The only effective, humane solution: professional bird control measures.

Migrate Goose Repellent Keeps Pest Geese Away

Bird-B-Gone’s liquid Migrate Goose Repellent is a liquid repellent that turns grass (what geese love to feed on) into a very unappetizing meal. Its main ingredient, methyl anthranilate, is a non-toxic food-grade grape extract that geese hate. It won’t harm geese, pets or people and it’s easily applied with a handheld sprayer. Migrate can be used on grass, shrubbery or other areas where geese often feed. One gallon of Migrate effectively treats 16,000 square feet of property. The chemical will not wash off with rain or sprinkler systems. And the runoff will not contaminate nearby bodies of water.

Fog Repellent Routes Out Geese Pests

If you have geese gathering in an area behind or around your commercial property, they can be difficult to move. This is especially true if the pest birds have laid claim to the area and stubbornly refuse to leave—even after failed attempts to scare the birds. The solution to this problem is Bird-B-Gone’s Fog Repellent. The fine fog irritates the birds’ trigeminal membrane, making them
leave in a hurry. Applied with a thermal fogger or Bird-B-Gone’s Automated Avian Fogging System, Fog Repellent is ideal for routing out geese from parking lots, around dipsy-dumpsters, water features, storage areas, loading docks and similar areas where geese tend to congregate. Fog Goose Repellent is economical as well. One gallon of the chemical effectively treats 16,000 square feet of property.

 

 

 

Top 3 Bird Control Devices for the Pool and Spa Industry

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Fran Prisco

bird controlIf you install pools, spas, or other water features, pest birds can pose a real problem—not just during installation, but after the work is done. Bird droppings during construction can cause schedules to slip as workers perform cleanups to render the pool or spa sanitary and safe.

After project completion, bird droppings can create all sorts of headaches for property owners—in terms of sanitation and ph balance. A single bird dropping can render a pool or spa unsafe, since bird droppings can carry any of 60 known diseases. Slippery bird droppings around a pool or spa, or on diving boards and ladder steps can cause people (especially kids) to slip and fall, resulting in possible injury.

The good news is that there are a number of effective bird deterrents you can use to keep pest birds away from a pool, spa or water feature. Here are three bird control measures the experts recommend:

1. Visual Bird Deterrents

Also known as Bird Scare Deterrents, these inexpensive products include Flash Tape and Reflective Banners, which reflect sunlight and rattle in the breeze to scare birds away. Also effective are Scare Eye Diverters, which are large teardrop shaped plastic panels covered with a “mock” predator eyes that frighten birds. Using the same principle are Bird Scare Balloons, which are covered with large predator eyes to spook birds. Visual bird deterrents are easily attached to patio covers, trees, fences or any elevated area near the pool or spa. The Balloons can also be partially filled with water to skim the water’s surface to further intimidate birds. For best deterrent effect, remind your customers to move these deterrents around often, lest birds get used to them.

2. Bird Chase Super Sonic

Easy to set up and use, the Bird Chase Super Sonic emits bird distress and predator calls that frighten birds away. This device won’t irritate people or pets because the sounds it emits resemble normal birdcalls. The versatile Bird Chase unit emits distress and predator calls for 22 different species of birds. It has a built-in speaker and will drive away pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many other birds. The unit has a volume control and can be programmed to turn on or off at night.

3. Scarecrow Bird Deterrent

Ideal for protecting pools, spas and other water features, the Scarecrow is a motion-activated device that blasts any bird entering its radius of protection with a harmless water spray. The startling sprinkler sound and realistic looking bird-like moving head add to the Scarecrow’s intimidation factor. Scarecrows connect easily to most garden hoses and provide over 1,200 square feet of protection (35 feet out by 45 feet wide). Scarecrows are inexpensive to operate, delivering up to 1,000 "firings" on a single 9-volt battery. The device’s sensitivity and range are easily adjusted to meet the specific needs of virtually any pool, spa or water feature.

Bird Control or Barrage of Bird Droppings

Monday, January 20, 2014 by Kathy Fritsch

bird controlIf you have a barrage of pest birds around your home, it is a good idea to put some type of bird control methods into place.  They will begin roosting in areas around your home and eventually find nesting spots when spring rolls around.  If left to continue their behaviors, the pest birds will hang around and the difficulty of this is that their droppings will continue accumulating on your property.  Birds defecate anywhere from 20 to 50 times per day and the droppings can add up quite quickly.  Places where the birds roost are eaves, rooftops, window sills and any other place they can find to hide away from their predators.  They feel safest off the ground, so the higher the structure, the more secure they will feel and the longer and more comfortable they will make themselves.

Bird droppings are not just an ugly and dirty looking spectacle; they are highly corrosive and will damage just about any surface they come in contact with.  They also are a haven for various diseases that can be transmitted to humans and harbor bacteria, molds and parasites.

Installment of Bird Control

Making a plan to install bird control products around the home will help keep the birds at bay.  There are various methods to choose from, and bird control methods that work well in tandem to keep the birds guessing.

A very effective way to keep birds away is by installing some sort of physical bird deterrent.  A physical bird deterrent is a method in which prevents birds from landing in concentrated areas.  Physical bird deterrents range from wind and solar powered bird control devices to scare tactics. 
Bird netting is one kind of physical bird deterrent that can be used around the home and garden.  Garden bird netting is one type of variety that 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.  Plants can also be wrapped individually to create that barrier from the pest bird.  Bird netting can also be used in garages, balconies and the eave areas, or anywhere that they need to be blocked from. 

Whether you use a physical bird deterrent or a solar powered bird control device or a scare tactic to keep birds away, an effective solution is needed to protect the home from unwanted pest birds.