Bird Pest Control Overview

The need for bird pest control usually arises out of a few common scenarios.  Are you experiencing any of these problems?

        1. Problem birds are roosting or nesting in locations that cause direct conflict with humans or property.

        2. Accumulation of bird droppings have become a health hazard or aesthetic concern.

        3. Birds are causing crop damage. In agriculture, flocks of birds can cause cormorant_with_fish.jpgextensive losses in vineyards, orchards, berry growing operations and aquaculture farms, among others. 

        4. Geese are causing damage to greens and fairways on a golf course.

        5. A growing concern about airplane bird strikes at airports and air fields.

        6. Property damage has resulted from bird pests.

At first the birds may not be a nuisance or cause for concern. Eventually, however, there may be need for some sort of bird control. If the situation involves feeding or roosting, make an effort to scare the birds away before a pattern is established. Once the birds establish a feeding pattern or setup a roosting site, the issue of bird pest control will become much more difficult to alleviate. This is especially important in an agricultural setting. So if you begin to notice some signs of a bird problem, act quickly.

Methods of Bird Control generally fall into four categories:

        1. Visual

        2. Auditory

        3. Physical

        4. Chemical

You can take a closer look at each of these on the Bird Control Device and Systems overview page. The visual and auditory categories are usually composed of scaring devices designed to harass or haze the birds. Physical bird deterrents most often involve exclusion of birds by means of spikes on ledges or netting over crops. The chemical deterrent typically uses some sort of chemical repellant, either liquid or gaseous. When various categories or types of bird deterrents are combined into one device or system, it is referred to as an integrated bird control system. These are usually most effective, as they hit upon multiple bird senses and vulnerabilities in an effort to scare them away.

When approaching the issue of bird control, the key is variety. No one method is likely to work very well on its own. Birds quickly become accustomed or habituated to one form of deterrent, especially if it is repeated daily and at regular intervals. propane_bird_cannon.jpgSwitch your tactics or approach frequently to keep the bird pests on their toes. Combine tactics and use them at irregular intervals. Focus on using them most heavily right before, during and after feeding and roosting times. Unless you are using netting, spikes or some other physical deterrent, no one approach will be very effective over the long term. DO NOT over use the deterrent system or device. If the pressure from the pest birds has been resolved or lessened, it might be wise to halt the effort for a time (or at least reduce its frequency of use) and reintroduce it periodically. It is also very important to vary the positioning of any visual or auditory deterrents you may use. This will maintain the element of surprise over a longer period of time. If you are protecting a crop in a garden or agricultural setting, try to only use deterrents when the crop is vulnerable, mainly at planting, young growth and ripening stages. However, if at any point you see geese in the area, begin use of bird control devices immediately.

It may be also a possibility to utilize predators in your quest to deter or scare birds. Nothing scares a bird more than a live predator.

rows_in_vineyard.jpgIn an agricultural environment, another option to consider is crop planting location. Pick a site that will be more difficult or hazardous for birds to frequent. Such a resolution may not be possible for large crop plantings or established farms, but it should be a consideration for smaller vineyards, orchards, berry patches and gardeners. Best crop locations are those located away from cover areas, like fencerows, overgrown fields, forests or power lines. Consider availability of bird pest watering sites. Such considerations, when made early in an agricultural operation, may prevent bird control problems in the future.

And finally, if you can’t scare them away, why not feed them? It might be possible to set up a feeding site nearby in an area where the birds won’t be a nuisance or problem. Such an approach may be useful in agriculture, especially as fruits and berries begin to ripen. This option may not be ideal, but it could lessen the bird pressure.

Remember, with any bird control system, variation and irregularity will be your best deterrent. An integrated approach is always superior when used at varying times and locations/positions. is your premier source for bird control products. If bird pest control is on your “to-do” list, we aim to assist you accomplishing that task as effectively as possible.

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