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Friday, May 01, 2009
Get Rid of Birds, Or: Safe and Humane Methods of Bird Control

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By Grace Chen

Outdoor pests are a problem for many homes and businesses, and birds are among the more common offenders. Although birds are often appreciated for their beauty, they can become quite a nuisance when their noise and waste accumulates. This is especially true when birds congregate in numbers. Diving and swooping may frighten children, drive customers away, and make a mess of your property. Loud chirping is distracting, and bird droppings are damaging for many surfaces, especially car paint – a big issue for car dealerships. Some birds also carry disease, posing unwanted health risks. Fortunately, there are several innovative products designed to control or discourage unwelcome birds.

Safe Bird Control for Business and Homes

Visual Deterrents

Birds are easily frightened creatures, and visual deterrents capitalize on this fear. Decoys are a cost-effective, simple method of discouraging bird pests that aren’t often in your area. Decoys usually take the shape of a known avian predator, such as the coyote, fox, horned owl, or hawk decoy. These models accurately replicate the size, body shape, and markings of the animals they represent. Birds spotting the decoy from long distances will avoid the area, though birds that are commonly in the area may soon realize these predators aren’t real. Other products, such as iridescent tapes that reflect light and Bird Control Lasers, suggest continuous movement and will confuse birds into leaving.

Physical Deterrents

Several products are available to discourage or inhibit birds from landing on roofs, eaves, walls, or other structures. Bird spikes are available in both polycarbonate and stainless steel, and they are attached to surfaces where birds might flock. The spikes discourage bird populations by irritating the bodies of birds attempting to roost. Birds are not harmed by the thin spikes, but find them quite uncomfortable.

Netting is available for securing crops, vineyards, and other areas birds might otherwise destroy. Bird nets allow nourishing rains and sunlight in, but keep winged visitors out.

Taste Aversions

Taste aversions provide another solution for protecting plants and gardens. Birds find the non-toxic substances impart a bitter taste to crops, fruit, and other flora, so they avoid these areas. A few compounds are also approved for application directly to bird nests or crops, like FruitShield.

Sonic and Ultrasonic Deterrents

Sonic deterrents are perhaps the easiest and more cost-effective solution for elimination of birds from an area. Products like the Bird X-Peller Pro emit a variety of recorded sounds that irate birds and scare them away. These sounds can vary depending on the bird species being controlled, but all include distress signals and predator calls to frighten, confuse, and disorient them.

If you don’t want to hear your bird repeller in action, consider an ultrasonic bird control device. These deterrents work by emitting high-frequency sound waves that humans can’t hear, but are annoying or frightening to birds. Several models are available, depending on the size and location of the problem. The Balcony Guard Bird Repeller, from Bird-X, is perfect for use in your home on a deck or patio. This device can be set to work continuously or in response to movement, and may be powered by batteries or plugged in. The balcony guard repels birds for up to 900 feet, providing the perfect protection for your deck and back yard.

For businesses or larger areas, there are a variety of sonic bird deterrent models. These products offer an array of features. Many are available in species-specific frequencies, including crow and woodpecker. Most repellers, like the Ultrason X Bird Repeller, are equipped with several speakers for customizable, optimum placement, and they will cover anywhere from 900 to 10,000 (or more) square feet.

Congregating birds are often unhealthy, unruly, and generally annoying to family members, staff, or customers. However, with the proper bird control products, these frustrations can take wing.

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