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Swedish Airport Repels Seagulls and Blackbirds

Swedish Airport Repels Seagulls and Blackbirds

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The Problem

Earlier in 2012, the bird control company – Birdblock, based in Lidingö, Sweden – began working with the Stockholm-Bromma Airport to deal with pest bird infestation. The airport authorities were concerned about the constant disturbances (and dangerous interference) caused by pest seagulls and blackbirds in the airfield.

The Products and Solution

The Birdblock team helped the airport install five Bird-X Mega Blaster PROs on the property to successfully repel the birds from the area.

The Mega Blaster PRO is a powerful sonic bird control device that broadcasts bird distress calls to create a “danger zone” that frightens pest birds and conditions them to avoid the area for good.  It consists of a 20-speaker tower with two high-output amplifiers to repel birds up to 30 acres (12 hectares).

The Result

The Stockholm-Bromma Airport began testing the units in May and started using it regularly in June of 2012. Johan Bolin of Birdblock reports that Swedish airport authorities are “very happy with the results” of the Bird-X Mega Blaster PRO. In fact, they have since purchased an additional five units for Umeå Airport, and have seen great success.

To find out more about airport bird control and other Bird-X products that work in aviation applications, visit our Airport Control System page.

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Malaysian Manufacturer Battles Bird Droppings

Malaysian Manufacturer Battles Bird Droppings

Corrosive bird droppings from a huge pest bird infestation were compromising safety and sanitation at a major Malaysian chemical plant. Here is how Bird-X products solved their complex bird problem.

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The Problem

A major chemical plant in Malaysia covers hundreds of acres – and the pest bird infestation is just as sizable, with a population of Common Mynas and Asian Glossy Starlings estimated to be in the millions.

The pest bird droppings were causing leakages in the pipe systems (gas and chemical) when left for long periods unnoticed. These bird messes required constant maintenance and cleaning. There was also a growing concern for sanitation, hygiene, and the potential for disease.

The Products and Solution

This major company got in touch with Malaysian Bird-X distributor Noryous Birds & Wildlife Services to solve their pest bird problem.  The solution combined Bird-X sonic repellers, a liquid taste aversion and a sticky surface repellent to create a synergistic effect for the highest probability of success in the initial target area:

  • Rated 5.00 out of 5

    GooseBuster®

    $956.00$976.00
    Outdoor
    Covers up to 7 acres
    Sonic
    SKU: GB
  • BroadBand PRO
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    BroadBand PRO

    $725.00$770.00
    Outdoors
    Covers up to 6 acres
    Sonic & Ultrasonic
    SKU: BB-PRO
  • Critter Blaster PRO Sonic Pest and Bird Control System
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    Critter Blaster PRO®

    $670.00$690.00
    Outdoors
    Covers up to 6 acres
    Sonic
    SKU: CB-PRO
  • Super BirdXPeller® PRO
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    Super BirdXPeller® PRO

    $599.00$690.00 Sale!
    Outdoors
    Effective coverage up to 6 acres
    Sonic
    SKU: SBXP-PRO
  • goosebuster pro single speaker unit
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    GooseBuster® PRO Single Speaker System

    $325.00
    Outdoors
    Covers up to 1.5 acres
    Sonic
    SKU: GB-1
  • BIRD XPELLER® PRO
    Rated 4.86 out of 5

    BirdXPeller® PRO

    $199.00$299.99 Sale!
    Outdoors
    Covers up to 1 acre (43,560 sq. ft).
    Sonic
    SKU: BXP-PRO
  • Rated 5.00 out of 5

    Woodpecker PRO

    $199.00$299.95 Sale!
    Outdoor
    Up to one acre
    Sonic
    SKU: BXP-PRO/WP
  • Rated 5.00 out of 5

    Mega Blaster PRO

    Outdoors
    Covers up to 7 acres
    Sonic
    SKU: MEGA
  • HeronBuster

    Outdoors
    Covers up to 7 acres
    Sonic
    SKU: HERON
  • Mega Blaster PRO (1 unit) – powerful sonic bird control system includes a 20-speaker tower to emit “warning” sounds to birds for up to 30 acres.
  • Super BirdXPeller PRO (1 unit) – combines bird distress calls and predator cries that frighten birds away for up to 6 acres.
  • Bird Stop Liquid (4 gallons) – taste aversion protects grass, trees, structures with a taste and smell that birds avoid.
  • 4 The Birds: Repellent Liquid (8 gallons) aka Bird Proof Liquid – transparent, sticky liquid can be sprayed or painted onto surfaces to deter birds from landing.

The Result

Pest bird presence has been reduced greatly in the target area. According to Noryous reprentative Haliza Yousoff, “Mega Blaster PRO and Super BirdXPeller [are] in action at [this company in] Malaysia and they are happy with the units. They are also planning to install more units in their plant!”

In order to cover the immense size of the grounds and to deal with the large bird population, they are working to install additional sonic repellers for a facility-wide solution.

For more information about bird control at facilities or in industrial applications, visit our Large Scale Pest Control page.

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Managing Grackles: Deter One of Summer’s Most Invasive Birds

Grackles are difficult birds to manage, as they are an abundant and invasive type of blackbird. Because of this, grackles often require more effort and attention to control compared to other similar bird species.

These birds live year-round in the southeastern United States, especially in Texas and Florida, but migrate to the North and Midwest during summer. Grackles like agricultural fields and are more of a threat to crops than crows. As much as they like open spaces, they also live in urban areas, making them abundant virtually everywhere.

For homeowners, crop farmers, and property managers, these birds can be extremely dominant and harmful. Some homeowners may look to simple solutions like tube feeders, but they likely aren’t enough. For larger flocks, poisons and other chemicals are frequently used to try to combat them. Not only are poisons inhumane, but they also don’t work because grackles forage in large flocks.


Recommended Products for Grackle Control

Fortunately, there are solutions for grackle control that are humane yet extremely effective. To reduce grackles, try some of these products, all of which are designed to create a threatening area for grackles without causing physical harm to them.

Liquid Repellents and Taste Aversions

Bird-X offers a liquid repellent that prevents grackles and other bird species from roosting or landing on any surface. If you’re having a problem with grackles roosting in your yard, apply this non-toxic repellent to trees and shrubs.

Alternatively, use Bird Stop to prevent grackles from landing on rooftops and other building structures. This taste aversion is ideal for crop and produce farmers with grackle problems, as the smell and taste irritates grackles and prevents them from eating crops.

Visual Deterrents

For farms and vineyards, holographic bird tape combines flashing light with sounds to keep birds away. Apply them anywhere birds land, ideally in areas with light and wind. Additionally, visual scares like owl predator decoys are lifelike enough to scare away grackles.

Electronic Bird Control

Sonic bird control is a type of electronic bird deterrent that uses naturally recorded distress calls and predator cries to frighten and distress grackles. Grackles perceive the area to be threatening and unsafe.

Because grackles are intelligent, program your BirdXPeller PRO and Super BirdXPeller PRO on random intervals so they don’t become accustomed to the sounds. For grackles, Version 2 of either of these sonic control products works best.

Due to the aggressive behavior of grackles, a multisensory approach using different types of products, like a visual deterrent along with a sonic repellent, is ideal. Learn more about these and other safe, humane deterrents that can reduce your grackle problem.

Four Things to Know Before Getting an Ultrasonic Deterrent

There are many bird and pest deterrents on the market, and with some research you will be able to find the best humane deterrent for your pest situation. A newer and more effective type of electronic solution is ultrasonic bird and pest control.

How It Works

Ultrasonic repellents work differently than other deterrents. They use high frequencies (which the human ear cannot hear) to deter birds and other pests. When the birds or pests hear the sound being produced, they become disoriented or irritated by the noise. Birds also quickly learn to avoid areas where they have felt the ultrasonic sound waves

There are many ultrasonic devices to choose from depending on the coverage you need. Typically, they are able to cover up to 3,600 sq. ft. With multiple speakers, you can customize coverage for even larger areas.

Location

Like with all other bird and pest deterrents, there are certain specifications to meet in order for the ultrasonic device to work optimally. Location of the deterrent plays a big factor in effectiveness. Ultrasonic devices work best in enclosed and semi-enclosed locations where sound waves can bounce off walls or ceilings.

For outdoor problem areas, ultrasonic devices that include weatherproof speakers and waterproof control panels, like the Ultrason X, are recommended. Areas such as parking structures, barns, and loading docks are ideal locations for ultrasonic deterrents.

Type of Pest

Ultrasonic devices are used to deter a variety of pests. They are most widely used to deter birds that carry diseases such as West Nile or E. Coli.  Some of the most common repelled birds include: pigeons, seagulls, grackles, sparrows, woodpeckers, starlings, ducks, and geese.

While the ultrasonic device is ideal for a variety of birds, it is also effective in repelling bats, rodents, and other small critters. The frequency on the device may need to be adjusted to effectively repel these pests.

Residential Ultrasonic Pest Solutions

For smaller scale use, there are residential ultrasonic products. While the deterrent still requires a semi-enclosed space, the residential products are tailored towards balconies, awnings, and gardens.

Since these deterrents are for residential areas, they are tailored to residential pests. These ultrasonic devices deter rodents, bats, rabbits, cats, dogs, skunks, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, deer, and insects. The frequencies on the device can change according to what pest you are trying to deter.

One thing to note about this product is that if you have pets, it could potentially irritate them depending what setting the product is on. The frequencies go from highest to lowest (clockwise) when looking at the dial. Our product images feature what pests are deterred at what frequency. Ultrasonic frequencies travel in a linear line, so mount the speaker off the ground if pets are in the area. Additionally, make sure to point the product away from your house, or any outside areas your pet might use.

Ultrasonic deterrents are an ideal choice when looking for a humane way to get rid of unwelcome pests. They are a low-profile deterrent and require little maintenance. Whether you are looking for a product to cover a large area, or one to place in your backyard, Bird-X has multiple options for any need.

Bird-X Gives Best Wishes to Retiring HR Director

                                   Best Wishes, Alison!

Bird-X has been dedicated to unmatched focus on quality, efficacy, and customer service since 1964. Our growth wouldn’t be possible without our team of dedicated employees, including Alison James, Director of HR, Marketing, and Customer Services.

Alison first started working for the company in 1997. She was hired as an executive assistant to Ron Schwarcz (then president) and Richard Seid, Owner/Founder. Alison’s commitment to the company and willingness to take on additional responsibilities are just two reasons she will be greatly missed.

A lot has changed at Bird-X since Alison first started twenty years ago. The company has grown in many facets, including products, employees, and office size.

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                                                    Alison and current Sales Director Joe Seid in 1999

“It’s been fascinating to watch this tapestry of people weave in and around over time, growing and changing but with some strong constant threads too.”

As the company grew (and relocated), so did Alison’s responsibilities at Bird-X. Whenever there was a need for a role to be filled, Alison took on those responsibilities. She gained experience in human resources and became extremely involved in product design and marketing.

Recently, she has worked closely with president Dennis Tilles on expanding markets and product offerings. Advancing to new roles has allowed her to experience all facets of Bird-X, from helping customers, creating packaging and design, to being the human resources director.

“We’ve solidified our position as industry leaders with cutting-edge technologies, and added specialist consultants to our retail, internet and pest control customers. Being on the inside working to grow the company as all this was taking place has been extremely rewarding,” said Alison when reflecting on experiences over the years.

Following retirement, Alison is planning for a big move down South. She looks forward to slowing down in retirement and “watching birds instead of consulting about how to get rid of them.” She’s also excited about having more time for cooking meals from scratch, painting, writing, and reading. And she won’t miss her daily commute to Chicago.

“It’s hard to believe that this is really happening. It won’t feel real until I wake up in another state, and it’s not time to head to work,” she said. “And I’m so very grateful for this amazing opportunity Bird-X gave me, to learn and grow, support my family, put my kids through school, and find something new and different every day.”

Bird-X wishes Alison all the best in her retirement, and thanks her for her years of commitment and service to the company!

Bird-X Sales Team Attends PestWorld 2016 in Seattle, WA

During the third week of October, Bird-X account managers flocked to Seattle, Washington for PestWorld 2016; a four-day tradeshow put on by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). PestWorld is an all-encompassing tradeshow, putting new information and products into the hands of everyone within the Pest Control community. PestWorld gives participants the opportunity to learn about advancements in the industry with informative discussions and the demonstration of new products.bx booth

“PestWorld, as always, was an amazing experience for Bird-X. It was a great opportunity for us to meet many of our current clients, as well as introduce ourselves to new international and domestic partners,” says Josh Pierce, Bird-X Sales Manager.

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PestWorld provides an ample amount of time to exhibit products while still having plenty of opportunities to interact with current customers and prospects outside of show hours.

The presentation that resonates with Tim Coughlin, Account Manager, is Heath Waldorf’s “Talking Turkey” presentation. Waldorf, of the Bird Control Advisory, breaks down urban bird control and explains that it consists of so much more than just bird spikes.

“The ‘Talking Turkey’ presentation is a benchmark for pest control operators to fully understand the structural bird control world.” remarks Coughlin.

Presentations like Waldorf’s are exactly why PestWorld is such a pivotal tradeshow – it is engaging, hands-on, innovative, and a fantastic networking event. Every minute is utilized, and everyone attending is equally eager to further advance the pest control industry.

“PestWorld 2016 provided us with the opportunity to speak with installers and get feedback on the effectiveness of our products and suggestions for improvement. We value these opportunities to make improvements to our products. The great feedback we received about the Bird-X client experience was inspirational,” added Coughlin.

When asked which Bird-X product garnered the most buzz, Mark Miller definitively stated “Lasers. People loved them. Laser technology is a simple yet effective solution and we’re excited to see the industry’s success with it.”

Miller, a fellow Account Manager, believes Bird-X’s new laser device is another arrow in the quiver when it comes to bird control solutions. This was the first PestWorld event that showcased the new laser, and it gained a lot of interest among industry professionals. View all laser products here.

When deterring birds, the key is to make them as uncomfortable as possible. This is done by attacking the key senses of a bird.  The laser is another great addition to the Bird-X product line that disturbs a bird’s eye sight, disorients their flight path, and can be very bothersome in a night time roosting scenario. Laser technology for deterring birds is low-maintenance and sure to deliver a positive user experience.

The Bird-X team is looking forward to 2017’s PestWorld, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bird-X Highlights Most Commonly Received Customer Questions

If there’s one thing we know, it’s birds! Our Customer Service team understands that some of our products can seem extremely technical and tricky to use. Fear not—we’re here to help you understand how your new Bird-X products work, and clear up any questions about pest birds and animals. Check out some of the most common questions we encounter—you may just find the answer you’re looking for!

What does the low-to-high dial refer to on the back of the Yard Gard?

The low-to-high dial on the back of the Yard Gard refers to the frequency of the ultrasonic sounds that are emitted from the front of the device. By turning the dial towards the low setting, the strength of the frequency increases. When the dial is set near the high setting, the frequency is weaker. An easy way to remember this is by relating Low to Loud.

Will Bird Spikes harm birds?

No, Bird Spikes will not harm birds. It is a humane physical barrier that creates an uneven and unwelcoming landing zone for incoming birds trying to perch on gutters, roof peaks, tops of fences, and a variety of other structures. Birds realize their comfortable and inviting perching spot is no longer as accessible and do not attempt to land there anymore.

What kind of birds are the extra-tall stainless steel spikes for? Are they more effective than the regular spikes? 

When properly installed, all Bird-X spikes are effective. The extra-tall spikes are for larger birds, such as vultures, turkeys, egrets, seagulls, and herons. The standard spikes work well with average-sized pest birds like pigeons, and crows. Installing spikes along edges and peaks of buildings, which is a prime perching location for average-sized pest birds, will ensure an effective disruption to the birds’ perching habits.

What is the difference between sonic and ultrasonic frequencies?

Sonic simply refers to audible noises within the range of sound that the human ear can hear. For example, a device like the BirdXPeller Pro emits sonic deterrents in the form of naturally recorded bird distress calls and predator cries. The recommended volume setting on sonic devices with bird distress calls is to be as close to the volume of actual bird call sounds nearby—the key is that the sonic sounds blend into nature.

Ultrasonic frequency is higher than the sound range that is audible to humans, and therefore is silent to people. Some of our devices are equipped with both sonic and ultrasonic capabilities (such as the Transonic PRO and BroadBand PRO) which means these are also audible to humans.

Will sonic frequencies, like bird distress calls, also affect my cat or dog?

No, pets will not be affected by bird calls emitted by Bird-X devices. Household pets will react the same way they would if they heard a bird call while out on a walk; they may notice it, but ultimately think nothing of it. The recorded distress calls are species-specific. The BirdXPeller PRO, for example, sells incredibly well because of its ability to be programmed to deter only specific pest birds, such as pigeons, crows, grackles, and seagulls.

What about Nature’s Defense granules, will they poison my outdoor chickens?

Chickens and other outdoor pets will not be harmed or become ill if Nature’s Defense pest aversion granules are ingested. Nature’s Defense is an all-natural, nontoxic product with 100% certified-organic ingredients. It gives off a scent that is irritating to common backyard pest animals to deter them from places the granules are spread, such as gardens or around garbage cans. The granules consist of ingredients like: garlic, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, peppermint, and other natural scents.

 

 Written by Rachel Cable, Content Marketing Manager for Bird-X, Inc.

Coyote Control: How Urban Coyotes Are Invading Our Cities

Coyotes have descended on our towns and cities… Can we peacefully coexist with this common pest animal?

 

A distinctively American species, the coyote has lived in North America for more than a million years. But despite widespread attempts at eradication since the early 19th-century, coyotes have adapted and are now well-established in 49 states, including most major metropolitan areas.i

According to National Geographic, approximately one coyote per minute, or 500,000 per year, are killed in the U.S. every year; of this, biologists estimate that Wildlife Services aerial guns about 80,000 coyotes per year at tax payer expense.ii

In recent years, coyotes have discovered a new refuge in large metropolitan areas like Chicago and New York City, where people do not trap, poison, or shoot them. This transition has had a strong impact on their longevity—wild coyotes live an average of two and a half years, whereas urban coyotes can live more than thirteen years.iii “They’re doing very well living among us, dining on the rats and mice that our villages and houses produce in such abundance,” author Dan Flores said in a recent interview with National Geographic.iv While they prefer to feed on wild prey, these omnivores will eat almost anything—leather, backyard fruit, garbage, and even pets.v 

Coyotes are typically skittish around humans.

Coyotes are typically skittish around humans.

Living Amongst Coyotes

Unlike many predators that face extinction, coyotes continue to survive and thrive in the face of persecution due to their intelligence, adaptability, and resilience. While rapid deforestation and hunting has forced coyotes to seek shelter in urbanized landscapes, the National Audubon Society believes educated coexistence is a feasible solution.vi Coyotes are not a threat to humans, as they are usually wary of people and avoid contact when possible. Dr. Marc Bekoff, member of the Project Coyote Science Advisory Board, believes that by altering our behavior and gaining a better understanding of coyote behavior, we can cohabit peacefully.vii

Although coyotes have a beneficial top-down effect on the ecosystem, it is still important to discourage them and other pests from entering yards and neighborhoods. Coyotes often view cats and small dogs as prey, and may attack domestic pets that roam free. These nocturnal creatures are also known to howl in packs during the night, which can disturb nearby residents.

The Bird-X Solution

Bird-X understands that cohabitating peacefully with pest animals, like coyotes, means choosing humane pest control methods to deter them from unwanted areas. This is why Bird-X offers pest control products that are effective, safe, and eco-friendly. Using humane pest control ensures that you, your family, and your pets stay safe, while not negatively impacting the ecosystem or unnecessarily harming pest animals. Using inhumane methods like traps or poisons can endanger other animals and your family, and can result in even more mess and frustration. For coyote control around the home, Bird-X recommends humane products that use sonic and ultrasonic technology to alert pest animals to go elsewhere.

Bird-X's Critter Blaster PRO is perfect for deterring pest animals from large areas.

Bird-X’s Critter Blaster PRO is perfect for deterring pest animals from large areas.

For example, the Critter Blaster PRO is a sonic pest control system designed for use in large, remote outdoor areas. This four-speaker system aggressively harasses pests with digitally recorded sonic sounds, keeping coyotes and other critters away for up to 6 acres.

Other alternative methods include the Yard Gard and Solar Yard Gard, which are both silent, ultrasonic outdoor devices that protect 3,000 to 4,000 square feet. These devices emit high-frequency sound waves that are silent to most humans, but irritating to pests. Over time, pests are conditioned to avoid an area where this threat is perceived, making them seek refuge in untreated areas.

If your home or business would benefit from Bird-X’s pest control products, let us know in the comments! For more information on humane pest control, please visit our page.

 

Written by Tim Gibbons, Marketing Intern for Bird-X, Inc.

*Photos courtesy of Pixabay

Sources:

iWorrall, Simon. “How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All.” National Geographic. 2016 National Geographic Society, published 7 August 2016. Web. Accessed 9 August 2016.

iiIbid.

iiiIbid.

ivIbid.

vDell’Amore, Christine. “How Wild Animals Are Hacking Life in the City.” National Geographic. 2016 National Geographic Society, published 18 April 2016. Web. Accessed 9 August 2016.

viFox, Camilla H. “Coyotes & Humans: Can We Coexist?” Audubon. 2016 National Audubon Society. Published 2006. Web. Accessed 9 August 2016.

vii“Coexisting With Coyotes.” Project Coyote. 2016 Project Coyote, n.d. Web. Accessed 9 August 2016.

Wind Turbines Cause Rising Number of Bird and Bat Fatalities

Wind power is one of the cleanest and safest methods of generating renewable energy. Due to the steady increase in price of nonrenewable sources, wind turbine use has increased 25% in the past decade.i While its growth has helped reduce carbon emissions and pollution, this green source of energy comes at a cost: these massive blades, slicing the air at close to 200 miles per hour, serve as giant death traps to migrating birds and bats.

According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, wind turbines kill 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats annually.ii Some scientists theorize swarms of migrating birds and bats are attracted to the turbines’ height, mistaking them for tall trees, or that the spinning blades confuse the bats’ biological sonar.iii

Bird-X explores why saving these animals is important, and how humane pest control can help mitigate the high number of bird and bat deaths caused by wind turbines by deterring the animals away from an area safely.

Spinning wind turbines create quite the hazard for birds and bats!

Spinning wind turbines create quite the hazard for birds and bats!

Bats Provide Natural Mosquito Control

As concerns escalate about mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus, experts point out that a single bat can consume as many as 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour, according to the U.S. Forest Service.iv A bat colony can take out up to tens of thousands of mosquitos in a night.

Bats also prey on insects that feed on crops, saving the U.S. agriculture industry more than $3 billion a year in pesticide costs, according to a Boston University study.v Not only do bats control flying insects, they also pollinate commercial crops, flowers, and various cacti. “I cannot think of another mammal that does more for people in terms of pest control and pollinating plants,” one Duke Energy biologist, Tim Hayes, says in a statement.vi

The Wildlife Society Bulletin reports wind turbines kill 888,000 bats annually

The Wildlife Society Bulletin reports wind turbines kill 888,000 bats annually

The Bird-X Solution

Critics of wind energy point out that turbines pose a threat to many federally-protected species—most notably Golden Eagles. In 2013, the U.S. government fined Duke Energy $1 million for a number of bird strikes that occurred at their wind farms in Wyoming.vii Any means of deterring birds and bats from approaching wind turbines may reduce fatalities, and protect farmers and wind energy companies from hefty fines. Bird-X offers bird and pest control products that are extremely effective, safe, humane, and eco-friendly—while avoiding the use of dangerous poisons and traps. Implementing Bird-X solutions reduces health and liability risks, which ultimately saves time and money.

For wind farms and other green energy facilities, Bird-X affirms the best method for deterring pest birds and bats is to create an environment that is not conducive for them to live. Using a combination of humane pest control products, like Bird-X’s bird netting, laser bird control, or visual scares, along with sonic and ultrasonic methods such as the Mega Blaster PRO or BroadBand PRO can lead to a more successful pest deterrent strategy. Bird netting completely blocks birds and bats from entering an area, while solutions like visual scares and lasers scare pests away. Using these types of deterrents in combination with the Mega Blaster PRO, a powerful sonic bird control system that broadcasts irritating, alarming, intermittent distress calls that frighten birds away, or BroadBand PRO, a multifaceted deterrent that emits both ultrasonic and sonic sounds to confuse, disorient, and ultimately repel pests, can ensure successful results. Over time, these methods condition birds and bats to avoid an area.

Bird-X's Mega Blaster PRO is emits sonic distress calls that deter birds from an area.

Bird-X’s Mega Blaster PRO is emits sonic distress calls that deter birds from an area.

Bird-X solutions mimic threats or create physical barriers so that pest birds and animals think an area in unsafe. Over time, pests are conditioned to avoid an area where this threat is perceived, seeking refuge elsewhere. The Chicago-based company has been developing humane, sustainable ways to manage bird and pest problems for over 50 years, and is dedicated to working with clients to find the best and most cost-effective solutions to control unwanted pests.

If your farm or green energy facility would benefit from Bird-X’s humane pest control products, let us know in the comments! For more information on bird and pest control for outdoor areas, please visit Bird-X’s Outdoor Pest Control page.

 

Written by Tim Gibbons, Marketing Intern for Bird-X, Inc.

 

*Photos courtesy of Pixabay

Sources:

[i] Rinkesh. “35 Facts About Wind Energy.” Conserve Energy Future. 2016 Conserve Energy Future, 24 Dec. 2013. Web. Accessed 21 July 2016.

[ii] Smallwood, K. S. (2013). Comparing bird and bat fatality-rate estimates among North American wind-energy projects. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 37: 19–33. doi:10.1002/wsb.260.

[iii]  Potkewitz, Hilary. “A Biologist Works to Reconcile Bats and Wind Energy.” The Wall Street Journal. 2016 Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 7 June 2016. Web. Accessed 21 July 2016.

[iv]  Taylor, Daniel A.R. “Forest Management and Bats.” Bat Conservation International (2006): n. pag. USDA.gov. 2006. Web. Accessed 21 July 2016.

[v] Boyles, Justin G. “Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture.” Science Magazine 332 (2011): n. pag. Biologicaldiversity.org. AAAS, 31 Mar. 2011. Web. Accessed 21 July 2016.

[vi] Ibid., iii.

[vii] “Bastasch, Michael. “Wind Turbines Are Killing Bats And Could Be Hurting Farmers.” The Daily Caller. 2016 The Daily Caller, 14 Oct. 2015. Web. Accessed 21 July 2016.

Birds Are Not the Only Carriers of Avian Influenza

Global poultry production has more than quadrupled since 1970, with the United States leading the flock. However, due to the rising demand for chicken and other poultry, Avian influenza, or ‘bird flu,’ outbreaks have occurred at an accelerated rate, causing concern across the agricultural industry. Most alarmingly is the fact that the 2014 bird flu virus killed nearly 50 million birds, according to Fortune, and drove meat and egg prices to record highs.i

The poultry industry is still recovering from the loss of 50 million birds

The poultry industry is still recovering from the loss of nearly 50 million birds

Poultry and egg producers battle to recover from that bird flu outbreak, which totaled about $3.3 billion in cost, and earned the title of the largest animal health disaster in American history by National Geographic.ii A recent discovery by the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) has offered scientists more insight as to how the virus can spread between farms miles apart—it’s carried by wild mammals.iii

In another laboratory experiment performed at the NWRC, scientists learned that cottontail rabbits and striped skunks can transmit certain strains of the bird flu virus to mallard ducks after sharing food and water sources, according to NWRC biologist Jeff Root.iv

Wild rabbits can carry transmissible strands of Avian Influenze

Wild rabbits can carry transmissible strands of Avian influenza

What Does This Mean?

This discovery sheds light on the importance of keeping wild birds and pest mammals away from poultry barns, which can be a challenge for barn facilities management. “When wildlife and poultry interact and both can carry and spread a potentially damaging agricultural pathogen, it’s cause for concern,” Root said regarding the same study.iv Although most bird flu viruses do not affect humans, certain subtypes of the virus are zoonotic, meaning they can be contracted by humans. The most common form of Avian influenza, H5N1, is deadly to birds and can easily infect humans that come in contact with a carrier.

The Center for Disease Control and Presentation reports that more than 200 human cases of the H5N1 virus have been reported since 2004, killing nearly 60 percent of those infected. Human cases are rare, but the most common transmission of the virus is via direct contact with secretions from infected poultry. The current form of the virus cannot be transmitted from person to person. However, there are broad concerns related to its potential to mutate into a form that can spread between people, causing a human influenza pandemic.v

The Bird-X Solution

In order to prevent the spreading of bird flu, farmers must minimize risk by ensuring that wild birds and mammals are kept away from poultry barns. Bird-X offers bird and pest control products that are extremely effective, safe, humane, and eco-friendly—while avoiding the use of dangerous poisons and traps. Implementing Bird-X solutions reduces health and liability risks, which ultimately saves time and money.

The BroadBand PRO is the best-selling device for outdoor use to deter wild birds. This electronic bird control device combines both sonic and ultrasonic audio techniques that emit sounds to confuse, disorient, and intimidate pest birds, keeping them away for up to six acres. This product also comes with an option to include three visual scares for added efficacy.

To fend off both pest birds and wild mammals, the bird netting is ideal for blocking off larger areas. Bird netting seals off areas where pests are not wanted, and is perfect for creating completely pest-free zones.

Bird-X solutions mimic threats or create physical barriers so that pest birds and animals think an area in unsafe. Over time, pests are conditioned to avoid an area where this threat is perceived, seeking refuge elsewhere. The Chicago-based company has been developing humane, sustainable ways to manage bird and pest problems for over 50 years, and is dedicated to working with clients to find the best and most cost-effective solutions to control unwanted pests.

If your farm facility would benefit from Bird-X’s humane pest control products, let us know in the comments! For more information on bird flu, as well as other diseases carried by pest birds, please visit Bird-X’s Transmissible Diseases information page.

 

Written by Tim Gibbons, Marketing Intern for Bird-X, Inc.

 

*Photos courtesy of Pexels

Sources:

[i]  Fry, Erika. “What the Worst Bird Flu Outbreak in U.S. History Means for Farms.” Fortune. 2016 Time Inc., 24 June 2015. Web. Accessed 7 July 2016.

[ii] McKenna, Maryn. “Bird Flu Cost the US $3.3 Billion and Worse Could Be Coming.” National Geographic. 2016 National Geographic Society, 15 July 2015. Web. Accessed 7 July 2016.

[iii]Root, J. J. et al. When fur and feather occur together: interclass transmission of Avian influenza A virus from mammals to birds through common resources. Sci. Rep. 5, 14354; doi: 10.1038/srep14354 (2015).

[iv] “When Fur and Feather Meet.” United States Department of Agriculture—Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. USDA.gov, 28 March 2016. Web. Accessed 5 July 2016.

[v] “Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in Humans.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC.gov, 25 May 2016. Web. Accessed 5 July 2016.