Birds: majestic in flight, stunningly varied in plumage, and occasional bothersome pests in homes and businesses establishments. While it’s not always the birds themselves that are the nuisances, the copious droppings they leave behind, the nests that clog gutters and vents, and the propensity to eat a chunk of the crops frustrate everybody involved.
Agribusinesses, in particular, know that once birds develop a taste for their produce, getting rid of them is near-impossible. Such a problem is compounded by the fact that pest species like pigeons, sparrows, and starlings carry infectious diseases, such as histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and salmonellosis through their droppings. Lethal bird control methods like poisons, pellet guns, and certain types of traps are illegal in most areas, however, given how the law protects many species of birds.
This often puts business owners in a bind: how are they supposed to protect their property without potentially exterminating a protected population of birds and violating the law?
Enter the Laser
Bird control experts have come up with an innovative way to repel pest birds without resorting to lethal means: laser technology. Commercial properties are now implementing lasers to drive birds away from their premises, and the practice has been successful in general. In fact, there’s only a very small chance of the pests returning. What makes laser a unique and effective solution?
Old-fashioned techniques like scarecrows, hawk-shaped kites, and noisemakers have very limited effect on birds. After an initial scare, birds get used to seeing these objects and start flocking to the property again in no time. Lasers, on the other hand, keep birds on their toes (or talons) on a constant basis, partly due to them being low on the food chain and thus more intimidated by a steadily moving beam.
Sweep and Scare
These laser bird repellents come in various sizes and configurations, from portable, flashlight-like devices to larger automated systems. An autonomous laser deterrent system, for example, is capable of whittling down pest bird visits by 90% when installed in a 15-acre vineyard. This effectiveness lies in the laser tech’s variable pattern configurations, covering a large area with a sweeping beam and preventing birds from acclimating to the laser’s presence. Moreover, laser repellents are entirely silent and environment-friendly.
Responsible Laser Use
The use of laser technology for bird control also entails some responsibility on the operator’s part. Laser beams are dangerous when projected accidentally onto roads, neighboring homes, and even low-flying aircraft. This is why certain laser bird control systems come with built-in software programmed to limit its range to the intended area.
Growers realize, however, that relying solely on laser technology to ward off the flying pests is unrealistic. Many business owners still resort to a toolbox of deterrents like propane cannons, predator-shaped kites, and ultrasonic repellers to keep unwanted visitors off of their property.
Ditching Chemicals for Electronics
This surge in demand for electronic means of bird control allows business owners to move away from chemical pesticides, which is beneficial especially for growers since electronics do not affect crop growth and quality. Physical barriers like bird nets and non-lethal spikes also prove effective and consistent. But when growers are dealing with dozens of acres of land, repeated installation and removal becomes needlessly laborious.
Pest control companies are constantly developing innovative and humane methods to control the excessive bird flow into properties. Too often, business owners underestimate the intelligence of birds, to their detriment. The only way to protect life and property from pest species is to adapt to each new challenge and improve upon missteps to produce more effective results.