Bird Flu is still very much a danger to livestock in South Africa. The latest reports are that the virus has been detected in 24 cases in South Africa from three provinces (Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Western Cape) as follows: 10 outbreaks in commercial chickens, 3 outbreaks in commercial ostrich, 5 outbreaks in wild birds, 3 outbreaks in birds that were kept as a hobby and 3 outbreaks in backyard poultry

news source: eNCA

As the Bird Ful spreads the tragic story can be seen spreading on social media. Here are some of the latest posts...

 

 

 

 

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Making your home semi-independent or taking it completely off the grid makes a lot of sense and saves money in the long run.

Going green is the current buzzword, not surprisingly with the current water scarcity situation and power shedding in South Africa. People are looking to retrofit their homes and business to take the pressure of the main grid. The situation is only going to get worse as the demand continues to outstrip supply. Having your own source of power from fitted solar panels and your own source of water stored in water tanks will ensure that there are a few fewer things to worry about in the future. But how do you keep your precious resources free from pest bird damage? 

Keep pest birds off the solar panels

Fitting solar panels requires an expensive initial outlay and your savings are only realized over time. The solar panels need to be kept in top condition to allow them to generate the maximum amount of power. Any bird poo splattered on the panels will reduce their solar collecting capabilities. You also need to protect the panels from birds and other pests that will want to crawl under the panels to establish a nest that may damage the panels.

Read: How to install Eagle Eye Bird Control to protect your solar panel installation

Stop birds from contaminating your collected water

To ensure that households and business are not without water, the use of rainwater harvesting tanks has increased. As these systems collect rainwater that falls on the roof, it is important to keep the roof and gutters clean. Birds that frequent the roof will cause a buildup of feathers and faeces that will be washed into the gutters and rainwater tanks, contaminating the water. Nests built in the gutters will block the water flow. Despite the water harvesting systems having filters, it is better to reduce the amount and type of debris that has to be filtered.

As with the solar panels, a combination of Eagle Eye units, Flashflags and bird wire or bird spikes will deter birds from using the roof. The gutters can be covered with bird netting or bird wire, allowing the water through but stopping debris and birds from building nests in the gutters.

See our popular bird control products for more details.

If you are planning to go off the grid our bird control systems are energy efficient and eco-friendly.

 

 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:57

What is effective bird control?

Effective bird control can be measured in the results – no more pest bird infestation when bird control systems are in place equals a bird damage free building and a happy client. Eco-friendly bird control is designed to be an affordable and effective means to deter pest birds from continuing to roost at a certain location. Given the wide bird control product range and different pest bird species, what is the best form of bird control?

Prevent birds from becoming a pest

We would naturally recommend putting bird control systems in place to prevent a pest bird infestation, rather than having to remove and deter birds from returning to an established roosting area. Pest birds are common to all areas and sectors, if you don’t have a pest bird problem now, it is almost certain that you will have one sooner or later. All it takes is for a few pest birds to take a liking to your building and decide to move in. This generally involves some sort of breaking and entering action, where the bird causes some damage to the building in an effort to gain access to the interior where it is nice and cosy. After that there will always be a mess to contend with – bird poop, feathers, nesting material, not to mention maintenance due to building, plant and installation damage. We recommend that the Eagle Eye units or Pro-Peller units paired with bird spikes, netting or bird wire are a good start for effective bird control. For an established bird infestation the nightmare or extreme sound system is a good addition to the above bird control systems.

What is the best bird control system

The nature of your bird control problem will determine the best combination of bird control solution to put into place to deter the pest birds from returning to your home, building, factory, farm, airport, etc. We have put together the most effective eco-friendly bird control systems for each species of pest bird. Choose your pest culprit below and we can help you with the placement and installation to ensure effective, affordable, environmentally friendly, long-term bird control.

Identify the pest bird:

                Pigeon
Pigeon
            Seagull
                      Sparrow
Sparrow
Starling
     Crow
Hadeda
Egyptian Geese
     Bat
Bat
                 Cormorant
Cormorant 2
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It’s the natural order of things that we live indoors and the pest birds occupy the outdoors and surrounding air spaces. With a roof over our heads and the ‘wild’ animals and weather kept at bay, we may feel secure that a few pest birds on the roof could be of no consequence – right?

Well while we are feeling warm and cosy inside the pest birds are busy hatching plans to invade the building. After all given a choice a pest bird would rather find a cosy roosting spot out of the cold.
Once the exterior walls or roof have been breached the little invaders set about making themselves at home. This generally entails all manner of looting and pillaging tactics to conquer and subdue their new territory. Once the pest birds have settled in you are in for a fight to remove them.

Pest Birds have no regard for the integrity of the building interior
Once pest birds have secured the interior, it may be a bit drafty due to the holes where they gained entry, but they will be in no hurry to seal the breach as it is still an improvement from the outside elements.
Lofts especially have so many great nooks and crannies that look custom made for housing many roosting spots.  Heating vents, extraction, air-conditioning and machinery housings are prime real-estate with some perfect conditions for setting up a supreme roosting spot – raised off the ceiling (or the floor from the bird’s perspective), generated warmth and handy attachment points for twigs, fluff, etc. The downside for the selected machinery or vent is that it becomes a fire hazard and is generally the ground zero site of contamination for the building.

Identifying the initial stages of a pest bird infestation invasion
It takes time for a pest bird problem to escalate into an infestation. Prevention is always more effective than the cure, so it is good to be aware of the warning signs that birds are planning to invade.
There are birds especially identified pest birds in the surrounding area
Unless you live in a barren lifeless area surrounded by all manner of things that will deal certain death to any pest invasion, you are susceptible to a pest bird infestation.
See our section for identifying pest birds
The identified pest birds are on your property
If you notice that there are more pest bird species on your roof and property then your building has been selected by the birds as a suitable roosting site.
The surrounding pest bird free properties may have Eagle Eye Bird Control Systems in place or the pest birds have just identified more reasons to invade your building than that of a neighbour.
The birds are roosting
Notice a concentration of bird poop near your building? Or can your hear the tweeting of hungry little birds in spring? How about the occasional bump in the loft? If the birds have not yet gained access to the building’s interior then it is only a matter of time.

Take a look at some of our Popular Bird Control Products to fortify the pest bird repelling capabilities of your building.

 

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Monday, 20 July 2015 10:36

The 3 Most Common Nuisance Birds

The word pests usually conjures up images of animals like rats or mice and insects like ants and termites. But for many, birds are often the nuisance. Some birds have come to enjoy living around humans, and several species have even come to rely on living near people to survive.
These birds can often be noisy, messy, and have the potential to spread disease. Here are 3 of the most common bird species that are considered a nuisance.

1. Pigeons

Other than Bert from Sesame Street and some others, people in general don't have a great love for pigeons. Pigeons are often called the rodents of the bird world, and for good reason. They are the most abundant bird pest in the world, found almost everywhere except the North and South Poles. Pigeons often rely on people as a food source, commonly making nests on flat, aboveground surfaces such as on ledges, pipes, window sills, and under freeway overpasses.

This large, blue-gray bird mostly poses a problem in spreading its feces pretty much everywhere. Bird droppings are not only unsightly, but contain acids that contribute to accelerated deterioration of building materials and can also be a slipping hazard in large amounts. Pigeons also carry a large number of diseases, such as histoplasmosis, encephalitis, pigeon ornithosis, and ectoparasites like fleas, mites, lice, and ticks.

2. Starlings

Starlings are another common bird pest, often known for their ability to mimic noises. While this can be entertaining at first, it can quickly lose its charm when the starlings decide to mimic a car alarm at 4 in the morning. Besides being noisy, these large, black birds with a purple-green sheen also commonly travel in large numbers, sometimes as high as the thousands, and can be highlymaggressive towards other bird species, often driving out native, beneficial birds from the area.

Starling droppings are also a slipping hazard, an unsightly mess, and can lead to quicker deterioration of building materials. In rural areas, starling feces can also potentially contaminate livestock feed. This nuisance bird also is known to carry diseases, such as encephalitis, histoplasmosis, and ornithosis. Their nesting material can also clog machinery or cause drainage problems.

3. House Sparrows

House sparrows, a small brown and gray bird that is actually a member of the weaver finch family, are another nuisance bird that has come to rely heavily on humans. House sparrows make messy nests in elevated areas that can be a fire hazard when built near electrical wires. House sparrows also breed quickly and live in large groups, and like starlings, have been known to drive out other bird species in the area. Their droppings can also be unsightly and cause early deterioration, as well as causing potential contamination of livestock feed in rural areas. House sparrows are also known to carry over 25 diseases, as well as ectoparasites like fleas, lice, ticks and mites.

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Eagle Eye Bird Control has a portfolio of impressive clients, both national and international, ranging from hospitals, governments, leading fast food outlets, airports, television broadcasting, major motor bike manufacturers, food manufacturers and even an aerospace organisation.
But for all the fanfare we are all about helping people manage their bird pest or bat pest problem, whatever the size may be. Our solutions are tailored to your pest problem and you do not need to have a big budget to keep the birds from damaging your property.

It is said that an Englishman’s house is his castle, but what if you have bats in the belfry and birds roosting on the eaves? Not to mention the pest bird faeces that splatters on the brickwork, windows, paving, balcony and whatever else is in the way of the long drop from the roosting perch.
Watching the birds come home to roost at sunset and seeing the bats go out hunting at dusk is only entertaining if it happens in a creepy movie.
Having to clean paving and brickwork is time consuming, often difficult to reach, extremely annoying and hazardous to the health.
 
Investing in some bird control solutions will save you time, money and effective pest bird prevention will ensure that there is no danger of any pest bird property damage. When it comes to the damage to buildings done by birds, the full extent of the damage generally goes unnoticed for some time until it becomes serious.  This generally ends in a situation where the builder, handyman, plumber and electrician will cluck their tongues upon viewing the extent of the damage (which always costs extra).

If you don’t have a pest bird problem you can consider yourself very fortunate indeed. But just in case it is advisable to at least have an Eagle Eye Unit or FlashFlag installed to ensure that you never have to clean up pest bird poop nor have your buildings damaged by their presence. These two items are relatively inconspicuous but when spotted they do have the look of a small turret and a little flag fit to adorn any suburban castle. These two products when installed work to deter birds from landing on your ‘castle’ and considering it for roosting potential, leaving you to enjoy the sanctity of your castle.

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The results of Eagle Eye Bird Control products are vastly improved when the bird control products are all viewed as part of your arsenal in effective bird control. When we look at a bird control situation and initiate methods to remove or deter pest birds from remaining on site, there are a few things to consider.

Birds, like all other animals, have a territory owner (dominant pair). Under these two there are other birds who submit to them and are allowed to nest and breed with them, according to rank.
You will find up to ten or more territory owners on a house, or a factory, as one pair cannot control a very large area.
When the Eagle Eye units are installed those pigeons who are not territory owners, or who have no eggs or young in the nests, will leave and relocate to another area. The territory owners, and those with eggs and young, will come back even if they have to walk back.
This leaves us with an average of 20% returning. There is unfortunately nothing in the world that would chase away 100% of the birds on, or inside, a building, except if you manually catch them or kill them. The Eagle Eye units are ECO-FRIENDLY and therefore we claim that 80% will leave willingly.

On their own the Eagle Eye units are very effective in keeping pest birds away and used in conjunction with other bird control products such as FlashFlags, Nightmare Sound System, Bird Spikes or Extreme Sound System will achieve an even higher success rate. For example the Extreme Sound System and Nightmare Sound System are specifically designed to relocate roosting (sleeping) pigeons and bats.

Prevention is better than the cure so when conditions may reduce the effectiveness of one product another steps in the fray to keep up the bird control pressure.

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Keeping pest birds at bay is a very real problem for farmers especially coming up to harvest time. As the fruit matures the potential harvest is at risk of being destroyed or at least partially ruined. This impacts the farmer’s profit margin in the long run. Fruit that ripens early is at risk when other sources of food are scarce, and again as the fruit ripens and changes colour. It is believed that the birds are attracted to the changing colours of the fruit.

Birds are notoriously difficult to keep away from crops and once a food source has been identified, they will return again and again. So if the crops are out in the open as opposed to under cover the farmer has a choice to either accept the loss or reduce the damage by implementing a bird control solution.

The size of the bird has a direct result on the extent of damage done to the fruit. Crows leave deep triangular peck marks in the fruit and will also tackle larger fruit. The damage done to the individual fruit can be extensive. Smaller birds are more likely to feed on fruit like berries and grapes. While the damage to the individual fruit can be less extensive than the larger birds, the smaller birds like starlings tend to move in flocks often resulting in greater overall damage.

Studies show greater bird damage rates occur on the edges of the fruit crop block. While some farms are fortunate to have some form of natural predation like raptors and hawks, their presence is usually not enough to deter birds from damaging the crops.
Bird damage to crops is not necessarily random as the size of the orchard and its location has a direct effect on the amount of damage done by birds. Where farms are located next to each other the damage is noticeably less towards the centre and on the boundaries with the neighbouring farm. Orchards and vineyards that are close to town suffer the most from birds like robins and starlings that are prolific residents in urban areas.
Overall the damage will be deeper and more extensive for smaller orchards closer to residential areas.


Managing Crop Damage with Eagle Eye Bird Control – A Client’s Testimonial

Eagle Eye in the Vineyards - Amani wines

"The grape harvest is one of the most important moments in the creation of a great wine. Throughout the year we’ve done our absolute best to assure that the grapes are bursting with flavour and ready for top quality wine.

The only problem is that the birds also love the grapes. Birds can be one of the most destructive and costly pests to vineyards, especially for small vineyards. Crop value and percentage of crop damage value will determine the economics of bird control methods.

Many bird species will eat grapes. Birds that peck or tear berries generally cause the worst damage as they don’t take the whole berry. Piercing or tearing berry skins exposes the whole bunch to infestation of disease. Birds that pluck whole berries are potentially the least damaging but can also take large quantities of fruit if they are in sufficient numbers.
One of the final steps in looking after the grapes prior to harvest is trying to prevent the birds from feasting on the grapes. We use the Eagle Eye bird scarer. It is an optical bird scarer that harmlessly deters birds from unwanted areas by making use of light beams reflected from direct sunlight or artificial light. The reflective pyramid rotates via an electric motor, sending the beams around in a menacing pattern. The light spectrum reflected back by the Eagle Eye disorients birds in flight by limiting their vision significantly. This causes the bird to deviate in flight and fly to another destination.

The Eagle Eyes have made a huge difference for Amani last year. At the beginning of the ripening, we realized there were close to ten times as many birds around than ever before. We had bought three Eagle Eyes last year and they were up but, the uncovered areas were being savagely attacked. We bought five more and then added the ultrasonic and predator audible devices to augment and our damage was very limited. Had we done nothing we would have lost up to ten percent of our crop! At the end of the day, we lost less than one percent."

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Incorporating bird proofing early into the design-stage of the building can save clients the future headache of having to spend a fortune to eradicate a bird infestation.

Ensuring that the building is kept pest bird free shows forward thinking on the part of the Architect. Although Eagle Eye Bird Control products are easy to fit and install and do not require special design consideration in the planning stage, it is still more efficient to have them installed early in the life of the building. Prevention is better than the cure and a bird infestation can cause massive damage and be hazardous to the health.


When considering the design for the building it is assumed that all the health and safety issues have been covered such as fire exits, extinguishers, structural integrity, security, etc. The problem is that once the building has been ”completed” it is left to fend for itself and it doesn’t take a few pigeons long to exploit a freshly built roosting place. Building maintenance should not be left to clean up the mess of an easy to prevent oversight.


The Eagle Eye units and FlashFlags themselves look more like something that you would expect to see on a high structure to warn low flying planes that there is an obstacle in their path. Seen flashing in the sun they attract attention but their purpose is seldom devised by most passers-by and assumed to be an integral part of the design. In other words they “fit in” with the architecture of the building and don’t look ugly or out of place.


The Nightmare Sound System is installed inside the building and lies in wait to scare off intruding pest birds that seek to gain access. The sound is in the high frequencies and is largely inaudible to most ears. If installed in ceilings, hangers and warehouses the sounds emitted are only heard by terrified birds desperately trying to exit the building in the fastest way possible!


Bird Spikes are effective for preventing pest birds from landing on ledges, roof peaks, beams, gutters, etc. These can look unsightly but our Stainless Steel Bird spikes are less visible and more hard-wearing than plastic versions.


Used in conjunction they ensure that a building has an effective bird control solution that keeps a building pest bird free.

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Bird control for the home and business is much more than just keeping some stray pigeons from landing on the window ledge or treating the roof as the local hangout / sun-deck. The birds themselves are not just random visitors taking a break from flying around all day. They are actually repeat visitors or looking for a decent place to roost. Birds are by nature habitual in their behaviour so once you have some birds that have decided that this is their spot, it is difficult to convince them to move on to find some other lodgings.

There is the building and surrounding premises to consider when there is a resident bird population. The bird faeces are not only unsightly but also mildly corrosive. The faeces can eat into waterproofing on roofs such as tar-based surfaces and will ultimately shorten the expected life span of building structures. The faeces builds up and there have been reports of roofs, already heavy with bird faeces, collapsing after heavy rainfalls (the bird poo absorbes the water and gets really heavy).
Once the birds are inside the roof the potential problems increase. Notwithstanding the damage caused to the roof, ventilator and other forced entry points, the resulting build-up of faeces, nesting materials is a fire and health hazard. Once again ceilings have been known to collapse from a sustained bird infestation problem.

Bird Control is an active process requiring constant attention, it is not like the birds have a community network where they rate places on being bird friendly or not… or do they?
Eagle Eye Bird Control manufacture and sell a range of bird control products that are low maintenance and eco-friendly. But in order to increase their effectiveness a bit of housekeeping needs to be done.

Active bird control prevention tips

Take away the bird’s comforts
Easy access to water and food will always put a property high on the list of establishments that are bird friendly. So keep the rubbish under wraps and make sure gutters allow water to drain.
Assess whether there is easy access to other amenities such as suitable roosting with plenty of ledges (bird spike free) to choose from.

Put a sock in it
Look for access points such as cracks in tiles, open loft windows, ventilation systems and structural damage that will allow birds to get into the roof. Once a bird is inside the building the bird faeces can wreak havoc on manufacturing and food processing plants.

Install bird control products
Bird spikes – keeps the birds from landing on the ledges and eaves. This is usually the bird’s first access to the building to look for suitable roosting spots so if you can keep them off then there is less chance of an infestation.
Eagle Eye – These units are designed to reflect light that irritate the birds and drive them away.
Nightmare Sound System – install this in the attic or loft for getting rid of birds that have gained access to the inside of the building.
Flash Flag – Similar to the Eagle Eye this creates a flash of reflected light that the birds perceive as a danger and so will move away.

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