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A boat represents freedom, the ability to step onboard and leave the cares of the world behind and seek new horizons and adventures, even if you're only heading out to do a spot of fishing on the lake.  As most boats are only really used once in a while, they tend to be left unattended, except that is for the birds. Boats are a wonderful platform for birds to perch and roost on. Swing moorings are especially suited to birds as they are removed from daily human traffic but close to the main action of the harbour to keep a…
Urban birds are on the increase with aided by the abundance of food, roosting options, and the dwindling natural predators. This population explosion has caused some birds to become pests by their sheer numbers. Look at Geese for example or Haddidas, not your typical pest species, but due to their numbers, they can be considered a pest by some. As these pest species increase in numbers, they inevitably must spread out to find suitable roosting areas for the next generation. Feral pigeons can live up to 4 years and in their lifespan can lay up to 32 eggs. These eggs…
Friday, 02 August 2019 11:50

Health risks of bird infestation

Bird infestation can be a pest, no pun intended. Birds are cute from far but far from cute. They appear serene and tranquil when watching national geographic but that is as close as you’re willing to get and the extent of your admiration. Bird infestation can cause many health risks so perhaps it is preferred to watch documentaries than to personally invite them onto your property. Have you ever heard of poultry and swallow bugs? Well, if you are struggling with bird infestation you are about to be formally introduced. Bugs meet the reader; reader meet the blood sucking insects…
So you have a pest bird problem, whether you have realized it or not. Top Tip: if you have lots of nuisance birds stomping around on your roof then you have a pest bird problem. And if you have pest birds then you will have bird mites running around your home too. This a because pest birds are very generous hosts and willingly share their bugs and germs to all and sundry, without having to be asked. And if these bugs are in your home they will certainly come to find you – Afterall isn’t it considered polite for new…
Without a doubt, bats are beneficial to the environment. They help in controlling pests by feasting on them, and they propagate fruits and plants by spreading seeds and pollinating flowers. But unlike cats and dogs, bats are not typically the animals you want to invite in your home. These flying mammals carry diseases that may be dangerous to humans, and even to your pets. Bats In The Attic Bats usually follow the air current that passes through the attic or any cracks existing in the house. Once they get inside your property, they use the ceiling or the attic as…
The avian flu virus currently affecting South African poultry is reaching a critical level. Farmers across the country are trying to implement urgent measures to reduce the risk of infection, which occurs when there is contact between the poultry and the wild birds that carry the virus. There is no vaccine or scientific solution to the problem but Eagle Eye Bird Control (EEBC) has developed practical systems to significantly reduce the contact that spreads the virus. Eagle Eye Bird Control is the largest company in Africa that specialises in the development, manufacturing, and installation of bird control products. The various…
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...   eNCA | #BirdFlu spreading as…
It is all over the news - South Africa has the dreaded bird flu. Borders are being closed to chicken exports as neighbouring countries suspend or ban South African chickens from crossing their borders. The main focus is on livestock as processed or packaged chickens have been tested for the virus. This virus is not the strain that is harmful to other animals or to humans. The SA Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell said the sale of live chickens had been banned to curb the spread of the virus. But the ban had nothing to do with preventing illness in…
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…
There is a catch 22 situation when it comes to some bird proofing - the bird poop and general mess and destruction of a bird infestation is unsightly but the pest control solution can be equally visually unappealing. In most cases the eradication of pest birds is worth putting up with a few extra fixtures and fittings, but the end result very much depends on the person who installed the systems. In South Africa we are used seeing netting, wire and spikes surrounding buildings, but bird control doesn't have to be ugly. Get a professional bird proofing expert Use a…
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