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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Eagle Eye Plastic Mesh is a versatile and long-lasting plastic mesh that won't rust or corrode.

Easy to handle, re-usable and tough, this flexible mesh requires no painting, is fungi resistant and is easy to cut with a pair of garden scissors.

Manufactured from high density polyethylene, mesh size of 30x30mm and a strand thickness of 2.6mm.

Roll length: 1x25m.

Uses: Plastic mesh provides a complete barrier against all birds to prevent them from entering unwanted areas such as
gutters, under solar panels, chimneys etc.

Colour: Black (UV-stabilized)

  Plastic Mesh installed
Eagle Eye Bird Tape is the ideal, affordable complement to the Eagle Eye system, especially where bird control is needed in large open areas such as in the agriculture.
The Bird Tape is tied to dropper poles or other existing poles around and inside the open area to be protected.
Birds are scared by the flashes as well as sound emitted when the tape blows in the breeze.

Gold and silver Bird Tape (50 microns)

Summary of basic guidelines to consider:

-Use the correct units for the specific species:
 Silver - Land Birds
 Red - Marine Birds

-Place the Eagle Eye as high as possible.

-Combine Eagle Eye installations with Pro-Peller units.

-Concentrate the units around the problem areas, but do not forget about the unaffected sides for approaching birds.

-Install Eagle Eye units on the highest points and on the corners at the problem areas.

-Also install Pro-Peller units and wind-driven Eagle Eye units on the unaffected corners.

-Wind driven Eagle Eye units may be used exclusively in areas with a regular breeze.

-Use maximum sunlight.

-Consider neighbours for irritation caused by the flashes.

-Use with other products in ‘High Pressure’ situations.

-Service the system every 3-4 months.


                                                                Placement examples:
Placement on houses:
Wind-driven Eagle Eye on the highest point
Pro-Peller units on corners and near the
problem areas.
      Small buildings (longest side = 30m)
      1 Eagle Eye on the highest point
      2 Pro-Pellers on the corners
                                               Medium buildings (longest side = 45m)
4     5
 2 Eagle Eye units on the highest points or alternative corners on flat roofs.
                              2 Pro-Peller units


Medium to large buildings (60m)
 4 Eagle Eye units on the corners
 4 Pro-Peller units between the Eagle Eyes
Large buildings (70m +)
    Eagle Eye units on the highest points, 1 unit
    every 60m and on corners.
    Pro-Peller units scattered every 30m


3rd May 2014

To whom it may concern,


Lanseria International Airport is the busiest privately owned airport in South Africa and indeed one of the busiest in the country with regard to aircraft and passenger movements. Lanseria is fortunate to continue to experience growth with a new runway, aircraft movement and parking areas and extensions to the terminal building either completed or in various stages of construction.

As part of Lanseria’s commitment to safety, and in line with the SACAA and ICAO “Wild Life Management Program” the Airport Authority at Lanseria take the management and reduction of bird hazards as part of the overall Safety program very seriously.

In July 2009 the Lanseria Airport Authority was approached by Eagle Eye Bird Control to install and test a number of flashing units next to the airport runways. These units proved to be successful with the number of bird activity in proximity to the units reducing by up to 60%, thereby reducing the risk of bird strikes by aircraft as well. The units were maintained by Eagle Eye Bird Control technical personnel without any problems experienced.

At this time a total of 20 units were installed, with the personnel from Eagle Eye experimenting with various new units, thereby continuously improving the product.

In December 2013 the new runway at Lanseria opened and Eagle Eye Bird Control units were again installed next to the runway due to the previous success. The Eagle Eye Technical personnel assessed the area and a total of 45 units were placed at strategic points.

Although these new units are quite visible they pose no distraction to pilots or Air Traffic Control personnel and the bird “problem” at Lanseria has been resolved.


Bennie Vorster

Emergency Services Manager

Lanseria International Airport (Pty) Ltd

(: +27 (11) 367 0300



18 August 2009

To whom it may concern,


As part of our ongoing endeavours to reduce bird hazards at the airport and, specifically, problems encountered with the two resident bird species, namely “Plovers” and “Guinean-fowl”, we have looked at various alternatives.

When approached by Eagle Eye, and in line with ICAO Doc. 9137-AN/898 Part 3, “Bird Control and Reduction” and specific Sec. 8.3 “ Visual Deterrents”, we undertook a program to evaluate the Eagle Eye system. The system has been up and running since 1 July 2009.

At this stage, and taking into account the time of year, it is still too early to release any figures. However, since the installation of the system, there has been a steady decline in bird population numbers within the vicinity of the Eagle Eye’s.

It must be noted, Air Traffic Control (ATC) firstly commented on the distraction caused by the light flashes, however within two weeks they reported that they had become accustomed to the lights. Pilots commented on the purpose of the flashes but noted that they produced no problematic distraction to aircraft operations.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact me.

Yours Faithfully,

Etienne Smulian

Quality Assurance Manager

Lanseria International Airport (Pty) Ltd

(: +27 (11) 659 2750 / +27 082 416 7082

7: +27 (11) 701 3261



Site: Atlantic boat club, Cape Town, South Africa

Problem birds: Seagulls, Cormorants.

Contact person: Budge Steward.


Testimony: Hundreds of seagulls and cormorants were using the jetty and boats for perching and roosting.

The walkway became slippery and dangerous as a result of the droppings and the yachts were a mess.

After installing one red Eagle Eye, significant decreases in numbers were noticed and now the problem is solved completely.

We can recommend the use of Eagle Eye for removal of seagulls and cormorants in similar applications.

Atlantic boat club

Some people at Ehrlich/Rentokil think we’re crazy, but we’re having pretty good success in the New York City and Westchester County areas when installing the Eagle Eye units. 

My operations manager has taken all of the guess work out of it, and our installations go very smoothly.  

I first visited this location in December of 2010.  The customer agreed to the installation in August of 2011.  I did a follow up visit in March of 2012 and couldn’t believe the dramatic results.  The customer things I’m a genius!!

The key I find is not “over promising the customer”

If you offer the “complete solution” and the customer is not willing or able to spend the money, the Eagle is always a more affordable option. 

I never say it will “eliminate” your pest bird activity.  I always say “you will see a noticeable reduction”.

We recently installed some “red hats” for a hospital out on Long Island.  They just called me yesterday asking that we install some additional “red hats” at another facility a few towns over.  



So far so good.     

Ihor Mulyk

Regional Bird Specialist

J.C. Ehrlich/Rentokil

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 humans.
"Though all chickens are susceptible to the disease, the bird flu is an animal health problem and not a human health one.
The specific version of the flu discovered in South Africa is not harmful to human health, but poses a great threat to the poultry industry as the ones infected must be culled if they have not died from the disease already" he said.

It is imperative for the poultry farmers to take measures to curb the further spread of this disease and protect their livelihood.
Further spread of the disease can be a result of many factors‚ such as the mobility and transportation of the chickens and resources.
The primary concern is that some poultry farmers may not have the necessary equipment that can protect the chickens from contracting the flu.

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