Damage caused by birds on fruit, grapes, and grain causes enormous financial losses each year in the agricultural sector. Eagle Eye Bird Control (EEBC) is the biggest company in Africa that works directly with the management of bird numbers and bird-activity to minimize the impact that the birds have on buildings, crops, orchards, and vineyards.

EEBC has a wide variety of products that can be used in different combinations according to the situation. Most of the products we use in agriculture work with the same principle: it irritates the eyes of the birds by reflecting sunlight. It also reflects the light in a colour spectrum that the birds associate with danger (colours like orange, red and gold). It is important to understand that it is not the unit that chases the bird away, but the flashes that the unit create. Therefore it is crucial to keep the units clean so that the flashes will stay sharp and the birds will not be able to get used to the flashes.

EEBC uses primarily two products in agriculture. The first one is the Pro-Peller (PP). This unit is wind-driven and has an effective radius of approximately 15m. The second product is the Flash Tape. EEBC is the only distributors of this gold and silver tape in South Africa. The tape reflects the sunlight and moves easily in the wind, and both the flashes and the movement help to deter the birds.

               Pro-Peller unit

PP with cap Silver

           

 

             Flash Tape

 

 

 

Flash Tape SG

 

 

 

 

 

Flashtape small

These two products are installed in different combinations and configurations. The more units that are installed, the better the coverage. The idea is to pull a blanket of flashes over the whole area. This means that when the birds are approaching the area, they will change their flight path because of the flashes that will irritate and scare them.

These products can cause a reduction of bird activity of between 60% and 80% if the area is kept free from water, food, and nests. In the case of agriculture, the reality is that the birds are actually drawn to the area because of the food that is easily available in the orchards, fields or vineyards.  EEBC can never chase away 100% of the wild birds in an area, but even with the food that is readily available, these products can cause a reduction of around 50% in bird activity (with the right product and placement).

Here is a representation of the placement of the products on one hectare (on areas or farms less than 50ha). It is the most economical, but still very effective, installation. It requires 6 PP units on the first hectare, and then 4 units per hectare after that (two units on the edge of the hectare are shared between two hectares). The number of units can be reduced further to 4 units per hectare, all along the sides of the fields or vineyards. The rest of the area is covered by the Flash Tape.

Agri placement with tape min

In areas larger than 50ha, there is a different approach necessary. In such a case we will install one PP unit for every hectare. The units are then placed all along the edge of the area, while we use Flash Tape inside the areas.

The more flashes that can be generated, the better the result will be. (It is possible to install more PP units per hectare.) It is, however, very important to evaluate each orchard, field or vineyard on its own merit, and therefore one of our consultants will visit the site to make a full assessment. Should the site be too far to make the trip, it is possible to use Google Earth to help with the placement.

Please take note of the following:

The units reflect the light of the sun, so it will always reflect towards the sun (North East, North and North West). This means that there will always be a “shadow” behind the unit – usually in a southern direction. That is why we always place more than one unit in an area so that they can cover each other’s shadow spot.

The units work with line of sight, so the birds must be able to see the unit for the reflections to work. That is the reason why it is important to install the units as high as possible above the vineyard, field or orchard, in direct sunlight. The installation should preferably be done at least 3-4 weeks before the birds will want to start to feed. As soon as the birds start to feed, it will be very difficult to change their feeding pattern.

The units must be kept clean to work well. It is very important to service the units regularly and keep them clean.

Eagle Eye Bird Control can never guarantee that we will chase away all the birds in any given area. We are, however, convinced that our products and installations will reduce the bird activity drastically, and therefore also reduce the risk of damage and financial loss. Please have a look at our website at www.eagleeye.co.za. There you will find a number of testimonies about the effectiveness of our installations, as well as information regarding our services and products. 

For any inquiries, please contact us on 021 907 2360 or 087 237 9600, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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 products and installation methods can be customised and used in combination for both agricultural and urban areas.

The company has been approached frequently over the last few months by poultry farmers who are desperate for assistance with the avian flu virus. These farmers have one main requirement and that is to limit the contact between their chickens and the wild birds that carry the virus.

The principle that Eagle Eye Bird Control works on is to keep the area around the poultry houses as free of wild birds and their droppings as possible. This is critical because the bird droppings also carry the virus and can easily be walked into the buildings by workers. Eagle Eye Bird Control starts by inspecting the construction of the poultry houses to determine the areas that need attention. In most cases, the farmers have already made every effort to keep the buildings sealed to prevent the carrier birds from gaining access but if there are openings Eagle Eye Bird Control can secure these with a number of products. Once this is complete, they will move onto the next phase, which involves one of two options.

The first option requires the installation of a range of reflective products on the roofs of the poultry houses. These products reflect the sunlight in such a way that it is very irritating for birds. The colour spectrum reflected is specifically targeted for certain species, which perceive these colours as a potential threat. The units on the roofs form a layer of flashing light over the buildings that causes the birds to change their flight path and thus avoid the perceived danger.

The second option is to install bird netting. This solution is aimed at poultry houses that are not sealed completely, or where sections are opened for ventilation. The netting surrounds the outside of the building to prevent the wild carrier birds making contact with the chickens and can also be used as a solution on free-range farms. These two options are not mutually exclusive and they can be used in combination. Each of the products comes with a full set of installation instructions to make the products user-friendly so that the farm workers can do the installation to limit the number of outside personnel on the premises. This is essential in order to maintain the bio-security standards of the farm.

Eagle Eye Bird Control has already assisted a number of farms and poultry groups to reduce the risk of infection and is constantly developing more products and improving installations. Feel free to contact them with any enquires via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 087 237 9600

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...

 

 

 

 

Read On: How to protect your chickens from Avian Flu

 

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 Flash 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 flash 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.
 
 
Eagle Eye Flash Tape comes in 3 variations:

                Silver Flash Tape for pigeonsFlash Tape silver
      Red Flash Tape for marine birds
 
Flash Tape
 
 
   

Gold & Silver Flash Tape for smaller birds (extra strength)

Flash Tape SG

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

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:
         1
 
Placement on houses:
2
Wind-driven Eagle Eye on the highest point
Pro-Peller units on corners and near the
problem areas.
 
     
      Small buildings (longest side = 30m)
     3
      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)
6
 4 Eagle Eye units on the corners
 4 Pro-Peller units between the Eagle Eyes
Large buildings (70m +)
7
    Eagle Eye units on the highest points, 1 unit
    every 60m and on corners.
    Pro-Peller units scattered every 30m

 Lanseria

3rd May 2014

To whom it may concern,

LIA – BIRD HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM

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.

Regards

Bennie Vorster

Emergency Services Manager

Lanseria International Airport (Pty) Ltd

(: +27 (11) 367 0300

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ü: www.lanseria.co.za

18 August 2009

To whom it may concern,

LIA – BIRD HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM

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

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Website: www.lanseria.co.za

Site: Atlantic boat club, Cape Town, South Africa

Problem birds: Seagulls, Cormorants.

Contact person: Budge Steward.

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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

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