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Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:15

Reflective Products: What to expect

When it comes to reflective bird control products, it is important to know what kind of results to expect:
Reflective products fall in the category of "open area bird control".
One will almost never find that all the birds are gone after installing reflective products on their own.
It is simply an infestation reduction system at a fraction of the cost of installing physical bird proofing products all over the building.

One may even see a bird sitting right next to the unit - this does not mean the system does not work, but merely that there are some remaining stubborn generational birds that simply won't pack their bags and leave.
On average we find that the reflective products (if placed correctly) will deter about 6-7 out of every 10 daytime birds.
When comparing the cost of installing physical bird proofing products everywhere (100% solution) versus the reduced cost of installing reflective devices (60-70% solution), most clients will be satisfied with the latter option.


If you need ALL the birds to go, then we definitely recommend installing Bird Netting, Bird Spikes, etc.

The Eagle Eye reflective system does not work for:
Sleeping/roosting birds as the system needs sunlight to be effective.
Nesting birds - a parent's instinct to care for its young is much stronger than it's fear for the units.
Easily accessible food sources or somebody feeding the birds will reduce results. In agriculture, it is important to have the system in place 3-4 weeks before the produce ripen. Once the birds are actively feeding, it is almost impossible to chase them away.

Best of both strategy:
Most of the time we strongly recommend a combination of reflective products and physical bird proofing products. This will keep the price down and get the best value for money results.
Step 1: Install bird proofing products at the favourite nesting and roosting areas.
Step 2: Install reflective devices to deter daytime birds from the area and to prevent new birds from exploring the building for their potential new home.

As reflective units become dirty one will note a reduction in effectiveness. It is essential to clean the units at least once every four months. Simply wash the units with a window-cleaner soap and rinse thoroughly afterward. We also recommend applying a layer of car polish with a microfiber cloth for extra shine and protection.

Finally, please consider neighbours when installing reflective units as the flashes may be an irritation to them.


Eagle Eye Product Comparison:

 Bird Breezer:

The Bird Breezer unit is a wind-driven motion deterrent that prevents birds from landing directly next to it.

Flashes: Although the unit is highly visible, it does not emit flashes.

Effective Radius: up to 2m (6ft)

When to use: Specific landing areas like chimneys, small sections of roof-peaks, window-sills, etc.

The Bird Breezer unit is ideal to use where flashing devices may be an irritation to neighbours.

Bird Breezer FLASH:

The Bird Breezer Flash unit is a wind-driven, motion, and reflective deterrent that prevents birds from landing nearby.

Flashes: The unit emits low-medium intensity flashes in all directions.

Effective Radius: up to 8m (25ft)

When to use: Pergolas, roof peaks, flat roof sections, agriculture, solar panel installations, vegetable gardens, etc.

Although the unit emits flashes, it has the lowest risk of irritation of all our reflective products.

Colour options: Silver & Gold for land birds, Red, Silver & Gold for seabirds.

Pro-Peller:

The Pro-Peller unit is a wind-driven, motion- and highly reflective deterrent that deters approaching birds from unwanted areas.

Flashes: The unit emits medium-high intensity flashes and strobes in all directions.

Effective Radius: up to 15m (50ft)

When to use: This unit is ideal for agriculture as well as homes & gardens in areas where there is no risk of irritation to the neighbours. Also, place one Pro-Peller unit between two adjacent Eagle Eye units on larger properties for added effectiveness.

Colour options: Silver & Gold for land birds, Red for seabirds.

Eagle Eye:

The Eagle Eye unit has a wind-driven or 12v motorized option and is a highly reflective deterrent that deters approaching birds from unwanted areas.

Flashes: The unit emits high-intensity flashes and strobes in mostly horizontal and downward directions.

Effective Radius: up to 30m (100ft)

When to use: This unit is used when large areas need protection from approaching birds. The Eagle Eye is mainly used at commercial properties, warehouses, and factories. The Eagle Eye is also used at medium-large homes, but only in areas where there is no risk of irritation to the neighbours.

Colour options: Silver & Gold for land birds, Red for seabirds.


Monday, 18 May 2020 09:34

Product Selection Guide

When it comes to effective bird control, there are several factors to consider when deciding which product(s) to use:
1) Type of pest bird
2) Daytime or nighttime infestation (or both)
3) Bird pressure and type of activity:
4) Available shelter
5) Available food- and water sources

Let us briefly look into each of these factors:

1) Type of pest bird
Not all products work on all species.

The Eagle Eye, Pro-Peller, and the Bird Breezer Flash unit work on the eyesight of the birds and the colour of the units are specific to the species due to variations in their vision and instinctive danger associations. As a rule of thumb, we use Silver & Gold units to deter land birds and Red units to deter marine birds.


     


Some bird species are simply more stubborn than others and we found reduced results when using only the Eagle Eye & Pro-Peller system on Starlings, Sparrows, and Mousebirds.

The Eagle Eye- and Propeller units should also not be used as a stand-alone system to get rid of large and settled colonies of birds. The saying "Safety in numbers" is very applicable in these cases and added bird proofing techniques must be used.

Bird Spikes should only be used on pigeons and larger birds (smaller birds may be able to perch and nest inside the spikes).

Bird Wire should only be used on seagulls and smaller birds (larger birds will damage the wire when landing). 

Optical Bird Wax should only be used on pigeons and smaller birds (larger birds may dislodge/spread the wax upon landing).

2) Daytime or nighttime infestation
The Eagle Eye-, Pro-Peller- and Bird Breezer units require direct sunlight to be effective, so only use these products for daytime infestation.

Physical bird proofing products are recommended for nighttime infestation and nesting birds:

Bird Spikes
Bird Wire
Bird Wire Track

Optical Bird Wax


Bird Netting



3) Bird Pressure and type of activity
Bird Pressure is a term used to describe the severity of the infestation:

Light pressure: Only a small number of birds are perching in the area for short times during the day.

Medium pressure: Birds are perching in the area for longer durations and there is starting to be a routine to their presence.

High pressure: Not only are birds perching in the area, but they are also roosting (sleeping) and nesting. Once these areas are identified as popular shelters, you will notice an increase in bird numbers. These areas will also be mapped as future breeding sites for the next generations of birds.

Bird activity is mostly defined by 3 terms:
Perching: This is when the birds are landing in the area to rest for a while or to look for possible food sources.
Roosting: When birds are sleeping in the area. This is mostly due to shelter provided by certain structures or the orientation of the building that protects them from prevalent winds.
Nesting: When the birds are breeding in the area. Nesting birds are extremely stubborn and will attempt to return season after season.
The Eagle Eye system alone will not be effective if there are any active nests in the area.

Light Pressure strategies: The Eagle Eye, Pro-Peller, and/or Bird Breezer units should work as a stand-alone system.

Medium Pressure strategies: Eagle Eye, Pro-Peller, and/or Bird Breezer with complementing bird proofing products (Optical bird Wax, Bird Spikes, Bird Wire) at the favourite perching areas.

High Pressure strategies: Physical bird proofing will be the most important strategy. Close down any sheltered areas with Bird Netting or Galvanized Mesh. Install Bird Spikes/Bird Wire at the favourite areas and remove all nests (if allowed). Once these areas have been deemed inaccessible, one may install the Eagle Eye system to prevent new birds from entering the area to scout for a future home.

4) Available Shelter
Houses, apartments, warehouses, factories, and skyscrapers all form part of the urban jungle and these structures often provide far better shelter for birds than their natural habitat.

Deforestation has also contributed to birds seeking new homes for themselves and future generations.

Popular shelter areas include solar panel installations, roof overhangs, access to ceilings, inside chimneys, beams under canopies, and balconies.

Solar panel strategies: Close down the perimeter of the solar panel installation to prevent birds from settling under the panels.
This is done with galvanized mesh and special solar panel clips to avoid the need to drill into the panels.
    

Access to ceilings is a major problem, especially with starlings during their breeding season. Starlings can squeeze their way through small openings and build their nests inside your ceiling. 
Not only do they keep you awake at night but their nests are hotspots for lice activity as well.
Entry points should be closed with galvanized mesh fastened with screws to prevent stubborn birds from pulling the mesh out with their beaks.
Roof overhangs can be closed down with bird netting/ galvanized mesh or Bird Spikes and Optical Bird Wax may be used to prevent birds from entering these areas.

Birds often gain access to the building through open chimneys.
These openings can be closed off with galvanized mesh in order to keep the birds out, but still maintaining the function of the chimney.
   

Beams under canopies are very popular roosting and nesting areas for all kinds of birds.
We see this mostly at large warehouse buildings at delivery bays. Horizontal (ceiling) Bird Netting is the most effective solution for these areas as it denies the birds access to all the beams.
Bird Spikes and Optical Bird Wax can also be considered for smaller canopies with fewer beams.

Balconies, especially not regularly frequented balconies, are also very popular areas for birds to roost and even nest.
Birds tend to land on the balcony railings before moving to the rest of the balcony. Bird Wire is a very effective solution for railings and no drilling into the structure is needed.

Another effective product to prevent birds from entering balconies is the Bird Breezer.
These units can simply be clamped to the vertical balcony posts and the movement of the Bird Breezer will deter birds from landing here.

The Extreme Sound unit can be used if pigeons are roosting on the balcony floor and furniture.

5) Available food- and water sources
A bird's instinct to find food and water is greater than their fear of any predators.
It is therefore very important to close off any easily accessible food- and water sources in order for the Eagle Eye system to be effective. 
Bird Netting is a good solution to close off these attractions before installing the Eagle Eye system to protect the rest of the building.
The Eagle Eye system will not be effective if people are feeding the birds on-site or even at neighbouring homes.