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What is Bird Control?
Bird control (sometimes also referred to as bird proofing) is a simple term for a wide range of problems.
Wikipedia provides a definition:
"Bird control is the generic name for methods to eliminate or deter pest birds from landing, roosting and nesting. It is important to use professional bird control products that do not harm birds, other animals or people. ..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_control
Why Bird Control?
Pest birds are known to cause problems in many industries and environments. Sometimes, the birds are simply a nuisance; e.g. when they wake you up early in the morning. However, bird nests and droppings from pest birds quite often cause substantial damage to property including homes, sheds, warehouses, cars, tractors and machinery etc.
Birds can also pose a serious health and safety risk. A few years ago bird (or avian) flu was a hot topic in the media all over the world (see e.g. here for more information on bird flu). But did you know that pest birds can transmit over 30 diseases to humans?
Looking at the agricultural sector, bird damage is very costly for many horticulture and viticulture businesses. Sometimes a whole harvest can be lost as a result of crop loss to pest birds such as Starlings or Wax Eyes.
Birds near airports and airfields are a permanent safety risk to private and commercial aviation. One recent incident was the (successful) landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson river in New York. Fortunately all passengers could be rescued from the water after the twin-engine A320 aircraft lost thrust in both engines due to bird strike. If this does not sound serious enough read the dramatic story of flight 1549 on Wikipedia
With this blog, we aim to shed some more light on bird control. Dozens of methods and technologies with hundreds of different products have been developed over the years. How do these products work? Do they really solve any bird problem?
We encourage you to browse this blog to learn more about bird control. And if you have any questions or need advice about a bird problem feel free to get in touch with us. You can find the 'contact' button on top of the blog page or go to our official website.
The Bird Control New Zealand Blog Team