Boat owners are in constant battle with the birds. Birds love the high areas of a boat to perch. The birds do not care where their droppings fall. Homeowners, more often than not, find themselves cleaning off the bird droppings from the patio furniture, railings, bar-b-ques and fences and posts around their property. Nesting materials also clog the rain gutters. The spa and pool become a bird’s bathing area and they contaminate the water. It is important to keep birds away from your property. The bird’s droppings are unsightly and messy and they are a health hazard as well. The droppings harbor over 60 transmittable diseases and nests with the droppings also attract mites, bed bugs and mold.
Thankfully, there are cost effective solutions to all these pest bird problems. Visual deterrents are a great first step in getting rid of the birds from the property. They are not only low cost but easy to and will work immediately. The way the visual deterrents work is by creating an area where the reflective deterrents and predator markings confuse and annoy the pest bird. The visual deterrents frighten birds away.
Scare diverters are a type of visual bird deterrent. These deterrents are teardrop-shaped hanging bird deterrents that have the feature of a predator eye on its reflective surface. Movement of the diverters causes a visual disturbance that scares birds away, fight or flight. The birds will instinctually fly away to another location they perceive as safe. The scare diverters have a swivel attachment that can be added to its effectiveness. The swivel attachment allows the diverters to rotate 360 degrees. More movement equals more distress for the birds. The diverters can be hung in trees, sides of the home, patios, eaves, gazebos, overhangs and boats.
Scare balloons are also an inexpensive visual bird deterrent that can be put into use immediately. They, too, have a shiny reflective surface with a predator eye design. The balloons also feature bright colors. The design and reflective surface works together to frighten and confuse the birds. The scare balloons can be hung in a lot of the same areas as the scare diverters. The balloons can also be partially filled with water and allowed to float in the pool or hot tub to keep the birds from using your pool or hot tub as their bird bath.
Holographic Flash Tape
Holographic Flash Tape is the simplest and most cost-effective bird control method you can buy. It is designed from commercial-grade Mylar. The tape is highly reflective and shiny and will cause a visual disturbance that scares the birds away. The flash tape also moves in the breeze, and makes a crinkling sound which also scares and annoys the birds. The flash tape is a tape that is 150’ x 2” roll. The tape can be cut down and attached to branches, vines, plants, trellises, sprinkler risers and other visible and elevated structures.
Scare Bird Garden Stakes
Scare Bird Garden Stakes are shaped like a sunflower. This visual bird control method is an effective way to keep birds out of the garden. This unique garden stake has iridescent foil predator eye trigger in the center of the flower. The stakes are effective because in the center of the sunflower is a strip of reflective material. They center of the flowers look like seeds, but the bird sees a predator’s eye looking back at them. They are made of durable plastic and they are specifically designed for outdoor use. You merely take the 6 reflective scare bird garden stakes out of the package and play them 1 to 2 feet apart through the garden area. It is best to alternate the heights of the stakes. This is a very cost effective means and a great first protection against the birds invading your garden.
When using visual bird deterrents, it is important to move them around every so often so that the birds do not get too use to the one type of visual deterrent. Physical and sound deterrents can also be added to the environment to create a bird free home.