The Golden State has its own set of bird problems. From pest birds that ruin a nut grower’s crops to stubborn cormorants that could cost taxpayers millions, California’s battle with birds is no small issue. Bird losses to California’s nut crops run into the millions of dollars annually. Ravens cause the greatest damage to pistachios, followed by crows, Blackbirds, Scrub Jays and House Finches.
Almonds and walnuts are also particularly hard hit. In Northern California's Sutter and Yuba counties, almonds are grown on thousands of acres. Growers report that crows cause extensive crop losses. The birds not only eat the nuts but knock them to the ground when they land and take off. Since many nuts are harvested as they are shaken from the tree, any nuts on the ground are lost. Flocks as large as 250 crows normally enter orchards.
A crucial section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was recently replaced. The problem: 800 double-crested cormorants refused to leave the old 78-year-old bridge section. The protected birds have nested along the bridge for decades and have no interest in moving to the new section. As a result, delays in demolishing the old section could cost taxpayers $33 million!
The Solution? Effective, Humane Bird Control.
Here’s what the bird control experts at Bird B Gone recommend for solving California’s bird problems:
Bird B Gone® Hazer This affordable hazing system releases a fine fog of EcoBird 4.0 indoor/outdoor bird repellent to drive out cormorants, pigeons, seagulls, geese, starlings, and many other pest birds. It uses far less liquid repellent than other hazing units and comes with a 1-liter tank. Each main controller controls up to six satellite units for full perimeter coverage.
Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. These anti-perching, anti-roosting bird control devices are ideal for use against larger birds like cormorants. The spiked strips are easily installed and are approved by the US Humane Society and PICAS. They feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design so the spikes remain firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base.
The Agrilaser® Lite. Ideal for use around orchards and trees, this handheld device uses advanced, patented optical laser-beam technology to harmlessly repel birds over great distances—up to 2,500 meters. Pest birds react to the green laser beam as they would an approaching car, which they regard as an imminent physical threat, so they flee the area. Developed with the help of farmers and ornithologists, the Agrilaser® Lite is animal friendly.
Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic. Ideal for deterring birds from large outdoor areas, this device broadcasts distress and predator calls for as many as 22 different species of birds. And unlike ultrasonic devices, the Bird Chase device emits sounds birds can hear. Being solar powered means the device can easily be placed wherever birds flock—like orchards and trees.
Bird B Gone is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice, training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures.
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