Bird Gard Pt 1

Bird Gard Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

Are bird pests giving you fits around your crops, cutting into your production? Sisters, Oregon-based Bird Gard may be able to help.

Bird Gard President and CEO, Kyle Cummings says it’s a high-tech method to repel the birds with minimal impact on the environment …

CUMMINGS … “What we have is an electronic repellent device. It plays randomized sounds of, say, bird distress calls, alarm signals. We also utilize predator calls to help assist in getting rid of those pesky birds.”

Those bird call sounds, Cummings says, are the key …

CUMMINGS … “We’re trying to utilize signals that they otherwise would use themselves to say there’s danger in the area. And so, if we are able to replicate that, which we are, it’s actually using their actual, recorded sounds.”

And, Cummings says, it’s not always the same sounds …

CUMMINGS … “Really randomized to the point where, you know, it’s not going to play consistently for six seconds and then stop, and then another six seconds. That’s what we really learned is, the way to prevent habituation is to help randomize those efforts.”

Cummings says it’s really pretty simple …

CUMMINGS … “The goal here being to cause them enough distress to want to leave the area, go to somewhere nearby, but away from the area we’re trying to protect.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on Bird Gard to protect your crop from “those pesky birds.”

Bird pests causing problems for you? Go to … or call direct at 541-549-0205.

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