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Knitted Bird Netting Enclosure

The following instructions for a Bird and Deer Proof Netting Enclosure were written by one of our dearest customers by the name of Marvin Nuaman.   So thank you Marvin for the great idea sharing.

Knitted Bird Netting Enclosure

 This Garden Bird & Deer proof Cage was constructed by first getting some used well pipe from a well driller, clean & painted it, drove the next size bigger size well pipe (Stakes) into the soil to act as sleeve’s for the net poles (well pipe). Corner & sleeve joints are panted PVC Fittings. Then added 4′ high fence material (for deer & rodent protection) at the base. Then we put American Bird Netting over the top and sides over lapping the fence 1-2′ for a bird proof fit. We used American Netting Clips to attach the netting to the fence for easy assembly and removal each Spring & Fall. We added a modified metal gate from a farm supply house for easy human access. We love it.

One NOTE: This started out as a good neighbor thing. One finding better ways of doing something. We both tried various things. first to keep the deer out. and then the birds. This garden has a Bird side and a deer side. Things escalated with the growing deer population. I decided to cover the whole garden with PVC pipe and stitching small netting together from a local store. Then my neighbor like it so well. he copied me using metal well pipe. The PVC pipe worked ok for 3 seasons but required maintenance and would bend and was a pain. so I took my neighbors idea and improved on it even more especially in the joints and adding real farm gates. One I modified by making it higher and adding bird proof wire and it makes a bird proof fit to the pipe frame (no welding or drilling was done on the gate modification). My neighbor loves it so well he’s modifying his rig this summer.

While we were at it. we moved 5 very established Blue Berry plants, and added 1-10 yard dump truck of 5 & 1 soil mix. Our Raised beds came from used treated decking that my neighbor was rebuilding for his son.

The raised beds really made a big difference in our very healthy crop this year. we were amazed. Even our relocated Blue Berries that had been pruned at least 50% for the transplant gave us a healthy plentiful crop.

 

How Useful is Bird Control

Pest birds can be a health hazard, carrying and transmitting any of 60 known diseases. Sparrows and Feral Pigeons can carry bacteria causing Salmonellosis. Feral Pigeons carry Ornithosis, which is similar to viral pneumonia. Birds, bird droppings and their nesting materials contain insects and mites. These insects can damage property, stored foods and fabrics.

As many building owners have learned, keeping pigeons and other pest birds away from commercial buildings is not an easy thing to do. These days, proper bird control takes more than a plastic owl or two to scare away pests. What to do?

Thankfully, there are a number of effective and humane bird control products to keep pest birds off your property. Most are maintenance free and easy to install. Bird spikes, for example, are ideal for pigeons and other large birds. Some have spikes made of strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Others have stainless steel spikes. Another useful bird control product is the bird spider. It’s ideal for awnings and patio covers. The spider arms move with the breeze, keeping pest birds from landing. Most of these deterrents are sturdy and stable, come in a variety of diameters, and install easily. They also won’t harm the birds.

Another effective bird control solution is bird netting. It’s ideal for a broad range of commercial uses, including signs, warehouses, courtyards, canopies, airplane hangars and rooftops. With its ability to control all species of birds, bird netting is often prescribed by architects. Some products in this category are U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof. The webbing is usually available in a variety of mesh sizes to deter sparrow, starlings, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds.

A simple, easy-to-install bird control device that discourages bird pests from landing and nesting is the bird slope. These angled, slippery panels are ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas where pest birds tend to nest and roost. Also simple and easy to apply are bird gels. This bird control measure creates a sticky surface that birds hate.

Finally, there are the higher –tech bird control solutions, known as electric-track systems. Ideal for deterring all types of pest birds, these are easily mounted on ledges, signs, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces. They discourage birds from landing by conveying a mild electric shock that’s harmless to birds. They also alter a bird’s habits to nest or feed. These systems are low profile and almost invisible. Be sure to get a flow-through design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces. Look for corrosion-resistant products that can stand up to alkali and acidic environments. The bottom line: bird control is good for your business.

Absolute Bird Control is the leading distributor of bird deterrents and is dedicated to solving pest bird problems.

Bird Control Products have come a long way since the Scarecrow

The scarecrow has become somewhat of a cultural icon. We have seen scarecrows personified in popular movies like the wizard of oz, in comics, cartoons and more. The image is surely recognizable to most people.

 

Scarecrows were the first bird control product on record.  The first mention was found in the “Kojiki”, the oldest surviving book in Japan in 712 AD. In the Kojiki, the scarecrow was described as a deity who, though without feet, was out in all weather and all seasons.  It was designed to scare crows and other birds from disturbing food crops. Farmers most likely noticed that birds were scared away when people were tending the fields, and devised a simple way to deter them.

 

So what about today? Even though most people are familiar with the image of a scarecrow, most dealing with a pest bird problem are unaware of  just how many bird control products are now available. Whether you have a bird problem on your home, business, or out in the field, bird deterrents have come a long way.

Bird control products have evolved by using today’s technologies to solve an age old problem, but many new products still use the same ideals that helped the scarecrow work. The scarecrow is categorized as a visual deterrent, when birds saw one in the field they thought they were looking at a human and would flee from the area.

 

 Other visual deterrents available today include Flash tape, Balloons, and Diverters. These three products can be strung in fruit trees or bushes, in backyard gardens, from balconies, gazebos and more.  These products are shiny and reflective, some having large predator eyes printed on them. Just as the scarecrow appealed to a bird’s visual sense, birds seeing these deterrents will be frightened or confused and want to flee the area.

 

There are also sound deterrents available to help with pest birds. The Bird Chase Super Sonic plays a mixture of predator calls and distress calls; when a bird hears either call; their natural instinct is to leave the area. Sound deterrents work best for large open spaces, where birds can indiscriminately land.

 

Beyond sound deterrents there are a wide selection of physical barriers and products that can be used on ledges, rooflines and more. Bird Netting is widely used to block birds from nesting in rafters, eaves, in garages and more. Bird Spikes, Bird Slope, and Bird Gel are three products that can be used to keep birds off of ledges, window sills, fence lines, rooflines, light fixtures, and most spots where birds choose to sit or roost.  

 

There are repellents, motion deterrents, live traps, and more available to help shoo birds from your property. Pest control companies also use a wide variety of bird control products. Many of today’s pest control companies offer bird control as a service, and can help humanly discourage birds from your home or business.

 

The great thing about today’s bird deterrents is that they are humane. The scarecrow was simply designed to move birds along, and many of today’s bird deterrents have the same goals. Over the years people have discovered that harming or killing birds does little to change their behavior, there will always new birds to replace those taken away. Discouraging them using bird control products will give much better results.

Meredith Lives and Works in Southern California. She has been in the bird control industry for 8 years. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and gardening.

Pest Control for Your Vineyard

Protecting your vineyard grapes from the environment is a challenge that takes some cunning. Throughout the growing season you will want to ensure that your grapes are protected from disease as well as from pests like birds and insects, but also deer and other large grazing animals that may roam free where you live.

Fungus and Disease

There are several diseases that can harm the grapes in your vineyard. Some common ones are mildew, fungus and black rot, all forms of fungus and so fungicide is the most common cure. However the right cure is necessary for the right disease. Most disease is recognized by its effect on the vine leaves. Examine the plants in your vineyard regularly and once grapes are visible, inspect those too for signs of decay. For example, small yellow spots with dark brown centers could be signs of phomopsis cane. Generally, leaf discoloration, or spots on the leaves are signs of problems. You might also see a film over the leaf or the berries may show signs of rotting before they are ripened.

Insect Pest Control

Some of the most common insects that affect vineyards and threaten your grape production are moths, leafhoppers and beetles. The Berry Moth lays its eggs directly on the grapes. The young larvae eat their way through the center of your grapes, leaving tell-tale holes. Leafhoppers tend to accumulate on the underside of the vine leaf. Leafhoppers don’t do that much damage unless they become densely populated and then they can damage the crop. Rose chafers and Japanese beetles feed on the grape clusters as they mature on the vine.

You need to be as careful with your remedies as you are in detecting problems with your vineyard grapes, since grape growing is a delicate art. Seek expert advice if you suspect an insect problem. Many experts recommend treatment only when the infestation is severe. Vines can often withstand mild infestations.

Animal Pest Control

Perhaps the most serious threat for most grape growers are the birds. A flock of birds can wreak serious havoc on the small harvest of a hobbyist’s vineyard. The best protection against damage from birds is a physical barrier between the crop and the outside world. Netting will let in light and moisture, and allow the air to circulate around the grapes while protecting them from birds and other animals. Because of the way vines tend to grow along a trellis, it is a relatively easy project to install nets to protect your grapes. Make sure the nets are high enough that the birds can’t get to the grapes if the net sags in the wind or rain. Remember it’s not just grape eating birds that will flock to your vineyard but also birds in search of the insects that they might find there, so keeping your grapes insect free will also help to keep away the birds.

Other ideas include visual repellants, such as artificial hawks, scarecrows and shiny aluminum pie pans but none of these protect your vineyard as well as a physical barrier.

For deer and other grazers, the best protection is the use of odor repellents. Deer will graze on the vines themselves, the leaves and the grapes. They can devastate your crop if they are present in the area where you live. Hunting stores may be able to supply coyote scented products (coyotes hunt deer). Human scented products are also effective.

Once your vineyard is underway, keep your eyes open and your nose to the ground to spot unwanted pests and deal with them immediately to protect your grape crop.

Mark Pollack is a grape growing expert. For more great tips on how to control pests in vineyard grapes and other grape growing information, visit http://www.bestwinegrowingsecrets.com.