Beverly’s Best- YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Do you remember hearing “you are what you eat”? Do you know why those wise words have a lot of depth and meaning?

Because all our life enhancing nutrients come from what we put in our bodies. Our food gets it’s nutrients from the soil it is grown in, and the soil is as good as what goes into it.

After decades of listening to the marketing giants tell us what is ‘good’, we are once again leaning towards the “slow food movement” and understanding the real meaning of, “we are what they eat”. I’m excited to see people making the effort to learn what is truly ‘good’ for themselves and then taking responsibility to create vibrant health…like growing a garden of nutrient rich food using organic compost to enrich our soil and fabric and nettings to protect our precious food.

When planting for spring/summer focus on tender, leafy vegetables that represent new growth of this season. Put lots of greens on your plate, including Swiss Chard, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley and Basil.

Looking at Swiss Chard for instance, it is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around, ranking second only to spinach in total nutrient-richness.

The amazing variety of phytonutrients in chard is quickly recognizable in its vibrant colors, the rich, dark greens in its leaves and the rainbow of reds, purples, and yellows in its stalks and veins. Virtually all of these phytonutrients provide antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits or both.

Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants and many flavonoids. One of the primary flavonoids found in the leaves of chard is a flavonoid called syringic acid.

Syringic acid has received special attention due to its blood sugar regulating properties, which comes from its ability to inhibit the enzyme that soaks up carbs. Therefore when this particular enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay steadier. Additionally, chard provides a good source of fiber and protein that are excellent to help stabilize blood sugar levels, since they help regulate the speed of digestion.

Like beets, chard is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. In the betalain family are found reddish-purple betacyanin pigments as well as yellowish betaxanthin pigments. Both types can be found in chard! Many of the betalain pigments in chard have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione

With its good supply of calcium, its excellent supply of magnesium, and the vitamin K that it provides, in amounts six to eight times higher than the Daily Value (in just one boiled cup), chard provides standout bone support.

I cup of Swiss chard can provide an array of mega vitamins and minerals with only 35 calories!

There’s no question about the valuable role that chard can play in support of our health. Truly, Swiss chard’s beauty is more than skin deep!

Some Serving Ideas for Swiss Chard

  • Toss penne pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cooked Swiss chard.
  • Add zest to omelets and frittatas by adding some Swiss chard.
  • Use chard in place of or in addition to spinach when preparing veggie lasagna
  • Dorian has many ways, one being to sauté and sprinkle with her pear vinegar!

NOTE: If You Are Concerned About Oxalates

When oxalates, which are naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings, become too concentrated in body fluids they may crystallize and interfere with calcium absorption. However every peer-reviewed research study I’ve seen, the ability of oxalates to lower calcium absorption is relatively small and definitely does not outweigh the ability of oxalate-containing foods to contribute calcium to the meal plan. If you have a healthy digestive track, chew and relax while you enjoy your meals, you will get significant benefits—including absorption of calcium. If you have a history of kidney stones or a medical condition that is complicated by the consumption of oxalates, you may want to contact your doctor or health practitioner for advice. There is some helpful information on the web which lists oxalate levels of many foods which can help you plan your diet should you feel the need to reduce your intake of oxalic acid-containing foods. In general, replacing oxalate-rich greens such as spinach and kale with Romaine lettuce or other lettuces will lower exposure, but also lower overall nutrient density.

Educate Yourself about Bird Netting Before You Shop

Educate Yourself About Bird Netting  Before You Shop

Know what you are getting for your money

Mary’s Story

        Mary is a wonderful lady with a lovely family.  Family is the most important thing to her and that is why she was so excited when her children began to have kids of their own.  She had plans of being the best Grandma ever.  She envisioned her grand kids visiting her often and spending hours and hours playing out side on their family property just the way her kids did when they were little.  As soon as the first grandchild was born, she decided to plant some cherry trees and blueberry bushes so that the grand kids could roam around the property and snack on berries and climb the cherry trees.  She realized that, she needed to start now so the tree and bushes would be bearing lots of fruit by the time her grandchildren could climb trees.
        She put in three cherry trees and three blue berry bushes.  Mary took all the care in the world picking healthy starts and planting them so that they had to best chance for success.  The trees and bushes grew beautifully.  She just left them alone for the first couple of years.  When her oldest grandson turned 6 she knew that it was just about time to start her tradition of picking berries with her grand kids.  The only thing that worried her was that, she noticed the birds had eaten most of the cherries and blueberries this year.  She never really cared before because the kids weren’t old enough and the crops were very small the first years anyway.  However, this year the blueberries and cherries were plentiful and the birds had devoured them.  she knew that if she was going to have any fruit for her family, she had to figure out something.  She didn’t want to hurt the birds.  She likes birds but she likes her grandchildren more! :).  Her neighbor had purchased some netting and had great success with it so she decided to try that.
        she went online and did a search for bird netting.  She found a wide range of prices and wondered why, but didn’t give it to much thought.  She pick one that was priced low.  She figured why pay more.  The netting arrived and she went to work covering her fruit.  To her frustration, putting up the netting turned out to be harder then her neighbor made it look.  The netting kept snagging, breaking off branches and tangling.  In the process the net ended up ripping in a couple of spots, so some birds were still able to get through and even more were able to reach the berries on the out side.  When she went to pick blue berries she had a difficult time getting the net off.  She thought, how ironic that the netting wasn’t really keeping the birds out but it was keeping her out.  She was so frustrated that she almost gave up on her visions of enjoying these fruit picking experiences with her grandchildren.  Mary decide to look on the Internet and see if there was a better way.  After all, why would so many people use Bird Netting if it was this frustrating and ineffective.  She found a site that changed her bird netting experience.  On this site she learned that there are many different types of bird netting with different qualities, uses and pricing.  She learned that she was using the wrong type for covering her cherry trees and that  the Bird netting she had was fine for her Blue berry bushes but that it should not be laid directly on the plants.  The site taught her how to accurately determine the size needed for each project as well as how to install it.
        Mary followed all the advise on the website and was amazed at how different her experience was the following year.  That year her oldest grand child was able to climb the cherry tree and the others were able to pick blueberries.  She was so thankful that she did not give up.

What are some bird netting companies not telling you about their Bird Netting?

        Many companies sell  light weight extruded netting as their only option for bird netting because it looks like a really good price when compared to higher quality bird netting such as a knitted or a heavier extruded (10 year premium bird netting).  They all come up in the same search for Bird Netting and it looks like one company is selling theirs really cheap.  They are not exactly doing you a favor when they are omitting the facts that some Bird Netting is lower quality and has some limitation.  Most people don’t know that their is a difference & are very disappointed when they get it home, if it is not well suited for the task.   I get a lot of calls from people saying “I need bird netting and I don’t want any of that black plastic crap”.  There is nothing wrong with the 4 year extruded netting.  It has its place, and when used for the right projects its wonderful.  The heavier extruded netting is called Premium Plus Bird Netting and is very popular in commercial vineyards and Blueberries.  the Vineyards are able to drape the product right over the plants.  The blueberry netting should be suspended so that it is not touching the bushes to prevent snagging.
        Pay attention when comparing Bird Netting online as well as in the garden center.  Make sure that you are comparing the type of material, the weight and the life expectancy.
Bird Netting

Bird Netting

5 Great Ways to Attract Birds into Your Garden

It’s not just nice for you to have birds visit your garden, it is also good for your garden as well, the reason is that most varieties of garden birds have a great appetite for insect pests that populate your garden and cause harm to your plants and shrubs.
If you want to make your garden bird friendly and attract birds to your garden you have to consider the following things.
Plants
A good selection of native plants and shrubs with things like berries, and big seed heads will tempt the birds to come and feed.
Trees and Hedges
If you have the space some native trees and hedge line will provide natural nesting sites.
Nesting Boxes
If you have a smaller garden you can build or buy some nesting boxes in different sizes to provide a home for a nesting bird.
Water
Garden birds will also need a water source, so a bird bath is a perfect addition, if you don’t have one a large shallow saucer left on a patio will also provide a great place for birds to drink, bathe and splash around in. Ponds are also a good source of water for birds and it also attracts insects for them to feed on.
Food
Obviously its important to leave food out for your birds, this is the biggest factor for attracting birds to your garden, a stable bird table is great for offering nuts, seeds and fat balls to the birds. Squirrel proof hanging bird feeders are great of feeding the birds, its also very entertaining watching them pecking out the seeds.
While we’re on the subject of bird feeders can I ask you to please not buy the bird food in plastic netting that you can buy from market stalls and some supermarkets, these are very dangerous for small birds as they can get trapped in the netting and can break their legs very easily and even loose them all together. Some bird species have hooked tongues and can also become trapped in these net feeders. If you lean one thing from this article please remember this, it can save your garden birds a whole lot of suffering, and there are so many great bird feeder designs you wont have a shortage to choose from.
So, the simple rule for attracting birds to your garden is to provide what they are naturally looking for in the wild, give them a safe place to feed and they will return time and again. Enjoy it!

Andrew Lawrence runs a webiste all about birds and bird feeders which is full of usful tips and articles like this one, please visit GardeningYear.com for more info.

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Got Pest Birds? Here’s How to Scare Birds Away

While bird populations in North America have dropped considerably in the past 40 years, birds tend to nest or rest on the nation’s coasts where nearly half the U.S. human population lives or works. Most birds serve an important role in the ecosystem, but three species of birds in the U.S. are considered pests. Birds categorized as pests include the pigeon, the house sparrow, and the starling. As pests, they can be legally controlled with no justification other than the property owner’s displeasure. Of course, there are many other reasons to scare birds away.

Besides being a nuisance and defacing homes, boats, buildings and monuments, pest birds also pose a serious health hazard. Because of their easy and far-reaching mobility, they can vector an alarming variety of serious diseases. Among these are histoplasmosis (a lung disease that can be fatal if untreated), salmonella, ornithosis (a lower or upper respiratory disease resulting in fever, chills and headache), pseudotuberculosis (causing fever and abdominal pain), and several other diseases, including West Nile Virus via

parasites (like fleas and mites) that live on their bodies or grow in their droppings.

If you want to scare birds away, it helps to know a little about the birds we regard as pests. The first of our fine-feathered friends is the pigeon. Initially introduced from Europe as pets, pigeon populations have expanded almost exponentially and are now considered by many to be pests. These birds congregate in huge numbers and contaminate public areas with their droppings. They deface both stone and metal monuments, and present a serious risk to aircraft.

Next up is the starling. An imported species not native to North America, starlings nest in roof soffits, electrical boxes, and structural crevices of buildings. Young starlings often gather in huge flocks where their droppings deface and damage structures and monuments, park benches, playgrounds and other areas.

Finally, there’s the sparrow. These small birds build fancy nests in gutters, electrical boxes, roof soffits, door housings, and other man-made openings. Sparrows often create expensive problems when they clog rain gutters and downspouts. Their elaborate nests in electrical equipment can cause electrical shorts and fires.

So how to scare birds away?

For pigeons and large birds, one proven and highly effective methods is the use of Bird Spike strip. They look menacing, especially to pest birds, but they won’t harm them. The spikes simply discourage birds from landing. Some bird spikes are made of rigid unbreakable polycarbonate. Others employ flexible stainless steel. Another option is the Bird Spider. The spider arms flagellate with the breeze to scare birds away. Spiders are available in a wide range of diameters to deter different bird sizes and cover wider and wider areas. They require little or no maintenance and they won’t harm birds.

One of the most economical ways to scare birds away is through the use of Bird Scare products. These flashy, twirling objects and banners use iridescent reflective foil and shiny tape to create an “Optical Distraction Zone” that discourages pest birds from landing. An unusually effective bird scare product is the inflatable balloon with lifelike reflective predator eyes. These scare-eye diverters are easily attached in areas frequented by birds. Some even feature glow-in-the-dark backsides to repel birds at night. Bird scare products can be easily set up in and around patios, vineyards, pool areas, overhangs, gazebos, boats and other troublesome areas.

A more technical approach to scare birds away involves the use of Electric Shock Bird Repellers. Ideal for pigeons, seagulls and larger birds, these repellers use electrified tracks to impart a mild electric shock when birds try to land. The pest birds are not injured; the mild “jolt” just changes their roosting habits so that they move on. The tracks are easily mounted on signs, ledges, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces. Some manufacturers offer low profile tracks that are virtually invisible from ground level. Other manufacturers offer electric tracks with a flow-through design to prevent water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces.

Imagine the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard and you’ll get an idea of what our next category of bird scare products sounds like–at least to a bird. Known as Audio Bird Deterrents, they produce ultrasonic sounds that annoy birds. Ideal for walled-off or enclosed areas like sheds, parking garages, and overhangs, these audio devices will scare most birds away–birds like pigeons, sparrows, starlings or seagulls.

There’s also a category of products that use chemicals to scare birds away. Known variously as Foggers or Misters, these bird deterrents utilize an aerosol delivery system to disperse a food-grade, non-lethal aerosol of methyl anthranilate. Approved by the EPA, this chemical irritates pest birds and deters them as they fly through it. Ideal for large areas, many systems feature multiple remote spray units that can cover areas up to one square mile. These environmentally friendly systems won’t harm birds and won’t affect electrical equipment.

Finally, there’s the family of motorized products that work quite effectively to discourage pest birds from landing. These bird repellers utilize rotating arms to scare birds away. Ideal for parapet walls, roofs, signs, billboards, or any flat surface, some are battery powered, others use a plug-in power source. And some are even solar powered.

Protect your Seedlings From Animals and Birds

No matter how much people try to encourage the wildlife to visit and live in their gardens. There will always be occasions and/or parts of the garden where we do not welcome them. This being mainly when we are planting young seedlings or a crop of edible plants is getting close to harvest. So we have to strike a balance between encouraging the wildlife as well as being able to discourage them at other times or from certain particular places.

There are four ways of protecting your plants or crop from the ravages of birds and animals; these methods include fences, scarers, covers and sprays. Here we will deal with suggestions for the last three of these ideas.

Most of these ideas though will only provide a temporary solution, because most times the birds or wildlife, while scared off at first will eventually stop being frightened and will return and ignore or bypass that method in future. So it is an idea to only use each idea for a short time, and then later switch to a different system of control.

Scarers

Scarers usually rely on something to surprise the wildlife’s vision or hearing, to frighten them into leaving.

Bell Scarers

If you have some small cheap bells lying around or you can pick some up cheap, then string them along a length of twine over your plants.

Bottle Top Scarers

String a series of metal and or plastic bottle tops between stakes driven into the ground at the outside of the area to be protected. Make sure that they can move easily in the slightest breeze or at the gentlest touch. It also helps if some of them can rattle together to add a bit of noise.

Tie one off every so often so that it cannot move, this will stop them all migrating to the lowest point of the length of string.

Drink Bottle Rattle Scarer

Partially fill some drink bottles with a fairly light product like rice or dried peas, put enough in to make it into a rattle. Then tie them along some twine tied over your young plants. If animals tap them or the breeze is blowing they will make a noise, to frighten the small critters away.

Drink Can/Bottle Scarers

Tie some cans or bottle along some twine so that they can bump together to make a noise if tapped or moved by a breeze, to frighten the small animals or birds.

Whirligig Scarers

If you have one of those little whirligigs that have a blade that goes around in the breeze, why not set it up near your plants it will scare the birds away as long as the wind is blowing.

Hawk Scarers

Unless you are fairly good at both art and woodcraft and can make one yourself, you will probably have to go out purchase one of the commercially made Hawk scarers and set it up following the directions in the pack, to frighten away the birds.

Kites

Here you can either go out and purchase a small cheap kids kite or look at making your own kites.

To cover your kite, you can use anything from material through to old foil wrapping paper, kitchen foil or even plastic shopping bags.

Even kites made to be only a few inches across, can be an effective scarer, if you hang them to blow in the breeze.

Ribbon Scarers

Rip or cut some scraps of brightly coloured or reflective material into small strips. Tie them to twine over the plants to be protected, leave enough dangling to flap around in the breeze, to scare the birds.

Scarecrow

Have a go at making a Scarecrow, it may or not be effective at scaring the birds, but it almost be guaranteed to become a piece of landscaping art and a talking point around the neighbourhood.

Silver Foil Scarers

Aluminium foil or used Foil wrapping paper or bags (eg Chip bags), which is cut into strips to hang on twine through the area will scare the daylights out of any creature which moves it, or sees it moving in the breeze.

Or try wrapping polystyrene or ping-pong balls in the foil, and hang these through the area.

Water Hose/Sprinkler Scarer

Position a garden hose either up into a strong branch of a fruiting tree. Or tie it to a garden stake in the middle of your young plants. Leave a few feet loose above the top point at which you tie it off. When you notice birds descending on your plants. Turn the hose on as hard as you can. This will result in the end of the hose flapping around rather wildly gushing out a strong stream of water. This is usually enough to frighten anyone let alone the local wildlife.

Repeat this a few times and the birds or wildlife will soon not bother coming back.

Wind Chimes Scarers

Why not try and hang your old wind chimes in the area that you want protected.

Wine Cask Bladder Scarer

Take the nozzle out and use like a box kite. Or blow them up like balloons.

Tinsel Scarers

Use some of your old tinsel, or buy some up cheap in the post Christmas sales.

Allow plenty of loose material to permit the tinsel to move around in the breezes.

Sails/Pennants

Material, foil or plastic set up to flap in the breeze like either a sail or pennant, can be an effective scarer.

Windsock Scarer

Try your hand at making your own miniature version of an Airport’s Windsock to frighten the birds and animals

Clothesline/Airer Scarer

If you have the type of family that has clothes drying on a clothes line most days, then place your young plants in pots around the base of the clothes line or set up a movable clothes Airer near your delicate plants filling the lines with clothes and linen which will flap around a bit will also be an effective bird and small animal scarer.

Plastic Snakes

If you have an old plastic snake at the bottom of the old toy box, why not try putting it in amongst your plants. While I have never tried this method myself, I have heard of others who swear by this scarer. Move it around every so often.

Toy Animal Scarers

What about the idea of strategically placing a realistic looking toy dog or cat near your young plants. The theory being that the birds or small animals will already have had experience with real cats and dogs so will avoid any area with them.

(This is theoretical suggestion, which I haven’t seen tried but is based on the supposed success of the plastic snakes). So if anyone has the opportunity to try this one, let me know the results, please.

Protective Covers

Whereas putting a cover over or around the plants physically stops the animals from reaching the plants.

Glass/ Hard Plastic Covers

If you have a pane of glass or an old window that is not being used put it over your young plants, lift it above the plants using whatever is available to you, eg bricks etc.

Milk/Yoghurt Container Covers

Cut the top and bottom out of cardboard or plastic containers and slip these over young plants to stop birds and other animals from digging them out till they are established. It helps to bury the bottom of the container slightly.

This idea works just as well with any round or square material that will go round your young plants, from drink bottles to small sections of plastic plumbers pipe. But always cut them down one side to make removal easier once the plants have grown a bit.

Plastic/Shade cloth/Bird netting Covers

Make a framework of stakes around the plants that you want to protect, and place over this a shade cloth/plastic or bird netting cover. Shade cloth or plastic can be purchased by the foot/metre from nurseries or hardware stores. Or you can even just throw the shade cloth or bird netting directly over the plants/shrubs or small trees, if the plant is strong enough to support the weight of the material.

Stick and String Covers

Whether you are trying to protect a pot of seedlings or a bigger area out in the garden. Make up a framework of sticks or garden stakes around the seedlings, and then tie them loosely together by weaving some string, cotton, wool or twine between the sticks/stakes.

Wire Mesh Frame Covers

Wire Netting Covers

Support some of that light flexible fencing wire, mosquito mesh or even plastic mesh over your seedlings of fruiting plants, and support it with garden stakes to keep the birds away from your plants.

Hard Wire Frame Covers

Try supporting some hard wire mesh over your young plants to protect them from the ravages of birds or animals. You can use things like light concreting mesh or fencing panels, or whatever else you can access around the place.

Support them up off the ground with garden stakes, bricks or even soft drink bottles filled with water.

Sprays

The reason for applying a spray is to make the animals think that the targeted plant or fruit is not as tasty as they at first believed it should be. But it usually takes a bit of experimentation to find what will work with particular pests. As each have their own likes and dislikes even within the one species.

But try mixing hot or unpleasant but safe ingredients together to make a spray diluted with water to spray over your seedlings or fruiting plants. Try to avoid spraying fruit that you will eat, or rinse such produce well before consuming.

Some ingredients you might try include,

Tabasco sauce

Garlic

Onions

Chillies

Etc.

The above list of ideas should be enough to provide you with at least a few alternatives that you can try to combat those ravenous critters that are bombarding your young charges.

The Bare Bones Gardener is a qualified Horticulturist and a qualified Disability Services Worker. He hates spending money on stuff which doesn?t live up to the promises given. So he looks for cheaper, easier, simpler or free ways of doing the same thing and then he passes these ideas on to others.


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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.

How Does Your Garden Grow? By Bird Proofing

Most people when asked that age old nursery rhyme question, “How does your garden grow?” would spew out, “with silver bells and cockleshells, and pretty maids all in a row.”  If you are the wise, experienced gardener you may have a different answer, “bird proof, from grass to roof.”  Not only does it take watering, pruning and fertilizing to get your garden and yard green and blossoming, but it takes action against the pest bird that can wreak havoc on your property and peace.

The time, effort and money spent on gardens and yards in spring should not be wasted.  The last thing we want is to pick the peaches and apricots off the trees that have already been taste tested by birds.  It is also not very appealing to serve fresh garden tomatoes that have been half eaten already.  So how do you best bird proof and protect your precious gardens, yards and homes?  Physical, sound and visual deterrents that is safe for all and humane for the bird.

Physical bird deterrents work by preventing access to the area the birds are drawn to.  For instance, bird netting could be used to protect any fruit trees or blueberry bushes you may have in your yard.  Bird proof netting is lightweight and very easy to use.  It will not take away any aesthetic beauty from the colorful fruits as it is virtually invisible.  It can be used for any garden plant as well.  Many times the birds will sit in wait on the roof ledges.  Installing plastic or stainless steel bird spikes will keep the pest birds from landing and roosting. All physical bird deterrents make a very unwelcoming environment for the birds.

Sound bird deterrents can actually be quite fun to use.  It takes some time outside to investigate and determine which pest bird is hovering around and sitting on your tree branches waiting to feast on your harvest. Once you have decided which bird is the culprit, select the bird sound on the sonic unit; place it anywhere in your garden area, patio, gazebo or roof top.  Turn it on, adjust the volume and watch the birds being chased away by their own predator and distress calls. Sonic units are very easy to use, and can run day and night, depending on how you set the timer.

Visual bird deterrents can be very useful in an variety of areas.  If you have a pool in your backyard, there are inflatable balloons that can float in your pool which actually confuse and frighten the birds away.  The balloons as well as hanging bird deverters have an iridescent foil eye that has a shiny reflective surface, and predator eyes that will make the bird turn and leave and avoid any areas where these bird proof deterrents are.  They are very easy to hang in your fruit trees, pool area or patio covers.

There is no need to worry about the fight-or-flight response of the pest birds.  Using any of the deterrents will induce a flight response.  The goal is to bird proof your property safely and humanely.  Get out your gloves, do your gardening, or just lay by the pool knowing you have protected your home by taking the time to bird proof the needed areas and look forward to a fruitful summer.

Kathy lives in Southern California where she enjoys writing, knitting and crochet.

Getting Rid of Pest Birds

For many people, their home is their greatest asset.  It provides shelter, equity, and sense of accomplishment so it is without surprise that most people will do whatever it takes to protect the value and aesthetic properties of their home.  Unfortunately, humans are not the only creatures who seek refuge in a house.  Pest birds such as pigeons and sparrows find most any house to be a suitable nesting location. Once a bird begins construction on a nest, it is next to impossible to get rid of them.  The solution: Solve the problem before it begins.  Factors such as disease and property damage further encourage homeowners to get rid of birds to avoid any potential problems.

Birds are very simple creatures but can present some complex problems when nesting on a home.  They will seek out any nook or crevice that will provide sufficient shelter.  They prefer to be near a food source, so it is always good to check and see if there is any available food.  If there is one, get rid of it.  This includes bird feeders, trash, pet food, etc.  Once birds have established a viable food source, there are very few things that will deter them.  After eliminating any potential food sources, getting rid of birds will be much easier.

When attempting to get rid of birds on a home there are three basic kinds of deterrents.  These include physical, visual, and sound deterrents.  Each different type of deterrent has its place in keeping a home “bird free”.  By examining these three types of deterrents, one will have a better understanding of how to get rid of birds on a home and hopefully avoid any potential problems.

First off, physical bird deterrents are always the best way to get rid of pest birds.  By completely blocking off they’re nesting or perching areas, it forces them elsewhere.  The most common types of physical bird deterrents are bird spikes and bird netting.  Of course, there are other types of physical deterrent, however the majority of the time either netting or bird spikes will do the trick.  To understand this, one must have an idea of where the most common nesting and perching areas are on a home.  Beginning with the top of the house, birds will often times perch on the roof peak of the structure and the chimney.  These areas are used more as a lookout post rather then a nesting area.  When encountering this, it is best to install bird spikes along the edges of the roof along with the chimney area.  Another option for this situation would be the application of Bird Gel.  Bird Gel is applied with a caulking gun and creates a sticky surface that pest birds can’t stand.

After discussing the potential damage pest birds can cause along with solutions, it is easy to see why household bird control is growing in popularity.  When it comes down to it, no person wants any animal defacing their home, especially when it comes with the risk of disease.  By getting rid of pest birds, one can ensure the aesthetics and equity of their home and more importantly the safety of those living there.

Bryan Donoho has been involved in the bird control industry for the last 7 years.

Bird Proofing Commercial Buildings

Unlike homes and boats, commercial buildings suffer damage from pest birds on a grand scale. Commercial  building owners spend millions of dollars every year to deal with problems associated with pest birds. The only viable solution is bird proofing.

Failure to bird proof a commercial building can lead to all sorts of problems. The droppings pest birds leave seriously detract from a building’s appearance. The acid secretion produced by the fungi that live in bird droppings can mar paint and other surfaces. Cleaning and restoring buildings damaged by pest birds can be very expensive. Nests and droppings can, over time, clog gutters and down pipes, causing rooftops to leak or fill with water and possibly collapse. Pest bird nests and droppings can get sucked into ducts, grilles and vents, clogging commercial air conditioning and heating units, permanently damaging these expensive systems.

Bird droppings deposited at commercial building entrances and fire escapes increase the likelihood that pedestrians may slip and fall on them, creating a huge legal liability to commercial property owners. Droppings also spoil finished products in loading bays and storage areas. They ruin the appearance of costly finished goods, metal panels, and stonework. Droppings can also eat into and destroy wood, paper and cardboard packaging of products on pallets or outside storage.

There are many other reasons to bird proof a commercial building. Pest birds create offensive odors, which can be a nuisance to restaurants, especially with outdoor service. Accumulated on signage , droppings are unsightly and can ruin the image of a business.

Pest birds can also 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 and stored foods.

Fortunately, there are a wide variety of effective and humane ways to bird proof a commercial building .

One very popular product for persuading pest birds to stay away is the  bird spike. Ideal for pigeons and other large birds, some are made of strong, rigid unbreakable polycarbonate, others have marine grade stainless steel spikes. Similar to the spikes is the bird spider. Recommended for rooftops and other flat surfaces, the spider arms move with the breeze, keeping wild birds from landing. The Bird Spiders come in a variety of diameters and install easily. And while they look menacing, spikes and spiders won’t harm birds and are virtually invisible once installed.

Bird netting is another effective pest bird solution. It’s ideal for a broad range of commercial uses, including signs, warehouses, courtyards, canopies, airplane hangars and rooftops. Best of all it can be used to control all species of birds and even specified by architects. Look for netting that’s U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof. Webbing can be ordered in a variety of mesh sizes to deter sparrows, starlings, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds.

For a really simple approach, there’s 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. Birds just slide off when they try to land. Another simple solution is bird gel. Easy to apply, gels create a sticky surface that really annoy pest birds. Safe for birds and people, gels are ideal for ledges, I-beams, parapet walls, conduit, pipes, and flat or curved surfaces.

For large  industrial or commercial garages, factories, airline hangars, courtyards, landfills, parking lots, or other commercial areas, bird misting systems are now available.  Both humane and effective, these bird-hazing systems work by releasing an ultra fine mist into the air that pest birds can’t see and just don’t like. The mist is a chemical called methyl anthranilate, a grape extract that naturally occurs in concord grapes. The extract has been widely used for decades to deter a wide variety of pest birds including, sparrows, pigeons, starlings, crows, blackbirds and geese.  Yet it’s safe for people, pets, plants and birds.

Other commercial bird proofing solutions include the electric-track bird deterrents. Ideal for deterring all birds, 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 are easily mounted on ledges, signs, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces. They are low profile and virtually invisible once installed. If you choose this type of bird deterrent, opt for the flow-through design to keep water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces. Get corrosion-resistant tracks that resist alkali and acidic environments.

Want to Make Birds Go Away? There Are Many Ways To Go

Homeowners and commercial enterprises spend millions of dollars every year trying to play catch up with the damage and nuisance inflicted by pest birds. If only there was a way to make birds go away. No one really wants to harm our fine feathered friends, we just want them to find a nice tree in the park to call home.

Perhaps no one wants to make birds go away more than commercial  building owners. For pest birds can lead to a myriad of costly problems. Their droppings not only seriously detract from a building’s appearance, but the acidic secretions produced by the fungi that live in these droppings can mar paint and other surfaces. Bird nests and droppings can clog gutters and down pipes, causing rooftops to leak; this debris can be sucked into ducts, grilles and vents, jamming air conditioning and heating units. It can get into rooftop turbine ventilators and ceiling windows, causing them to seize up. Cleanup and repair costs can go through the roof. Of course, there are many other reasons why commercial building owners want to make birds go away.

When bird droppings gather at building entrances they create a slippery surface resulting in huge slip and fall liability to commercial property owners. Bird droppings around loading bays and storage areas can mar the appearance of costly finished goods, as well as the cardboard packaging of these products.

Restaurant owners know fair well the problems pest birds can create. The offensive odors and noise can discourage customers. And bird droppings accumulated on signage  can ruin the image of even the most popular eatery. Pest birds can also be a health hazard, carrying and transmitting any of 60 known diseases. The mantra, just make birds go away is oft repeated in the commercial industry.

Today’s cash strapped homeowners are no less anxious about ridding their domiciles of pest birds. They don’t need to replace window awnings, air conditioning units, spa covers, solar panels and satellite dish antennas annually, thanks to bird droppings. Nor do they want their children exposed to the diseases carried by bird droppings left on patio tables and chairs.

Fortunately, for both homeowner and commercial building owner, there are a number of ways to make birds go away. And stay away.

Among the most popular is the bird spike. Ideal for pigeons and other large birds, these are available with rigid unbreakable polycarbonate spikes or stainless steel spikes. A cousin to the bird spike is the bird spider. These have proven effective for awnings and patio covers, since the spider arms flagellate  with the breeze, preventing pest birds from landing. The spiders also come in a number of diameters. Spikes and spiders are easy to install and while they appear menacing, they won’t harm birds.

A surprisingly simple and effective way to make birds go away, the bird slope is widely used by both homeowners and commercial applications. The angled, slippery PVC panels cause pest birds to simply slide off when they try to land. Bird slopes are ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas where pest birds tend to nest and roost. Another favorite bird deterrent is bird gel. It’s easy to apply with a standard caulking gun and leaves a sticky surface that pest birds hate to land on, yet it’s safe for birds (except swallows) and people. Gels are ideal for ledges, I-beams, parapet walls, conduit, pipes, and flat or curved surfaces.

To make birds go away from large commercial garages, airline hangars, courtyards, and other expansive areas, there’s bird netting. Netting can control all species of birds and is even prescribed by architects. Netting comes in U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof varieties, as well as a number of mesh sizes to deter starlings, sparrow, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds.

Another family of products that will make birds go away from large areas are bird misting systems. Humane and effective, these bird-hazing systems release an ultra fine mist that really annoys pest birds. The mist typically contains methyl anthranilate, a grape extract that naturally occurs in concord grapes. Safe for people, pets, plants and birds, this chemical has been widely used for decades to deter a wide variety of pest birds including, sparrows, pigeons, starlings, crows, blackbirds and geese.

Making pest birds go away in a hurry are the electric-track bird repellers. Ideal for deterring pigeons, seagulls and larger birds in mostly commercial applications, repellers deliver a mild electric shock that’s harmless to birds. Easily mounted on ledges, signs, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces, some repellers are low profile and virtually invisible. When choosing electric repellers, you should select models with a flow-through design to keep water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces. Opt for corrosion-resistant tracks that resist alkali and acidic environments.

If you believe there’s nothing like movement to make birds go away, you can try motorized bird repellers. They’re ideal for keeping birds off AC units, rooftops, awnings and that covered boat you have sitting in front of the garage. Some newer models even run on energy efficient solar cells.

Those who prefer high-tech deterrents have a whole family of bird scare products to choose from. These include supersonic sound systems, which play distress and predator calls for up to 22 types of birds. The calls can be heard for up to one acre and will keep birds from invading  backyards, garden areas, pools, patios, gazebos, rooftops and other open spaces.

Finally, there are a number of “bird scare” deterrents for those on a budget. These have been proven effective in keeping birds from landing on trees, overhangs, gazebos, patios, eaves, near pools, and other areas. There’s iridescent reflective foil or flash tape, which creates an “Optical Distraction Zone” birds don’t like. There’s also the inflatable balloon imprinted with lifelike reflective predator eyes and markings. The best thing about these bird deterrents is how easy they are to set up in virtually any problem area. Some bird repellers even have iridescent foil eyes to scare away birds by day, and glow-in-the-dark graphics to keep pest birds away at night.

So, as you can see, if you want to make birds go away, there are many ways to go.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane bird control.

Bird Repellents for your Home and Garden

Flowers are blooming, the leaves are returning to the trees and we are ready to plant our gardens…but who invited those pesky birds?  Pest birds such as sparrows, swallows, pigeons and crows can invade our yards, gardens and set up home on our houses.  Each year homeowners will spend hundreds of dollars cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by such pest birds.  How do we keep pest birds from ruining our spring and summer?  The easiest way to get rid of pest birds is to invest in bird repellents.  There are many humane bird deterrents available today that will keep pest birds off your home and out of your yard.  They are affordable and save you the cost of clean up and repairs.

Types of Bird Repellents:

Physical bird deterrents are those that keep pest birds from landing and roosting.  These include bird spikes, bird netting, bird repellers and others.  Bird Spikes are an easy to use and economical way to keep birds like pigeons and seagulls off you’re your home.  You simply screw or glue them to the edges and peaks of your roof to keep them off.  They also work well on patio covers, fences and other flat surfaces that birds are an issue.  Bird netting is used to exclude pest birds from areas such as under the eaves of your home.  You can install bird netting at an angle from the roof edge to the side of your home to protect it from swallows and woodpeckers.  Netting is also used to protect bushes such as blueberries.  There are also bird repellers available.  These units “sweep” birds away with rotating “arms”.  They are usually solar powered with rechargeable batteries to run during dark times.  The repellers are ideal to keep pest pigeons and larger birds off of patio furniture, patio covers, even boats and docks.

Sound deterrents are used to scare birds away with loud sounds.  These are usually predator calls and distress calls played in short intervals.  The sounds trigger the birds instincts to danger and they will go away.  Be sure to get a sonic sound unit that is water proof and easy to program.  You should be able to choose your target bird; pigeon, sparrow, crow or what ever bird you are having a problem with.  The unit will play a species specific distress call and predator calls that will scare the birds.  There are also units that are made specifically for pest geese.

Visual repellents create a visual distraction that causes the birds to fly away.  Flash tape is a visual deterrent that can be used in garden areas to keep pest birds away from plants and seeds.  You can mount the flash tape on poles in your garden, as the breeze moves the pieces of shiny Mylar tape, the suns reflection off of the tape irritates the birds and they will stay away.  There are also scare balloons and diverters available to irritate pest birds.  The scare balloons have reflective eyes that cause a visual diversion area and cause the birds to fly in the other direction.  The balloons and diverters can be hung from the eaves of your home to keep woodpeckers away.  Bird diverters also work well to protect fruit trees from pest birds.

The key to keeping pest birds away from our gardens and off our homes is to first know what type of bird you are having a problems with and what they are doing.  It may be necessary to use more than one bird repellent product to get rid of the birds.  It is often wise to use the sound deterrents in conjunction with the visual repellents to make it uncomfortable for the birds and keep them away.

Fran Prisco lives and writes in Southern California. She has been in the bird control industry for over 8 years. Her areas of interests span from running and bicycling to volunteer work and golfing.

Unique Bird repellents

People are already tired of buying ineffective pigeon repellents and other bird control installations. It is time for a revolutionary method that is going to scare all the pigeons from nesting on your roof and from landing in unwanted areas. Spikes, nets, trap, repellents are less effective – pigeons can easily find ways to avoid them all in the long run. So it is just a matter of time till they start coming back again. It doesn’t take long to understand that sonic pest control devices, warning sounds and hawk models offer no danger whatsoever. Bird netting is used to exclude pest birds from areas such as rooftops, warehouses, airline hangars, overhangs, eaves of homes and other enclosed areas that pest birds are to be kept out of.  Netting will provide 100% exclusion of pest birds and is a long-term bird control solution.  Netting comes in several different mesh sizes ranging from ¾” mesh for use with all types of birds, to 2″ mesh to use when larger birds like pest pigeons and seagulls are a problem.Net comes in several colors as well; white, stone and black.  Black bird netting is usually preferred because of its natural U.V. protection and lack of discoloration due to dirt and dust.  When installed properly, the netting will be virtually invisible, not interfering with the architectural features of a building. There are several types of netting available to exclude pest birds.  There is knotted polyethylene netting that is considered long lasting and heavy duty.  You would use this type where you want a permanent solution to your bird control issues.  Heavy-duty bird netting is usually manufactured using U.V. treated twine providing long life.  Strength of these nets can be greater than 40 lbs. burst.  They will also have a high melting point and flame resistant.  This type of netting is ideal for use in warehouses, airplane hangars, canopies, overhangs and other large areas where pest birds are to be excluded.Bird control spikes, also known as needle spikes or anti-roosting spikes are devices consisting of long, needle-like spikes used to control pest birds.  The needles or spikes are usually all plastic or a plastic base with stainless steel spikes.  They are harmless to pest birds, the spikes are not sharp, but create an unsuitable landing area for the birds so they move on to a more hospitable site.  Bird spikes are designed to keep pest pigeons and larger birds off of building ledges, signs, parapet walls and other flat surfaces that pest birds like to roost and nest on.Not only are these problems unsightly; pest birds and their feces can spread 60 plus transmittable diseases. Safety, sanitation and health hazards caused by bird droppings can pose serious liability risks, and left untreated, can lead to accidents and lawsuits. Bird feces, bird nests and debris can also create a bad public image with tenants and patrons. Bird spikes are made in one-foot or two-foot lengths, with different widths.  The widths of the spikes are usually 3″, 5″ and 8″.  The width of the bird spike used is determined by the area to be covered.  It is best if the entire surface area that birds are landing on is covered with the spikes.  Installation is often as easy as applying adhesive or screwing them.

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Author is an executive with Wensil.com