In addition to the Q&A's listed below, you can ask our bird expert, Ornithologist Dr. Rob Fergus about your specific bird problem. Visit our "Ask The Expert" page or email him directly.
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There are a wide variety of products available to help with virtually any pest bird problem. Products range from sound deterrents, visual deterrents and physical deterrents, to bird netting, bird spikes and more.
Yes, all products sold on Absolute Bird Control are safe and humane means of riding your property of pest birds. Most products offered are commonly suggested by animal rights groups, and recommended by ornithological and wildlife specialists as effective ways to deter pest birds.
On the home page, you can choose your product by the type of bird posing a problem, or the area they are in. The type of pest bird, the location they are posing a problem, and if they are nesting or not, will help determine the best product for the situation. If you are unsure which product will work best for your bird problem, call us at 1-877-820-8205 or email us.
Yes, we offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all of our products. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, you can call within 30 days of receiving the item to get a return authorization number, and instructions for the return. The amount returned is the price of the product less a 15% re-stocking fee. We do not reimburse shipping fees.
Yes, visit the "I need an installer" tab on the home page for bird control professional in your area. Most Pest Control and Wildlife Control companies can help with a pest bird problem. Just as any other pest, they will generally make a trip out to asses the problem and discuss your options. Absolute Bird Control works with a network of trained authorized bird control installers across the nation, email us, or call 1-877-820-8205 for more information.
We keep a full stock of all of our items, if a product is unavailable, we will post that to the site. Orders generally ship within two business days from when the order is received, shipping UPS ground from California. At this time, we do not offer express shipping.
Though there isn't a universal definition defining exactly what constitutes a pest bird, three species are commonly labeled as pest birds in the United States; the Feral Pigeon, the English Starling, and the House Sparrow, all of which are invasive, non native species. Other species such as Grackles, Canadian Geese, Swallow's, Cormorants, Seagulls and Crows have been hailed as common pest birds. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department, "Any bird, a cardinal, chickadee or dove, can become a "problem" when it does something unpleasant."
Yes, most birds are protected, under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act with exclusion of invasive bird species such as the pigeon. That being said, it is perfectly legal to use bird deterrents to protect your property from birds, as long as you are not harming the bird, or disturbing an active nest.
There are currently over 800 species of birds protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Treaty basically prohibits people from pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing or selling protected birds. To learn more, visit: The Migratory Bird Program - Conserving America's Birds
Yes, birds do carry over 60 diseases transmittable to humans. Bird roosts and nests can also host ectoparasites, like bird mites. According to the Center for Disease Control, "Although birds can spread germs to people, illness caused by touching or owning birds is rare. To best protect yourself from getting sick, thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap after contact with birds or their droppings." People are most at risk when they are constantly being exposed to bird droppings. To learn more, visit: CDC Diseases from Birds.
Geese will respond to audio, visual, and taste aversion products. Many wildlife specialists suggest that using an integrated approach works best, that is using a combination of products to rid them from your property. Typically Canada Geese enter properties to graze on the grass. The Migrate Goose Repellent and Avian Control are topical grass treatments you can spray on the lawn to make your grass inedible. The Goose Chase Sonic is an outdoor sound deterrent that can cover between 1-5 acres, deterring geese by playing predator and distress calls. There are visual deterrents that can be strategically placed around the property like the Coyote Decoy, and Bird-B-Gone Balloon. Lastly there is a motion activated sprinkler that sprays out a stream of water every time motion is sensed.
Woodpeckers "peck" to find food, build nesting cavities, establish territory, and to attract mates. You can choose to "scare" the woodpeckers from common pecking sites with products like our Bird Chase Sonic, an outdoor sound device that can be programmed for deter woodpeckers, and our visual deterrents such as the Woodpecker Kit, Scare Eye Diverters, Bird-B-Gone Balloon, and the Flash Tape. Other customers choose to install netting as a temporary barrier to prevent the birds from access to siding. Visit the woodpecker netting page for additional information.
Look to see where the birds are congregating and treat those areas. If you have birds in your potted plants, try the mini scare crow or garden bird netting. Birds sitting on the railing? Try hanging the visual deterrents. For window sills, and air conditioning units, the bird spikes work well. Or you could choose to cover the entire area with our outdoor sound deterrent, The Bird Chase Sonic. This unit is built for outdoor use and has a volume control and day and night setting.
Trees are a bird's natural habitat, which makes discouraging them from roosting or perching difficult. There are just so many perches and opportunities for them to land, and foliage to hide within. There are though, a few products that people have had success with in the past. For fruit and small trees, try hanging the visual deterrents around the tree, almost like Christmas ornaments. The visual products have shiny reflective surfaces that will have the bird wanting to avoid the area. If the tree is small enough, you can wrap it in the garden netting and secure with zip ties. The Bird Chase Super Sonic has also proven to be successful at keeping starlings and grackles out of trees and can protect between 1-5 acres.
The masts and spreaders of boats provide perfect perch for pest birds, not to mention canvas covers, radars, and railing. We have a few great products to help boat owner's deal with pest birds. The Repeller 360 spins in the wind preventing large birds from landing and is comes with a variety of mounting options. The Bird Spiders' steel arms of bounce and sway in the wind, frightening birds from the treated area and mounts similar to the Repeller 360. The Solar Repeller uses sun power to spin continuously to "sweep" birds off of favored landing spots. Other products used to keep birds off boats include Mylar flash tape, Bird-B-Gone Balloons, or Scare Eye Diverters.
Birds like to perch on the high point of structures, as it provides them with the best vantage point to look for predators and food. By treating the peak of the roof, you eliminate their lookout point, and often send them to a better location. Bird spikes work well for roof tops. They can be glued or nailed into any surface, and are very easy to install. The outdoor sound deterrent, the Bird Chase Sonic, also works well for rooftops, as it is weather resistant and can cover large open spaces. If birds are nesting on the roof, you will want to make sure and remove all nests, and clean the area, bird netting works best where birds have been nesting.
An eave is the perfect home for a bird. It provides shelter from the elements and predators. Scents in the nesting material and droppings will lead the bird back to their own nest. The most important step in getting rid of the birds will be to make sure all of the nesting materials and droppings are cleaned away, and the area disinfected. Bird droppings carry disease, and the proper protection is a must. Once the nests and droppings are cleaned up, there are several products that can help. The best way to keep birds out of an eave is to block them out with netting. Netting acts as a physical barrier. Bird Slope and Bird Spikes can also be used to prevent birds from landing on beams under eaves. Transparent Bird Gel can be used on horizontal beams to prevent birds from landing.
Window sills provide a perch, and often shelter for birds. Products such as the Bird Spikes or Bird Gel work well in this situation. Bird spikes can be glued down, and are effective for large pest birds. The Bird gel lasts 6 months outdoors and is designed for horizontal surfaces. If you have birds flying into a window, or pecking at a window, we carry window alerts and bird alerts. These are decals applied to the window itself, which help birds recognize the surface, and ignore the reflection.
If you are having problems with birds around your pool you may want to consider one of the outdoor sound deterrents. These are weather resistant units that play predator and distress calls to scare birds from the area. There is one designed for Geese – The Goose-B-Gone Sonic and the Bird Chase Sonic for general birds. We also have a product called the scarecrow, which is ideal when birds are sitting around or in a pool. The scarecrow is a motion activated sprinkler that sprays out water every time motion is sensed. To keep birds like geese and ducks out of a pool, the Bird-B-Gone Balloon works well. You simply float a few balloons on the surface of the water, by filling them ¾ with air, ¼ with water. When birds see the iridescent surface, and predator eyes, they will want to avoid the area.
Blocking access to the rafters or beams that the birds perch on, by installing netting, is the absolute best way to protect these areas. You would want to do a good cleanup of the nesting materials and droppings first. Make sure to wear the proper protection and wash thoroughly after coming in contact with droppings. Once the area is cleaned away, you will want to install bird netting right below the beams. The netting should be secured around all of the edges to prevent persistent birds from squeezing in. We also carry a sound deterrent – The Bird Chase Sonic - that can be used indoors or outdoors. It plays a combination of bird predator calls, and distress calls. The unit is safe to use where livestock is being housed. You could also treat each ledge where the birds are nesting with physical bird deterrents like Bird Slope.
Geese, ducks, gulls and other birds are notorious for using docks, and swim platforms as waterfront perches. The Repeller 360, Bird Spider and Solar Bird Repeller work well for both swim platforms and docks, by using movement to deter birds from the area. Bird Spiders and Bird Spikes can be used to prevent birds from sitting on pilings. For docks: many people string the flash tape along the length of the dock, the birds will be frightened or confused by the shiny reflective surface and will want to avoid the area. Some people even use the Scarecrow motion activated sprinkler to keep birds off docks. The scarecrow sprays out a stream of water 25'x35' every time motion is sensed.
There are a few products that we have to help with a turkey vulture problem. Visual deterrents like the Mylar flash tape, scare eye diverters, and Bird-B-Gone Balloon, can be hung around your property to try and discourage the birds. When they see the shiny, reflective surfaces, its almost like looking at an optical illusion, usually they will want to avoid the area. The scarecrow motion activated sprinkler can also be used to help keep turkey vultures away from your property. If they are landing on your roof, spikes can be installed to take away any high perches. There is a turkey vulture society who lists suggestions on deter these birds.
If we didn't answer your question, please feel free to write in to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-949-472-4369. You can also send questions to our in-house Ornithologist / "Bird Expert", Dr. Rob Fergus at email@example.com