Monday, January 7, 2008

Electronic Bird Control

Ogden Nash once said, “I am a conscientious man, when I throw rocks at seabirds, I leave no tern unstoned”. Any urban or rural dweller will be able to give a comprehensive account of problems and nuisances caused due to the mischief of birds. Thus, contemporarily it has become of utmost importance to tackle and control the population of birds through electronic means also called as electronic bird control, which is a method perceived to be more humane. Being able to fly, birds are very much creatures of habit. They have the tendency to nest in places like dish antennae, radio station-satellites, which cause disruption in electronic transmission. In rural areas, flocks of birds like swarms of insects have been known to destroy crops; this invokes the necessity to control them. It is worthwhile to state that over 360 people have been killed worldwide as a result of bird strikes, which further asserts the need to control the escalating bird population and using electronic bird control.

Many bird infestations are left alone to develop on signs, homes or rooftops because the owner thought it was all right to leave them alone. Once established, it may take mechanical alterations, repellents and ultimately trapping to resolve conflicts. While traditional methods like shooting the birds with a low velocity gun will merely solve the majority of roosting and nesting problems of birds in open areas mainly in the rural places, electronic bird control, which can be used, in the clustered urban regions for controlling bird population. The general public in its endeavour to control bird population can help reduce attractiveness of facilities and grounds to roosting birds. “Bird control” is specie of the genus “Pest control”. It is a specialty in pest control. Controlling birds requires a different approach; it is more technical due to the usage of complex electronic devices. It’s not just spraying chemicals as in the case of pest control.

Electronic bird control can be best handled by trained individuals or professionals with the know-how to use the electronic devises and technical equipments. This is so because, birds often live in difficult-to-reach areas and, considering the disease potential, workers in some situations must take safety precautions, including use of special respirators. Technology and science, today have endowed us with many techniques to discourage birds from roosting and establishing habitats. Most of these techniques are electronic and might require the use of specialized aerial equipment. The components of most of these apparatuses - designed exclusively for bird control - comprise of wires and spikes. These products are placed at strategic locations on roofs, ledges and balconies to prevent birds from roosting or resting on these structures. Some of these devices are electrified with low voltage, which do not harm the bird but acts as an electric fence to keep the birds out of the area. However, birds tend to get resistant to a particular device and at times the purpose of shooing the birds away is not solved. These devices, which are used for electronic bird control, must be maintained from time to time.