Assembling a bird scaring kite – How to guide

Bird scaring kites are a highly effective way of keeping your crops safe. But if assembling the kite sounds like a lot of work then fear not. We have put together a list of the equipment you will need and have documented the step by step assembly process.

What you will need:

  • A bird scaring kite pack (each pack contains a kite, extendable pole, post and accessory bag)
  • A hammer


  • Hammer post into the ground. Every post contains a blue line – this is your guide to what level it should be buried into the ground. There is also a red line which can be used in softer ground.
  • Place the disk from the accessory pack over the post
  • Remove cap from the extendable pole and pull out (each section must be twisted to securely lock into place)
  • Tie the red end of line to the top of the pole (figure 8 knot)
  • Take out the kite and lay onto the ground (eyes facing down)
  • Attach the nose and tail struts
  • Thread the right strut into the left wing and vice versa
  • Turn the kite back over so the eyes are face up and attach the line to the claws (bowline knot recommended)
  • Remove cap from bottom of pole and drop the pole onto the post


Bird squatters to be removed

I recently read an interesting report from the NBC about a bird problem that occurred in Woodlake, Virginia in the US. Several double crested Cormorants had made their way onto the lake and were causing serious problems.

The report included details of how they were squatting at the Woodlake area and the serious damage they were inflicting to their new ‘home’. Experts reported that bird droppings can seriously affect the Woodlake land and could even kill off its’ surrounding environment.

The environmental risk prompted swift action from the US Department of Agriculture Wildlife. David Allaben from the US Dept. of Agriculture Wildlife Services commented: “They tend to really cause a lot of damage to the island…They already did significant damage there from last winter.”

As such a number of explosion like noises, created by pyrotechnics, were scheduled to deter the birds away from Woodlake.

There is no doubt that the noise generated from the pyrotechnics would have caused distress and alarm to the birds. While this may work out to be an effective method for the Woodlake area, there are many other bird scaring techniques to remove unwanted birds from properties. One of the less noisy but highly effective methods is the use of bird scaring kites. However it must be noted that each bird pest problem is unique and while some will be solved with a scary kite others call for a more dramatic solution (or a combination of solutions).

Different applications for Bird Scaring Kites

Originally our products were designed to control a pigeon problem I was having on my farm (to keep the pigeons away from the oil rape seed). Since then we have found our customers are using the kites in a number of different environments. This article highlights some examples.

Allotments / crops – These provide rich pickings for birds. Birds attacking crops is a problem for two reasons. One, because they eat the crops; and secondly they can damage the appearance of the crops, making them redundant in some cases (unable to be sold).

Airfields – Birds have been known to inflict damage on airfields and aircrafts. Commonly referred to as ‘bird strikes’, these occur when a group of bird species collide with an air carrier. This is a serious problem as some ‘strikes’ have resulted in deaths.

Fish lakes – Birds are seen as pests when it comes to fish lakes. They will eat the supply of fish and they can be particularly difficult to scare away especially in large catchment areas. Not only will they eat the fish but they also run the risk of spreading disease from fish caught in other lakes. This can be quite damaging particularly to single species catchment lakes.

Vineyards – Weather aside, birds are one of the most common threats to vineyards. They like to feed on the grapes although frustratingly they will not devour the entire grape but will peck it and move on to the next one.

All of these are examples of places where bird scaring kites could be effective in the removal of unwanted pests. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the front line.


Bird scaring techniques: Advantages and disadvantages


  • Advantage: One of the most popular methods in scaring birds in the past a scarecrow can be a frightening figure to incoming birds.
  • Disadvantage: Birds can be clever and if they see the scarecrow in the same standstill position all the time it may lose its effect.


  • Advantage: Cats and dogs can be your own personal security guards chasing birds away. If a bird is in fear of its life from a predator, it will keep away.
  • Disadvantage: If you have a large amount of birds that you wish to keep away you may need to try another technique. While your pets may concentrate on chasing some birds there is nothing to stop another bird eating your seeds.

Bird scaring kites

  • Advantage: Bird scaring kites are designed to look like a hawk or eagles eye that birds are frightened off. Combined with the constant change of movement, these visuals predators are very effective.
  • Disadvantage: Although perfect for crops and large areas of land these might look a little funny in a regular sized garden.  The kites sit on tall poles so you will need someone to help you assemble them.


  • Advantage: Birds are cautious of netting as they fear they may get trapped in it so covering your plants and crops with nets could be a good deterrent.
  • Disadvantage: Depending on the area involved that needs to be covered could prove to be quite expensive.

Loud noises

  • Advantage: Birds respond negatively to loud noises and distress sounds.
  • Disadvantage: Depending on the severity of the sound a really loud noise could frighten a bird to death; literally. It might also make you less than popular with the neighbours.

Strong spices

  • Advantage: Some birds respond negatively to strong spices sprinkled across them.
  • Disadvantage: It is always important to check that what you do sprinkle does not have an effect on the crop.

Automatic sprinklers

  • Advantage: Sprinklers discourage birds and can be effective if they have a motion sensor attached to them.
  • Disadvantage: Having a sprinkler running is not only costly but can be wasteful. This technique is not recommended given the current water restrictions.

Some techniques will work better than others and some are more involved so you need to assess the time you have available.  Which of these techniques have worked for you?


a friendly and effective deterrent to help protect boat owners

Imagine you have gathered your friends and family together for a day on the water on your boat.  All are excited with anticipation of a day on the open seas… only to arrive at the dock and see a boat covered in bird poop.  Sound familiar? Each year boat owners spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars cleaning up after pest birds.  Pest birds such as Gulls, Cormorants, Pelicans and even Pigeons will not only leave behind their faeces, but can damage boat parts.

Pest birds are attracted to the elevated areas of boats such as the top of masts, on spreaders, and on the riggings.  From these perches they will leave behind their droppings and debris.  Bird faeces can eat away at boat finishes, cause stains on canvas and carry over 60 known diseases.

So what can be done to keep pest birds off of your boat?  The most effective way to keep them off is to make it difficult for them to land.  Here are some methods of deterring pest birds from different areas of your boats.

Biminis or Canvas:

Birds love to use your canvas covers as an area to roost, eat their catch or just relax.  There are several products available to keep birds from landing on your canvas covers.  There is the Bird Spider and a Solar Bird Repeller that work to keep pest birds from landing on flat surfaces.  The Bird Spider has eight stainless steel “arms” that move with the breeze that deter birds from landing.  The birds see the movement and move on to a more suitable spot to land.  The Bird Spiders are available to cover a 2′, 4′, 6′, and 8′ diameter area.

The Solar Bird Repeller sweeps birds continually in a 5′ diameter.  It is solar powered to operate in dark conditions.  Both products are ideal for use on Biminis and canvas covers.

Masts, Spreaders & Riggings:

Masts, Spreaders, riggings, boat railings and even Radar antennae make ideal roosting perches for marine pest birds.  The easiest and most effective way to keep these areas clear of pest birds is to make it impossible for them to land.  Stainless Steel Bird Spikes or the Bird Spiders work well on these areas.  It is important to protect these areas even before pest birds become a big problem, once birds take up residence on your boat, it will be much more difficult to get them off.

The Bird Spikes can be used on masts, spreaders, riggings and even the Radar Antennae.  It is easy to apply using zip ties to secure, then when you want to use the boat simply remove the spikes and you are on your way.  It is much faster than having to clean up poop every time you want to cruise.

The Bird Spiders also work very well on masts, spreaders and railings.  You can install the Bird Spiders using one of the optional bases to just about any area of your boat.  The stainless steel “Arms” moving in the breeze will deter even the largest of sea birds such as pelicans.  As with the Bird Spikes, you just simply remove and store the bird spiders when you are ready to use your boat.


DEFRA – Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs

The following link to the DEFRA website was found to be very interesting and highlighted many suggestions that could help farmers tackle the ever present bird problem in farming:

How to Get Rid of Seagulls?

Seagulls are birds that are far sighted. Tracking out their prey is a child’s play for them. If watched from a distance they look very pleasing to the eye.  They pose a problem to mankind as they snatch food, drop their waste at cars and other objects and build nests in nooks and corners of houses.  They are also aggressive enough to harm human-beings. Seagulls are hence a big nuisance.

Getting rid of them though is possible. Seagull spikes are a great way of scaring away these mischievous birds.  The seagull spikes create a visual deterrent to the birds that the area they want to build their nest is insecure as they cannot land safely.  Similarly seagull wires are also a very useful way of getting rid of such birds. This system does not harm the birds but scares them away.  The wires have springs at each end and make it uncomfortable for the seagull to perch.

Seagull nest moving is another way to get rid of the seagulls. The job of moving away a seagull’s nest is done under strict rules and special authorities are responsible for doing up this job.

Seagull nets are also available in the markets.  They are made of a synthetic material, are long lasting, durable, reliable and the life span of such products is about five years.


a friendly and effective deterrent to help protect boat owners

Pigeon – Problems & Control Products Part 2

Now if you have been to a public park or any big city, you will find pigeons everywhere and there is really no deterrent from pigeons anymore. There are no natural animals that can come and control their population and because of this they have taken over certain areas. So to get rid of the pigeons you have to address the issue of why they’re there. The main reasons they are present is because there is a food source and a water source. You have to take that away from them and also you have to take away their nesting areas. The easiest way to do that is to put netting up if they are under your carport. You can use little owl decoys and best of all you can use A lot of farmers have used this method with a huge amount of success. If there are any areas where they are perching you can staple little nails or put string across so they can’t sit on those perches; and if they have got access to your attic or an old building, you must stop them from getting in whether it’s putting fencing or netting or screening. So the only way to get rid of pigeon population is to control them and not give them a place to live. Finally, pigeons or other birds do not like really strong spices. So if they’re around your water fountains or around your front door, spray it down or just put down a bunch of cinnamon, red hot pepper, cayenne pepper, pepper garlic. Try any type of curry, anything that’s really spicy and sprinkle it down where they are landing.