Bird Scaring Kites and the kite in action – Video

Scare’m scares the pigeons off the crops with little maintenance 24/7.

Unlike many other pigeon scaring devices Scare’m is always changing. It varies its manifestation by altering its flight pattern, speed and height  depending on the strength of the wind therefore the pigeons never become accustomed to the Scare’m.

Have a look at this video and see the Bird Scaring Kite in action!

 

Testimonials from Scare’m clients – using our Bird Scaring Kites

Please have a read through a few testimonials from our very own clients – using the Scare’m Bird Scaring Kites:

From: Richard Payne

Hello John,
I received the kites the day after I ordered them from you, and they have been in constant use. We rotate them between emerging game cover crops, and winter wheat which is now lodging in places. Since putting up the kites, we have had no pigeon damage to speak of. The two smaller multicoloured reflective kites have also proved very useful. We change them over with the standard black kites every so often, just to keep the pigeons guessing. So far, so good!
I am hoping to use these kites as a deterrent to stop pheasant poults wandering in the wrong direction. I shall let you know how I get on with this.

Manor Farm, Heathfield, Taunton.

From: David Nieberg

Dear John,

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say how happy I am with our Scare’m hawk Kite.  As a herb nursery with outdoor production areas we have increasing found that pigeon damage has become a very costly problem for us.  The area that we need to protect is not that large in relation to field scale agriculture but with a high value of crop per square metre the implication of pigeon damage is very significant.  Having tried various other methods of control with limited success we have been very happy to find the Scare’m Hawk Kite which has thus far proved to be very effective.  I can highly recommend the Scare’m Hawk Kite, the fast delivery and great customer service.

Best wishes

David Nieburg

Country Herbs and Plants Limited

From: Brian Dacey

Hi John.

I would like to thank you for a great product as I have just ordered another one off you I think last year we were the only shoot around us in North Yorkshire to have good crops of kale. what I found funny was we had such a success with the kites a few farmers around us bought cheeper products but the poles snaped in half and I always think buy cheep buy twice.
The Scarem kite is the best as it is long lasting and the service you provide is second to non well recommended.

Brian Dacey, Nawton Towers Shoot,

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or feedback on our products, we would love to hear from you!

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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

Instructions:

  • 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

All that is left to do now is to watch the kite fly. From start to finish this should only take approximately 5 minutes. Time well spent when you consider the crops that will be rescued.

See how easy these steps are in our video demonstration. This is good to watch if you need some guidance with how to tie a figure eight and/or bowline knot.

I hope that was helpful. Please feel free to feedback your experience of the kites` assembly.

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).

Bird Scaring Kites

It will be interesting to see if the birds are a problem again next winter. Have you heard of anything similar occurring in Europe? Share your news with us in the comments box below.

The Original Scare’m Delta Kite System – Review

Scare’m is made with the highest quality materials to make it as durable as possible.

Unlike many other pigeon scaring devices Scare’m is always changing. It varies it’s manifestation by altering its flight pattern, speed and height  depending on the strength of the wind therefore the pigeons never become accustomed to the Scare’m.

The full kit consists of:
  • kite
  • telescopic pole with rubber caps at each end
  • synthetic heavy duty ground post
  • 2-part 8-plaite 2mm Braided Cord with swivel
  • securing line for anchoring during heavy winds
  • ground disk to prevent pole from burying itself into soft ground
  • comprehensive instructions

If you’d like to order or view our other Bird Scaring Kite products, please visit our online shop here!

 

History Behind Scare’m Bird Scaring Kites

About eight years ago we were having trouble with pigeon control on the farm, along with every other arable farmer in the country. Every day we would launch bird scaring kites to the air, and after breakfast they would be crashed in the fields again. We had guns that upset the neighbours or were stolen, and many other contraptions which were too heavy to move or just simply fell apart!  Something had to be done.

We started a project to design a bird scaring device which could keep pigeons off the crop but that would simultaneously be:-

  • virtually maintenance free
  • quick to put up and take down (matter of minutes) – time saving device
  • working for long periods of time without falling apart
  • cost effective
  • live stock and neighbour friendly

Having made 220 prototypes – we think that Scare’m Bird Scaring Kites have finally solved the problem and do all of the above.

The Scare’m is a self launching pigeon scaring kite.  It consists of a telescopic flexible seven metre pole with a specially designed kite attached to the pole on a durable plaited line.  It is fixed in the field by simply driving our tough synthetic post into the ground and slotting the pole over the top – all done in a matter of minutes!

We originally designed the Scare’m to keep pigeon off oil seed rape but since the launch of Scare’m we have had farmers using the Scare’m on many other crops including:

  • Brassicas
  • Cover crops
  • Grass seeds
  • Vineyards
  • Fish lakes
  • Allotments

Scare’m bird control kite is made with the highest quality materials to make it as durable as possible.

Unlike many other pigeon scaring devices Scare’m is always changing. It varies its manifestation by altering its flight pattern, speed and height depending on the strength of the wind therefore the pigeons never become accustomed to the Scare’m.

If you’ve got pigeons you’ve got problems and you will need a Scare’m to sort the problem.  Scare’m bird scaring kite is always flying, it is quick and easy to move and very effective.  Takes minutes to put up and seconds to take down.  Can be placed close to the edges of fields where pigeon tend to attack without upsetting any neighbours as they are silent. Virtually maintenance free – no need to refill with gas or daily launching making the Scare’m a time saving device.  Giving you time to do more important jobs on the farm!  We have found since using the Scare’m on our oil seed rape crop our yields have increased massively along with our profit margins making it a crop worth protecting.

Scare’m is very cost effective at only £89.95 plus VAT and postage and package.

We recommend a Scare’m will protect approximately 20 acres of land.

Go here and place your order without delay!

Yours Sincerely,

Scare’m Team

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.

Find out more about our products (and you can even buy online) here: http://www.scarem.co.uk/store.html

Bird scaring techniques: Advantages and disadvantages

Scarecrow

  • 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.

Pets

  • 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.

Netting

  • 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?

More information on products and to buy Scare’m Bird Scaring Kites – visit www.scarem.co.uk

Scarem provides 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.

NEWCOMER IN THE FIELD OF BIRD SCARING DEVICES

Scare’m have launched the Marine Scare’m that has been designed specifically to keep seagulls away from your sea going vessels and pontoons.  An effective and cost efficient method of keeping your boat pest free and clean.  You will save hours each visit not having to clean the decks of excrement left by these birds.

The Marine Scare’m is available from Scare’m Limited whose details can be found at www.scarem.co.uk.  Please contact the owner, John Galloway who will tell you all about his new product.

For any bird proof system to be successful you must first do a good clean-up of the area, removing all of the debris left behind by the pest birds.  It is also important to try to bird proof your boat before you have a large bird control problem.  Prevention is important when it comes to boats and marinas; you are not there all of the time, so you just do not know when a bird control problem begins.  It is best to stop it before it starts.

CONTACT:
John Galloway – Scarem Limited
+44(0)1992 524991
john@gallowayfarms.co.uk

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:

http://bit.ly/JC6gWO

One of the methods of bird control suggested the use of hawk shaped kites and an excellent product available on the market is the Scarem Bird Scaring Device as found at www.scarem.co.uk.A lot of farmers have used this method with a huge amount of success.

The Scare’m Bird Scaring Device

The Scare’m Bird Scaring Device has been designed to scare pigeons and has the following characteristics:-

  • It is virtually maintenance free
  • It is quick to put up and take down thus saving valuable time
  • It works for long periods of time without falling apart
  • It is cost effective

The Scare’m Bird Scaring Device is a self-launching pigeon scaring kite.  It consists of a flexible telescopic seven metre pole with a specially designed kite attached to the tip on a durable plaited line.  It is fixed in the field by simply driving a tough synthetic post into the ground and slotting the pole over the top – all done in a matter of minutes!

What does the Bird Scaring Kite do?

It does what the name suggests – Scare’m scares the pigeons with little maintenance  24/7 365 days a year.

Scare’m was originally designed to keep pigeons off oil seed rape but since its launch farmers are using the Scare’m on many other crops including:

  • Brassicas
  • Cover crops
  • Grass seeds
  • Vineyards
  • Fish lakes
  • Allotments
  • AND NOW BUILDINGS

Why does The Scare’m Kite work?

The Scare’m Bird Control Kite is made with the highest quality materials to make it as durable as possible.

Unlike many other pigeon scaring devices Scare’m is always changing.  It varies its manifestation by altering its flight pattern, speed and height depending on the strength of the wind therefore the pigeons never become accustomed to the Scare’m.

Why do I need one?

If you’ve got pigeons you’ve got problems and you will need a Scare’m to sort the problem.

The Scare’m bird scaring kite is:-

Always flying

It is quick and easy to move

It is very effective as no pigeon will sit below a bird of prey

It only takes minutes to put up and seconds to take down

It will not upset any neighbours as the unit operates in silence

It is virtually maintenance free – there is no need to refill with gas or launch daily

How many Bird Scaring Kites do I need?

A Scare’m kit will easily protect 20,000 square metres

How do I get a Scare’m?

Go here and place your order without delay.