The GA Pet Food Partners facility is located close to a river, which makes it an attractive location for gulls. Gulls frequented the facility and caused ongoing nuisance for staff and visitors and damage with their droppings. Black-headed gulls and herring gulls habitually perched on rooftops, waiting for pet food product to be transferred between buildings by fork lifts. The gulls would then swoop down to scavenge on spillage or sit on the top of the product as it was being moved. The bird nuisance was difficult to manage. Many methods were used in attempts to eliminate the bird activity, including three bird scaring kites that simply became tangled and didn’t work.
While searching for a new, more effective method of bird control, the managers of GA Pet Food Partners researched the Autonomic, and made the decision to try the laser technology. The fully automated laser system repels birds continuously after a one-time configuration. Birds perceive the approaching laser beam as a physical danger, and their survival instinct drives them to fly away. The continuous presence of a moving laser beam keeps a monitored area free of birds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.