Bird species responsible for crop damage
The birds that are responsible for damage to wine grapes in the researched five states include European Starlings, American Robins and Wild Turkey.
The data illustrates how severe the damage of birds to fruit industry and farming is. Bird damage to grapes is largely due to the inability of farmers to successfully repel birds, they are relying on inefficient bird deterrence methods.
Current yield-loss due to bird damage in grape growing
Bird damage in wine grapes (%)
Laser bird repellent at Griffin’s Lair vineyard
Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is located in the southernmost part of the Sonoma Coast AVA (American Viticultural Appellation), California, USA. The vineyard is owned and managed by Joan and Jim Griffin. Their main grape types are premium pinot noir and syrah.
Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is committed to sustainable practices, environmentally and socially including improving the soil, streams, wildlife habitat, grasslands, and other natural resources on the property, investing in organic products and integrated pest management programs and respecting vineyard workers.
The vineyard’s biggest pest problem was bird damage to grapes. Jim Griffin, Owner of Griffin’s Lair, says that he spent more than 25,000 US dollars per year (which is 1,190 US dollars per acre) on Grape Netting and labor costs as bird control methods. Grape Netting was very costly and required extra labor force. That was the reason why Jim went in search of a new more convenient and effective bird repellent. Meanwhile Jim’s wife had read of Bird Control Group and was very excited about the automated laser bird repellents. She immediately told Jim to contact Bird Control Group to get informed more on the lasers.
Very quickly, Jim got 4 automated lasers installed on the vineyard. He is happy with the results – a 99.8% reduction in birds!