Agrilaser, distributed by Bird Control Group, is a newly-released automated bird repellent robot which randomizes laser beams to keep birds out of apple and pear orchards.
The laser trajectory is programmed through a grower’s laptop or tablet, and makes random sweeps in an area ranging from approximately 200 acres to 3,000 acres, depending on weather conditions. Birds perceive the laser beam as an imminent physical danger to which the birds do not get accustomed to. The robot can also be configured to the dimensions of multiple areas and operating periods throughout the day.
This technology was tested in a pear and apple orchard where a grower experienced severe losses of crops prior to use. After use of the automated laser, the grower noted the birds disappeared from the property, significantly reducing damage to the fruit.
“The large groups of crows disappeared. I am very satisfied with the automated laser,” said Arnold Bosgoed, an apple and pear grower in the Netherlands who participated in the trial. “The system is noiseless and the birds do not seem to get used to the laser beam. The installation was easy and it requires no maintenance.”
Source: Growing Produce