“The birds that enter the vineyard have one plan, and that is to eat the grapes that are beginning to ripen. Before the laser was installed, I saw a lot of birds flying around, I couldn’t give you an exact number, but they were there all the time”, Fred Explains.
Airy Acres vineyard was initially going to choose the option of netting, which had to be placed over the grapes manually and had to be pulled off and on to get to the grapes. Fred says, “Netting is a pain in the neck to put up and down.”
He found out about the laser from the Orchard Magazine. This led him to the decision that the would be the best solution to prevent bird damage to his vineyard.
Netting vs. laser bird deterrent
Netting is a traditional method of bird control, but it is not always the most efficient one. Airy Acres Vineyard had problems with starlings that came in big flocks and damaged the grapes. Sparrows and finches would always find an opening in the netting and peck through it.
The laser bird deterrent will be put up in July of each year until February of the following year and can be automatically programmed to deter birds during the hours when they most commonly occur.