Why is bird netting not effective enough?
The first challenge of netting is that birds can become tangled in the darker colored bird netting which is less visible than white netting. This poses more of a visual barrier that birds can avoid. The thickness and mesh diameter can also influence the visibility of birds and increase the chances that they will get caught in the netting.
Netting requires a lot of time and costs to ensure that it is installed properly and effectively to protect crops. Although netting can be managed by regular inspections, this can take a lot of time and increase farmers’ labor costs. Netting cost Australian farmers more than 10,000 Australian dollars per hectare. This also means that they need regular maintenance, which can take up a lot of time, and if not installed correctly, bird damage can still occur.
More and more farmers are being educated on humane bird control. Governments have more restrictions on getting rid of nests and encourage people to use bird control methods that are safe for both humans and birds.