laser before the first crops started to grow, helped to prevent birds from flying in and foraging on young grapes. The vineyard’s grape production is 15,000 tons a year now and the bird damage is completely eliminated from the very beginning.
Sustainable application of the laser bird repellent
On his 5 acre vineyard, Zach uses one laser bird repellent. The laser is operational during late August and throughout September. During this time, the grapes are growing and the birds like to feed on them. The rest of the year he welcomes the birds, because they need a place to nest and they eat bugs.
Zach didn’t try out any low-tech bird deterrent methods, such as netting, but immediately took advantage of the laser’s capabilities. The reason why Zach wanted to find a better alternative for netting is because it is “costly, takes a lot of work and they block the light to the crops”. He has also recommended the laser technology to his neighbors, who do still use netting.
According to Zach, the best feature of the laser is that it’s automated and therefore saves a lot of time. He finds the software program used to control the Autonomic easy to use. Right now the Autonomic is mounted to a tree, but will be reinstalled on a pole this year.
“I installed the Autonomic 500 before my first crop and I did not have a single berry eaten by a bird. Contrarily to my neighbors, who often times have bird damage to their crops.”
Zach Hall, Owner of Domaine l’Espiègle in Dunham