Although relatively new in Australia, Aquaculture has become a recognized and mainstream industry in a remarkably short time. The high costs of infrastructure and establishment has made bird predator minimization very important in the attempt to recover costs and then make a profit. Unlike agriculture and horticulture businesses, aquaculture can be at risk to birds 12 months of the year. This makes controlling predatory birds much more difficult. Once a good food source is found, these birds will simply remain permanently, attracting more birds in the process. Unlimited shooting is rarely permitted and often netting is too costly.
Bird Gard's use of distress calls punctuated with irritating harassment sounds has been successful in many instances of reducing pest birds to an acceptable level. Some judicial shooting (with permit of course) is then used to "clean up" the remaining stubborn birds.
Whilst it is almost impossible to get rid of every bird, with Bird Gard a large reduction in numbers is possible. National Parks and Wildlife Service will often allow a limited number of birds to be shot (the ones Bird Gard didn't move) but will rarely allow wholesale slaughter of large numbers of birds which would necessarily be the case if Bird Gard wasn't used. Units run off 12v battery or 240v mains power.
Bird Gard Pty Ltd is proud to announce an exciting new development in bird control in aquaculture. The Bird Gard Laser, a hand-held device, is effective in low-light conditions out to 600m. The Laser 'gun' projects a bright red "dot" which when played around the area where the birds are standing will instantly put the birds to flight. The dot doesn't have to actually "hit" the bird - as long as the bird can see it in its immediate vicinity.
It appears the birds regard the "dot" as a physical thing which is moving around it - and they feel threatened and fly away. Water and wading birds (ducks, geese, seagulls, cormorants) seem to be more susceptible to the laser than most diurnal birds. In the United States the laser is used to repel seabirds from air fields - particularly by the Military, which helped develop the laser gun. One of the benefits of the laser is that it's silent (can be used near neighbours) runs on a single 9 volt battery, and is easy to use. The Laser is an ideal tool to be used in conjunction with Super Pro Maine (acoustic marine bird repeller).