|“Fully protected grapes ripe
for the vintage ahead”
||“Lost or damaged fruit – a disappointing
but avoidable end to the season”
The Choice Is Yours......
Netting is the only reliable way to protect your crop 24/7 - It’s on the job continuously and doesn’t take early morning and evening bird feeding times or weekends or other days off when you or your crews are away.
Netting provides a “complete” barrier between the birds and your fruit to preserve tonnage - Unlike scare devices which birds quickly determine to be harmless (sometimes in less than a few hours), netting keeps the birds at bay and stays on the job to achieve full harvests. Birds can wipe out an entire crop in a weekend. Netting keeps what you’ve produced safe and maturing until you want to pick – no more lost crops, no more wasted seasons.
Netting completely preserves fruit flavor and appearance. The old methods of bird deterrence – cannons (where legal), lethal shooting (illegal for all but European starlings, English house sparrows and pigeons), balloons, etc. – cannot prevent access to your crop and leave fruit entirely exposed to damage that harms appearance and flavor.
Once birds peck the fruit, the damage is done! Bird-pecked fruit harbors bacterial and fungal pathogens that ruin a crop for good – fruit sold on appearance has to be discarded and fruit to be processed can be ridden with off-flavors. The bottom line is: When it comes to protecting appearance and flavor…..
PARTIAL BIRD CONTROL =
Netting is quiet and legal - Netting doesn't wake your neighbors up with cannon blasts, sirens, horns, whistles, or any number of loud noises birds quickly learn to simply ignore (often in a matter of hours). In addition, local ordinances may severely restrict the use of auditory scare devices.
Netting is also a legal means to control depredating birds unlike shooting which is dangerous around workers and neighbors and depending upon your immediate jurisdiction it may be illegal to discharge a firearm in your locale. Lethal control measures, like shooting (even where firearms can be legally operated), is allowed for only three unprotected species:
House Sparrow (passer domesticus)
Starlings (disambiguation), and the
Common pigeon or Rock Dove (Columba livia)
All other species are protected by state and federal statutes. Always check with Federal, state, and local ordinances before attempting to control depredating birds by with firearms or pyrotechnics.