Bird netting is a safe and discrete way of blocking birds and various other pests for gaining access to areas that need to be protected from them. They can hardly be seen and do not need any power to operate. Most people choose bird netting because it is a humane way of keeping crops, chickens, boats, bats, etc safe.
When do you need bird netting?
Bids and other pests get in everywhere and their dropping are unsightly and can cause health risks to humans. Some of the dropping can actually eat away at the cement of a building, making it look terrible. Farmers also need to protect their produce from the pecking birds and other pests.
Is it effective?
Yes, because it is the only type that puts a physical barrier between the desired area and the birds. This is what makes it so effective in protection. The effectiveness depends on how it is affixed and how it is maintained.
The benefits of control netting
The top benefit is that you can protect your crops and buildings without hurting any birds.
Versatile. This type of net can be put just about anywhere. From hospital and airports, to small crops and restaurant courtyards.
Durable. One bird net can last for up to 10 years, if it is looked after properly. This makes it a very cost effective way to control birds.
Variable. This type of removal netting comes in a variety of colors that can blend into the surroundings. They are designed with different sized holes for the different types of pest you are trying to prevent.
The disadvantages of using bird netting
Unintentional trapping. Even though it is a safe way to keep away birds, sometimes a bird might get trapped in a hole or tear, which is why you need to keep watching for this.
Removal and installation. It is important that the netting has enough clearance between the surface and the net. If it is pulled to tight, it can cause tearing over time and then the birds could break in. It is therefore recommended that a professional be called in to install the bird proofing net.
Planning permission. There is not much chance that permission will be needed, especially on your own property, but you want to check with your local authority just to be on the safe side.
What is this net made of?
Most of the nets available are made from either polypropylene or polyethylene because they are strong materials and can survive all weather types. These materials are strong enough to be put up in very windy places.
Most of the bird nets meant for commercial use are also UV treated to protect them from the sunlight. Most will also come with flame retardant as well.
Due to the fact that these nets are outside all year round, all their fixtures, straining wires, and fittings are made from stainless steel, preventing them from rusting.
The holes in the nets are different, depending on what type of bird you want to deter. To be cost effective, it is recommended that you choose the largest mesh available.
Large mesh is generally hardier and not as visable as smaller sizes. The holes are usually 19mm for sparrows, 28mm for starlings, 50mm for pigeons, and 75mm for seagulls. Choosing a smaller size is better if you want to target more that one species.
Installing a bird net correctly
It may seem like a simple D.I.Y project but, it can be time-consuming and complex. It all depends on the size of the surface that needs protecting but, it is advised that you employ a professional service to come in and do the job in a safe manner. If you want to install a small net by yourself, be sure to read the manual before you begin.
Bird netting can be set up at anytime of the year but, starting in spring is recommended. The reason is that you will be less likely to have the weather interfering in the process. By doing it earlier, you will also prevent certain birds from making your fruit trees their home before your fruits ripen.
Once your bird netting is up, you must make sure that you monitor it regularly, because any net that is not looked after can end up causing you lots of problems. Tatty nets can cause bird to get stuck or even break the net. It is advisable that you have your net checked at least once a year.
Having your net installed correctly and keeping up with the maintenance will ensure that it is as effective as it can be and that it lasts for as long as it can.
Using bird net in your garden
Having birds and other pests attacking your home garden is awful, especially if you have planted all the plants by yourself. No pest will be interested in your garden until the fruits start to ripen. It is therefore important to protect your fruit and vegetable plants before they get to their peak.
You need to measure the circumference of fruit trees and the netting needs to be about a foot longer in order to drape from the top of the tree to the trunk. Wrap and twist the ends around the tree trunk, and fasten with zip ties or twine.
With vegetable gardens, you can either protect each plant or put netting over the entire garden. With berry bushes, the net need to cover the entire vine or bush, with about 6 inches of space above the tallest plant to make sure that the birds cannot get to them through the mesh.
When you are installing your bird netting over your field, garden, or crop, you must make sure that you can still easily access the area for when the time comes to harvest your crop. Not being able to get into the area is going to make the harvesting of your crops an extremely difficult thing to do.