BirdBuffer® controls all flying birds in open spaces by dispersing safe, invisible vapor from a tested, proven, and approved bird repellent, Avian Control or EcoBird 4.0, which contains active ingredient methyl anthranilate (MA). MA is concentrated grape juice extract and flavoring used in many food products, including bubble gum, and is US FDA approved (United States Food and Drug Administration) for many uses, including bird control.
BirdBuffer® is operated by an electrically controlled air compressor/blower motor with an automated timer set to vaporize fluid every 2 minutes keeping fresh vapor air-borne. BirdBuffer® is placed where birds are actively flying and timed to keep vapor in the area as long as possible. Releasing vapor particles at 60 mph, BirdBuffer® is able to effectively spread invisible vapor over large areas, even with very small amounts of fluid.
Tiny particles of vapor (less than 10 microns) penetrate bird’s mucus membranes most effectively when they’re flying. Vapor penetration causes a safe yet irritating response in birds’ trigeminal nerves which acts as a natural eco-friendly repellent, causing birds to fly away and relocate. When birds try to return they repeatedly breathe the irritant and repeatedly fly away. Birds soon remember there’s an irritant in the area and then stay away. This is a key element to keeping them away from large areas and makes it possible to have better bird control than other forms and methods.
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Birds do not have to smell BirdBuffer vapor in order to feel the irritation. They react up to 700’ away when they fly into the air-borne nano-particles. They continually try to find other areas to go to and soon leave the area. When birds can’t see it, but get a reaction to it, they find they can’t outsmart it, so they leave. This educational process can take 30 to 90 days depending on airflow, placement, size of the birds, whether or not they are nesting and depending on how long they have been there.
Outdoors – One BirdBuffer® will cover a one acre area when strategically placed with wind assistance or a wind machine. To check wind direction and best placement, use Windicator spray to determine coverage. Larger coverage – up to 5 acres can be obtained with a double-output or Super BirdBuffer® and/or additional fans/wind-machines. Contact us for more information.
NOTE: When MA is used in chewing gum and candy it contains 2200 PPM. Bird response of nano-particles when vaporized by BirdBuffer is less than 5 PPM. Higher concentrations are not necessary if the automated cycle constantly introduces new and fresh nano-particles in the air birds frequent
BirdBuffer® is the only bird control product that is not harmful to birds and proven to redirect them away from the vapor-treated area. Methyl anthranilate, the active ingredient in BirdBuffer® vapor, is natural and eco-friendly. It is not harmful to birds or people – it simply acts an irritant to the birds, naturally repelling them.
Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) Emerging Pathogens Institute state, “Salmonella is the leading disease-causing bug overall, causing more than $3 billion in disease burden annually.” (Salmonella is present in bird droppings.) Their report lists the number of illnesses, costs, and overall public health burden of specific microbes in particular types of food-borne disease – such as Salmonella from birds. Read more here.
Birds have their own ways of communicating. Bird language consists of using their body language, body parts, and voices to express a wide range of emotions. Beak clicking is when the bird is trying to tell other birds it is threatened or protecting something. Beak wiping shows he is aggravated or upset or trying to dislodge something stuck in his throat.
When birds fly, their heart beat is faster, their breathing is faster. During flight they inhale enough MA particles to create an irritating reaction. They may go outside the area and perch close by to try and figure out why they had such a bad reaction or what caused it. If they cannot see something different, then they relate the area as the problem.
Birds may return to test the area again and again. New flocks coming in will continue to try the area as well as older residents returning. Their memory is locked in for hundreds of miles and they remember where they used to roost, making it necessary to continue using BirdBuffer® as a prevention tool.
BirdBuffer® units require very little product. Generally 2 oz are enough to cover 3-5 acres per day when automated to release particles for 20 sec. each 2.5 minutes, 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours at evening before dark. With one gallon of Avian Control® you can affect approximately 3-5 acres for one month. With experience and automation, less product is used as the birds find new nesting and roosting places to go.
We have an “Auto-Fill” program where you order a set number of maintenance kits including fluid and instruct us how often you need them to ship automatically. BirdBuffer uses approximately 1 gallon per machine per month. Many customers receive one maintenance kit per month per BirdBuffer. This saves time and energy for everyone involved as you don’t need to remember to contact us to order. We will automatically process your order as often as directed, then when the maintenance kit(S) arrives you are reminded to change the filter and add more fluid. This ensures regular maintenance and ultimately better results.
Note: As you get better and better response, you can reduce the amount of fluid consumption by increasing the off time on the timer (usually after 6 months to 4 minutes off). (1 gallon/6-8 weeks) Double output units require 1.5 x more fluid. (3 gallons/2 months)
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See your model’s manual or operating instructions for specifics on how to adjust the cycle-timer. Links to manuals are included on each product’s specific page.
Smaller birds need stimulation to flap their wings, so even a small wad of tin foil thrown in the air gets them to fly instead of roost or float. This makes a big difference in their reaction time and can help them get the extra stimulation to fly out and tell their friends not to come in. At this point we want them to leave, because that’s when they tell other birds not to come in. If you trap, shoot, or capture small birds during this period, it signals other birds they didn’t come out, so it must be a party in there, let’s all go. By letting them leave, they tell other birds not to go in now, but wait till the lead or scout bird gives the “all clear”. Their training exercise will require one or two scouts to continually check the site to see if anything has changed. This is the part that makes letting them go back outside hard for some to understand when you’re trying to get rid of them, but works the best for this application.
Use of BirdBuffer® Thermal Fogger is only needed with smaller birds or birds that had been nesting at the beginning. Once old nests are removed and the area is cleaned up without any signs of bird activity (droppings, feathers, nests), you maintain good results by turning down the timer on BirdBuffer® Q4, Q2, or TD to release less vapor. This also uses less fluid. At this stage, no more handheld fogging is necessary.
Note: Nesting is not counted in results. If birds are nesting, they are very determined to feed and will continue to nest. However; BirdBuffer® will reduce new birds from joining in and when the nesting season is complete, they will also leave the area. It’s best to have BirdBuffer® installed prior to nesting season. This will prevent their desire to return. Eliminating bird droppings, feathers or other signs of bird activity is critical to removing birds’ attraction to your facility.
Damage resulting from shipping, accidents, misuse, negligence, unauthorized repairs, unauthorized fluids or modification of the machine or the fluids is not covered by this warranty. All transportation costs to the factory are the responsibility of the purchaser and must be prepaid. No liability is accepted for injury or for loss, damage or expense resulting from any interruption whatsoever in the operation of the product or from any consequential loss arising there from. No liability is accepted for normal wear and tear. Exposure to outside elements without proper covers voids Warranty. Unit cannot be used outdoors or in wet weather without protection with the covers against the elements. Even then, use in high salty or humid conditions will cause corrosion of connectors and will add to repair charges.
We wish to satisfy YOU, our customer, and have implemented many measures to prevent problems and assure customer satisfaction. However, should you need a missing part or have a functional problem with your product, please call 425-697-4274 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Pacific Time) Monday – Friday, except for holidays. Our customer service department will respond to your problems immediately. Please have the following information available when you call:
1) Model and Serial Number
2) Where and when the product was purchased
3) Nature of the problem
4) Receipt or verification of date stamped proper fluids being used.
The model for BirdBuffer is to use automation to reduce labor and therefore reduce costs associated with bird control. BirdBuffers use labor once per month to fill a machine and change the filters, which takes about 15 minutes.
USDA will employ men to “haze” birds, a term they use for making them fly. This is sometimes in the form of loud cannons, or pyrotechnics. In our studies we have found this to produce temporary movement of birds to nearby locations. Birds learn quickly to fly away when hazers show up but return just as quickly when they leave.
In San Antonio, Texas they have done this for years. Deputies or police officers, working with USDA, use pyrotechnical guns to launch explosive devices into the air. The sudden noise combined with bright light scares birds away. When they all fly away, they are scared enough to increase their droppings. To protect restaurant customers, people are asked to go inside! Deputies walk down the River-Walk tourist attraction shooting noise makers into the air as they go. Because it is only a temporary solution, they do this every night. Birds leave for a few hours only to return the next day. This keeps birds “stimulated” to leave for short periods of time, while employing manpower on a continuous basis to “haze” or “stimulate” the birds. Cleaning up excess droppings from the frightened birds remains a concern, health hazard, and additional labor expense.
Another method of bird control is using a falconist or trained dog handler to control the air space. Because the falcons and dogs are specially trained, the expense of hiring a falconist or dog handler is high. They are hired on variable basis varying from daily to weekly, depending on the budget. This is another method of employing more manpower to solve a problem that could be solved more effectively and at a lower cost with BirdBuffer. Each time birds return, a falconist or dog handler is called into action. Bird droppings and clean up costs remain.
>With BirdBuffer, the only manpower required is 15 minutes once a month, to fill it with fluid and change the filters. Since BirdBuffer only uses one gallon of fluid per month, cost of operation compared to more labor intensive management approaches is drastically reduced. Clean-up of bird droppings is also reduced dramatically and is soon eliminated.
With BirdBuffer, customers have found a Return of Investment within as little as 2 to 6 months, depending on the realized cost savings and the way ROI is calculated by the organization. This is contrasted with costly labor and other expenses (clean up, noise makers, pyrotechnics, vehicles, etc.) on an ongoing basis. Bottom line – BirdBuffer really works and keeps birds away. The alternative is doing little more than temporarily scaring them away to have them return again and again. Which approach would you prefer?
When BirdBuffer® Inventor & CEO Gary Crawford raised homing pigeons and raced them, he learned that birds have great memories.
Why worry about birds? The longest known disease caused from birds and their droppings is Salmonella which becomes airborne.