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BirdBuffer How it Works


The Bird Buffer® Q4 shown above is simply placed on the roof over the area where birds fly. Alternatively, it can be mounted to a wall bracket, or suspended under eaves on sturdy cables, but of which are available options. The Bird Buffer is operated by an electronically controlled vaporizer/blower to spread the vapor over larger areas.

The digital 24 hour timer allows you to turn the unit completely off at night, when the vapor is ineffective. At customer-selected intervals, a cycle timer releases fresh vapor into the air in the bird-control area. Customers like the aroma of the vapor, as it adds a slightly sweet scent. There have been times we have been requested to turn the output up so the people can smell it even when the birds have left. It’s just that pleasant!

No spray, residue or thick fog is emitted with the clean, invisible output of the Bird Buffer Q4. It is self contained, easy to maintain and stays warm in winter months for those cold days. The latest model is easy to operate, easy to fill, and lockable for security.

Bird Buffer® Q4 works to control pigeons and other flying birds with tested and approved bird repellant, MA (Methyl Anthranilate) . MA is a concentrated grape juice concentrate and flavoring used in many food products including bubble gum and is USFDA approved (United States Food and Drug Administration).

The built-in blower pushes the MA vapor away from the mouth of the unit at around 60 mph. This spreads the vapor for even bird control, and makes it possible to cover large areas with a single machine.

It is very important that the vapor is released where the birds are flying and not where they have landed, as it affects the birds only when they fly. The tiny particles of vapor (less than 10 microns) enter the birds breathing system. It becomes an irritant and the birds fly away. If the birds try to return, they once again breathe the irritant and fly away. Birds soon remember the irritant in the area…and stay away.

Usually two weeks are sufficient for starting bird control in smaller areas and to deter other established flocks from the treated area. During your bird control progress, “scouts” will try to return, requiring the subsequent operation of running the vapor each day, enough to continuously deter the flying birds from returning. After bird control is established, it is possible to turn down the timer for less consumption while still deterring birds from returning. At this point the Bird Buffer® Q4 requires very little fluid; two ounces per day are generally enough if the wind is favorable.


Unlimited cycle-timer capabilities

The 24 hour timer can be set for up to 8 off/on periods, allowing you to operate the BirdBuffer Q4 only at periods of bird activity. During “On” periods, a cycle-timer turns on the blower to push out any residual vapor that is inside the unit, and then activates the compressor to create more vapor. The cycle timer can be adjusted to run for longer periods for problem areas, and after you have achieved success you may want to reduce the settings to create just enough vapor to keep the birds from coming back, while conserving fluid and power. The cycling of the compressor that makes the vapor will stay on the settings you provide, while the blower is constant, giving more coverage.

Why is automation of the machine important?

In our studies, we have found that the automation is extremely important to good bird control. By offering a timer that turns the vapor-producing compressor on and off at regular intervals, we have found:

  • »  The vapor spreads better and stays drier without residue.
  • »  It keeps the vapor from being too thick. Being invisible is key to our program.
  • »  It provides less consumption of product at the right times. The one gallon per month can only work with automation.
  • »  It pulses the particles further without over-saturating the air with too much product. Too much vapor is as bad as too little. Proper settings are key to best results.

For open outdoor areas

Over time, the Bird Buffer will cover a one acre area when strategically placed with the wind assisting (downwind position) or a wind machine. To check wind direction and best placement, use the Windicator Can of spray smoke to determine coverage and be able to “see” the air movement and direction. Start with a 200’ x 200’ space in the highest area of bird control needs. Allow the bird control to increase and spread outward over several weeks. You will see fewer birds each week as time progresses.

If you are in a closed environment with employees or public and the vapor becomes too strong, it is easy to turn down the volume. The vapor should release a soft, sweet scent that is pleasant for people, but causes the birds to just go away. Never have the unit turned up so high that the scent becomes overwhelming.

Best time to achieve bird control

The best results are achieved if the vapor is applied when birds are the most active, such as the early morning and in the evening, just before settling down for the night. Adjust the clock timer to turn the unit on just before dawn (adjust for Daylight Saving Time) when birds are flying to look for their preferred feeding grounds, and late afternoon till 30 minutes past dark, when they fly to locations to roost for the night. It is important to expose the birds early enough that they have time to find another location before dark. This is a training process that takes a few weeks. Most bird control is achieved during the day; do not run the machine at night unless there are lights causing activity or you are dealing with nocturnal birds.

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