Bird Deterrents

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Bird Deterrents

Post by Iris 2 » Thu May 18, 2017 5:54 pm

Afternoon

I'm looking for some advice or pointing in the right direction.

We have an issue with lots of birds gathering on our roof and particularly on the telephone wires that run to both ours and our neighbours house over the front garden and drive...and in turn leaving a right mess!

Ive considered the 'hawk kites' that you can buy that are attached to a long pole and apparently scare the birds away. But the size of the packaging make it difficult to bring over from the UK.

Does anyone know if these can be bought locally (Ive seen a few about in and around Paphos) or have any other suggestions?

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by trevnhil » Thu May 18, 2017 6:28 pm

Yes the Hawks can be bought locally. But the last time I inquired 6 months ago they were around €160

Hopefully they are less than that now..

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Flossie » Thu May 18, 2017 10:24 pm

Contact Bob Stark 95357827 - he was the first person to import these plastic flying hawks and the poorer cheap imitations are a waste of money!

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Varky » Thu May 18, 2017 10:48 pm

Have a look on www.pigeoncontrolcyprus.com and take it from there

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Ramone » Fri May 19, 2017 5:40 am

I have my doubts about these hawk kites.
I am always out with the dogs @ 06:00 and a couple of houses down the road have these quite big kites & on many occasions walking past I have noticed a couple of pigeons sat right next to them.
Not convinced!!

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Varky » Fri May 19, 2017 9:33 am

Ramone wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:40 am
I have my doubts about these hawk kites.
I am always out with the dogs @ 06:00 and a couple of houses down the road have these quite big kites & on many occasions walking past I have noticed a couple of pigeons sat right next to them.
Not convinced!!
Part of the 'kite' solution is to put a couple of owl lookalikes on the same building. Next time you see your 'pigeons' see if they have moved. If they have they are pigeons, if not, maybe these owls.

Let us know what you find

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Ramone » Fri May 19, 2017 9:51 am

I am fully aware of what a plastic owl looks like & a live moving about pigeon looks like.
These are pigeons sat on the same roof as one of them hawk kites.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Varky » Fri May 19, 2017 11:06 pm

Ramone wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 9:51 am
I am fully aware of what a plastic owl looks like & a live moving about pigeon looks like.
These are pigeons sat on the same roof as one of them hawk kites.
Pardon me for breathing, no need to get on your high horse. If you read your original posting you said they were sat and now you say they were moving about. If you had said that originally, I would have taken you at your word and not posted. Please be more specific and save everyone time and effort.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by PolemIan » Wed May 31, 2017 9:36 am

I noticed the Hawk Kites in OneStop DIY on Mesogi Rd on Monday - €95.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Lincoln » Wed May 31, 2017 9:51 am

In my very humble opinion the hawk kites do work. However only for a limited period of time. There are three of theses kites not far from us and at first there were no other birds in the area. Now the pigeons and other birds carry on as if they were not there.
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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by trevnhil » Wed May 31, 2017 9:55 am

A Lincoln says, various things work... for a time. A plastic carrier bag on a pole... A few balloons that move with the slightest breeze.
But the birds soon get used to them and realize that they are not a danger.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Happy in Cyprus » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:35 am

My next-door neighbours suffer a pigeon problem with their roof-mounted solar panels and have a 'Scarybird'. I would say this is the Rolls-Royce of the bird-scarers and I can well imagine it would cost €160 or more. The bird is mounted on multiple screw-in fibreglass poles (just like a fishing rod) and the bird is extremely well made and very realistic. Pic attached.

This Scarybird has been in place now for about 2/3 months and is very effective, though my neighbours have also now closed off the holes underneath the solar panels with wire, to stop the pigeons nesting there.

Recently I did see a cheap imitation bird scarer in a well-known DIY store and it was laughable in terms of quality and construction. Wouldn't imagine it scaring anything off...and I couldn't see it lasting 5 minutes in a stiff breeze. As always, you get what you pay for. Having seen the scarybird close hand I would say it is worth every cent and cannot see how it might be made cheaper.

A word of warning: if you mount the Scarybird anywhere near your house or trees you will have to disentangle it regularly. My neighbour does, almost daily.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Dominic » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:37 am

Those owl things certainly don't work. Our sparrows use our one as a perch.

We took a different tack. We welcomed the birds and use a mop.

Having said that, were it a plague of pigeons, and not songbirds, then we might have felt differently!
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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by cyprusmax47 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:04 am

"My next-door neighbours suffer a pigeon problem with their roof-mounted solar panels and have a 'Scarybird'' Image :?: :?:

Every time this large "bird" produces a shade on the solar modules it will interrupt the electricity production badly. Was it not the reason in the first place to buy such an expensive nonsense ? The time he spend to disentangle the bird would be better used to clean the modules from time to time from dust and birds s..t. :D :D
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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Iris 2 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:57 am

Thanks for the replays everyone.

We actually went for one of the 'Scarybirds' which ar currently on offer at the HomeMarket for €99.

It's only been up a few days and we are now back in the UK but from what we have seen so far we are pleased...but time will tell!

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Happy in Cyprus » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:49 am

cyprusmax47 wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:04 am
Every time this large "bird" produces a shade on the solar modules it will interrupt the electricity production badly. Was it not the reason in the first place to buy such an expensive nonsense ? The time he spend to disentangle the bird would be better used to clean the modules from time to time from dust and birds s..t. :D :D Max
The picture may be deceptive. The Scarybird is not as high as the solar panels, so does not therefore cause a shadow on them. Since they had the solar panels installed my neighbours have been plagued with pigeons nesting underneath them, something I have heard from others who had solar panels installed. Their cooing all day long drives my neighbours nuts :lol:

The Scarybird continues to work well even after 2/3 months, it looks so realistic and swoops and climbs just like a real bird of prey.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Jim B » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:42 pm

None of them work for any length of time. We have hundreds in our village and the mess they make is indescribable. I've bought and tried everything available, just a waste of money.

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Re: Bird Deterrents

Post by Devil » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:17 pm

Ever since we moved in 22 years ago, we have had pigeons which nest in a ruined house next door. Before we got UPVC glazing, the noise at 4 o'clock in the morning, in the summer, was the real nuisance but the glazing has reduced the noise level by at least 30 dB and we can sleep peacefully. There are myriad cats in the neighbourhood but they don't seem to eat pigeons. The only action we have done is to put spikes along a beam above the balcony to stop them roosting there. The big advantage of having the pigeons there is that our garden is well manured with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser. Yes, the garden paths are speckled white, so what?

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