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How to Use Bird Control Hazers for Agricultural and Structural

Introduction

Flock Free Bird Control has designed and patented the world’s only successful open-air bird defense system. Our exclusive products convert the product ECOBIRD 4.0 into a lighter-than-air haze that moves and rises in the wind. (our haze ALWAYS RISES, there is no possibility for the product to settle out) Birds are sensitive to acidity and ECOBIRD 4.0 is acidic by nature as an extract of the skin of concord grapes. ECOBIRD 4.0 is an EPA-registered product and the active ingredient is called Methyl Anthranilate (MA) which is a registered grape flavored food ingredient found in most grape flavored products. MA is non-toxic and very safe to humans, animals, and birds.

How do Hazers work?

Birds have a nerve in their beaks called a Trigeminal Nerve that is sensitive to this product. In the correct amount, it can drive birds away from areas where the haze is present. Only two ounces/day placed into the air is enough to irritate the birds sufficiently. Birds that are exposed to MA will experience an immediate disorienting reaction.

All Hazers are timer operated so the amount of MA distributed can be changed depending on a number of factors such as the type of bird, infestation intensity and weather conditions.

What species are affected?

In general, all birds are affected but some species respond better and faster to the MA. The amount of irritation is dependent on the amount the birds inhale so the first general rule is that the larger the bird the greater the impact, along with smaller birds with increased fluttering wing speed. The second general rule is that birds in flight are more highly affected since their respiration is much higher when in-flight. Larger birds like geese do not have to be in-flight because they inhale more of the product.

Do hazers have to run all the time?

In general, the answer is yes (dusk till dawn). Hazers have timers for duration and frequency to disperse MA. For specific run time, suggestions contact Flock Free Bird Control for advice based on bird species, timer model, location, etc. For timer instructions please view the timer video.

Birds are very smart and can detect when haze is present. They also send out scouts to investigate areas to see if “the coast is clear”. If there is no haze detected they will often move back in.

Hazers may be used as part of an initial flock reduction program or in the instance when you need a bird “clean out”. In these cases, you will be using other Flock Free deterrents to ensure that when the hazer is taken away there are sufficient levels of other irritating or stressful products to keep the birds deterred. If they overcome those other deterrents, a hazer may be required again to get the same results.

How much area will a hazer cover?

Hazers can cover anywhere from an ¼ acre to over 2 acres depending on the bird’s desire to be at the given location. On or around buildings where birds are heavily active we would not suggest trying to get more than an acre. In agricultural settings, we are getting up to 5 acres since these birds are primarily migratory and once they sense the haze they stay away.

If you are trying to cover exterior doors and need to think in terms of linear footage, use 100 feet as an average. For example, if you need to cover two exterior doors on the side of a structure and the distance between the doors is 100 feet, one Tweetzilla in the center should cover both doors. If the distance is greater than 100 feet, you will need a unit for each door.

What maintenance is required?

Flock Free Hazers are made with high-quality parts (Copper, Brass, Plastic) and will last a long time. Flock Free Bird Control has designed the hazers to be relatively maintenance-free. Each hazer comes with an orifice tip cleaner for the nozzle to be cleaned at the time the hazers are filled. Just insert the orifice tip cleaner into the nozzle to make sure it is free from debris or buildup. Remember that MA has a very high freezing point (40 F). Each unit (mini-pod excluded) has built-in freeze protection so do not use the mini-pods in areas that freeze or during any time of year where cold temperatures exist.

Where do you place a Hazer?

In general, you place a hazer where birds will either fly through the haze or the breeze will carry the MA to the area where birds are active. Wind is your friend when hazing! Over time, the wind will change direction and move the haze around. Try to determine the “primary” wind direction and place the hazer upwind when possible.

When attempting to haze birds in-flight the hazer should be mounted at 6 feet or higher. This allows the haze to rise above the heads of people and still reach the birds. If you are trying to haze birds that are primarily on the ground like geese, the hazer will need to be placed on the ground to keep the haze as low as possible for as long as possible.

How long do they take to work?

Always use a novel object when installing a hazer – Something the birds can see to associate with the invisible haze. Having birds associate the irritation from the haze with a novel object (A Flock Reflector, for example) speeds things up. Depending on whether you’re dealing with nesting or loafing birds in a particular location hazers can work anywhere from immediately to taking weeks. Nesting birds or birds that have an active food source can fight the haze; that is why it sometimes takes a few weeks to a few months for birds to give up.

If birds are merely resting or loafing and if you use other deterrents effectively, hazing can be nearly immediate. If the bird infestation is residential- meaning that they have lived and nested at a site for some time- hazing will be a more gradual result and some birds may actually overcome the haze to continue nesting. These birds will need to be dealt with more aggressively and proper clean up and sanitizing of the area is important.

Can hazers harm humans or birds?

No – Methyl Anthranilate is a big word for a food flavoring found in grapes. The product is carried in a soybean oil base and made from the skin of a concord grape. Methyl Anthranilate will not make people or animals sick!

Do you use hazers by themselves?

In general, no. In the case of geese or birds on a large field, yes. Typically birds are resting, roosting, nesting or loafing on buildings, docks or other structures. Since the haze typically works better on birds in-flight, use other Flock Free Bird Control deterrents to irritate the birds to keep them flying where they will inhale more MA. In addition, birds cannot see the invisible haze emitted so it is best to use other objects that the birds can “associate” with the haze. For example, placing a Flock Reflector out with a hazer will allow the birds to associate the invisible haze with something visible thereby learning to stay away from the visible/novel object.

Flock Free Hazer Models

Tweetzilla

HAZE TYPE LIGHTER HAZE
COVERAGE ONE QUARTER ACRE, UP TO 1 ACRE
DIMENSIONS 23.5”H X 18.0”W X 9.25”D
WEIGHT 55 LBS
HEATER THERMOSTATICALLY-CONTROLLED
TIMER PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL TIMER
ELECTRICAL 5 AMPS
BATTERY BACKUP YES
MA CAPACITY 1.5 GALLONS
OTHER PROTECTIVE COVER AVAILABLE FOR OUTDOOR USE – Camo or Gray

Mini Solar Hazer

HAZE TYPE HEAVIER HAZE
COVERAGE ONE QUARTER ACRE, UP TO 1 ACRE
DIMENSIONS 25"x15"x8"
WEIGHT 55 LBS
INSTALLATION PUT AT THE DESIRED PLACE UNDER DIRECT SUNLIGHT, TURN ON THE TIMER, AND THE MACHINE WILL BEGIN TO HAZE.
TIMER PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL TIMER WITH BATTERY BACKUP
ELECTRICAL SOLAR-POWERED, 150-WATT SOLAR PANEL, 12V BATTERY
BATTERY BACKUP YES
MA CAPACITY 1 GALLONS
WARRANTY 1 YEAR IF FLUID IS PURCHASED FROM FLOCKFREE

Solar Hazers

HAZE TYPE SLIGHTLY HEAVIER HAZE
COVERAGE ONE QUARTER ACRE, UP TO 1 ACRE
DIMENSIONS 45"x45" in panel
WEIGHT 270 LBS
HEATER THERMOSTATICALLY-CONTROLLED
TIMER Programmable digital timer with battery backup
ELECTRICAL SUNLIGHT
BATTERY BACKUP YES
MA CAPACITY 1 GALLONS
1 YEAR IF FLUID IS PURCHASED FROM FLOCK FREE

Portable Moby

HAZE TYPE SLIGHTLY HEAVIER HAZE
COVERAGE ONE QUARTER ACRE,UP TO 1 ACRE
DIMENSIONS 12.5”H X 18”W X 10.25”D
WEIGHT 26 LBS
HEATER THERMOSTATICALLY-CONTROLLED
TIMER SIMPLE PROGRAMMABLE TIMER
ELECTRICAL 5 AMPS
BATTERY BACKUP NO
MA CAPACITY 2.0 GALLONS
OTHER PROTECTIVE COVER AVAILABLE FOR OUTDOOR USE
1 YEAR IF FLUID IS PURCHASED FROM FLOCK FREE

Industrial Hazer

HAZE TYPE SLIGHTLY HEAVIER HAZE
COVERAGE TWO ACRES PLUS
DIMENSIONS 37”H X 30”W X 14”D
WEIGHT 60 LBS
HEATER THERMOSTATICALLY-CONTROLLED
TIMER PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL TIMER
ELECTRICAL 9 AMPS
BATTERY BACKUP YES
MA CAPACITY 2.5 GALLONS
WARRANTY 1 YEAR IF FLUID IS PURCHASED FROM FLOCK FREE
PROTECTIVE COVER AVAILABLE FOR OUTDOOR USE