Birds as Biomonitors – How Bird-X Uses Humane Bird Control Devices to Keep Egrets Alive for Testing

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Scientists and veterinarians visit Baker’s Lake in Illinois yearly in order to draw blood from egrets and examine if their blood has been exposed to heavy metals and pesticides. Seen in many parts of the world as pest birds, bird control company Bird-X, Inc. uses humane methods to keep them away from residential and commercial areas.

Great egrets, a type of heron that builds their nests in trees, are one of many bird species that are monitored actively for any blood born or harbored pathogens or chemicals. Once a year these waterfowl are tested by scientists and vets alike by drawing a small amount of blood and checking the blood for abnormal results. Avian influenza is a virus that can be passed from birds to people, and is just one of many things that can be monitored in their blood.

This type of catch-and-release program is not harmful, and is beneficial for researchers and the general population alike in the long run. Additionally, instead of using harsh chemicals or dangerous traps to keep the egret population away from residential and commercial areas, more and more consumers and facility maintenance managers are turning to humane, lasting solutions from Bird-X, Inc., the industry leader in effective, safe bird deterrent devices. Keeping egrets and other waterfowl away from areas with pesticides and other lawn care chemicals can be done safely with the help of sonic bird repeller products.

Bird-X designed a device that is specific to egrets and herons, called the HeronBuster. It emits distress calls made specifically by egrets and herons and predator cries from birds of prey that will keep water fowl away for up to 7 acres. The device only emits audible sounds, that won’t harm the birds, just scare them away from the area.

Bird-X, Inc. has spent over 50 years protecting public areas from over 60 bird-spread transmissible diseases. The leading international brand of humane bird control solutions, this Chicago-based company manufactures a complete line of unique bird control products, protecting the health of humans, wildlife, and the environment by deterring birds from unwanted areas without harming them.

For information on any of Bird-X’s humane pest control products, please call customer service at (800) 662-5021.

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