Frequently Asked Questions
The following are questions we commonly receive from clients.
Q: Can I just buy a falcon or hawk and release it on my property?
A: No. Birds of Prey are specially protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To own one requires State and Federal permits. To hold the permits, special care is required for the raptor, particularly, making sure that it does not get lost or released into the wild.
From a bird control standpoint, just having a free flying hawk or falcon will not get rid of your nuisance birds. A raptor only hunts when it is hungry, and there is no guarantee that it will only hunt the birds that are giving you trouble. When the raptor is not hungry, it will simply ignore your problem birds.
There is also no guarantee that the raptor would even stay on your property, it would very likely leave to find a territory that is best suited to its own needs.
Q: How long does it take to get rid of the birds?
A: There is no definitive answer to this question, as a variety of factors determine how quickly the problem can be resolved. The most common factors are: number of nuisance birds, type of crop that is attracting the birds, layout of property and surrounding area, and control method used. To give an accurate estimate on how long it will take to clear a problem area, an onsite consultation is required.
Q: How long will the birds stay away?
A: The answer is determined by the property in question and the surrounding area. If the birds have somewhere else to go, and consistent pressure is maintained on birds that try to move back to the property, then the majority of the birds will stay away for a long time. However, if the crop being grown happens to be a favorite of the nuisance species, and there are few alternative locations for them to go, then you can expect the birds will want to return quickly. This is common for fruit crops like grapes. At these locations, the focus is on decreasing the size of the nuisance bird population to reduce the amount of damage they can do to the crop. After a couple of seasons, the reduction in bird damage will be quite noticeable.
Q: Do your falcons kill the birds, or just chase them away?
A: Our focus is on chasing away nuisance birds with the falcons. It is the threat of being caught that motivates the nuisance birds to leave. In the wild, large flocks of birds will actually land and forage next to a bird of prey that is feeding on a kill! When we fly our falcons or hawks, we are doing so when they are hungry, and therefore, in the hunting mindset; only they are hunting a lure that we are swinging and not the birds in the field. What the birds see is a falcon actively hunting, so they quickly leave, becasue they do not want to be one of its targets.
Q: Are your birds effective against rodents?
A: No. While we do have hawks and falcons that like to catch mice, voles and gophers, they wouldn't be able to catch enough to effectively reduce the population. You also cannot chase away rodents like you can birds. They require a different control method.