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Ultrasonic Bird Control Devices: Peer reviewed studies show they do not work | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Ultrasonic Bird Control Devices: Peer reviewed studies show they do not work

From The UC Davis Website:

“Peer-reviewed research is the gold standard of mainstream science. A peer-reviewed article has been critically read and reviewed by trained scientists. Peers are given the opportunity to anonymously comment on the adequacy of the experimental design and the validity of the conclusions that are drawn from the scientific work under review. The publication of research in a peer-reviewed journal means that the article has passed the scrutiny of fellow scientists. Studies that have not been through peer-review are not necessarily flawed, but peers have not been given the opportunity to judge the scientific merit of the results that are derived from such studies. “

Recently we published an article about the ineffectiveness of Ultrasonic Bird Deterrents, written by our well qualified in house Ornithologist and based on peer reviewed studies from the USDA, Universities and other qualified sources. This article has been criticized based on one scientists un-reviewed findings. We decided to list our resources to show the studies that support our assertion that ultrasonic bird deterrents are ineffective at deterring birds:

  1. Erickson, William A.; Marsh, Rex E.; and Salmon, Terrell P., “HIGH FREQUENCY SOUND DEVICES LACK EFFICACY IN
    REPELLING BIRDS”
    (1992). Proceedings of the Fifteenth Vertebrate Pest Conference 1992. Paper 26.
  2. Robert C. Beason; “What Can Birds Hear?“(2004)USDA Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Ohio Field Station, Sandusky, Ohio Proc. 20 Vertebr. Pest Conf. (R. M. Tirnin and W. P. (Iorenzel, Eds.)Published at Univ. of Calif., Davis. 2004. Pp. 92-96
  3. R. Dooling, Ph.D.; “Avian Hearing and the Avoidance of Wind Turbines” (2002)University of Maryland College Park, Maryland, Prepared under Task No. WER2.1610
  4. Spear, Philip J., “BIRD CONTROL METHODS AND DEVICES–COMMENTS OF THE NATIONAL PEST CONTROL
    ASSOCIATION”
    (1966). Bird Control Seminars Proceedings. Paper 241

While there have been a few bird species reported to be effected by ultrasonic noises, this does not include common pest birds such as pigeons, starlings, sparrows, grackles, gulls, crows and geese. Bird-B-Gone stands behind Dr. Fergus’ article and advises customers to avoid purchasing ultrasonic bird control devices. We respond to any criticisms on this article by asking the question, which is more reliable, a body of work reviewed and published by government agencies or universities, or one lone scientists un-reviewed conclusions.

At Bird-B-Gone our goal is not to simply sell products, but to help guide our customers in making the most informed decision when solving a pest bird problem in an efficient, effective and humane manner. We pride ourselves on the level of customer service, support and training provided to customers and are committed to providing real solutions for commercial, industrial and residential bird problems.

 

 


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