When we saw a small flock of birds heading for the vineyard take a hard right turn and fly away we were convinced that the FrightKite works. The harvest is over now and the bird damage is so minimal it was amazing.
Bob and Linda Salomon
They fly like real falcons!
FrightKites are self-launching, silently patrolling the skies over your vineyard, farm, or almost any location where pest birds are present. FrightKites soar high in the sky so they are readily seen by birds approaching from long distances – you can actually see the birds fly off in terror the moment they spot your FrightKite!
The reason FrightKites are so effective is that they work on the birds’ natural fear of prey birds. In fact, they’re more afraid of attack from above than they are of humans because they can fly away from us at a moment’s notice. Not so with a falcon, who can attack on the ground or in the air. Unsurprisingly, the birds get out of there as quickly as possible to find greener pastures.
Easy to Assemble
Self-flying in winds
as low as 2mph
Costs much less in time and a fraction of the money for netting in vineyards
Outperforms scarecrows, propane canons, squawk boxes, and reflective tape
UV-resistant and constructed of sturdy materials for flight in wind, rain, and cold
Birds are not harmed in any way
Don't be fooled - the Falcon FrightKite™ by Falcon Crop Protection is nothing like the average kid's kite. This is a well-built, precision tool that safely rids crops of pest birds day after day, year in and year out.
So what makes Falcon FrightKites so effective? You and I might see a kite, but the Falcon FrightKite is terrifyingly lifelike through the eyes of a bird:
Bottom line: pest birds don't see a kite at all - they see their worst nightmare come to life.
Protecting your crops and grapes from pest birds doesn’t have to be a time-intensive and costly undertaking. Falcon FrightKites are inexpensive and require little labor, yet they are one of the most effective deterrents available
The FrightKite is much, much stronger than a toy kite. Its sturdy design and construction allows it to fly daily in windy conditions of up to 25 mph without damage, however growers across the country leave it installed all season with winds that reach 45MPH. The skin is made from UV-resistant material to reduce sun damage and deterioration, and every component (spars, pole, stand, etc.) are made from the best commercial-grade materials for long-lasting durability.
Every year in California alone, vintners and farmers lose millions of dollars to birds feeding on their grapes, seeds, and crops. Verasion is a particularly difficult time for vineyards. Grapes are at their most vulnerable when they are approaching their peak - birds love those juicy berries! Farmers have tried all sorts of different tactics to protect their crops but either the solutions are cost prohibitive or have limited effectiveness.
Until Now. FrightKites:
Falcon FrightKites™ can provide safe, environmentally friendly protection against pest birds in many different situations.
Is your particular bird problem not listed here?
Falcon FrightKites silently patrol vineyards from high above, scaring off birds for miles around. Safe, silent, and highly effective - Falcon FrightKites are inexpensive and much easier to install than traditional netting.
Birds cause all sorts of damage to boats, docks, and marinas from property damage to power outages. And they're messy! Falcon FrightKites effectively and inexpensively scare off nuisance marine birds in
Industry & Ethanol Plants
Ethanol plants and other industrial facilities are a haven for nuisance birds such as gulls and pigeons - and hard to protect with conventional bird deterrents. The Falcon FrightKite protects every nook and cranny from above, and is easy to install.
Farms & Gardens
Seeds, berries, fruit – pest birds will eat them all, if given half a chance. Falcon FrightKites make sure they don't. The FrightKite hovers above your crops to scare off any bird looking for a free meal.
Corn is a particular favorite of some birds, including crows and blackbirds. With the Falcon FrightKite patrolling close by, pest birds will look elsewhere for their meal.
The FrightKite can be used in a variety of situations to scare off a wide range of birds, protecting your crops – and your bottom line.
Types of Birds
Fawnridge Winery & Vineyards
Viewers of Good Morning Sacramento were treated to some footage of the Falcon Crop Protection FrightKiteTM in action - although "action" may not be quite the right word. Read the article and be sure to check out the video!
Oakland Athletics Stadium
"It worked great. On the two day games the birds stayed away until the game was over." - David Rinetti - Vice President Stadium Operations, Oakland Athletics Baseball Company
I had seen the kites at tradeshows and saw a spotlight article touting their effectiveness. I figured I'd give it a shot since I'd already tried the netting and I was astonished by the results! I had no damaged fruit! It was unbelievable! I ordered some more kites for this year's harvest to put in all my vineyards.
The shape of the Falcon closely replicates a real falcon as does it color and movements which are always changing. Typical "scare" repellents like owls and scarecrows etc do not move in a random manner and birds quickly learn that they are nothing to be scared of and continue to invade the vineyard. Not so for the Falcon.
Picky eaters in this Paso Robles vineyard compounded the problem - what the birds didn't finish, the wasps did. After launching their FrightKite, all evidence of crop damage disappeared.
Bob and Linda Salomon Vineyards
Have you ever seen a flock of finches literally turn in mid-air and fly away from a meal? Bob and Linda Salomon have, the minute they first launched their FrightKite.
Crockett Case Study
Dave has a vineyard of just over 5 acres in Glen Ellen and apart from being a grower is also a consultant to The Dirt Farmer? which provides an extensive array of vineyard services. Like landscaping, vineyard specifications, design, installation, and operation of private label wine landscaping, tree and plant selection and installation, irrigation, fertilizer injection and much, much more.