Rats, birds, moles and other hungry little creatures eat away up to 50% of the crops and barn storages each year. Not only does this cause millions of euros in damage annually, but the chemicals and poisons that currently have to ward off rodents and birds end up in the food chain and the cattle-fodder. Needless to say this is unhealthy for animals as well as humans. Dutch startup Bird Control has now teamed up with Liverpool’s Moores University and several other partners to come up with an EU-financed solution that works as a high-tech scarecrow.
Innovative Laser Technology
In order to protect crops in an environmentally friendly way, Delft-based Bird Control group and partners came up with a new kind of (de)fence: A laser that will keep animals away. Animals perceive the approaching laser beam as a physical danger, and as a result they won’t come near the crops again. No more need for polluting chemicals or poisons, and it comes with a proud ‘no animals were harmed in this production’-tag. The device is appropriately called the LIFE Laser Fence. Bird Control’s part in the project is to develop the innovative laser technology for the Fence.