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PO Box 2130
CA, 95448
United States
Penny Davies


The answer is two – and those ones aren’t even real. These are Falcon Crop Protection’s FrightKites, silently patrolling this vineyard to keep away pest birds. (Which is why you’ll never see another bird in this picture...)

FrightKites are easy to use, easy to install, and pay for themselves in the first season in saved seeds, fruit, and crops. From the moment it takes flight, birds for acres around will flee in fear. With Falcon Kites, you’ll lose virtually none of your crops to hungry birds!

Check with your neighbors to see if they’re using Falcon Crop Protection and see how happy they are with our scare kites. With 95%-100% proven effectiveness, we’ll get birds out of the picture for you, too!

Light, Durable, and Easy to Fly

This is not your kid’s kite! This unique product is made from durable materials including carbon-fiber rods, extra-strong flying line, and rip-stop material. That makes them lightweight and durable so that they can fly for hours a day, every day, in up to 25 mph of wind.

  • Light, compact, and portable so you can easily move them from field to field
  • Easy to assemble
  • Self-launching – only needs 1-2mph of wind
  • One Falcon will scare off birds for acres around!

Works on Birds’ Own Natural Fears The FrightKite is a bird’s worst nightmare. It’s specific design makes it dive, swoop, and dart in realistic attack modes. It even hovers with the wings slightly flapping.

The FrightKites:

  • Is much cheaper and less labor-intensive to install than nets
  • Is silent – no noisy (and useless) squawks to bother you or neighbors
  • Does not harm the birds in any way
  • Works on the birds’ natural fears of predators
  • Is self-launching so you can set it and walk away


For More information - Check out our Brochure Here

News Archive

5 Problems With Using Bird Netting to Protect Plants
28 February, 2018

There’s nothing like the taste of your own home-grown fruit and vegetables. Or perhaps you’re a vineyard-owner, cultivating all those wonderful grapes for your much-loved wine!

The problem many growers run into, though, is that birds often eat a lot of the unpicked fruit before humans get a chance to harvest it. Sometimes, they can almost clear a whole crop!

Until recently, bird netting was one of the few options available to protect certain plants like grapes and cherries. But there are some concerns over this method. Keep reading for 5 problems with using netting to protect your produce.

1. High Cost

At around $6.50 per square foot, netting is a very costly choice. That small figure might not sound like very much, but when you consider the amount you’d need to cover the average fruit tree, the costs start adding up.

A medium-wide-boughed, 10ft fruit tree would need at least a 38ft x 38ft section of netting, and the cost suddenly shoots up to almost $250. Now multiply that by several trees, and the figure’s pretty eye-watering.

2. Often Not Reusable

Bird netting is often sold as being reusable, so you should be able to cover your trees effectively, each season.

However, depending on the quality of your netting, the fabric can become dry and brittle. This can cause it to break, or be difficult to re-drape.

3. Can Damage Plants

The small holes in the netting are what keeps the birds out. Unfortunately, though, it can also damage the very plants it’s used to protect.

Bird netting will often sever leaves and break off fruit when there’s a heavy wind. This can impact on your harvest and, if you’re a commercial grower, it can affect your profits, too.

4. Can Trap and Injure Birds

Sadly, poorly-installed netting allows birds to enter it, and then traps them inside.

Smaller birds, like tiny sparrows and baby birds, can get tangled up in the mesh itself, causing damage to their beaks and other extremities.

Birds can also get their legs and feet entangled, so they’re trapped and unable to safely fly away.

5. Can Put You at Risk

It’s not just birds that get caught up in netting. In fact, many owners have reported finding snakes and other wildlife within their mesh-covered plants.

Of course, the danger to cultivators is great, and freeing a frightened trapped snake is a risky endeavor.

Rabbits, lizards, and squirrels, for example, have been found both dead and alive. And dead animals attract other pests, who can also become trapped inside.

The Verdict on Bird Netting

Protecting your crops from those pesky birds can be hard work. A lot of people have been forced to use bird netting as a deterrent, simply because there haven’t been many alternatives.

Unfortunately, this common material has a few major failings. You should definitely factor these into your decision when it comes to caring for your plants.

But did you know there’s a cheaper, safer and highly effective solution that can work for you? Click here to learn how the Falcon FrightKite can help you.

Vineyard Scare Tactics Brought to You by "Falcon McFalconface"
08 August, 2017

Talk about having fun with your work...We installed a Falcon Crop Protection FrightKite last week over the Oakland Coliseum and not only has it driven away any pesky birds, but having proved it's team loyalty, A's fans have decided to name their new star "player".

Can you take a wild guess what the winner moniker was? Falcon McFalconface by popular demand!


bird abatement kite becomes famous A's mascot
17 July, 2017

When a surge of seagulls led to a foul time for Oakland Athletics fans, a new winged hero stepped up to the plate.

"Earlier in the season, I actually got pooped on by a bird,"... READ FULL ARTICLE HERE 

Vineyard Scare tactics brought to you by "Falcon McFalconface"
14 June, 2017

Talk about having fun with your work...We installed a Falcon Crop Protection FrightKite last week over the Oakland Coliseum and not only has it driven away any pesky birds, but having proved it's team loyalty, A's fans have decided to name their new star "player".

Can you take a wild guess what the winner moniker was? Falcon McFalconface by popular demand!


Innovative Technique Uses Kites to Repel Unwanted Birds from Vineyards
30 May, 2017

The practice of controlling nuisance birds in vineyards or other open spaces where they can wreak havoc to business is nothing new. In fact, companies have been attempting to address the problem for decades with repellants like gas cannons, reflective tape, crop netting and other means.

But just last year, an innovative concept emerged from a company called Falcon Crop Protection. Designers came up with the idea to use bird’s natural fear of predators to steer them away from valuable vineyards with a kite that mimics the appearance and movements of a peregrine falcon.

Known as FrightKites, the devices are made with a durable material designed in the shape of a predator bird that self-launches and flies at the end of a pole on an extension line that can lift the kite up to 65 feet high.

The kite has the outline, coloring, wings, tail and eyes that look frighteningly life-like to a small bird. Its profile arches in strong winds, which make it appear to be hunting, and its wingtips flutter at the end like a real falcon. Best of all, the innovative FrightKite design allows the device to hover, climb, glide and dive just as a predator does when it’s on the attack.


According to Roger, the President of Falcon Crop Protection, FrightKite efficacy has been nothing short of amazing right from the start.

“We were in Napa (testing the kites) at 65 feet and we saw a flock of finches,” Roger recalls. “They took a hard right turn and disappeared. We said to each other, ‘Did you see that?’ We had no idea it would be so good.”

It’s so good, in fact, test site vineyards from Paso Robles through Healdsburg have reported a 95 to 100 percent repulsion rate of birds – and most are ordering multiple kites to continue to protect their crop investments. Each FrightKite can safeguard up to 1.5 acres. Two kites will more than double the effect.

“The great thing about FrightKites is that there are no ill effects on the environment, no harm done to the birds,” Roger points out. “It’s vastly more cost-effective and less labor intensive than our nearest competitor’s netting option.”

Roger emphasizes that FrightKites can be used throughout numerous harvests as they are only flown four to five months out of the year. He notes that the versatility of the kites is such that they can be moved from site to site within vineyards to accommodate the different rates of veraison for multiple varietals.

Roger also reports that the applicability of FrightKites goes beyond vineyard protection. A customer on Angel Island contacted him recently about a persistent problem with aggressive seagulls at an airport hangar. Roger offered him a FrightKite for a two-week test trial.

“Before I got back to my office, he rang me,” Roger laughs. “Apparently, as soon as it went vertical, the gulls went squawking and disappeared.”

For more FrightKite information and orders, go to:



Controlling Birds in the Vineyards with Kites?
01 November, 2016

Loss of valuable grapes to Growers and Vineyards is an annual problem and until now there have been very limited options for control. The most common is to tie “flash tape” to wire strings in the hope that the hologram type of reflections will scare birds away. However results from this repellent are very poor to minimal.

Above shows a Peregrine Falcon replica in full flight. Although strictly defined as a “kite” that is about where the similarity begins and ends. Note in the above photo how the wind creates creases on the wings to imitate feathers and note also the legs and feet folded as happens in flight with real birds.

The shape of the wings are an almost perfect replica of the real bird and even the ends of the wings have feathers.

It takes only a 2MPH wind for the kite to start to rise and it is held off the ground by using a unique extending pole that is either fiberglass or aluminum. The glass rod extends nearly 23ft and the flight line is another 15ft giving it a maximum height of flight of 38ft.

The extending aluminum pole is 40ft high and the flight line can be increased to 35ft to give a maximum flight height of 75ft.

In windy conditions the predator moves in many different directions; it goes up, down, sideways, swoops and dives then goes back up etc so there is no regularity as would be the case with a true predator bird.

The photos below show a test site where a flock of about 60 pigeons were roosting on a building on the waterfront. The roof was cleaned and sanitized then the “Predator” was flown off a 40ft pole. The effect on the flock was instantaneous. Enlarge the right photo by clicking on it and dragging the handles to see the predator in flight.


We are seeing promise with the falcon in terms of bird control and are continuing to test the range in which the kite is effective. Additional kites may be needed for larger areas.




Hot Foot Bird Repellents provides a variety of safe, effective, and environmentally friendly methods to get rid of pest birds, and keep them away for good. From easy do-it-yourself options like repellent gel and Hot Foot Bird Spikes to exclusion netting for crush pads, warehouses, tasting rooms and other areas.  Hot Foot America is one of the most reliable and effective suppliers in the United States and has been in business since 1977.

Expansive range of repellents for pest birds. Netting for structures like crush pads, spikes and repellent gel for tasting rooms or well defined areas where you do not want birds to sit, electric shock powered by battery energizers and solar re-charges, predator kites and helium balloons for wide space controlof birds like starlings.


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Full Flight Falcon Replica
Full Flight Falcon Replica
There is just one Falcon patrolling the skies above the Sonoma Raceway. Its job is to keep birds out of the vineyard and away from the carpark so they don't leave "their mark" on parked vehicles. Click photo for larger view
Easily Seen in the sky
Easily Seen in the sky
The Falcon replica is easily seen in the sky by approaching birds and their natural instinct is to avoid the danger that lies directly ahead. Click photo for larger view
This vineyard in Paso Robles actually had 5 Falcon Replicas installed by the end of 2016 protecting Pinot and Cabernet Grapes. You have to look hard to see the first one way off in the distance at the top of the hill
This 5 acre vineyard chose one Falcon on a 42ft pole to protect against birds approaching from the tree line of the property. A second Falcon was installed on a vine support and a 22ft pole
As the wind increases in strength the carbon fibre spars actually flex to give the wings a beating motion. The color of the replica is designed to appear realistic and the striations in the wings are seen as feathers to approaching birds.


The smaller 22ft fiberglass pole enables the Falcon Replica to be moved easily from row to row or vineyard to vineyard as different varietals mature. This photo shows the pole inside an ordinary umbrella base with some rocks for added stability in strong winds