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Emily Welker, Published February 15 2013

Fighting the wild turkey terror

WEST FARGO – A story a few weeks ago about a flock of turkey terrorists that took over a north Fargo neighborhood generated a lot of comment, with lots of suggestions about how to get rid of the gobblers. Some suggested shotguns. Others thought traps could get the turkeys on the trot.

But one man in West Fargo is looking to go them one better – John Evans, of Flock Buster.

“People around here know who we are – the city, other agencies – but residents, not so much,” Evans said.

Evans said Flock Buster is an all-natural, nontoxic solution that reacts with water to repel birds from places they’re not wanted. He said the solution, which includes plant oils like peppers, is applied to vegetation.

Birds don’t like the taste and smell, he said, so when they come in contact with the solution, either by eating something it’s on or by cleaning their feathers, they leave.

The product was originally developed to keep geese and blackbirds away from crops, but it has other applications – among them, turkey repellent.

“We know it works on turkeys because the owner tested it himself,” Evans said.

The solution was tested on a flock of wild turkeys six years ago near Horace. Half a yard full of cracked corn was treated with the repellent and the other half was untreated. The birds left the treated half alone, Evans said.

He said the city of Fargo uses the solution to keep geese out of the landfill, and the Devils Lake airport uses it to help with a bird problem.

The company has identified only one species it doesn’t work on. “Pelicans – they have no natural predators,” he said.

Evans said Flock Buster does business far beyond West Fargo. The company recently sent a shipment of the product to Pristina International Airport in Kosovo. The company has also received inquiries from Latin America to deal with parrot problems.

“But it would cost us a lot on the front end” dealing with regulations, Evans said, so that market may take time to develop.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541