Student Inventors Keep Seagulls Off Their Boat

Boat-loving seagulls will have to poop elsewhere if a team of high school students have anything to say about it. The team, named Vanish Productions, recently won the top regional prize in New Zealand's Young Enterprise contest for their Ultrasonic Bird Repeller.

The Repeller uses high-pitched sounds to keep seagulls from landing on boats and painting them white. It operates off of a 12V boat battery and emits a sound that drives birds crazy, even though humans can't hear it. The inventors hope the noise will do for seagulls what an AC/DC concert does for senior citizens - drive them far, far away.

According to Nadine Ansler, one of Vanish Production's team members, the idea came during a physics class. "We were talking about sound frequencies and how there are some sounds that only animals can hear," she said. "Somehow, we got on the subject of how it would be good to scare the seagulls away from the boats."

Vanish Productions entered their invention into the Young Enterprise contest, which asks high schoolers to develop and market an idea that can make over $2 million a year. They now get to pitch their idea to a panel of judges along with four other teams. The winner earns "company of the year" honors and could even get funding for their product from a New Zealand investment company, Movac.

I hope the Vanish Productions wins, if only because they just might come up with a similar invention to keep those rotten pigeons off my car.

Sources:, NZ Photo via Photobucket

Dustin Brady
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Our Guest Blogger, Dustin Brady, is a reporter for the Sun News in Cleveland, Ohio.

Oct 31, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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Does it Work on Pigeons?

 I could have used this product a few years ago, when I had a serious pigeon problem on my balcony. There aren't too many effective, bird repelling products that are humane and the plastic garden owl I bought just didn't do it. That does leave me wondering if it will work on your car, or my past and future balconies!


Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer

Nov 1, 2008
by Anonymous


just because humans cant hear it doesn't mean it can effect humans on some level especially with longterm exposure.