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Pest Protection

prevent damage and crop loss from pests and predators with Netpro

Netpro Pty Ltd design and build protective structures to prevent damage and crop loss from pests and predators such as Birds, Bats and Insects.

Birds and Bats

Methods of protection from bird damage can be varied to suit the crop to be protected and the type of birds causing the damage.

Permanent Bird protection structures can use a simple but durable bird-netting, designed with wide spans, allowing minimal use of internal poles in the supporting structure. 

In the commercial and industrial field, Netpro protective canopies have been used to contain litter at Council land-fill sites. These canopies also serve the purpose of keeping birds off the rubbish and away from the machines. Airfields and mines have installed NetPro canopies to keep birds off water-bodies.

Because the choice of net can be tailored to each individual set of circumstances and one structure can provide multiple uses and benefits, it would be an advantage to discuss your options with our experienced sales staff.

If non-permanent bird protection is more suitable, NetPro stocks the standard Vineyard Throw-over nets in a range of widths.Vineyard Throwover Product Sheet - Click Here

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Permanent structures designed by NetPro Pty Ltd to protect crops from bats utilize specifically developed Bat Net Click Here for Bat Net product sheet. The 37mm diamond hole enables easy access for bees, but restricts the entry of the common Flying Fox bat species.

Again, because the choice of net can be tailored to each individual set of circumstances and one structure can be made to fulfill a number of purposes, it would be an advantage to discuss your options with our experienced sales staff.

Insects

Damage to crops from insect attack has been a common problem for some time. Moths, flies, wasps and beetles cause problems for growers, and at times chemical control has created further problems.

Exclusion structures, utilizing a range of knitted and woven netting products, have been developed as a way for the grower to reduce or eliminate this problem. In addition, protective canopies can open new avenues of chemical-free production and marketing opportunities.

Three areas of influence have been identified in the efforts to quantify the effect of canopy netting:

A more detailed discussion of results reported in these three areas can be found in the Environmental Modification - Microclimate Adjustment section, along with references to relevant reports.

We also have a number of Reports and Summaries on trials conducted by HIA (Horticulture Innovation Australia) on the efficacy of netting to exclude fruit-fly; these trials were mainly conducted as "floating row covers" ie not permanent structures, so they are of particular interest for low-cost protection.  Trials have also been completed by HIA on the effects of row covers on yield and quality, and on frost protection.

While the large structures designed by NetPro are mainly utilized by the commercial horticultural sector, many of the materials developed are highly suitable for home gardens and small private orchards. Pre-packed nets can be purchased through the Retail section on this website; material details can be found on the Product Sheets. For larger quantities, please contact our sales office – either via the enquiry form or on the Toll Free number.

Canopies

Canopies

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As major investors in the Australian horticulture industry, Rewards Group Ltd needs to ensure maximized returns on all funds invested, particularly in orchard infrastructure. Accordingly, our choice of contractors is critical to the final success of any project.

Bill Hatton - Rewards Group Ltd.

We currently have 250 acres of net – about 80% of our orchard area. Without the protective canopy, we wouldn’t be able to supply our market requirements. Quality is important to us and we wouldn’t be able to meet the specifications of our customers without net.

Dino Rizzato - I&L Rizzato & Sons t/a Moonlight Orchards

We particularly liked the product offered by NetPro – high quality was our main criteria. The option of wooden posts was also an important feature because of the highly-corrosive conditions in the feedlot environment. We were able to work through the construction plan and the materials options during the quoting process.

Kevin Roberts - Sandalwood Feedlot Pty Ltd

We chose NetPro to construct our protective canopies, as we know NetPro have been around for some time, we know their work and there are plenty of examples of their work around – we like the consistency of standard. In addition, NetPro are recognized by the Finance bodies, and it is much easier to get finance for a structure.

Mark Chapman

I think it has made all the difference to the quality of our product – it has saved us from bird attack and from hail damage." Since 2001, Robert Channon Wines have won 23 trophies, 17 gold medals, 26 silver and 55 bronze medals.

Mr Robert Channon - Robert Channon Wines

We live in North Queensland and have a nine metre pool. We needed to replace the pool cover but most local businesses we contacted wanted to replace it with a shade sail and the one quote we received to fabricate a new cover to our design seemed exceedingly high.

Owen & Diane Cheetham - Townsville

In 2003, Golden Valley Orchards were offered the opportunity to work with the NCEA (National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture) and NetPro Pty Ltd on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of (amongst others) NetPro's dam-covers.

Renato Andreatta - Granite Belt

"I think it has made all the difference to the quality of our product – it has saved us from bird attack and from hail damage." To date, Robert Channon Wines have won 23 trophies, 17 gold medals, 26 silver and 55 bronze medals since 2001."

ROBERT CHANNON, OWNER ROBERT CHANNON WINES

Initially the idea of the net canopy over the landfill was discussed with Netpro as they are a local company and at the time Netpro was considering advancing into this area (protection of landfills). Netpro assisted Council with a very reasonable price which allowed the project to proceed.

Scott Cobon - Manager, Built Environment

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