Bird Repellents for your Home and Garden

Flowers are blooming, the leaves are returning to the trees and we are ready to plant our gardens…but who invited those pesky birds?  Pest birds such as sparrows, swallows, pigeons and crows can invade our yards, gardens and set up home on our houses.  Each year homeowners will spend hundreds of dollars cleaning up after and repairing the damage caused by such pest birds.  How do we keep pest birds from ruining our spring and summer?  The easiest way to get rid of pest birds is to invest in bird repellents.  There are many humane bird deterrents available today that will keep pest birds off your home and out of your yard.  They are affordable and save you the cost of clean up and repairs.

Types of Bird Repellents:

Physical bird deterrents are those that keep pest birds from landing and roosting.  These include bird spikes, bird netting, bird repellers and others.  Bird Spikes are an easy to use and economical way to keep birds like pigeons and seagulls off you’re your home.  You simply screw or glue them to the edges and peaks of your roof to keep them off.  They also work well on patio covers, fences and other flat surfaces that birds are an issue.  Bird netting is used to exclude pest birds from areas such as under the eaves of your home.  You can install bird netting at an angle from the roof edge to the side of your home to protect it from swallows and woodpeckers.  Netting is also used to protect bushes such as blueberries.  There are also bird repellers available.  These units “sweep” birds away with rotating “arms”.  They are usually solar powered with rechargeable batteries to run during dark times.  The repellers are ideal to keep pest pigeons and larger birds off of patio furniture, patio covers, even boats and docks.

Sound deterrents are used to scare birds away with loud sounds.  These are usually predator calls and distress calls played in short intervals.  The sounds trigger the birds instincts to danger and they will go away.  Be sure to get a sonic sound unit that is water proof and easy to program.  You should be able to choose your target bird; pigeon, sparrow, crow or what ever bird you are having a problem with.  The unit will play a species specific distress call and predator calls that will scare the birds.  There are also units that are made specifically for pest geese.

Visual repellents create a visual distraction that causes the birds to fly away.  Flash tape is a visual deterrent that can be used in garden areas to keep pest birds away from plants and seeds.  You can mount the flash tape on poles in your garden, as the breeze moves the pieces of shiny Mylar tape, the suns reflection off of the tape irritates the birds and they will stay away.  There are also scare balloons and diverters available to irritate pest birds.  The scare balloons have reflective eyes that cause a visual diversion area and cause the birds to fly in the other direction.  The balloons and diverters can be hung from the eaves of your home to keep woodpeckers away.  Bird diverters also work well to protect fruit trees from pest birds.

The key to keeping pest birds away from our gardens and off our homes is to first know what type of bird you are having a problems with and what they are doing.  It may be necessary to use more than one bird repellent product to get rid of the birds.  It is often wise to use the sound deterrents in conjunction with the visual repellents to make it uncomfortable for the birds and keep them away.

Fran Prisco lives and writes in Southern California. She has been in the bird control industry for over 8 years. Her areas of interests span from running and bicycling to volunteer work and golfing.

Unique Bird repellents

People are already tired of buying ineffective pigeon repellents and other bird control installations. It is time for a revolutionary method that is going to scare all the pigeons from nesting on your roof and from landing in unwanted areas. Spikes, nets, trap, repellents are less effective – pigeons can easily find ways to avoid them all in the long run. So it is just a matter of time till they start coming back again. It doesn’t take long to understand that sonic pest control devices, warning sounds and hawk models offer no danger whatsoever. Bird netting is used to exclude pest birds from areas such as rooftops, warehouses, airline hangars, overhangs, eaves of homes and other enclosed areas that pest birds are to be kept out of.  Netting will provide 100% exclusion of pest birds and is a long-term bird control solution.  Netting comes in several different mesh sizes ranging from ¾” mesh for use with all types of birds, to 2″ mesh to use when larger birds like pest pigeons and seagulls are a problem.Net comes in several colors as well; white, stone and black.  Black bird netting is usually preferred because of its natural U.V. protection and lack of discoloration due to dirt and dust.  When installed properly, the netting will be virtually invisible, not interfering with the architectural features of a building. There are several types of netting available to exclude pest birds.  There is knotted polyethylene netting that is considered long lasting and heavy duty.  You would use this type where you want a permanent solution to your bird control issues.  Heavy-duty bird netting is usually manufactured using U.V. treated twine providing long life.  Strength of these nets can be greater than 40 lbs. burst.  They will also have a high melting point and flame resistant.  This type of netting is ideal for use in warehouses, airplane hangars, canopies, overhangs and other large areas where pest birds are to be excluded.Bird control spikes, also known as needle spikes or anti-roosting spikes are devices consisting of long, needle-like spikes used to control pest birds.  The needles or spikes are usually all plastic or a plastic base with stainless steel spikes.  They are harmless to pest birds, the spikes are not sharp, but create an unsuitable landing area for the birds so they move on to a more hospitable site.  Bird spikes are designed to keep pest pigeons and larger birds off of building ledges, signs, parapet walls and other flat surfaces that pest birds like to roost and nest on.Not only are these problems unsightly; pest birds and their feces can spread 60 plus transmittable diseases. Safety, sanitation and health hazards caused by bird droppings can pose serious liability risks, and left untreated, can lead to accidents and lawsuits. Bird feces, bird nests and debris can also create a bad public image with tenants and patrons. Bird spikes are made in one-foot or two-foot lengths, with different widths.  The widths of the spikes are usually 3″, 5″ and 8″.  The width of the bird spike used is determined by the area to be covered.  It is best if the entire surface area that birds are landing on is covered with the spikes.  Installation is often as easy as applying adhesive or screwing them.

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