Birds have voracious appetites. The old saying that a person who eats very little “eats like a bird”, is wrong. Birds can consume many times their own weight in insects daily, and when insect prevention is is the goal, birds do it very well. There are however limits to everything, and too many birds in the wrong places at the wrong times can become a serious concern for property owners. You would not want to get rid of all the birds on your property, but you might need to limit where they roost and otherwise congregate. Balance is the key to good management.
Disease can become a problem when any population in a given area becomes to large. This is true of all animal life, and birds are no exception. In fact, avian flu has become a high profile public health concern. Bird waste and other damage can also result from overpopulation. So, how do we deal with this problem?
Bird pest control
Bird deterrents are the best means of dealing with birds. There are a number of ways that this can be accomplished. Building a wall will not work. There is no wall high enough to keep birds out, and enclosing the entirety of a property with walls and a roof is not practical or desirable. Nets can prevent birds from entering an area, but there are severe aesthetic problems with this method. Fortunately there are less severe methods that will work without adding more enclosures.
The general rule is to make the areas where birds are not welcome less welcoming to them. In other words, make the area uncomfortable for roosting and congregating birds.
Bird deterrents and bird pest control devices
- Thin wire can be stretched at levels to make roosting in rafters uncomfortable.
- Bird spikes manufactured for the purpose of discouraging roosting physically.
- Sonic and ultrasonic devices used to provide sounds that are disconcerting to birds.
- Taste aversion products to literally leave a bad taste in their mouths.
- Roosting inhibitor products to make roosting difficult.
- Visual bird frightening products to scare birds away.
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