Garden Bird Control

Garden bird control is a hot topic during gardening season. Gardens, small and large, have been gaining popularity in the last few years. Folks have a desire to grow their own food, producing a more nutritional and economical food supply. All it takes is some manual labor. Birds can become a problem when fresh seeds are put into the soil.  They can also become a nuisance when the garden vegetables and fruits begin to ripen.  Birds love to peck at soft garden faire.  Although birds can be useful in bug control, they become a problem when they begin to wreak havoc on the fruits of our labor.

The key to a successful bird pest control plan in your garden or orchard is to keep things interesting. Use a variety of tactics. Visual and auditory deterrents should both be utilized. Bird control netting, which is physical deterrent, can be placed over some vegetables and fruits to totally prevent birds from getting at them. There are even chemicals that might be useful in your bird control plan. If using visual or auditory deterrents, be sure to move them around periodically (every few days) within your garden. This will help to reduce the likelihood that birds become habituated or accustomed to the deterrent. Switch them up often, even removing some from time to time and reintroducing them later. By taking this “random” approach, you will keep the birds “on edge.” This will help to reinforce your deterrents and keep them effective.

There are several scarecrow products available. There are even some Do-It-yourself (DIY) garden scarecrows. Gardens can be protected from birds by a traditional garden scarecrow. You could also build a DIY pie pan scarecrow (see video below) or hang a few old CD’s or DVD’s around your garden. Both provide flashes of sunlight scattering over the garden randomly, scaring problem birds. Some have had luck with the popular owl decoy, which is Owl-decoy-standard.jpgavailable at most lawn, garden, and hardware stores. Just be sure to reposition it often. Bird scare flash tape is also effective and can be hung from trees to keep birds from ripening fruit. Scare eye balloons have become widely used in agricultural settings. These colorful, predator-like, basketball sized balloons spin and frighten birds. offers the Predator Feather which is composed of a small reflective and holographic card attached to a fiberglass rod by a ball swivel. The slightest wind causes the Predator Feather to flutter, sending flashes of sunlight reflected wildly about the garden.

We also build the Angry Hawk, a wind driven “turbine” that features a contrasting color scheme, menacing hawk face that rotates in light winds. Also attached are reflective and holographic surfaces which scatter reflected light all around. Both the Angry Hawk and Predator Feathers are visual deterrents, utilizing motion and light reflection. Light and motion are effective bird deterrents, more powerful when combined.

Prowler-Owl.jpgIf your garden or fruit trees are being hit hard by pesky birds, you may have to become more aggressive in your approach.  The Prowler Owl can be suspended over your garden to frighten birds with its moving wings.  Jackites and Helikites can be flown over your garden plot to deter birds. These are more realistic with light to moderate winds. These kites require little attention and re-launch themselves when winds increase. You may have to resort to use of pyrotechnics such as firecrackers or bottle rockets. Sometimes a small, highly windmill can be effective, as are other predator decoys beyond the usual owl. You might even find a strobe light to be enough to scare birds away. The scarecrow sprinkler has also been useful in keeping birds away. It is a basic sprinkler that is controlled by a motion sensor. When it senses a bird, the sprinkler activates this integrated deterrent.

You can probably come up with a creative and effective scarecrow on you own. Just give it a visual or noise element and it will keep some birds away. Use your imagination.

Don’t let birds ruin your garden’s bounty or yield your labor fruitless. Use a bird control device to protect your garden. There are many ways to achieve effective garden bird control.


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