Spring time birdsSpring is just around the corner, and you’ll want to get your backyard ready for entertaining friends and family. But spring also brings pest birds. They’ll be perching, pooping and maybe even nesting under your eaves, awnings and canopies. When birds build nests under awnings and canopies, they leave lots of bird droppings, not just under the nest, but all around your railings, tables, chairs, lights and ornamental fixtures. If you have a pool or spa, you’ll want to take action now to prevent birds from contaminating the water and walkways. If not promptly removed, bird droppings can stain and permanently mar wood, wrought iron, stucco, even stonework. Bird droppings can also carry any of 60 known diseases like salmonella.

Bird Control Fails

Chances are you’ve tried banging pots, using water hoses and similar methods to deter pest birds from your yard—only to be frustrated when they return the minute you go back in the house. You may also have tried hanging reflective CDs or setting up little windmills. But most birds quickly get used to them and totally ignore them. Another ineffective device is the ultrasonic deterrent—it emits high frequency sounds birds can’t hear, and it only irritates your pets. Lethal means? You don’t have the heart to injure the poor things with poisons or pellet guns (which in most cases, is illegal, since many birds are protected species).

What Works

So what can you do now to keep pest birds out of your backyard? Some suggestions:

Remove Food Sources. Remove, cover or relocate any bird feeders in your backyard. If relocating, move them to an area of your yard where bird droppings will do the least damage.  Trim back any fruit from trees. And be sure to cover all your trashcans. Birds love to dig through these containers for food. If you have a birthday or holiday party outside, promptly clean any crumbs and leftovers under tables and chairs. Don’t allow your kids to feed birds. If you have a cat or dog, keep their food containers inside the house.

Remove Water Sources. Birds are attracted to water sources. If you have a birdbath in your backyard, cover it or make sure it has no water for birds. Fix any outside leaking faucets and remove any water puddles and other containers that fill with water after rain or sprinkler use. If you have a pond, cover it with netting to keep birds out. Birds are attracted to the sounds of splashing water, so if you have a water fountain or other splashing water feature, turn it off. Keep pet water bowls inside the house. 

Remove Shelter.  Birds will look for places to roost and nest. So anticipate their moves by removing or blocking the entrance to any small structures—birdhouses, tree houses, sheds, bins and similar areas. Keeping trees and tall bushes trimmed will keep pest birds from nesting there and perching on nearby walls and ledges.

Employ Natural Predators. Allow your cat or dog to roam outside as often as possible to intimidate any pest birds.

Intimidate with Sounds.The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic emits pre-recorded distress and predator calls for as many as 22 species of birds. The sounds resemble normal birdcalls to humans, so they won’t bother pets or neighbors. And since it’s solar powered, you can place it wherever pest birds gather most. It even works on overcast days.

Intimidate with Sights and Sounds. Activated by a motion sensor, the Sonic Shield™ features daytime and nighttime modes. During the day, flashing LED lights and loud barking dog sounds combine to create a powerful deterrent to scare bird pests. At night, only the flashing LED lights spring to life—ideal for densely populated neighborhoods where night noises would annoy neighbors. Compact and portable, the device is battery powered and easily mounted wherever birds tend to gather.