A small bird’s beak can cause big trouble in your garden. Just let the feathered reach the tasty plants and seedlings, and you will see. Fortunately, you are already reading this quick guide by Pest Control Hacks experts and will learn how to protect your entire garden from hungry birds’ invasions.
Employ Bird Deterrents
Placing the right bird deterrents in the right places can make your garden a lot less attractive landing surface. Here are some of the best options you have:
- Repellent disks or reflective scare tape – this humane deterrent uses sunlight to scare small and medium birds with sunlight reflections. It’s also a pretty nice accessory for any garden! If you live in a sunny area, hang repellent disks around the garden for extra protection. Reflective scare tape works the same way, but you can apply it to any landing site to make it unattractive. Both remedies aren’t that effective against large birds, though.
- Bird spikes – these aggressive deterrent is very effective against those larger birds as it doesn’t let them land without hurting themselves. It’s probably too powerful for small birds, but can be used if you don’t have any other choice but to combat large pests with sharp metal spikes.
- Gel bird deterrents – gel deterrents can be applied to any surfaces that look like potential pest landing sites. The sticky texture of gel makes them feel uncomfortable and avoid the site in the future. It’s a 100% humane remedy that won’t deal any damage to your property.
- Fake horned owls – most small birds are very scared of owls. A fake owl can effectively deter smaller species during the day and at night. Look for the owls that can make sounds, turn their heads, and/or flash their eyes as they look more natural to other species. Don’t forget to relocate the decoy regularly to maintain the high grade of realism. You can also try fake snakes, but they might scare you as well!
- Put garden spinners (wind vanes) and windchimes – spinners can produce sudden movements when the wind blows, which can be quite scary for those smaller birds. Windchimes works the same way but also produce sounds for a better effect.
Cast Garden Netting or Fleece
Garden netting isn’t the most aesthetical solution, but definitely the most effective way to protect plants from pest infringements. You can place hoops of any shape and height above the plant beds and cast butterfly netting over them to create impenetrable protective barriers. The good news is that butterfly netting lets in beneficial insects. You have to keep the netting pulled taunt to ensure that those determined birds don’t get caught in the loose netting.
It’s also not recommended to use standard bird netting as it catches birds very easily due to the larger holes. Finally, the netting must be made of temperature and UV-resistant material. Low-quality materials break and quickly become hazardous for the wildlife and the environment. Alternatively, you can cover some of the smaller greens with garden fleece.
Let the Dogs Out
That’s right, you can train your dog (if it’s big enough) to scare away the birds. Isn’t it a great option?
Relocate the Birds
Some species, including pheasants, feral chickens, and alike, can be live-trapped and relocated if the local population is too large and encroaches on your garden all the time. Unfortunately, this won’t work with pigeons, magpies, or crows as they are clever enough to return.
Don’t Forget About the Benefits
Even though the birds can destroy your garden, many of them are also beneficial and can save the plants from dangerous insects! Analyze what’s more dangerous and make the right moves to protect the greens.