Birds. They come in all shapes, sizes, and often have a unique beauty.
But when birds peck for hours on the side of your house, beat on and crash into your windows, eat the plants in your garden, pluck your small pet and carry him off, drill holes into power poles or your favorite fruit tree as well as other things that drive you crazy, birds become pests and you have to find a way to stop that unacceptable behavior. Some suggestions are:
DISCOURAGE THE BIRDS:
1. Do not feed the birds. Remove feeders and water sources that keep them hanging around.
2. Remove nests and bird houses. That means that the birds have to build their nests elsewhere.
3. Get a large dog and a large cat. They should be big enough that they are not a potential meal, but a threat if the bird lands near them.
4. Make noise. From clapping your hands or yelling at them to automatic motion activated noise cannons and water sprayers, a radio playing 24/7 in the garden, or a sonic or ultrasonic sound device to irritate them, or play a recording of a bird in distress to put them on edge...and fireworks. Many of these products are available locally or from web sites on the internet.
5. Make their life unpleasant. Install bird spikes...remove a flat perch opportunity by creating a 45 degree sloped perch where it was flat...place a sticky or tacky mixture on a perch because they are not happy when that stuff gets on their feet. Another method uses the rotating sweep of a bar to knock them off their perch. Or cover your plants or whatever they get into with bird netting. Bird netting can be used on trees, over plants, in front of windows and many other places to get rid of and stop birds from being a pest or hurting themselves.
6. Use scarecrows. Yes the scarecrow made from hay that look like you, but better yet, plastic snakes, coyotes, owls, and hawks. However, you must move them regularly because the birds will get used to them and start to ignore them if you don't do it. Scarecrows may be available locally but are easily available on the internet.
7. Zap the with bright lights. Flashing, laser, or any other combination will upset them causing them to consider your neighbors home as a better place to bed down for the night.
8. Use shiny moving objects. Hang shiny tape, aluminum plates, or Mylar balloons from nearby trees.
9. Use decals. When birds crash or peck or attack your windows (for whatever their reasons), put a decal of a hawk, or a silhouette of almost anything on the window. That will usually stop that behavior quickly.
TO REMOVE THEM:
10. Live trap them.
Purchase a wire trap that is made specifically to capture birds so that they can be relocated. You probably have to give them a ticket to China because they can just fly back if you let them go close to your house.
Purchase netting to catch them in flight.
11. Hire a falconer. If you can find a licensed bird of prey handler, they might be able to help. Look for them in your local phone directory or do a search on the internet for contact information.
12. Shoot the bird. Federal law protects most non game birds from being shot. Check what is legal in your community before you use that firearm, pellet gun, slingshot, or blowgun.
13. Poison the bird. This is probably not a good idea and likely not legal, so you better check it out with the local authorities before you solve the problem this way.