As any gardener knows, birds can be one of the worst pests when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables. It seems that no matter what you do to keep them away, they just keep coming back. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of the birds and keep them away for good.
The keys to getting rid of birds and keeping them away are variety and motion. A single object might keep birds away for a day or two, but if it just sits there in the same spot for days or weeks on end without moving, then birds are going to quickly figure out that it’s not really a threat at all. Take a moment to consider some common bird control devices, and how they can be enhanced using these principles of variety and motion.
First of all, let’s look at the common scarecrow. Now, a scarecrow doesn’t have to look like the stereotypical scarecrow… nor does it have to be scary at all. The way that the scarecrow works is that the birds see something that’s bigger than they are standing there in the garden, and they decide that it’s in their best interest to stay away.
Unfortunately, many people will stick a scarecrow in the ground and do nothing else, and then become frustrated when the birds decide to roost on it! Instead of simply leaving it there, move the scarecrow to a new part of the garden every few days. You also might want to put a few pinwheels on it (or fix it so that the entire thing is on a swivel) so that there’s motion whenever the wind blows.
Next, consider rubber snakes and owls that are sometimes placed in the garden. It’s true that these reproductions of natural predators can be quite effective in getting rid of birds, but as with the scarecrows you can only fool a bird for so long.
After all, if a snake doesn’t move for three days, it’s probably not a threat. Instead of simply putting the snake or owl in place and leaving it, move them around every few days to different parts of the garden. If using a snake, you also might want to let it dangle a bit so that part of it will move with the wind.
Another idea that can incorporate both variety and motion is to take dowel rods or posts of different heights and string a cord between them in a criss-cross pattern across the garden. Take strips of aluminum foil and some small bells and place them along the cord at various points.
The foil will move in the wind, and the bells will make a bit of noise as the cord moves. You still might want to change up the layout of the cord and the position of the foil from time to time, though… remember, variety is always good.
You also might want to make all of your changes at night or in late evening, no matter what sort of devices you’re using. After all, if the birds see you manhandling the things that they’re afraid of, they might begin to get curious as to exactly what the things that they’re afraid of are.
Save the daytime for tending your garden (which is itself a good way to keep birds away… being in the garden yourself.) Best of luck, and happy gardening!