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Mosquito Control & Your Property – 10 Natural & Effective Ways From Stuff Found Around The House

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With mosquito season almost upon is in some parts of the country, it's time to start looking at ways to keep them from invading your home and turning everyone in your family into a pin cushion. Over the course of the last 25 to 30 years, research has found that these noisome little creatures can transmit a wide range of diseases to human, including malaria, dengue fever, elephantitis, chikungunya, and many other “vector borne” diseases. No matter how you look at it, mosquitoes and their bites have become a major nuisance to the rest of us.

While you could turn to a professional pest control service, there are two very good reasons why this may not be your best choice. First, hiring a pest control service tends to be a relatively expensive process. This is especially true when you consider the will probably have to come back at least once a month during the season.

The second and perhaps best reason, at least in my opinion, is that the vast majority of pest control services in the country use a wealth of toxic chemicals and products around your home as well as inside. The majority of these products have been found to cause a number of serious illnesses in humans and most family pets. Do you really want your kids and the family dog exposed to these types of chemicals?

With this in mind and knowing that I certainly didn't want my kids to have to deal with toxic chemicals all over the house and yard. At the same time, I didn't want them exposed to all the diseases carried by mosquitos. So, what I decided to do was take a good look at the many natural mosquito control methods and product to see if they really worked or if they were nothing more than a little good old fashioned “snake oil in a bottle.”  

It All Starts in Your Yard

Swarm of mosquitos in yard

Before we look at natural mosquito control methods, let's take a look at your yard. Is it a breeding ground for your own mosquito farm? Do you have standing water like a pond or junk laying around that tends to collect water? Take a walk around after a good rainstorm and look for anywhere that has standing water in it. This is the perfect breeding ground for millions of mosquitoes that can plague you all summer long.

While you can't eliminate your fish pond, you can certainly clean up anything else like those old snow tires or that 55-gallon drum you planned to turn into a barbecue but never seemed to have enough time make. In fact, mosquitoes do not need much room so even a water filled soda can be big enough. The more you can eliminate, the less mosquitoes you have to deal with.

As for keeping mosquitoes out of your home, your doors and windows are your first line of defense. If you have windows without screens, this is just like inviting the bugs to come in for dinner. The same applies to gaps between outside doors and frames. Install screens in all of your windows and repair, replace or seal the doors. If the little buggers can't get in, they can't invite themselves to use you and your family as dinner.   

 

On to the Good Stuff


Once you have done everything you can to keep the mosquitoes out of your home, the next step is to keep them away from your home and to get rid of those that do make it inside. Bear in mind that no matter what you do, you will never completely eliminate mosquitoes, but the more steps you take, the less at risk you will leave your family and the more you can enjoy being outside all summer long.

Start by Spraying the Yard

If you are going to take control of the mosquitoes in your yard, one of the best ways to get started is by making them feel unwelcome in it. But, the last thing you want to do, is buy one of those highly toxic yard sprays. Sure, they kill and deter mosquitoes, but they are also highly poisonous to your entire family and your family pets.

A far better choice would be to mix up a batch of perfectly harmless natural mosquito repellent to spray your yard with. Bear in mind, mosquitoes do not like the smell of several plants such as tomatoes, garlic, onions, citronella, geraniums, catnip, catmint, mint, clove, lavender, spearmint, and lemon grass. Planting a number of these flowers, fruits, and vegetables around your home will make a big difference.

But then we were talking about a yard spray, weren't we? Here are two different natural sprays you can mix up in the kitchen and use to control mosquitoes for several hours at a time. Perfect for evening barbecues and parties.

 

The Granny Mix

This one has been handed down from generation to generation.

  • 1 Gallon water
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 2 Hot peppers (use habaneros or jalapenos)
  • 2 Bulbs of garlic

Place peeled and quartered garlic bulbs in a blender and fill 1/2 to 2/3 with water. Blend for one minute, strain out the garlic and put it aside. Pour the blended mixture into a gallon jug and fill with water.  Mix 1/4 cups of this blend with a gallon of water, shake well, place in a garden sprayer and apply to the areas of your yard where you need to control the mosquitoes. This blend is safe for kids, pets, and plants and will keep the mosquitoes under control for up to 6 hours.

The Onion Spray for Controlling Mosquitoes in Your Yard

This one is really simple, but very effective spray can keep the mosquitoes at bay for up to a month. Like the one above the recipe is one that has been handed down for more generations than most can remember. For this you need:

  • 1 Gallon of water
  • 1 Onion

Chop the onion into a small dice, place in a bucket or old container with a lid, add one gallon of water, stir, and cover. Leave sitting out in the sun for 3 to 5 days. Pour the ripened mixture into a sprayer and apply to those areas of your yard where you have a mosquito problem.

Both of these mixtures are perfectly safe and eco-friendly, making it a great natural solution for getting rid of the mosquitoes in your yard.

Planting the Right Stuff

Spraying your yard with a natural repellent is a good start, but did you know there are several plants you can add around your yard that will also help. Many people are under the mistaken impression that trees and shrubs provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, but this is not the case. Plants such as Citronella grass, marigolds, mint, lemon trees, and neem have all been proven to be very effective in controlling the presence of mosquitoes in your yard.
Image courtesy INSECT COP

Citronella Candles help mosquito control patio and yard areas

Citronella Candles

Citronella oil is an extract made from Citronella grass. You can buy Citronella candles in most hardware, outdoor gardening stores, and department stores. But, if you prefer, you can add citronella oil into your own homemade candles or add it directly to a vaporizer or essential oil diffuser. Once lit a large candle will keep the mosquitoes at bay within a large circle around the candle. Add more candles as needed to cover more area for larger parties. Images courtesy Sears

Mint

Most people find the scent of mint to be relaxing, yet according to the Journal of Bioresource Technology, both mint oil and mint extract are very effective mosquito repellents. The plants themselves can help keep them at bay outside of your home. You can add mint extract to your diffuser or use it the create a spray you can use to spritz around your home. You can even keep mint growing in various rooms in your home. Not only will this keep the pesky little buggers at bay, but it will make your whole house smell amazing.

Lavender and Lavender Oil

Lavender

Lavender adds a wonder aroma to your yard or home. It is easy to grow, can be planted in the ground or in pots. While humans might love the smell, it will drive even the strongest mosquitoes to look for better pastures. You can also use lavender essential oil in a diffuser inside your home and make spritzers that you can apply to your skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an amazing natural remedy. It has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. The aroma is refreshing and re-energizing, and at the same time kills mosquitoes. They won't come near an area where the plants are growing, or you can add a few drops of essential tea tree oil to your vaporizer or diffuser to kill of any mosquitoes in your home. You can also rub the oil directly on your skin to keep them from biting.

Camphor

Camphor is easy to find in most hardware and department stores. Camphor is an extract of a tree and is very easy to use. You simply choose a room in your home, make sure all the windows and doors in your home are closed, light the camphor, and leave. Let it burn for 15 to 20 minutes. When you go back inside, you should have a nice mosquito-free home. You may have to ventilate to get rid of the odor or you can just let it fade away on its own. The odor is harmless to everyone except the mosquitoes.
Image courtesy Balance Me Beautiful

Tulsi Plant or Shrub

The Tulsi Shrub

The Tulsi shrub comes from India and has been found to be highly effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay. All you need to do is plant a shrub under each window and let it grow. In India, the plant is known as “Holy Basil” and it is used in a wide range of Indian dishes. You can also apply it directly to your skin to soothe mosquito bites.

Homemade Mosquito Trap

While you can buy mosquito traps in the stores, most are full of toxic chemicals that you really don't want in or around your home. A much better way to put these very effective traps in place around the outside of your home is to make them yourself. The process is very simple and doesn't require any special skills or toxic chemicals. You need:

  • Empty plastic water or soda bottles
  • Box knife
  • 2 Cups Brown sugar
  • 1 Gallon Hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
  • Tape

To make the traps, simply cut the bottle in half, mix brown sugar in hot water and then pour into the bottom half of the bottle once it has cooled off. Add yeast to the mixture, then turn the top of the bottle over forming a funnel. Place the funnel in the bottom half and tape the two pieces together. Place in areas where mosquitoes seem to gather around your home. Remember to change the liquid weekly.

To the Last, I Will Fight Thee

No one likes mosquitoes with the exception of the fish in your pond. The chemical mosquito repellent and killer market is a multi-billion-dollar industry that is producing new products that often don't work and are more toxic than ever. If you really want to protect your family from the many diseases carried by mosquitoes and the side effects of the latest range of bug sprays on the market, then try using one or more of the natural mosquito treatments above. I hope the information I have gathered together for you helps. If there is anything you would like to see here, please contact me here.

Bird Spikes

Bird Spikes Kits

What Exactly Are They, and Do They Work for Households?

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Cost★★☆☆☆ (See Cost Here)

Aesthetic 4/10

Source Local Hardware Store/Online

BIRD SPIKES ARE a humane and quiet way to keep out bird and other small animals from places where you don’t want them. The bird spikes are used to stop pests leaving a mess or nesting on your property. They are great for areas where birds tend to perch.

The Bird-X SP-10-NR Bird Spikes are clear/slightly frosted plastic strips with pointy plastic strips that come with a tube of liquid nails glue. It takes about 15 minutes to get everything in place.

The birds can’t land on the spikes they will stay away, leaving you happy noise and mess free.

Different Types

There are two types of Bird Spikes. Plastic and stainless steel. The stainless steel version of the bird spikes are sturdier, and wont go brittle in the sun. They are also for those who don’t trust plastic to last.

The stainless steel version does cost more, although the extra cost is worth it in my opinion. and isavailable here.

What Do The Bird Spikes Do?

The spikes keep pests from landing and sitting. All you do is glue them to where you want to keep pests away from and attach the spikes there. They will keep away pesky birds hanging out on the ledge above doors, on balconies, rafters, tree branches, and anywhere that birds generally sit. They will also keep other animals away from the area keeping it clean and free from noise and mess, which is not a good look.

The Bird-X bird spikes are not for commercial or large jobs, but solves a problem that hardware stores can’t. There are bird spikes for larger jobs available.

How To Use The Bird Spikes?

To set up the spikes, you need to

  1. Find where the birds and pests are lingering
  2. Clean the area
  3. Trim the plastic spikes to fit the area
  4. Use the glue which comes with the spikes on the area you wan to keep the birds away
  5. Stick the bird spikes onto the glue.
  6. Poof…no more birds!

The glue dries clear like silicone in about 5-10 minutes It is also easily removable with a putty-knife or scraper if you need to remove it..

You don’t want to leave any spaces in between the spike strips because birds will still be able to perch there. The maximum gap you can leave is 2-3 inches if you are trying to stretch the product. If you have a decent area you may want to but more than one pack or buy the larger pack.

A good tip if you are going to apply the bird spikes on a balcony or ledge is to use a line of fishing reel. Tie the fishing line so it acts like a fence and your bird spikes don’t fall off the edge while you are setting them up. You will have to cover the entire rail if you wish to keep the birds away.

Bird Spikes Work Best Against

  • Pigeons
  • Swallows
  • Cats
  • Squirrels

** In rare cases birds can pile sticks and grass on top of the spikes until they were padded and then build nests on top of the padding. This can be fixed with periodic cleaning.

Bird-SpikesStainless Steel Bird Spikes

Notes About The Bird Spikes

Installing the bird spikes will take you 10-15 minutes.

Typical windows are around 3 foot so take this into account when purchasing bird spikes.

Other reviews for bird spikes are generally good, and this is why they get used in commercial places (like cafe's, office buildings, etc.)

CD’s tied on a string

CD's On String Review

My Experience Trying to Scare Away Birds with CD’s tied on a string

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Cost   ★☆☆☆☆
Aesthetic 0/10, If someone doesn’t know your trying to scare away birds, you’re going to have to   explain it to them, otherwise it may get a little awkward.
Source Local hardware store/supermarket.

The Theory

The CD’s are used to create an irritating movement to the birds. Birds are naturally sensitive to movement and their first instinct to deal with potentially dangerous situations is to avoid them by either walking or flying away.

When sunlight hits the CD’s it will create a light which will flash all over the intended area, whilst any wind will move the CD’s around and therefore the lights, hitting any birds in the eye, irritating them and causing them to fly away.

How to use 

Cut the string into the lengths you desire and tie the string around the CD’s. You can have as many CD’s as you like on one piece of string, but one every 30cm (1 foot) would be plenty. There is no real upkeep or maintenance.

Story

I found some old burnt CD’s lying around and some string I had in a tool box. I wasn’t worried about the colour of the string, but if you had fishing wire I would suggest that instead. The thickness of my string did hinder the cd’s movement a little, this could be something to consider if you are contemplating this method, as the movement of the CD’s is important.

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Cd's tied with string

The strings of CD’s I had spaced out every one to one and a half metres along the top of my veranda, I also put some closer to the ground to target the birds that made it on my lawn.

Over the first few days I did notice that the birds were still loitering around the area, but not in the spots which had the seed in them and not in the area where the light from the CD’s would be directed. I have two popular places for birds to hang out in my backyard, on top of a little shed, and on top of the carport. The CD’s didn’t directly target these areas and the birds were still occasionally sighted there.

Over the period of days four and five I noticed that the birds were generally keeping away from the seed. I had noticed looking at the lawn that a lot of the seed was still there. I also noticed that there were birds at the other end of my back yard going for worms (10 or so metres away).

In any case I put down some more lawn seed, and I also put some seed just outside the ‘protected area’ on the side to see how my coverage I was getting.

On day seven I came home and saw birds right at the seed. And not just one or two, there were five eating the lawn seed right in front of the CD’s. After this it’s clear to me that the CD’s aren’t working.

There is about half the lawn seed left after I remove the CD’s eight days after putting them up.

Conclusion

The idea of the CD’s is to flash lights all over the area that you intend to keep bird free. However, the CD’s only work when there is direct sunlight, so when its night time, or overcast, or you have something blocking the sun (your house, a tree etc.) then they don’t work. They also need a breeze, otherwise the cd’s become static and don’t move around.

It is better to have the movement come from where a bird can’t see it. The CD’s are quite obvious and their restricted movement leaves them more predictable and therefore less effective in my opinion.

I also do suggest that you use a string that is small and thin, just so the CD’s will move in even the slightest breeze. My string was a little thick and the CD’s did need a strong breeze to move appropriately.

The birds did tend to keep away from the seed from what I saw, and there was quite a bit of lawn seed left after the experiment. When it was windy and the sun was out the CD’s worked quite well, I could see flashes of light move over my fence and on the lawn.

As far as someone who wanted to scare birds permanently, no, I wouldn’t bother leaving them up for more than two weeks. But if you wanted to keep them away for a shorter period then give this a go. I think It could be successfully accompanied by a noise deterrent.

Imitation Goshawk

My Goshawk Review

Imitation Goshawk

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Cost ★★★★☆
Aesthetic 5/10
Source Ordered online from hawkbirdscarer.com

The Theory

The imitation bird of prey resembles a Goshawk, a bird of prey found (in variations) on every continent on the planet.
The bird hovers over its prey before striking, so the imitation goshawk is lofted high in the air, giving birds in the area the idea that it is looking for food/about to strike. Birds see your imitation bird, mistaking it for a real goshawk in hunting mode and stay away.

How to use

There are a few ways to use the imitation bird of prey, which does come with instructions. My choice was to use some 40mm PVC pipe and fishing wire that I had lying around the house. I created what looks like a hook, with about 3 metres of pipe, a few 45 degree joining pieces (you can use a 90 degree piece but that’s what I had lying around) and another 500mm piece of pipe to let the hawk dangle freely.

The fishing wire then ran up the middle of the pipe. At one end of the fishing wire, was the bird, the other end I tied a piece of plywood with the string so it couldn’t disappear up the pipe. This gave me a little bit of control of the height of the bird too, from the comfort of the ground.

There was a bit of mucking around, to make sure the hawk sits flat when it’s up in air, and to make sure everything is secure. There could be easier ways to do it, but the way it is set up, allows the hawk to move in very little breeze. (Picture on next page)

A tip with this setup, have enough fishing wire left over to be able to bring the hawk down to the ground without having to remove the pipe set up.

Story

It did take me about an hour to, construct the pipe setup, but also figure out where I was going to put it. My neighbour has chickens and stated in the booklet provided, the hawk should be out of sight of any domestic birds e.g. chickens, because the sight of the hawk can frighten them. So once I found an appropriate spot, I was good to go.

Once up, I contemplated my handiwork, put some seed down, watered it and walked away. That day was quite hot, so I went to the beach.

Bird_Scarer_hawk1Imitation Goshawk

When I returned, there were no birds around. And I’m not sure if putting the goshawk up has made me notice things, but it was quieter than usual. No bird sounds, but it was hot, maybe the birds have all gone to the beach too.

Over the next few days I noticed birds perched on the back fence and on my neighbours’ roof, but I have not seen any birds near my lawn seed. They have decided to stay away, from all my seed, not just underneath the goshawk, also in the majority of the backyard.

I have had to do 10 minutes of maintenance on the bird to make sure it was sitting level, which could be a problem for anyone contemplating stringing the bird up with fishing line, as the bird does flap around in the wind.

Day 5 and during a windy night my fishing wire setup gave way so I had to bring the whole setup down and rethink it. I cut a coat hanger in half and wrangled it around the plastic silhouette of the bird, then added tape.

Bird_Scarer_hawk2(The coat hanger is cut in half at the bottom and folded around the plastic insert. The hawk wont move around as much but the underside plastic sheet (just visible) will still flap around, and the plastic pipe will still move in a moderate wind.)

The wind snapped the fishing line during the night and I fixed it around 2pm the next day. The whole process took about ½ an hour. In between time I saw one or two birds eating seed.

Over the next few days the birds kept away. On day 9 there is as much lawn seed in the garden as was on day 2, even my wife has noticed the absence of birds around the back of our house (where the hawk is situated.)

When I returned, there were no birds around. And I’m not sure if putting the goshawk up has made me notice things, but it was quieter than usual. No bird sounds, but it was hot, maybe the birds have all gone to the beach too.

Over the next few days I noticed birds perched on the back fence and on my neighbours’ roof, but I have not seen any birds near my lawn seed. They have decided to stay away, from all my seed, not just underneath the goshawk, also in the majority of the backyard.

I have had to do 10 minutes of maintenance on the bird to make sure it was sitting level, which could be a problem for anyone contemplating stringing the bird up with fishing line, as the bird does flap around in the wind.

Day 5 and during a windy night my fishing wire set-up gave way so I had to bring the whole set-up down and rethink it. I cut a coat hanger in half and wrangled it around the plastic silhouette of the bird, then added tape.

The wind snapped the fishing line during the night and I fixed it around 2pm the next day. The whole process took about ½ an hour. In between time I saw one or two birds eating seed.

Over the next few days the birds kept away. On day 9 there is as much lawn seed in the garden as was on day 2, even my wife has noticed the absence of birds around the back of our house (where the hawk is situated.)

Conclusion

After doing tests of the owl, plastic snake and CD’s tied to string I started to get a bit sceptical about visual bird scaring techniques. Thinking to myself that the birds were just watching, waiting and creeping closer until they were at lunch. I also started to query whether silhouettes of any particular shape would work as the owl and snake had no lasting effect on the birds.

We’ll the answer seems to be that some shapes and silhouettes don’t work and some do, as the imitation goshawk definitely does keep the birds away. I have not seen one bird come within 10-15 metres (32-50 feet) of the goshawk.

It is a little more expensive that other bird scaring techniques, but on the other hand you could probably buy the equivalent in plastic snakes and/or CD’s and string and its not necessarily going to scare away the birds any better.

Plastic Snake

Plastic Snake Review

Plastic Snake Bird Scarer

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Cost ★☆☆☆

Aesthetic 4/10

Source Local Variety store/$2 shop

The Theory

Snakes are natural predators of birds, therefore a bird that may be looking at your lawn/garden will see the snake and be deterred.

How to use  – To start you just throw it on the lawn/garden you want to protect. But we know that birds are rather cunning and can ’smell at rat’ as it were. So every day I went out to my car (which was walking past the lawn I was trying to regrow) I would move the snake a bit. Not much ongoing maintenance but it is there.

Story

When I bought the plastic snake I asked the lady at the two dollar shop, if she had anything that would keep the birds off my lawn. That’s when I was pointed towards the shelf of plastic snakes. For a total cost of $2, I thought I’d give it a try.

There was a whole bunch of different colours of snakes; I picked a bright orange one so I knew the birds were going to see it.

When I got home I took it out of the bag and just put it straight on the patch of lawn that I was seeding and walked inside. I did make the effort to conceal some of the snake in some existing patches of lawn, to give the snake some kind of realistic look.

I remember when I got home proudly after my next day’s work, looking at the patch of lawn. My wife was walking up the path and towards the front door where I was. “Look no more birds!” I exclaimed, with a grin on my face.

She look back at me and it was clear she didn’t share the same enthusiasm, we both walked inside.
Over the next few days and slowly at first, the birds kept coming back. The snake did keep the birds away for a few days (from what I saw) but eventually they grew wise to my plan. They obviously knew the snake wasn’t real because they were snacking on my lawn seed rather close.

Because the birds were so close to the snake I decided to start moving it every few days. I didn’t set an alarm or go outside just to move the snake, every time I walked past the snake (to leave the house or go to the car) I moved it a little bit. This was a last ditch attempt to fool the birds.

It didn’t seem to work, the birds didn’t care where the snake was. They were happy to eat lunch within 1 metre of the snake, which had been moved earlier that day.
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Plastic Snake

Conclusion – The patch didn’t grow back completely; there were still broad sections of dirt 10 days after first sowing. Although some blades of grass did end up growing, the majority were taken by the birds.

The plastic snake is best for a smaller area where it is moved regularly, as it doesn’t take long for birds to take to an area a few metres away from a snake it has seen.

The snake suffers from a lack of scaring methods, as it is pretty one dimensional. It also doesn’t move on its own, when the birds are around. If it moved, it would spook the birds more and be more effective.

Screcrow

Scarecrow Review

Birds Are Scared of People in General

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Cost ★★☆☆☆ ( I had everything lying around. But you can also buy everything including the  old clothes from a hardware and second hand store)
Aesthetic 5/10 (You could make him look cool if you wanted, you could even draw a smiley face on him, but I think typically scarecrows are quite ugly. They get a better mark because people know them and they are nostalgic to some.)
Source Around the home or the local hardware and second hand shop.

The Theory

Birds are cautious and scared of people in general. So when we are outside we can scare the birds away.

Unfortunately we can’t stand outside scaring the birds off our lawn or garden, 24/7. So the scarecrow is the next best thing, a replica of a person standing outside giving the birds the impression that someone is there and to keep away.

Quite simple, been used for sentries, but does it work?

How to use

‘Football face’ took me a bit less than an hour to set up. He is a piece of pine stud (215mm long) for the spine, and two pieces of spare decking that were left over from a recent renovation (cut to fit my old clothes).

The decking was cut to size and screwed onto the pine stud. To support the scarecrow I placed the bottom of the stud into an old drum I had lying around and threw some bricks in to keep him upright.

I made sure that the old clothes fitted the frame as I went, saving any embarrassment and extra time later on.

Last thing was to tape on the football, and slide in an old broom handle to give him the extra arm span.

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Story

When the scarecrow was set up it looked good, the arms stretched out with some of the sleeves hanging down so it would move in the breeze, I was quite happy. But when I started to research the humble scarecrow I saw quite a few pictures with birds perched on the scare crows, which didn’t fill me with confidence. Also other peoples experiences with scarecrows don’t tend to be favourable. I mean scarecrows have been around for centuries, and people over the last 20 years have been inventing a lot of new ways to scare birds. Would they have to if scarecrows were working?

On the second day the wind must have caught the scarecrow, causing it to fall over. After fixing it up and straightening football face out he was good to go again.

A few days later (around day 4) my wife came in and said she saw some birds near the scarecrow eating seed. And again on the fifth day she said she had seen more birds. Personally, I hadn’t seen any birds near the seed, and my wife does tend to be a little critical of my endeavours, so I am cautious not to write the scarecrow off, but I must admit things aren’t looking crash hot.

From looking at the pile of seed its hard to tell if some is missing due to the birds or it is washing away, as we have had a storm pass through the other day. The jury is still out.

On day 9 there was a bit of a storm and the scarecrow got knocked over again. While I was fixing it, which only took a minute, I started to think about how the scarecrow was going. I was seeing birds around the backyard, but not around the area which I had the seed in. The pile of seed still had some seed in it, but not as much as I put there.

I have been sticking my head out and watching for birds over the last week and a bit, but I haven’t caught any in the act, like some of the other methods. I will keep trying to scarecrow with some new seed, until I'm more sure.

After trying the scarecrow with some more seed i did notice there was seed still there after a week. I have the scarecrow very close to the seed and it seems to be working! who knew!

Conclusion

The scarecrow is good because its cheap and it can look novel if done correctly. Although I did find myself fixing it a few times, if you were serious you would plunge a wooden stake deep into the ground.

The scarecrow is also very one dimensional. It doesn’t make noise, or move really (mine didn’t).

Inflatable Snake

Inflatable Snake Review

Dalen NESR Inflatable Snake

Cost ★☆☆☆☆ (See cost here)

Aesthetic 4/10

Source Local hardware store / Internet

THE INFLATABLE SNAKE is a quick, easy, versatile and cost effective way to keep birds and other pests off your property.

How does the Inflatable Snake work?

Snakes eat birds and other small pests and will hide and use stealth to hunt their prey. So if a bird or pest sees a snake, they will flee and avoid that area in future.

The pests seeing the inflatable snake will mistake it for a real one and stay away from your property.

All you need to do to install the Inflatable snake is to take it out of the packet, inflate it and place it where you want it. It is recommended that you secure the snake to stop it from moving if its in an outside area.

Once inflated the snake will be 6 feet long.

The Dalen NESR Inflatable Snake will:

  • Keep birds and pests away from the area
  • Quietly keep birds away
  • Be easily relocatable and doesn’t take much storage space.

The Inflatable Snake works best against

  • Grackles
  • Pigeons
  • Ducks
  • Squirrels
  • Woodpeckers
  • Frogs
  • Cardinals
  • Starlings

The snake doesn’t work against Possums and Raccoons.

Conditions the Inflatable Snake works best

The Inflatable Snake can be placed up a tree, along a deck, in the grass or anywhere you need to keep birds and pests off. It will still work in extreme conditions but may need to be held in position as not to move.

It works especially well keeping pests off crops and any vegetable garden or fruit in backyards.

Keeping nesting birds out of out buildings like boat sheds  and barns is easy with the Inflatable Snake. It’s presence simply hanging from a beam or tree will scare the birds away.

Details

  • The snakes can deflate when left outside so it is best to check them regularly.
  • The Inflatable Snake works best when moved often, and are regularly re-inflated. To avoid the snake puncturing it is recommended that you use caution when placing the snake.
  • The Inflatable Snake does look real so it is advised that you tell your friends and family about it before you use it, in case the mistake it for a real snake.
  • The snake is best used in areas where real snakes are known to exist, as the birds will be more cautious towards them.

Irri-Tape Bird Repellent Ribbon

Irri-Tape Bird Repellent Ribbon

Cost ★☆☆☆☆ (See cost here)

Aesthetic 3/10

Source Local hardware store / Internet

The Bird-X Irri-Tape is easy to use and quite durable. It is a great, cheap solution to rummaging, dirty pesky birds.

How does Irri-Tape work?

Irri-Tape is placed over an area by either hanging it up or sticking it on a surface. The Irri-Tape itself isn’t adhesive so you must stick it up with duct/sticky/masking tape.

Irri-Tape is best when placed in a sunny area. In the light the reflective image on the tape is like broken pieces of mirror, they flash all types of colour and sparkle everywhere. The erratic flashing movement irritates the birds and keeps them away.

Irri-Tape also creates a sound. If the birds are close enough they will also hear the tape in the wind, which sounds like rain on a tin roof to us, but irritates birds and keeps them away.

The Irri-tape bird repellent ribbon will

  • Stop birds hitting windows if you have big windows.
  • Keeps birds off decks, pergolas, and balconies.
  • Deter birds from loitering in a particular area

The Irri-tape bird repellent ribbon works best against

  • Pigeons
  • Woodpeckers
  • Birds in migration
  • Birds who haven’t nested and aren’t already regularly feeding in an area

(The Irri-Tape also works for. vultures, sparrows, and robins)

Conditions the Irri-tape bird repellent ribbon works best in:

  • Sunny
  • Breezy (Slight continual breeze)

Details:

  • Tape is only 7.6metres (25 feet long), you will need most likely need a few to cover any reasonable area.
  • In harsh winds the tape can break, 1 metre (3 foot) long pieces are recommended.
  • Will last about a year on average, before breaking and losing its reflective shine.

Laguna Blue Heron Review

My Blue Heron Review

Laguna Blue Heron

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Cost ★★★★★ (See Cost Here)

Aesthetic 8/10

Source Local Hardware Store/Online

PEOPLE WITH THEIR OWN features and ponds love their gardens and like to keep them well maintained and manicured. Many people want to preserve the beauty of their water fountains and gardens for longer use. However, most of them have issues and problems regarding unwanted pests like wild birds that destroy and ruin the beauty of their water gardens.

If you are looking for a bird decoration that prevents any wild bird from roaming around your property, the Laguna Blue Heron is the decoration and alternative solution to your problems. The attributes of this essential product are actually amazing and extremely reliable.  The Laguna Blue Heron Review will help you understand all the benefits and pros of this useful decorative system that can give an amazing aura to your water gardens.

Laguna Blue Heron Product Description

The featured advantages of the Laguna Blue Heron are really a significant help for those individuals who have water gardens. Thus, it is also a big help in preventing wild birds from staying in your water gardens. The magnificent color of the Laguna Blue Heron is characteristically useful. The Laguna Blue Heron looks like a real heron that can tame other birds and make them back off whenever they try to go near the water garden. The durability of the Laguna Blue Heron is vital for security purposes. Thus, this decorative heron helps shoo off other unwanted birds that draw near your pond or water garden. The Laguna Blue Heron complements the natural nature of any water gardens and ponds.

•It has a realistic look that can tame and draw off other unwanted birds.

•It resists any drastic weather conditions and does not easily wear off.

•It scares intruders away like wild birds and can be used as decorations.

•The height of the Laguna Blue Heron is 21 inches.

Pros Of The Laguna Blue Heron

The Laguna Blue Heron complements most water gardens and ponds. The realistic image of this decorative product is very essential in preventing wild birds from staying in your ponds and water gardens. It looks like a real Laguna Blue Heron bird. The quality of colors is extremely fantastic that can make it more realistic in the eyes of any birds as well as humans. The ability of Laguna Blue Heron in shooing wild animals away is exceptionally reliable and incredible. Frogs and unwanted pests are kept away by this Laguna Blue Heron. The Laguna Blue Heron not only helps keep unwanted animals away, but it can also be an amazing decoration for your pond and water gardens.

Cons Of The Laguna Blue Heron

The Laguna Blue Heron is not an effective scarer of animals that are nesting or feeding and have been around for a while. In this case the pest birds will challenge the imitation Blue Heron. So like many other bird scarers, it needs to be moved around to keep birds guessing. Also, when not properly maintained, the realistic color of it fades away.

Conclusion

The Laguna Blue Heron is one of the best decorations and scarers for all wild and unwanted animals in ponds or water gardens such as frogs and any other unwanted pests in your property. The Laguna Blue Heron is affordable and portable as it can be placed anywhere you want. The pole is a little lightweight and can break, but if you are careful with it, it will keep unwanted wild birds away for years to come.

The Laguna Blue Heron is available online here

Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light Review

My Nite Guard Review

Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light

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Cost ★★★☆☆ (See Cost Here)

Aesthetic 5/10

Source Local Hardware Store/Online

DURING NIGHT TIME, farmers and crop growers are resting in their homes. Due to this reason, no one can supervise their crops and growing seedlings. If you are looking for an electronic device that can help you supervise and shoo away wild animals that destroy your crops and seedlings in the middle of the night, the Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control is the one that you are looking for.

There is no need for you to have a predator control that is expensive as the Nite Guard Predator Control Light is particularly less expensive than other night time predator controllers.

Night feeders are alarmed by the bright light that the predator control provides. The easy installation process of the predator control is truly reliable and useful for anyone who will try this kind of device. The Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control Light will help all property owners with night time pest problems.

Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light Product Description

The Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control has the ability to charge its battery using only the sun rays. There is no battery included because there is no need for such. The LED system will automatically turn on and the flash will be activated whenever dusk condition occurs.

The lifespan of this product can last up to three to four years of usage and it is also waterproof. This predator control product helps farmers and other people in preventing any unwanted wild animals such as fox, wolf, coyote and many more. The predator control’s LED system can be adjusted depending on the application the user wants.

Product Features

• Automatic turn on of Flash LED system.

• It protects poultry, farm, campsites, livestock, gardens and many more.

• There is no need for you to switch on the predator control because it is automatic.

• It is also weatherproof and can withstand any drastic weather conditions.

• It can continue for three to four years of usage.

• Effective and durable at all times.

• Easy to install.

• Based on scientific research

• Energy efficient because it only uses sunlight.

Pros Of The Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light

The benefits of the Nite Guard Predator Control Light are really essential for all who want to check the presence of intruders in their properties. One of the essential benefits of this predator control is its portability and affordability. Simple yet brilliant technology is fitted in the Nite Guard Predator Control Light.

The eco friendly feature of this solar predator control system is reliable. It consumes only minimal amount of energy with the help of the rays of sun. The automatic connection and flash are a large help for all who have their concerns about preventing wild animals. The installation process of the Nite Guard Predator Control Light is extremely easy.

Works Best Against:

• Foxes and other bird predators

• Coons

• Skunks

• Possums

Cons Of The Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light

The flashlight of the Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control sometimes fluctuates depending on the installation of shoppers.

Conclusion

The Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control is a large help for all individuals who have concerns and problems regarding night feeders and wild animals. The affordability, portability and durability of the predator control are the major reasons why people use this product.

The Night Guard Solar Predator Control Light sells individually, or for larger areas you can get a pack of 4 here.

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