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How to Scare Seagulls from your Property

How to Scare Seagulls from your Property

scare_seagullsThe city of Brisbane (Australia) is having trouble scaring seagulls, pigeons and other birds away

As our flying friends continue to multiply, we notice more and more of them at the beach every year. Perhaps they enjoy our tasty sandwiches or maybe they simply want to join in our family activities. Whatever the reason, you may find it extremely irritating to pick up after the mess seagulls leave behind. Of course, you more than likely do not wish to harm the birds either. How can you properly deal with this dilemma while reaching the result you so desire? As fate would have it, you are not the only human who has faced this problem. In the following article we will discuss 5 steps to scaring away seagulls without harming them.

1. Never feed seagulls

This is a huge green light for seagulls. If one bird sees you sharing your lunch with another one of its peers then you will be in for some serious pestering. Instead, make it a point to never feed the birds flying above your head. Also, encourage your children to follow your lead and teach them why they should never feed seagulls. Educating your children will make it harder for seagulls to become an unpleasant part of your trip to the beach.

2. Remove and keep a lid on all trash

If seagulls can nibble on bits of the trash you leave behind, then they will find you and your family irresistible. To avoid this, keep a lid on all trash cans in your possession, and hide any wrappers or uneaten food in proper Tupperware containers tucked neatly inside your cooler. Obviously, if you are out on a private beach be sure to bring your own trash bags and pile up your refuse inside of them and take them with you when you leave.

3. Buy a supersonic bird alarm

If you own a boat or property where seagulls frequent, invest in your own sanity by purchasing a bird alarm that keeps seagulls well away from you and your family. There are several products on the market that are harmless to birds but work well to keep them at bay. Do your research and find the right device for your seagull infestation.

4. Get a pet

Cats, dogs, and even other species of birds have all been known to scare away seagulls without harming them. If you introduce the right pet into the habitat where seagulls hang out, you will see a decrease in their numbers and will less likely be irritated by their presence.

5. Purchase Bird-be-Gone

If your rooftop has become the home for a flock of seagulls, then consider investing in a seagull repellant to keep them off your property. Bird droppings from seagulls are not only disgusting but they can also cause damage to your home. Use a repellant to keep your roof free from harmful seagull droppings.

If you still have trouble scaring away seagulls, consider calling a local bird rescue or animal control service. They will safely extract the birds for you and take them to a safe location far away from your property.

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Getting Rid of Crows

Getting Rid of Crows

Crows are among the most intelligent and adaptable birds out there. Crows help humans by eating pesky insects and rodents and they all clean up road kill. Crows can also be a nuisance by tearing up open trash, destroying crops and making a lot of noise. Crows are exceptionally smart so remember whatever method you use to get rid of crows probably will not work forever so you may have to change your methods periodically.

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Here are some tips for getting rid of crows. Remove easy food sources by keeping crows out of your trash. Remember crows are early risers and are famous for tearing open trash bags so make sure your trash is in a secure container. Prevent the trash cans from being tipped over by securing the handles to stakes in the ground or placing trash cans in a tight fitting bin. Remove all water sources from your yard to make it less a less attractive environment for crows. Crows like to be near a steady water supply.

Pay attention to where the crows roost or perch. Cut down the branches of the trees that they like to perch in and this will help deter roosting. Use bird netting to keep crows away from your crop of fruit trees and other plants that they will eat. Use 4 inch mesh if you want the crows out , but like the smaller birds in.

You can use visual scare tactics to rid crows at least temporarily. In time the crows may learn the visuals won’t hurt them. Visuals include CDs, aluminum pie pans or any shiny metal object that reflects the sun. Visuals like these scare crows and make it hard for them to see where they are going. Tie the visuals down securely as crows are often known to carry off shiny items. Fake decoys sometimes work that resemble a crow’s natural predator. A more life like the decoy will bring better results.

Use sound to chase the crows away. Recordings of predators have worked for some people and many companies sell CDs designed to get rid of crows. There is a company called “Crow Away” that specializes in these CDs. There are also many websites that will allow you to download animal noises and you can burn those onto a CD. Conceal the speakers somewhere outside where the crows can’t see them. Play the CD at different times of the day if possible. Change the direction of the noise to increase your chances of tricking the crows.

If all else fails, call or visit your local Audubon society for help and suggestions on getting rid of crows. Crows can be a nuisance but try following these tips if you are having problems with pesky crows. There are many ways you can improvise and design your own device. In addition, there are many websites and companies available that will be more than willing to help with suggestions to get rid of your pesky crows.

What Are The Best Seagull Deterrents

What Are The Best Seagull Deterrents

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Seagulls have become very brazen and savage and are increasingly stalking and stealing people’s food. This has been causing alarm for some beachgoers because they fear the’ fly by food heists’ that occur quite frequently. Seagulls know where to find a free lunch and it’s never far away.

Seagulls know where the tourists flock to and the tourists feed them not knowing they are creating monsters. Tourists come from many urban areas and are fascinated with wildlife and feed the seagulls for fun. Many public areas with a beach and park systems have posted signs warning the tourists of the consequences of feeding the seagulls. The tourists don’t read the signs and feed the seagulls, not knowing they are creating a mass problem that could cause danger to the tourists.

Seagulls are considered wildlife and are protected and they do not need a diet in unnecessary fat from the food the tourists eat. Seagulls were created to eat a diet of fish and insects. The mayfly is one of the seagull’s favorite insect that is important for the seagull’s diet to stay healthy. Tourists are harming the birds and themselves by becoming prey for these birds.

The best seagull deterrents are not to carry any type of food with you onto a beach. If you’re going to be picnicking, go to the picnic area where the seagulls won’t attack. Seagulls don’t fly far from water. If you live in an area near water where there are seagulls, put your garbage in a dumpster. Seagulls will smell the food in garbage and attack if the food is not in a secured garbage container. The next deterrent is look for any kind of signs that is posted. Read all the rules if you are in an area where seagulls are present. Following the rules and not feeding the seagulls will not only cause you harm but cause the seagull harm as well.

Manly Beach in Florida has the most vicious seagulls in the nation. The Manly Council said the public has been discouraged from feeding the seagulls for years. Many residents are fearful of the brazen attacks by seagulls and don’t bring food to the beach. Manly encourage public education of seagulls so the residents and tourists are aware of the seagull dilemma. Public Education is a very informative deterrent concerning seagulls and decided not to put up additional signs.

Remember these three deterrents when to going to an open public park system or beach area where seagulls reside. Seagulls are considered wildlife and need a good diet to be healthy in body and mind. They should live in their natural habitat and as tempting and fun as it is to feed a seagull, look for the rules that say anything about feeding the birds. In addition, public education is always informative and research is good when you decide on a vacation spot. Common sense is almost the best deterrent sometimes when seeing seagulls around water.

How to Scare Cormorants

How to Scare Cormorants

This week we had an email from a reader about how to scare cormorants.

According to Wikipedia Cormorants are medium to large sized birds. They are costal birds which can also colonise inland waters, such as lakes. Being costal birds, they are fish eaters. This picture is taking of the cormorants whilst they are ‘hanging out’ on the end of a pontoon. In quite a picturesque spot I might add!

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This pontoon looks like a great place for a cormorant. Near food, and plenty of room to socialize with other cormorants. This can be an issue. The birds are obviously using the pontoon as a fishing spot. And if it is a good one, they won’t want to leave it unless there is intervention.

The problem is, like it usually is with pest birds, the amount of mess they leave. These birds are quite messy and a problem for the users of the pontoon.

Information on Cormorants

Searching for more information, I came across a few resources. One from the government which goes into quite some detail about deterring cormorants.

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328140036/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Business/protectingfisherya4_615574.pdf

It has a few valid points about preventing access (like netting or spikes which would be hard to do in this situation as the pontoon is very open).

Another is the fact that cormorants prefer to eat smaller fish, so in fisheries they are growing their fish in larger sizes so it deters the cormorants. (Not sure if this is applicable in our situation)

Along the same line of food supply, giving the smaller fish protection against the cormorants may deter them. For example netting in the water, and introducing some weed beds to provide more cover for smaller fish. This in itself may make fishing for the cormorants too hard, and will have them move on.

In your picture you do not have any ‘overhead cover’. This overhead cover gives the small fish some warning as to a predator coming into the water.

Not understanding the area, if your lake is the only one nearby (?) then making the fishing tougher may not work, but definitely worth a try.

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More Bird Scarer Type Solutions

Instead of trying to remove a food supply, traditional and modern bird scarers make the cormorants think of their own mortality first.

Looking at the hawkbirdscarer.com website they say their product (an imitation goshawk) works for cormorants. Only because I have tried it and it worked for me do I pass this review onto you.

Typically we encourage more than one scarer used at a time, to keep the birds guessing. Because your birds are on a pontoon, the best way I believe would be to set up a motion sensor sprinkler. (We have reviewed an amazon one which we recommend here.)

You can set up one or two with a water pump or hose. When the cormorants try to land then they will get sprayed with water. That easy. You can turn the sprinklers off when you use the pontoon so there is no spraying of people.

I hope you found what you were looking for.

Please write in and let us know how you go.

What Makes A Good Fake Owl?

What Makes A Good Fake Owl

Can-You-Spot-The-Fake-owl_bird_scarerCan you spot this fake owl? We have found that a bigger and brasher is better when it comes to fake owls.

When people think about bird scarers and bird deterrents, they now think of a plastic owl. They are everywhere these days, and are the most popular form of bird scarer commercially available. This got us thinking, why are they so popular

  1. Is it because they are easy to set up?
  2. Is it because purchasers believe they will do the job?
  3. Is it because they are cheap?

Were not sure, but we can help you determine what makes a better owl than a fake one. We came up with this checklist to help you when your looking for a good, effective fake owl.

  • Big, realistic eyes. Eyes really scare pest birds. You see fake eyes on a lot of different bird scarers, (bird balloons are a good example). If your bird scarer has big and reflective eyes that’s a good start.
  • Moving parts. Moving parts are a way to keep the birds guessing about your fake owl. If your fake owl has a bobbling or moving head that can help extend the usefulness of your fake owl.
  • Size. The bigger the better when it comes to fake predators. It makes it easy to see the birds see first of all. Secondly the larger the bird scarer the more it scares them. Kinda like how Arnold Schwarzenegger is scarier than Mini-me.
  • Ease to set up. Yes it is important to have a fake owl that is easy to set up, because that owl can easily be moved! A lot of fake owls are hollow plastic and are designed to be screwed or tied down to something. This takes time and makes it tougher for you to move. So if you can find one, or edit one that you can half fill with water, to give it some weight so it will sit on something on its own. Or put some kind of weight on the bottom of it, you moving the owl around will make it much more effective.
  • A good deal. Another aspect of scaring birds that we recommend is using more than one bird scaring technique. So simply put, a better deal is so you can use two more techniques at the same time.

For more tips search around our website, and for more information specifically on fakes owls click here.

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Pigeon Scarers

Pigeon Scarers

Are Pigeons Causing Your Garden A Problem?

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Pigeons are a pest that can harm your garden. Aside from crows, ducks, mynas and sparrows, pigeons are the ones that can destroy and ruin full crops and growing crops.

Pigeons are useful to some people, in the past as they are used to send messages by tying the letters on their feet and sending them to the receiver. This actually saved quite a lot of lives during the world wars, but today pigeons are typically known as messy birds who loiter around public transport and peoples gardens.

However, pigeons are generally unwanted by many people these days. The noise and dirt that the pigeons bring make them unwanted by most people from different parts of the world. The best way to shoo away pigeons in a good way is through the use of pigeons scarers. These days, frequent use of scarecrows and pigeons scarers is very essential if a person wants to shoo away pests like crows and pigeons.  Pigeon scarers are the best solution if you want to get rid of pigeons in your gardens or fields.

Pigeon scarers need to act as humanly as possible. They need to scare away pigeons for them to be called pigeon scarers. Thus, pigeon scarers that cannot shoo off pigeons are not called scarers at all. If you want to have an effective pigeon scarer, you need to go for high quality features and not just get one as it is offered at a cheap cost. One of the best pigeon scarers is the pigeon scaring kite. It can prevent the pigeons from roaming around your fields and gardens. Thus, pigeon scarers can sufficiently and effectively reduce the chances of destroying and ruining the crops in the fields and the seedlings in the garden.

Pigeon scarers like kites are effective and flexible as well as can withstand all weather conditions, so they can be used for a long time. They can also reduce any chances of having ruined crops in your fields. Most people today use pigeon scarers like kites for them to spend more of their time on useful things. They will not anymore need to supervise their crops because the pigeon scarers will do the job for them. The installation process of these pigeon scarers is very easy and quick.

Pigeon scarers support all farmers in growing their crops and other farming products properly. Even if pigeons are unwanted, dirty and noisy, people must need to learn that they are also part of this world. Proper techniques and methods should be used in shooing away pigeons in fields and gardens. The benefits and effective results that the pigeon scarers provide to all farmers and crop growers are essential and extremely reliable in order for them to get rid of pigeons and other wild pests. Pigeon scarers are one of the best solutions of getting rid of any crop destroyers in your fields and gardens.

Just make sure that the pigeon scarer you will use is effective. As mentioned, looking at the features is necessary. This way, you can make sure that the pigeon scarer you will get is worth of your investment.

To see some items that scare away birds, click on the ‘reviews’ menu.

Duck Deterrents

Duck Deterrents

What Are The Best Duck Deterrents And What Theories Do They Work On?

Male Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) swimming.

Duck Deterrents are becoming popular with property owners because ducks are can be real problems in many places. Ducks can ruin the beauty of nature and views of a certain area. Even though ducks are good to look at, the waste and feather they bring can be a big problem for property owners. If there is a massive population of ducks in your place and you do not know the best solutions on how to get rid of them, then looking into duck deterrents is the most humane way to keep ducks from your property.

The best duck deterrent is the one that can shoo away ducks in different water places peacefully without being cruel to them.

The following are the principles that the best duck deterrents use to help you get rid of ducks in your place.

Loud Noise

Duck deterrent is effective with the use of scare tactics like cap guns or flare guns that only make noise, but do not harm any duck. If you see your duck is roaming around the pond, you need to go outside then fire off a few rounds of loud noise in the direction of the ducks in order to shoo them away. A cheaper duck deterrent alternative is to have a real gun. You can then shoot it off in a blank area to prevent any accidents, although this is not reasonable for many property owners who find themselves in urban areas.

Use of electronics

The use of this electronic is duck deterrent method is also an effective way to get rid of ducks. By determining any movements coming from your ducks and producing a loud noise, this is an effective duck deterrent. However, the problem of some electronic devices is the repetition of noise all over again, making ducks get used to it by then. If you want to have this electronic device, go for the device that has a variety of sounds.

Physical Control

The physical control method of duck deterrent is through the use of fences and barriers to prevent ducks from getting near your premises. However, most people do know that ducks can fly. So, fences and barriers are not as effective as other methods. Spikes can work but it is unlikely that ducks are perching on areas.

Dogs

Dogs love to chase ducks. The reason why dogs can be a great duck deterrent is that they love to chase ducks no matter what. Some dogs will also go in the water which gives the ducks no respite on your property.

With the use of an effective duck deterrent, you can prevent your ducks from roaming around your house and pond. You can surely prevent all unwanted movements of your ducks with the use of duck deterrents in your home and pond. Duck deterrents can be vital on preventing your ducks from destroying your place and views.

I hope this helps you with your duck problem and find a good duck deterrent for your situation

If you have any experience with duck deterrents, please share so everyone can benefit from your experience.

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What Makes The Best Crow Scarers?

What Makes The Best Crow Scarers

How Do You Scare Away Crows

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Before you initiate  ‘bird or crow scarers’ to keep the pest birds away, it is important to have information about your problem, and do research. Sometimes in your garden or on your property, you will have a problem with only one species of bird. This means that you can target that type of bird in your bird scaring defense and make it a lot more effective.

Some birds respond better to different types of scarers, so it is good to know what your pest problem requires so you can have a greater effect with your effort.

Crows are one of the first birds that farmers wanted to scare away from their crops. As simple as it sounds, ‘scarecrows’ got their name because corn farmers would erect imitation people in their corn fields to keep the crows away, as crows do eat a lot of corn.

Scarecrows are still mostly seen in farms and other crop farming places, but now are popular additions to the back yard vegie patch and garden.

Our knowledge of birds such as the crow is getting better. To control a pest such as the crow (which has been around the block a few times) will take some thought, rather than just sticking a random scare crow in a field.

Birds such as crows have a lot of time to sit and wait, getting closer and closer to the thing they want, all the time becoming more comfortable with the bird scarer, so ‘crow scarers’ need to be better equipped to handle and stay on top of pest problems.

Crows have some different characteristics to other birds:

  1. Crows are also quite opportunist which means they look for easy opportunities like open rubbish bins, roadkill and unprotected seeds and plants that they like to eat. They will eat almost anything edible so removing these opportunities is a good start to keeping crows away from your property.
  2. Crows are quite socialble within their own circles and don’t act as individuals. This means that you will always be dealing with more than one crow, which will be associating with others. They can gather with many other crows to sleep and share food.
  3. Crows are known to migrate, but may only migrate a few kilometres away, so just because the crows leave, doesn’t mean they wont be back next year!
  4. Crows are intelligent although they can be seen to be stupid, so it is recommended that more than one method be used at a time to scare them from your property. (i.e. a noise scarer and a plastic owl are good crow scarers when used together.)
  5. Owls, hawks and humans are the natural predators of crows, and imitation ‘crow scarers’ such as plastic owls, imitation hawks and scarecrows do have an effect on keeping crows away.
  6. Domestic pets, and especially cats are predators of crows, if you are really trying to get on top of your crow problem then you could borrow a cat.
  7. When crows nest together it is called a roosting, which is typically done in a tree. If you have a large property and crows start roosting in your tree the only way to get rid of them might be to cut it down, as they will ruin the tree and go close to killing it anyway.
  8. Crows also do not like new or odd. What this means is that changing something, even just a little bit can help keep them away from your property.
  9. Crows are known to vandalise property in rare cases. No one knows why they do this but it can be very frustrating for property owners, and the best solution is to use or make crow scarers and keep them away from their target.

I hope this information helps you with your problem crows.

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How To Make A Bird Scarer

How To Make A Bird Scarer

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If you are wondering how to make a bird scarer yourself, then your not alone. Bird scarers sold on the internet and at hardware stores have become quite a large industry over the last ten years. For a long time there was only scare crows, but now there seems to be many different ways you can scare birds from your property.

The good news is these bird scarers are always not as hard as they seem to make yourself. Making a bird scarer is mostly an arts and craft exercise which can be a fun Sunday afternoon task. The most important thing to know before you make a bird scarer is to know what birds respond to. Because what scares birds and what people think scares birds can be two different things. Some store bought bird scarers don’t work so why spend your time making a scarer that doesn’t work either? 

Depending on the bird scarer you want will depend on how complicated your task becomes.

If you want to make a fake predator bird like a owl or falcon then that is relatively simple. You can simply make fake birds out of styrofoam, plastic bottles, milk cartons, even foil wrapped in masking/duct tape. If you look at the shape of the head of the owl or falcon, that is what scares birds, so make sure you get this right.

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The eyes also are glass which is used to make the fake predator birds look more real, you could use leftover buttons or glossy plastic. Even though you are making it yourself, if you are using light to surprise and scare birds, then using a reflective ribbon is a cheap way to go, if you don’t have anything else lying around.

You can make an old CD mobile (CD’s tied on a string) if you want to soley rely on reflective light to scare birds away. All you need to do is tie some string to some CD’s and hang them up around the area which has birds. Some CD mobiles I have seen have holes drilled in the top of them to run the string, this is just to make it easier to hang.

This is a cheap option but is not very effective in my opinion, and doesn’t work in many conditions, such as low light, overcast, raining. If you want more information on this method, you can look at my previous CD Mobile bird scaring post.

If you are trying to create a kite like imitation predator, then you will need to decide how to keep it up in the air. I suggest not using string because it will eventually break. I used PVC pipe which held up quite well in windy weather. You could use pine stud also, anything solid is good.

Bird kites are actually quite simple, the bought one I own is just a plastic mold, it would be easy to make one out of plywood or plastic. (Although I did buy one, you could make something similar yourself if you wanted.)

You could also make a physical barriers, something you can find from the hardware store or around the house that works like a spike strip. You could put glue down and broken glass, glue and tacks, or anything else that you can find that would make an uncomfortable seat for a bird.

If you are good at electronics then you could use sensors and create a noise scarer, or even a motion activated sprinkler something like this, but this requires some investment in time and effort on your part, if you don’t have the expertise.

If you have any comments, feedback or experience that you would like to share, please contact us.

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What Is A Bird Scarer?

What Is A Bird Scarer

What To Know About Bird Scarer’s

Bird scarer reviews and bird scaring techniques, click here.

A Bird scarer is simply something that scares birds. Although, when people talk about them they usually refer to them as products. Back before large hardware stores people used to make bird scarer’s, but now they are mass produced. Either way you decide to go, a bird scarer is anything that scares birds.

Bird scarers are used because we can’t stand in our gardens all day and shoo away the birds. We’re busy working, sleeping etc, so we wish to employ a tool which can be created cheaply, and keep the birds away from an area.
A bird scarer works off a few principles.If we don’t shoo away the birds they can do damage to our gardens, by eating them, living in them or loitering around them which causes noise and mess. In more rural areas, birds of prey have been known to take small pets such as guinea pigs (hamsters), and small dogs.

  1. That birds don’t like surprises. They don’t like anything out of the ordinary. Like random sounds, or flashes of light.
  2. They also have predators that they don’t like. They don’t like to see these birds, and they don’t like to hear them either. Predators aren’t just owls and cats. But also us humans!
  3. Physical removal of birds. This includes nets and bird spikes. This technique works well for small areas, and can take a lot of time for large areas.

Some birds are smarter than others but generally their intelligence comes with their time to sit and survey any situations. They will sit and wait when you’re at work, or watching television, or even sleeping. They will move closer and closer and then they get close enough to figure out that your owl is plastic or the flashing light isn’t a threat to them.

waht-to-know-bird-scarerThe bird scarer is a plastic snake placed on a rail of a deck.

With this the case, it is important that bird scarer’s fool the birds for as long as possible. So bird scarer’s must be as life like as possible, and this means generally that they must move randomly. Plastic owls used to be a one piece mold of plastic, but now they have either solar powered or wind powered heads. Even the home made CD’s tied on string are made to move in the wind to throw the birds a little longer.

If you decide to employ a bird scarer, then it is important that you take note of this. Because some bird scarer’s will not work very well in your situation, it is important to pick one that works, and not just the cheapest. It isn’t a bird scarer if it doesn’t scare away birds.

Some birds are smarter than others, in my experience the smaller the bird your dealing with, the smarter they are. Sparrows typically will work out your scaring technique quite quickly, whereas crows will stay away from almost everything.

If you like more information on bird scarer’s check out the reviews page.

If you have any questions, please contact me using the contact link above.

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