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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 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.

Thanks for reading.