Keeping Birds Away

We were having a big problem with birds sitting on the rain gauge and pooping in it. The nails that my husband put around the top did not stop them. No more poop in the rain gauge now though.


He painted an old rubber snake and nailed it to the post. It is keeping the birds off the rain gauge. Almost fooled me, too.

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Every morning at 4:15 a.m., and all day, the birds wake and begin chirping in the holly tree, the oak tree and several others, none of which belong to me but surround my house. What can I do to drive them away to the forest of trees across the street?



By Maple (Guest Post)
June 29, 20050 found this helpful
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As soon as you see them coming in the evening to roost, start banging loudly on a pot with a wooden spoon. After doing this for 3 nights, they will not return. I did this with starlings (very noisy birds) in my backyard
and, after 3 nights banging, they never returned to roost.

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By Holly (Guest Post)
June 29, 20050 found this helpful
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Get one of those 'white noise' machines. You won't hear the outside noises. Or just run a fan all night. It should make enough noise to blank out the exterior distractions.

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By Fran Marie (Guest Post)
July 11, 20050 found this helpful
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If you have a baby monitor or can borrow one, put the 'walkie' part firmly in the tree as high as you can reach. If it's rainy, put it in a large ziplock.

When they start making the noise or when they come to roost yell 'Boo" into the monitor. They will take off! It only takes a few times before they get the hint.

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By Lou (Guest Post)
March 16, 20060 found this helpful
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I use a hose. The birds start at 4:15 AM. They are so loud. Last thing before bed and first thing in AM is to spray holley tree. The pack is now half, and soon to be none. Water does not hurt them.

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful
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You could use "Flash Tape" it's an Iridescent Red Foil Tape it "Drives Birds Away by Creating an Optical Distraction Zone" (The professional Cherry Growing Farmers use this stuff buy the ton! You see it hanging on all the fruit trees around here) If farmers use it, I'm sure it works! Or you could use a "Scare Eye Balloon" or the "Bird Chase Super Sonic" it Features distress calls of 22 types of birds Select your "Target Bird"  (Distress calls will play for 2 minutes, stop for 10 minutes and repeat.)

Here's a link where you can buy these and many other "Bird Away" items:

-----> But before you buy anything, try WHITE NOISE, this REALLY WORKS: Run a fan in your room for white noise (any kind of fan will do, as long as it's not one of the new "super quiet" ones)...Just turn it toward the wall, if you're cold... It may take several days to get used to the fan, but once you do, it will amaze you just how good the white noise works to drown out all the other noises around the home & believe me this REALLY works!

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This request is for some friends of mine. Within the past month or so, they have had a LOT of birds come live in the two maple trees in their backyard. There are other trees, but the birds seem to only congregate in the maples. There are so many birds in their backyard trees that they cannot enjoy their backyard. The birds poop everywhere. There are so many birds you can smell them. Why are there so many birds, and what can they do to get rid of them?

Allison from TN


August 24, 20060 found this helpful
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This is what my father did

He bought a bunch of pop gun ammo, then using a hammer, laid out a couple on the sidewalk and smashed a few. This went on every evening when it was loudest, for about a week or two. Eventually they stopped dropping by our tree.

Then next year, we had fewer birds. I guess the word got around not to stop off at our residence. We only used the pop caps a few times and it was all good after that.

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By Doggy (Guest Post)
August 25, 20060 found this helpful
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If you can get high enough into the tree with a ladder, hot-glue 2 CDs together, blank sides facing outward. Tie them from several limbs with fishing line. They'll sway in the breeze and reflect sunlight. It will serve a double purpose. The birds will be repelled, and it will be really pretty.

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By Grandma Margie (Guest Post)
August 25, 20060 found this helpful
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Go to Wal Mart or a Dollar store and buy several realistic looking rubber snakes. They're about $1 each. Drape them on several tree limbs in natural looking positions. Bet it will get their attention and they'll leave.

I have some absolutely obnoxious blue jays that try to take over my deck and bird feeder. I lay out two rubber snakes and they flip out, screeching and squawking and leave. After they're gone, I pick up my snakes and then the sweet timid birds get to eat!

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August 27, 20060 found this helpful
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Plastic Owl, should be able to find at good garden store.

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August 31, 2017

If you don't want birds in your garden, especially if you have fruit trees, CDs can provide a bright flash that many birds avoid. Using CDs to keep birds out of your garden is a common and effective practice.

CDs Hanging on Clothesline to Keep Birds Out of Garden

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