Bird Control Methods, Bird Netting
We all love our backyard birds. They are fun to watch and to feed. .....when
they are at the bird feeder. When they get into a gardener's fruits, berries
and vegetables, they are not quite so lovable. The trouble is, how do you
feed your birds at the bird feeder, yet keep them from becoming garden pests?
Without some way of controlling birds, they will beat you to the cherries
in your cherry tree. Your blueberry bush in your garden, is a haven for hungry
birds. And, your sunflowers may soon be seedless, just as those tasty and
nutritious seeds mature. Got a garden full of strawberries? If you don't
have bird control netting, backyard birds will beat you to those sweet, plump
Birds are a pest problem in the vegetable garden, too. Birds will seek out
many types of freshly planted seeds. Sparrows love to nip the the tender
growing tips of pea plants. With a sizable sparrow population in your area,
your garden sweet pea plants may not have a chance.
Listed below, are ways to deter birds from your gardens and fruit trees.
Bird Control Pest Netting
Garden pest nets are very efficient, and easy to use. It makes controlling
birds a snap. Secure it over the tree, bush or plant you want to protect,
and birds are no longer a problem. A bird pest net can be used on big and
small plants. As a garden netting, it can be draped over your vegetable garden.
It can completely wrap a cherry tree or blueberry bush. Commercial growers
set up a frame around their crop, and create a "roof" of bird pest netting
across a large area.
Bird pest netting is very lightweight. You can set it on most crops without
damage. Use caution when setting it on the tenderest of plants, like lettuce.
It is best, to make a frame for the netting, so the material doesn't sit
directly on the plant. Sun, rain and air circulation can enter and exit easily
through the mesh of the netting, helping to keep plants healthy.
to make a bird netting frame
Tip: Use 1/4" or 1/2" mesh nets. This size is too small for birds
to get their beaks into.
Use multi-strand bird netting wherever birds are a problem to your crops.
It is durable and hard to break. Unlike single strand netting, uv
protected, multi-strand nets will last for many years.
Netting protects plants from birds, bunnies, deer, and other foraging pests.
Unfortunately, it is not effective against ground hogs, squirrels, chipmunks,
and other gnawing type of pests.
Three types of bird pest netting:
Guard Pest Net Bags - Net bags are really neat for a quick cover-up of
a bush or shrub. Its very popular for blueberry bushes. Simply roll it on,
and your blueberries are secure. Roll it up a ways, to harvest the fruit.
Pest Net Sheets - Flat pest netting sheets work well in the
vegetable garden. It comes in varying sizes. Drape it over your plants
in your garden, and the birds and bunnies are shut out.
Bulk Pest Netting - For big gardens, bulk bird netting is the
solution. It's cheaper in bulk. If you have several bushes or trees to cover,
you can size and cut pieces off the bulk roll.
A sound system blasts noises, or plays the sounds of natural predators. It
can scare off the birds in your garden. We stress it "may scare the birds",
as some people report questionable results.
An inexpensive sound system, is a disposable aluminum pie pan tied to a string
and placed in a tree, or on a post in the garden. When the wind blows, it
bangs against the tree, making noise. It only works when the wind blows
strong enough to move the pie pan. It also irritates your neighbors.
Natural Predator Figurines:
Fake Owls, and inflatable snakes are a couple examples of products that may
scare off birds. The figurine must look life-like. Moving it from time to
time, makes it appear more realistic.
Scarecrows have helped to protect gardens and crops from birds for over 3,000
years. They are still in use in home gardens, and are very popular in fall
decorating. Learn the history of scarecrows, how to make scarecrows, a little
trivia and more. More on Scarecrows
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