Regardless of how lovely they are, birds can become a big-time nuisance. Though they aren’t considered wild and dangerous upon invading your property, they can prove downright annoying and destructive.
Killings birds are illegal but deterring them is safe and lawful. With their utter nuisance around your house, you may be ready to point a gun at them but wait.
Even if you kill one single bird, you will have to pay a fine for up to or over $10,000 or, even worst, a few days in prison. But why invite this situation when you can deter birds through several natural ways.
For getting rid of birds from your property, you can follow several natural bird control solutions. All of them are easy, safe, and humane. Come, let us learn about them.
9 Natural to Control and Deter Birds (Proven Methods)
Use Baking Soda
If you are done with birds resting on your patio, porch, doorway, or roof, then bring out the packet of Baking Soda from your pantry. Birds particularly hate the feeling of baking soda on their feet, so they do not prefer resting in such places.
All you need to do is, sprinkle a fine layer of Baking Soda at places where birds love to perch. Keep an eye on whether the wind blows it away or washes off by rain. If yes, then repeat the sprinkling process.
NOTE: This method isn’t practical for homes with big gardens and backyards. Also, if you have a wooden patio and porch, avoid using baking soda offer them, or you may ruin the wood completely.
Prepare and Use Home-made Bird Repellent Spray
While the market has few bird repellent sprays, you can prepare a variety of them at home as well.
We emphasize more on the homemade once considering the commercial repelling spray has chemicals that can damage the garden and wooden setting and even harm birds.
Here are home-made bird repellent ideas and tips
The Cayenne Pepper Bird Repellent Spray
If birds are keen on eating flowers and seeds from your garden, prepare Cayenne Pepper spray.
Birds do not like Cayenne Pepper or Pepper smell in common and thus will leave the space.
Things you will require:
- Two tablespoons of cayenne pepper
- Half a gallon of water
- A tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
- A mixing container
- A spray bottle
Take the mixing container and mix cayenne pepper with dishwashing liquid well into it. Now leave the mixture to develop overnight. The next day stir the mixture again and fills it into the spray bottle.
Add water little by little into the bottle, giving it a few good shakes in between. Fill the bottle with water till neck and spray it nicely on your plants/ garden. Repeat the process once a week or every ten days.
The Chilly Pepper Spray
Chilly Peppers are similar to Canyon Pepper but preparing a repellent spray differs.
Things you will need:
- 30 to 40 Chilly Peppers
- ½ to 1 Gallon water or a bottle of Soda
- ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- A mixing container
- A spray bottle
- A strainer
- Something to crush the chilli peppers
Hand gloves and a mask (Make sure you keep wearing them during the entire process).
Take the required chili peppers and crush them well. Transfer them to a mixing container and add soda or water to form a thick paste. Let his paste sit under the sun for 5 to 7 days or until it ferments well.
Once fermented, bring the container inside and mix apple cider vinegar. Further, strain the mix and transfer the liquid into a spray bottle.
Lastly, spray your homemade chilly repellent in your garden, porch, patio, or anywhere bird perch. Though keep an eye on your pets and kids as the solution can prove really harsh if swallowed or got into the eyes.
Garlic Oil Bird Repellent Spray
The strong and pungent scent of garlic doesn’t appeal to birds. This fact makes it one of the best ingredients for homemade bird repellents. Let’s start with the method.
Things you will need:
- 8 to 10 Garlic cloves (Preferably Indian Garlic or the one with strong flavors)
- 2 cups of Olive oil or other carrier oil
- A glass jar
- A Strainer
- A spray bottle
Peel all the garlic and crush them well (do not let their juice flow out). Now pour them into a jar, add some oil, close the lid and give it a good shake.
Place the jar for up to 5 days somewhere around the house for garlic to infuse well in the oil. Later, strain the oil and fill it into a spray bottle.
You can spray it in your garden, window grill, the guard rail of your balcony, and other bird-loving spaces. If the oil becomes difficult to spray, you can mix in some water to ease it.
Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils are an answer to everything, including bird problems as well.
Especially the essential oils with strong smell makes it difficult for birds to perch at the place.
The Essential Oils you can use:
- Lemon Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Garlic Oil
- Citronella Oil
How to use:
Take half a teaspoon or ten drops of each essential oil mentioned above and mix them together in a spray bottle.
Now add some water into the bottle, give it a good shake, and the solution is ready to spray. You can use it around anywhere in your house.
NOTE: If you are worried about the smell, avoid using Garlic Oil.
Let your Dog/ Cat out
Dogs and especially cats aren’t fond of birds. That is why you may have noticed your cat chasing off birds and even butterflies out of the property.
Hence taking benefit of the relationship between these creatures, let your dog/ cat outside your house. Seeing their furry threat already claiming on your garden, birds won’t dare to come close, let alone land.
However, this remedy has one drawback. It won’t take long for your cat/ dog is getting used to birds invading the property.
Maybe they won’t even bother a bird sitting next to them after some time. Still, you can consider the training to scare birds off.
Hang your old Mirror, CDs, or Aluminium Foil outside
Birds aren’t really fond of shiny objects as they temporarily block their vision. Hence, taking benefits from that, gather anything including old mirrors, CDs, or Aluminium Foil from your storage or pantry. Further, hang multiple of them on the bird-affected area of your house.
Make sure you use them only where the area receives direct sunlight. This is a great trick for sunny days, but it won’t work during a cloudy day or evening; it won’t work.
Play predator sound on a speaker
Birds develop a certain kind of fear from owls and hawks. Birds do not likely land on houses where they find owls and other big birds above them in the food chain list.
Thus, to deter birds from your home, simply play their predator sound on Youtube. Listening to that, birds will fly feet away.
Relocate Bird’s Nest
If you do not want birds to rest and nest in your house, then provide them with one of theirs. You can plant a birdhouse far away on the boundaries of your garden. Or hang one on the trees of your backyard.
Consider keeping a feeding box and a bird fountain close to their nest only. This will give them no chance to flatter around your personal space. However, you can still have them enjoying themselves right in front of you.
Keep your premises clean and tidy.
If birds love your garden and porch, it is because something there seems inviting to them. It can be anything from nesting material to food, water, shade, etc.
Hence the best you can do here is keep your premises clean and tidy. Also, remember to remove the bird droppings before they pile up.
Cover up your Garden, Patio and Porch
Cover the area where birds love to perch. Be it a particular flowering or vegetation section in your garden, the swing in your backyard, or your patio itself.
There are several Bird nettings options available both online and offline.
How do I keep birds from eating my plants?
If you are done with birds eating and destroying your plants, then use the following tips:
- Spray Canyon Pepper spray on your plants.
- Install bird nests around the vegetation and flowering section of your garden.
- Hang reflective tape or Mylar balloons in your garden.
- Place a fake owl in your garden.
- Place a motion-detector jet spray in your garden. It won’t just deter birds but will also irritate the land.
What is the most effective bird deterrent?
- Bird Repellent Discs
- Buzzlett 27.8ft (Pack of 20) Transparent Plastic Bird Defender
- Bird-X STS-10-R Regular Width 6-inch Stainless Steel Bird Spikes
- Premium Quality Bird Deterrent Reflective Scare Tape Ribbon
Frequently Asked Questions
Birds particularly hate the scent of canyon pepper, garlic oil, and citronella oil. They even hate the acidic, pungent odor of Vinegar.
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Did the above information help you?
We believe that one or another remedy above will definitely help you get rid of bird nuisance. You can use two remedies together for better results or a remedy and a bird deterring device.
However, if nothing still works in your favour, consult the bird control company. They will surely provide you with long-term effective relief from bird nuisance.
Hi, I am Rex Graham, An Avid Bird lover and an Avian Expert; BirdsNews.com is here to help you learn and care about pet birds. and this blog is a journal of everything I’ve learned.
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