If you are bird watcher, you may have bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses on your property to attract wild birds. But if you are not a bird watcher you may not want noisy birds occupying your yard. Incessantly noisy birds in the trees around your home can be very annoying and disrupt the peace and quiet of your home, especially if there is a large flock of birds. Luckily, there are a few methods you can use to discourage birds from coming around.
Determine the types of birds that are making the noise. If you cannot tell just by looking at the bird, use a bird field guide. You can find these at your local bookstore, the library, or on the Web. It is important to know what type of bird you are working with because most wild birds are protected by laws and regulations. Check with your local wildlife bureaus to determine if the birds you are dealing with are protected.
Hang noise deterrents in trees to scare birds away. You can use store bought deterrents or save some money and make your own.
Place a wooden or plastic bird of prey dummy up in the trees. You can also use black wooden silhouettes to discourage birds from a distance.
Remove birds' nests from trees. Only do this after you've received approval from a wildlife official.
Cut a sheet of aluminium foil across the length into 1-inch strips. The length of the aluminium strips is determined by the width of the aluminium foil. The number of strips you need depends how many strands of deterrents you want to make. You need one strip for every inch of space you need to cover.
Cut a length of thread. You will be tying the thread into the trees so it should be long enough to fit between the branches, plus an extra foot to tie it.
Feed the thread through a needle. Pass the needle through the ends of foil strips. Space them about 1 inch apart on the thread.
Tie the ends of the thread into the trees. As the wind blows or the birds try and perch near the foil strips, they strips will knock together, making a noise that the birds do not like and scaring them away.
Things you need
- Bird field guide
- Noise deterrents
- Bird of prey dummy
- Bird of prey silhouette
- Aluminium foil