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Old 08-24-2008, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Keeping birds out of trees???

I have two big trees on either side of my driveway, and I am getting tired of the bird shit all over everything. They provide great shade so I don't want to cut them down, but I want to keep the birds out. Any tricks (other than firecrackers, bb guns, and M80's)? Is there anything that you can spray on a tree that will keep them out?
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Well, you could round up 10-20 cats and put them up in the tree.

Of course, if you don't like cats, then you'll need several dogs...
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put a kids play snake in the trees. maybe 10 or 20 snake so they are scared to land.
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Tie some tin pie pans up in the tree. The noise of them banging around in the wind plus that they are shiny works(or at lest it does on house's and sheds with a wood pecker problem).

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An owl decoy will work.You need to move it to a different location every couple of weeks.
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around here they use silver and red sided mylar 1" ribbons to keep the birds out of the fruits tree and grape vines.

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Tie some tin cake pans up in the tree. The noise of them banging around in the wind plus that they are shiny works(or at lest it does on house's and sheds with a wood pecker problem).
That usually works pretty well.

or try some anti bird netting (a big net that is strung over the tree to keep the birds out)
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Have the tree laced.

This is a proccess that an Abroist goes in and cuts about evey other limb out. The birds no longer feel safe because the preditor birds can easily spot them. the birds will leave for a few years and then you can do it again.


Shooting them will have np effect since others will move in to the prime real estate.
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An owl decoy will work.You need to move it to a different location every couple of weeks.
A buddy of mine bought one of those fake owls for his roof-top (the pigeons were ruining his red spanish tile roof). After three days, the fake owl had so much pigeon shit on it's head it looked like it was wearing a hat...
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start an HOA (really it would be a Tree Dwellers ASSOC.) TDA. Create bylaw preventing toilet use in that area. If they don't like it they can move, or you can put a lein on the nest.
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A buddy of mine bought one of those fake owls for his roof-top (the pigeons were ruining his red spanish tile roof). After three days, the fake owl had so much pigeon shit on it's head it looked like it was wearing a hat...


i've got the same problem... 2 big trees, lots of poop on everything. i pulled down the 3 nests after birthing but i still have birds in the trees.

there's a mockingbird that opens his trap at 3am outside my bedroom window in the tree that's closer to the house. i swear one little bird has me thinking of cutting that tree all up but i like the tree too much
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Keeping birds out of a tree is like keeping NGRs out of KFC
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Keeping birds out of a tree is like keeping NGRs out of KFC
posting a uniformed police officer just inside the door of the establishment works wonders.

an owl in the tree doesn't seem to do jack shit.

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around here they use silver and red sided mylar 1" ribbons to keep the birds out of the fruits tree and grape vines.
That works well for smaller birds. It confuses them when they try to land.

You just can't try one thing with birds, you constantly have to keep changing it or they will get used to it. The best thing you can do is source a hawk/falcon or some other predatory bird. This will keep the other birds out definitely.
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Dang it, where's that clip where a bird starts to land on the hood of a car and the hood flies up and knocks the shit out of the bird? One of the funniest clips I've seen. Maybe you could teach the tree to swat them when they come in to landů

You could run some electric fence line up the tree and on the limbs that are over the what ever is being shit on. Just place it about a 1/4" off the limb. Yeah they could land on it but sooner or later they are going to bump it or place one foot on the wire and the other on the tree...knocks the shit out of them and they either go away or at least to another part of the tree.

I tried the plastic snake thing...didn't work so well. Two days and they had it figured out.
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i've got the same problem... 2 big trees, lots of poop on everything. i pulled down the 3 nests after birthing but i still have birds in the trees.

there's a mockingbird that opens his trap at 3am outside my bedroom window in the tree that's closer to the house. i swear one little bird has me thinking of cutting that tree all up but i like the tree too much
Mockingbird's have territories and they move all around them. If you watch one you'll see how it flies to each perch within its territory. Cutting down a tree won't do much because they'll perch up elsewhere in their territory and keep on getting it.

try and owl first. it's cheap.
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