An example of a bird that might become a pest.

Birds can be pests that are nuisances on your property and detrimental to the environment. Some birds are health and safety risks to people and other animals, so getting rid of them is important. Remove them easily and quickly by following a few, effective pest control methods.

Get Rid of Their Homes

One way to get rid of an unwanted person in your house is to burn down the house. Getting rid of the birds’ nests is another solution that will not cause harm to the birds. The easiest option is to use a broom or pressure washer; however, it’s not long lasting because the birds could return and rebuild in another location.

Use Woodpecker Repellent

Use a chemical repellent as a form of woodpecker removal in your yard. Spray this chemical onto tree branches and ledges where woodpeckers like to perch. Choose a chemical-based product that is safe and nontoxic to the environment. Another option is to imitate a skunk and apply a foul odor that repels woodpeckers and all other pests.


Netting is not done to catch the birds but to block their entry into certain regions in your yard. A net blocks the birds from invading and consuming the edible plants in your gardens. Another net can prevent them from walking on your patio or nesting in the trees. This is very effective but inefficient for people who want to maintain healthy gardens and keep attractive yards.

Shock Tracks

Bird shock tracks are removable deterrent systems that are installed onto fences, roofs and ledges where birds like to sit. Birds are given a small shock when they land on top of the track. It is a humane, nonfatal bird control technique that must be installed by an electrical professional.

Natural Predators

Birds are prey to many predators besides humans, including owls, cats, raccoons and larger birds. It may not even be necessary to use real predators as many property owners have used menacing images of animals. Farmers use scarecrows or fake owls that they place on top of barns. Use as many lifelike models as you need and move them around often so that they look alive.

Eliminate bird pests to ensure that your home and yard are safe and free of health risks. You have two options: hire a professional or take care of the pests yourself. Either method works and depends on personal preference. When you plan well, you avoid having to spend money on pest-related repairs and replacements and will maintain a good home for years.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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