Whilst it can be nice to watch birds visiting your garden, some species can become pests. Here, we will look at some effective methods of pest control when you have a bird problem in your garden. Before attempting to get rid of any birds who are residing in your garden, it is important to check they aren’t protected species. Many are, although there are a few which are considered pests, so make sure you know what species of bird you are dealing with before taking measures.
The first and most effective way to reduce the number of pest birds visiting your garden is to remove any sources of food or water. However, this can also make your garden less desirable to non-pest species which is not ideal. Never feed pest birds, and try to ensure they can’t feed from the bins by keeping the lid securely closed at all times.
You should also take steps to ensure your garden isn’t hospitable for birds if you want to discourage them from returning. Prune back any hedges or trees in which they roost, or use netting to make sure they can’t enter the rafters of old buildings.
It’s also possible to set traps to capture pest birds. Live traps are best, as you can then release non-target species if they are accidentally captured. Check your local authority for rules about trapping birds before setting any, as there are varying rules in different areas. You should also be sure to humanely destroy any pest species which are trapped, as they can return from up to 50 miles away if released. Sometimes, none of these measures work and you need a professional. For those in central Scotland, try pest bird control Glasgow, who are sure to be able to help you tackle the problem effectively.