Dealing with Bird Problems by MaggieMills1


									Dealing with Bird Problems

If you are lucky enough to have a cherry tree in your yard, I am sure I
don’t need to tell you how much enjoyment can come from them. Just eating
the delicious cherries that spawned from your tree is a rewarding
experience in itself. Looking out your back window and seeing a
magnificent, glorious cherry tree is also rewarding. Most people are
impressed just by the fact that you have a cherry tree, because they are
usually thought of by non-gardeners as some sort of exotic plant.

But along with the joys that a cherry tree can bring, there are many
annoyances. They seem to attract more unwanted creatures than any other
plant in the world. Almost every day it seems like there is a new type of
pestilence swarming the tree, trying to get a nibble of its delicious
fruits. I can’t say I blame them, but if they want to eat delicious
fruits then they should grow their own trees.

One of the main and most constant problems that most people deal with is
birds eating the fruit off the tree. It can seem almost impossible to get
rid of this pest. After all, they can come in from any angle and make a
quick getaway with the cherries. Or they can sit undetected in the
branches and munch away all day. A bird certainly has its versatility on
its side. Those little guys can be a real hassle to catch or repel.
However, there are several different ways you can deter the birds from
your house.

The most used way of repelling birds is to place a plastic owl within the
vicinity of the house. If you find any animal that usually eats birds and
purchase a plastic version, usually real birds will be instinctual enough
to avoid it. These can include snakes, owls hawks, or scarecrows (OK,
maybe they don’t eat birds normally. But they sure scare the birds for
some reason). Most of the time you can purchase these at your local
gardening store. If you want a different version or a more lifelike
representation, if you look online then you’re sure to find something
that will work.

If you get a plastic animal of some sort, usually it will cure the bird
problem for a while. However, some birds are just really brave (or really
stupid) and will continue to eat from your tree. Almost any reflective
surface or noisy object will prevent the birds from coming too close. I
personally like to use reflective tape designed for scaring birds. You
can purchase this at any gardening store. I usually use this in
combination with a large assortment of wind chimes for maximum scaring.
Once you have a plastic animal along with reflective items and noisy
items, almost all birds will be too terrified to even go close.

While airborne creatures might take a little more than their share of
fruit, you should still consider leaving one tree exclusively for them.
While they might seem like a pest sometimes, birds can be the one thing
that livens up your garden. If you’re used to having birds and then all
of a sudden you’ve scared them all away, you’ll feel like there is
something missing from your yard. Something that, on the inside, you
truly loved all along.

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