This article will go over the different ways you can use bird repellent spray to deter birds and keep them away from your property and your crops. Some bird repellent sprays harm the birds. The sprays listed on this page do not. Birds simply do not like the smell or taste of these sprays and will find somewhere else to look for food.
If you are looking for a homemade solution, chili pepper combined with vinegar is an option. The taste and smell of this solution make plants and gardens sprayed with it unattractive to birds.
The way to make chili pepper garden spray is to cut up about two dozen chili peppers. Combine them with half a gallon of water and leave this mixture to ferment in the sun for five days. Then take it back inside and add 1/4 cup of white or red vinegar to the mixture. It is now ready to use.
Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on your plants and garden. Birds will avoid the plants it is sprayed on as they don't like the hot taste and smell of the chili pepper mixture.
Another option for pest birds in the garden is methyl anthranilate. This is a grape-smelling mixture used in some sodas and candies. Birds are repelled by the scent and taste of this chemical and will avoid it. Methyl anthranilate is thus often used as a bird repellent on crops, plants, and gardens. You can buy this chemical yourself online at a website like Bird-X or hire a bird control company to install it for you.
There are also bird-proof gels. At AviAway we do not often recommend bird-proof gels which go on ledge surfaces to deter birds. These gels make surfaces sticky and uncomfortable for birds to land on.
The trouble with these gels is that smaller birds can get trapped by the gel and be unable to fly away. If these birds get stuck and can't fly away, they die on the ledge. It's just as bad to have small dead birds stuck to your ledge as it is to have medium-sized birds perched on it.
If medium-sized birds are a problem and they are perched on a ledge, our general recommendation is bird spikes. Bird spikes can be placed over ledge surfaces and prevent birds from landing on a ledge. Bird spikes do not hurt birds but merely block the surface they would land on.
There are several other ledge control options as well if bird spikes would be conspicuous and unsightly for your property. These include ledge modification like AviAngle, which converts a horizontal ledge into a diagonal one, making it impossible for birds to perch on it.
Another option is electric shock tracks. Shock tracks give birds small electric shocks if they land on the ledge. The shocks do not hurt or kill the birds but annoy them enough that they will have to find somewhere else to perch.
Bird sprays and ledge modification are a few of the tools of the bird control trade. Every situation, however, is unique.
If you have a bird problem, we can help. AviAway professionally installs bird control solutions for all bird species. We have 30+ years of experience in bird control and have performed work for companies like Amazon, Rite Aid, and the U.S. Postal Service. Click here or call 844-247-3373 to request a free bird control quote.
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