As avid animal lovers, we may have birds as companion animals instead of embracing a more tradition furry critter, like a dog or cat. When looking outside, certain flying critters have the potential of being very dangerous when it comes to harming one of our more “normal” four-legged friends. Birds in the wild can cause a variety of different health problems compared to our furry friends that are usually kept indoors.
Thinking outside the box and examining things outdoors, everything from disease ridden droppings to poisonous parasites, are often left behind from overhead pests. Not only problematic, they’re often overlooked by pet owners since we should be taking a closer look at issues happening indoors instead of overhead.
When using the term “flying wildlife,” we may initially picture an enormous bird of prey going after a pet, but this particular problem isn’t necessarily the case. In reality, issues associated with smaller flying pests (like pigeons), can be just as harmful as their much larger cousins.
While these seemingly harmless airborne pilots may not attack people or their pets directly, according to wildlife experts, inhaling spores pigeons carry around with them can have harmful results. This is especially true if these wild birds take up residence somewhere inside or around our homes. It could be inside an attic, residing underneath an eave or overhang, taking temporary perches on our rooftop or another area where they feel comfortable hanging out.
Given the gift of flight, keeping birds away from our homes, property and pets can be challenging at best. But we don’t have to resort to drastic measures like weapons, poisons or traps to keep these flying critters away. Let’s look a few ways to help keep birds at bay:
#1 - Eye In The Sky
With different names given to products like Big Eye, Bird Scare, Terror Eye and other descriptive labels, round, brightly colored orbs resemble an eyeball in the sky. These often inflatable items strike fear into most birds. It’s believed the reflective surface, bright hues and resemblance to an oddly colored eye deter birds upon first sight. When kept in place, they continue to keep birds away from property and pets.
If you’re consider purchasing one (or two if they come as a duo), there are some excellent and recommended places to consider for proper placement of these weird peepers which include:
Look around your property and the exterior of your home to note places where you either regularly see birds perched or locations where you think birds might easily notice them.
One of the most prevalent lawn decorations, the plastic flamingo, is so widespread and popular, there’s actually more of these fake birds on the planet then there are their counterparts in the wild. But many people don’t know other outdoor types of decor like phony owls are enough to significantly alter a bird’s flight path. Similar to the eyeball placements as mentioned above, a higher location atop a roof is best to catch a bird’s attention as they’re flying nearby.
#3 - Flashy Visual Deterrents
Often used as a decor for outdoor weddings, flash tape that rotates in the wind or mirrors moving on a swivel send bright, reflective rays into the sky. This light show interferes with a bird’s vision and is disturbing to their natural vision. Often made of mylar, certain types of these products are specifically designed to become more active when blowing in the breeze and emit a whistling noise that also frightens birds away.
Even if any of these tactics don’t stay in place permanently, once they have frightened a bird and interfered with their normal flight plan, this is often enough to keep them away permanently.