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Nuisance Birds

        Mockingbird (singing all night)
Attracted to:

Female mockingbirds


Controlled by:

Patience - as soon as he finds a mate, he will quiet down.
Comments:

Mockingbirds are a fully protected species. The males sing all night to attract a mate. This behavior is temporary. As soon as nest building begins, the couple gets very quiet.

        Pigeons or Doves
Attracted to:

Seeds
Flat places to lay eggs and roost

Controlled by:

Removing seeds - however the food source may be a very long way from the roost.

Use netting, chicken wire, or other bird exclusion material to prevent access to the roost.

Harassment by squirting with a hose sometimes works but must be repeated often.
Comments:

Droppings can be messy and destructive.

Pigeons and doves spread diseases that are fatal to other seed eating birds. Do not permit doves or pigeons at feeders frequented by other birds.

        Ducks and Geese
Attracted to:

Water
Grass
Dog and cat food
Snails and slugs


Controlled by:

Harassment
Comments:

Will control snails and slugs and crop grass but the droppings are very messy.
        Peacock
Attracted to:

Dog and cat food
Ornamental plants

Controlled by:

Harassment
Remove dog and cat food
Comments:

Can damage ornamental plants
Noisy
Messy
Peacocks and peahens are escaped pets.

        Woodpecker (damaging shake roof)
Attracted to:

Insects living under shingles

Controlled by:

Contacting a roofer and/or doing insect control
Comments:

Woodpeckers can hear insects under bark or shingles and will remove the wood to get at the insects. If they are damaging a shake roof it is usually because there is an insect or termite infestation.

        Woodpecker (putting holes in walls)
There may be many small holes with acorns in them or one large nesting hold.

Controlled by:

Placing screening over the area
Comments:

Nesting holes should be covered with metal screening or plating for the nesting season. Granaries may become a recurring problems best solved by using woodpecker proof material to cover the wall or deigning access with nets or screening.

        Cliff Swallow (mud nests under eves)
Attracted to rough textured walls with overhangs.

Lakes, ponds, and rivers

Usually found in colonies

Controlled by:

Placing screening to keep birds off walls. This will need to be done for a year or two then the colony should move someplace else.


The nests can be knocked down when they are incomplete. This needs to be done at least twice a week until they go away.

Once the birds have completed the nests there will be eggs inside and it becomes illegal to disturb the nest until the birds have left.
Comments:

Swallows eat insects they catch on the wing so even though they are messy the can significant reduce populations of flies and mosquitoes.


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