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Nesting birds are a common problem among gardeners who grow flowers in hanging baskets. Birds seek out spots where they can make nests that will provide shelter from predators and inclement weather. Hanging baskets often provide the perfect spot, from a bird's perspective. Once birds build a nest, it is not a good idea to disturb the birds. For this reason, preventing the birds from nesting in the first place is the best course of action.
Wear plastic gloves and slice the jalapeno peppers and the garlic cloves so you have raw edges of each.
Rub the raw surfaces of the garlic gloves and jalapeno peppers along the rims of the hanging baskets. The oils from the garlic and peppers will deter birds from nesting in the baskets. Apply fresh garlic and pepper one time each week.
Insert one plastic pinwheel in each side of the hanging basket so the plant has a pinwheel to the left and right of it. The pinwheels will move and give off noise and light and this will frighten away birds.
Hang the wind chimes near the hanging baskets to create noise and movement. This will deter nesting in the hanging baskets.
Place a plastic snake in the soil so that tempted birds can see it. Birds will suddenly lose interest in a planter with a snake. Move the snake around every other day to keep the illusion real.
Stick a pinwheel into the planter's soil to repel birds. Mylar tape and bits of aluminum foil will render the same effect, refracting light and keeping birds away.
Wrap netting around your hanging plant to cut off access for foraging birds. Netting enables the sunshine to get through, but not the birds.
Crisscross fishing line across the soil of your planter to keep birds from nesting in it. Another alternative is a child’s Slinky toy to create a rough terrain for birds to dig through.
Eliminate any abandoned birdhouses and nests on your property. However, leave occupied nests alone until after the birds have gone.
Install 3/4-inch mesh netting over eaves and other areas where swallows have nested in the past. Use hooks or mounting clips placed 1 to 3 inches apart to hold the netting in place. Secure the mounting clips to your home with screws or nails.
Control outdoor flying insects, the major food source for swallows, to prevent attracting the birds to your home. Eliminate garbage and debris around the house, and place tight lids on outdoor garbage cans. Regularly drain or dump out water from kiddie pools, birdbaths and any potential sources of standing water around the home.
Suspend monofilament fishing line around your home to repel swallows, but keep in mind this method also repels other songbirds. This transparent fishing line works for an unknown reason: James E. Knight, Extension Wildlife Specialist at Montana State University speculates that birds may fear entanglement, while other wildlife specialists speculate that the line creates the illusion of a barrier. Hang a single line across trees or other posts in your yard to enclose the area. If your yard has no existing posts, drive 8-foot poles into the corners of your yard and tie lines across them.
Select plants that provide color, food and shelter for the birds. Consider annual and perennial flowers, flowering shrubs, bulbs for spring bloom, and grasses. Choose plants that are native to your area to attract the birds. Visit a nursery and ask for plants that attract hummingbirds and shrubs that all birds can perch on and hide in.
Prepare the soil around the birdbath by loosening it and adding organic compost. Leave a level surface for the birdbath.
Place planting holes around the birdbath. Leave space to approach and stand by the birdbath.
Plant flowers, grasses and shrubs around the birdbath placing low-growing flowers in front of taller ones.
Water the new plants thoroughly and cover the area with mulch.
Pick the right type of house for the birds. Each species has different needs regarding house size, the size of the opening and the number of openings.
Place the birdhouse on top of a metal pole if possible to make it less accessible to predators. Position the house so the opening faces to the north or to the east to keep the hot sun out.
Possible heights for houses include as low as 4 feet off the ground for birds such as robins, chickadees and bluebirds; 12 to 18 feet for birds such as the barn owl; 15 to 25 feet for birds such as the pileated woodpecker; and 10 to 30 feet for birds such as the osprey.
Lay the bird-spike strips along the top edge of all horizontal surfaces of the TV aerial, make sure the soft flexible spikes point upward. The spikes will not injure the birds, but they don't allow the bird's feet to reach down far enough to acquire a purchase on the antenna.
Trim the length of the strips along the base as needed with wire cutters so the strips do not overhang the ends of the antenna. Do not cut the height of the spikes themselves.
Wrap a cable tie around the base of the spike strip and the mounting surface on the antenna. Insert the tapered end of the cable tie into the locking slot at the opposite end of the cable tie.
Pull the end of the tie through the back of the slot with your fingers, until the tie is firmly in contact around the antenna surface and the spike strip. Snug the cable tie down by pulling on the end of the tie with a pair of pliers. Trim the ends of the cable ties with the wire cutters.
Trim your trees, hedges and shrubs regularly. Nesting birds such as the mockingbird prefer to build their nests under the protective cover of dense vegetation.
Remove all food and water sources such as bird feeders or bird baths from your property. Nesting birds are attracted to environments featuring readily accessible food and water.
Place metallic strips, ribbons or balloons on your property in areas where nesting birds regularly frequent. According to the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, the random movement and highly reflective surfaces of metallic strips, ribbons or balloons creates a bright flash in the sunlight and frightens birds.
Scan or walk the length of your property daily and remove any visible bird nests. The bird nests might be complete or incomplete and could consist of twigs, straw or grass. Nesting birds will leave a property if their nests are repeatedly removed or destroyed. Watch the nesting birds on your property closely to determine the exact location of the bird's nest. Immediately dispose of the nest or nesting material to prevent the bird from reusing the material and rebuilding the nest at a later date.
Hang scary visual devices on your property. Attach reflective tape or brightly colored weather-resistant balloons to tree branches, sprinkler risers or trellises located in front of the area that the blackbirds frequent. The reflection of the tape combined with the fluttering sound it makes in the wind, or the bright colors of the balloon and its reflective material, scare away blackbirds.
Treat your field with chemically-treated grain bait. When eaten by a blackbird, chemicals in the grain cause the bird to make distress calls and behave as if it is having an epileptic seizure. Its erratic behavior scares away the entire flock of blackbirds.
Place a sonic bird repellent outdoors to keep blackbirds away. A sonic bird repellent is pre-programmed with distress and harassment sounds that scare away blackbirds. The electronic repellents come in several varieties that can cover different size fields
Use a propane exploder to scare blackbirds. Propane exploders, elevated on a truck bed or barrel, release a cannon-like sound over your crops. The exploders have timers that set them off and they should be moved around the property every two to three days. The noise scares away the birds. This repel method can be compared to shooting a rifle in the air.