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How to Keep Birds Out of Bradford Pear Trees

By April Sanders ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bradford pear trees are ornamental fruit trees. They have beautiful white blooms in the spring, and in the fall the leaves turn brilliant orange and red. The trees are relatively short-lived, lasting only between 15 to 20 years. The sharp angles of the Bradford pear tree's branches also makes the tree prone to splitting during freezing weather. Birds love the small, round fruit and may flock to the tree at times, creating a loud mess. But there are some things you can do to keep birds out of a Bradford pear tree.

Distract the birds by stringing up aluminum pie plates in the tree. Not only will the shiny material repel the birds, but the noise they make as they are blown about in the wind will scare skittish birds away from using the tree as a roosting area.

Trick the birds into thinking there is a border around your tree. If distracting them doesn't work, try stringing some monofilament fishing line loosely around the tree. Bradford pears are ornamental trees, which means they don't produce edible fruit, so you won't have to worry about trying to pick pears through the fishing line.

Frighten the birds away by placing some large, rubber snakes on the ground around the tree and in the branches of the Bradford pear. Just make sure you don't scare your neighbors as well.

Block the birds from being able to access the ornamental fruit tree by covering it with a bird net. These can be purchased at almost any garden center, but they are not made to cover very large trees.


Things You Will Need

  • Aluminum pie plates
  • String
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Rubber snakes
  • Bird net


  • If one method stops working, try another. Birds can quickly adapt to situations, so you might need to change methods frequently to keep the birds away.