How to Keep Birds Away From Trees In Your Yard?


The best way to keep birds out of trees in your yard is to scare them away using colorful and reflective items. CD’s, balloons, predator decoys, and netting are some fantastic items that are easy to set up in your yard!

While the presence of birds in your trees can be a pleasant reminder of the inherent beauty of nature. Birds can also become pests, eating the fruit in the trees, creating nests, and in some cases scaring away other birds from your yard. For those who want to understand how to keep birds away from the trees in your yards, it is important to remember that the best deterrents are safe, effective, and inexpensive. 

1. Decoys


Decoys are a popular bird deterrent used around the world. Owls and Hawks are commonly used as decoys as they are the natural predator to most birds. Placing these decoys in your tress is a sure way to give any unwanted birds a scare. Remember to secure the decoy in place with some string. 

Owl Decoys such as this are great due to the head turning around! Movement from your decoys will certainly scare any birds away. 

2. CD-Roms 

It may seem a little strange at first but hanging a few CD-ROMs from the branches of the trees can be most effective in keeping the birds away. Birds are scared of reflecting light. When the shiny side of CD glimmers and reflects light it will scare away most birds. You can use cheap pie pans that are foil or aluminum as well. Attach one CD-ROM or pie pan per branch and that should keep away the birds. 

3. Nets or Spikes 

If you have smaller, fruit-bearing trees that you want to keep the birds away from, then a large polyurethane net can work well. The net will have to be large enough to go over the entire tree and anchor to the ground or with poles around the tree. The netting allows the sunlight and rain to come in but keeps the birds out.

Admittedly, netting may look unattractive depending on its locations, however it is a certain way to fully protect your trees. 

Another option is to use stainless steel spikes. Depending on the tree, spikes can be placed subtly on popular perches and is an effective deterrent. 

4. Shiny Tape 


As mentioned in some of the other tips, birds are scared of shiny materials. Shiny tapes can be a great solution to your birding problems. Wrap shiny tape around popular perchers in your trees. Birds will be reluctant to stay in your trees at all if there is plenty of shiny items about!

5. Ribbons 

If hanging CD-roms or pie pans is not what you want, then add shiny ribbons to the branches. Colors such as yellow, orange, or red are quite effective in keeping the birds away. You will need to loosely wrap a few branches with the ribbons to be effective. However, ribbons are not as resilient to the weather compared to CD-ROMs or pie pans, so you may need to replace them after some bad weather.

Knowing how to keep birds away from the trees in your yards starts by employing the simple, inexpensive methods first and judging the results. Remember that the goal is to stop the birds from becoming a permanent presence in your trees and not stop the occasional visiting bird. Experiment with the different methods available until you find one that works.

6. Balloons 

You’ll want to use balloons that are made with shiny materials not only for their reflective quality, but they are more durable than traditional balloons. Ideally, you’ll want to use balloons with faces and eyes painted on them, so the birds believe that there are predators in the trees. Tie a balloon or two to a few of the lower branches and judge the results. You may find that you need to add more to the places that the birds nest.

What smells can scare away birds from trees?

There are many smells that can repel birds away from trees in your yard. Garlic, Cayenne Pepper and Peppermint Oil are all known to be offensive to birds and all happen to be organic products. Follow this article to learn more about what smells keep birds away.

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