Crows are quite interesting birds, and intelligent also. They can solve several problems such as taking something out of a bag to make their life easier. Crows are social birds that can invade your yard in groups. They kill other birds and animals that keep our gardens free of pest and insects, automatically making them a gardener’s foe. To make it even worse, these birds will eat the fruits and vegetables within your garden.
Furthermore, crows are quite an eyesore. Having hundreds of them surrounding an area makes it quite unappealing and creates a mood of death. You see, the mere presence of crows chases away the songbirds that fill our mornings with so much life.
And the fact that these birds are intelligent makes getting rid of them quite complicated – it is not a walk in the park.
Getting rid of crows includes making your living space unfavorable for them. You will need to outsmart them, and the following are suggestions to do it.
Keeping the Compost Covered
Benefits of composting include having a sustainable way of getting rid of organic materials. Composting is an excellent way of making safe, eco-friendly and effective manure for your vegetable garden, or flowers. Unfortunately, open compost pits are inviting to scavengers that include crows.
Crows are omnivorous and will eat anything – plant matter and flesh. It is therefore vital to keep all compost components in a secure container to hold these uninvited guests away. Keep the area around the contained compost clean, and the crows together with other animals will not have any reason to invade your yard.
Keep the Trash in Secure Containers
Feed a stray cat once, and he will become your frequent visitor. The same applies to crows, but how do you feed the crows?
Well, your unkempt trash can is one way through which you feed the crows. If it is overflowing with all manner of debris, the crows will show up to rummage through it, to find something that you have left for them. If the ravens are sure of finding food within your compound, then they will always show up on a daily basis to have their fill for the day, and of course, bring along their friends and relatives.
Ideally, keep the trashcans covered and the area around it clean. The crows will not waste time on your compound if there’s nothing to eat.
Using Bird Feeders that Exclude Crows
You will find bird feeders that effectively exclude larger and heavier birds by automatically closing. When the crow lands on it, the door closes. Alternatively, you can use a net with sufficient spaces for the smaller birds. Make sure to clean the area around the feeder to keep crows from finding scraps and hanging around for more.
Using a Model
Hanging a crow model upside down is sometimes very disturbing for the crows, and may avoid the area for some time. However, you will need to make sure the model is moving a bit with the wind. An upside crow signals danger to the other crows – the price of being intelligent.
Use the upside crow model with other methods for effectiveness. For example, cut the dead branches and the tall trees to reduce crow perching spots.
Also, an animated owl model holding a crow as prey will scare the rest of them to stay away. Typically, the model will be moving slightly, and the crows may never figure out that you are fooling them – they may be too scared to find out, and better for you.
The advantage of dealing with an intelligent bird is that it knows when danger comes knocking. Even though there may be hundreds of them in your neighborhood, shooting a few of them will scare the rest, and they will move to safer grounds, away from your garden.
Use Noises as a Crow Deterrent
Crows do not like loud noises and will avoid such places. You can train them to avoid your property by making loud noises such as fireworks and air horns. You can also use recordings of their predators such as hawks and owls.
These recordings are available in bird stores, and you can purchase them for your use. However, the method is not applicable in urban areas. As mentioned earlier, the crows are intelligent and may figure out the predator audio is not real. So it’s best to keep changing these audio recordings until the scavenging birds relocate.
It also helps to keep the sources of recordings out of sight. If they can’t see where the recordings are coming from then they may not figure out the predator sounds are fake.
Netting your Garden
Even though crows can help protect your garden against the grubs and insects, they can sometimes help themselves on crop produce from time to time. Remember that crows are omnivorous.
To protect your crops from the crows, get a bird net with big enough spaces to let in smaller birds into the garden space to eat the insects and other pests but also keep the crows out. The ravens will soon realize there’s nothing edible for them and will have to look elsewhere, leaving your property.
Installing Bird Spikes
Bird spikes are typically used to keep birds from landing on the fence or other places around the property. The bird spikes will keep the crows from finding somewhere they can rest and spy over your property for food.
Using Reflective Objects
Stringing reflective objects around the property scares the crows away. Specifically, moving shiny objects, such a tape or old CDs will deter the crows from hanging around your property.
Even better than the recorded noises is exploding noises where the crows are flying. Pyrotechnic devices produce exploding sounds in the air, thereby disturbing the crows significantly. For a better effect, you can use a hanging dead bird effigy, and together with the explosions, the crows will be too stressed to hang around – they will feel it’s no longer safe to stick around.