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Drive away sparrows - tips
If a sparrow occasionally drops in and chirps its song briefly, nobody feels disturbed. Unfortunately, the cute songbirds like to live in large colonies, tend to swarm and are extremely talkative. Deafening bird concerts and heaps of excrement do not leave home and balcony owners without a trace. The question arises: How can you drive away sparrows without harming the lively pests? The following table lists best practices for balconies, roofs and the hedge on the house:
- Scarecrow for the balcony - drive away disturbing birds
- Pigeon fright instead of pigeon droppings - tips for the balcony and roof
- This is how the gutter turns into a flower box - tips & tricks
|Shock dummies||Raven, scare balloon||Balcony, gutter|
|Electronically||Ultrasonic||Balcony, roof, hedge|
|Acoustically||bird voices||Balcony, roof, hedge|
|Mechanically||Spirals, eaves comb||Gutter, under roof tiles|
|Home remedies||CD wind chime||Balcony, gutter|
Have any of these tips piqued your interest? Then please read on. The following sections explain what you should pay attention to when using it, how you can prevent habituation and how to make an effective sparrow scare yourself.
Fright dummies chase away sparrows
Sparrows are constantly on alert. The guards in the flock keep an eye out for birds of prey and raptors, which like to eat juicy sparrows. At the sight of raven, magpie, crow or falcon, the frightened sparrows seek the distance. When dummies suggest the presence of enemies, the feathered pests prefer to stay away. Two versions have proven themselves in practice to drive sparrows away from the gutter and balcony:
Dummy birds versus sparrows - this is how it works
Ravens are the number one enemy for sparrows, closely followed by sparrows, hawks, owls and magpies. The sight of these bird silhouettes scares away sparrows in no time, regardless of whether they are originals or plagiarism. What achieves the best results in defense against pigeons also serves well in deterring house sparrows. The shrewd troublemakers in their plumage cannot be driven away so easily. The success rate of dummy birds versus sparrows depends largely on these important criteria:
- Mobility : Attach bird dummies in a mobile way, for example on a nylon cord
- True to the original : use dummies with an authentic appearance (black raven, at least 40 cm tall)
- Change of position : attach ravens to the gutter with clamps and move them every few days
Scare balloons drive away sparrows from the house
Quiet hours at the seat in the garden remain a pious wish when a noisy flock of sparrows occupies the neighboring hedge. The feathered gang frolicked on the roof of the chicken coop or besieged the surrounding tree tops. A bird scarer balloon ensures calm. It is a large, bright yellow vinyl balloon. Reflective stickers simulate greedy, gawking raptor eyes. Red ribbons flutter at the lower end, which ensures continuous movement and at the same time imitates blazing flames. How to properly use a sparrow scare balloon:
- Location : sunny position without shadows being cast by buildings, trees or bushes
- Ground clearance : hang the balloon as high as possible so that the red ribbons flutter unhindered
- Assembly : attach freely pendulum to a tear-resistant cord
When choosing the location, please make sure that there are no sources of food in the immediate vicinity. Furthermore, the shock balloon does not do its job if the sparrows are already nesting in the hedge or the treetop.
Sparrows drive away other birds
Nesting site competitors usually lose out in the sparrow area. Sparrow parents-to-be fight heroically for the best nesting place for their offspring. The feathered spruces are not afraid to cross blades with significantly larger birds. Fighting with starlings is not uncommon. In conflicts with tits of about the same size, sparrows often emerge victorious. As niche, cave and free brooders, sparrows chase away other birds from nesting boxes, woodpecker holes and swallow nests. The reason for the aggressive territorial behavior is to be found in humans. Because protected cavities and natural mixed hedges are in short supply, the housing shortage forces desperate sparrows to drive away other birds.
Driving away sparrows with ultrasound
Ultrasound is above the human hearing limit and is therefore imperceptible. In small sparrow ears, however, there is an unbearable din that triggers an immediate flight instinct. Ultrasonic devices are available in various sizes and designs as weatherproof models. Ultrasound is a good choice to drive away annoying sparrows from the balcony, roof and garden.
The downside of the sound method is the time limitation of its effectiveness. It doesn't take long for a habituation effect to cancel out the displacement effect. You can take countermeasures for some time by changing frequencies and locations. In the end, you shouldn't be surprised when the entire flock of sparrows settles on the ultrasound device and chirps against the sound waves.
Bird calls do not keep sparrows away for long
The acoustic repulsion of sparrows uses recorded bird calls. The calls of falcon, bus species and other birds of prey can be heard from special multi-sound devices. In fact, sparrows first seek their salvation in flight. However, the feathered cunning find out quickly that it is not a serious threat. Sparrows cannot be permanently driven away from canned birds by bird calls.
Hobby gardeners who are close to nature warmly welcome sparrows to their green kingdom. When sparrows breed in the garden hedge in spring, they make short work of pests of all kinds. Proteins are at the top of the menu for young sparrows. For this reason, the parents are constantly on the hunt for flies, mosquitoes, cockchafer larvae and aphids. This makes sparrows valuable beneficial insects for biological pest control.
Drive away sparrows under roof tiles
An acute housing shortage makes sparrows inventive. Loose roof tiles are a tempting proposition for nest building. With a roof over their heads, eggs and young birds are well protected from predators and bad weather. In these nesting places, conflicts with human residents are inevitable. Removing nests that have already been created prohibits nature conservation and a clear conscience. With eaves combs installed in good time, you can drive away sparrows under roof tiles before starting a family. That is how it goes:
- Measure the length of the eaves batten
- Buy eaves combs including fastening material
- Mount the eaves comb between the batten and the roof tile without loopholes
Commercially available eaves combs are made of plastic, are 100 centimeters long and 7 centimeters high. Subsequent installation is possible, but involves more effort than assembly while the roof is being covered.
Please note: If an eaves comb prevents nesting under roof tiles, cunning sparrows will not be discouraged. After all, the roof still has sturdy rain gutters that seem like an alternative kindergarten. So please read on. The following section explains how you can use spirals to drive sparrows away from the gutter.
Spirals scare off sparrows from the gutter
The gutter is very popular with sparrows as an ideal nesting place. Nest, eggs and young birds find enough space in the semicircular tubes and can be easily approached. With special bird repellant spirals you can thwart the sparrows. These are continuous, flexible stainless steel spirals that are hung, glued or welded onto plates. The stainless steel plates themselves are fixed in the gutter with weatherproof assembly adhesive.
Sparrows on the approach perceive the spirals and turn away. Should careless sparrows attempt to land, the coils bend to the side and then straighten up again. Such an uncomfortable place is out of the question for sparrows to build a nest.
In contrast, spikes are frowned upon as a method of defense against pigeons, sparrows and other birds. The rigid skewers cause considerable injuries, which animal lovers cannot tolerate.
Make home remedies for sparrows yourself
Sparrows are suspicious of anything that moves and glitters suspiciously. The natural instinct to flee is triggered and the location is registered as dangerous. A home remedy makes use of this mechanism to drive sparrows away from the house gently and permanently. Bargain hunters among balcony gardeners and hobby gardeners appreciate the fact that you can make the following home remedies for sparrows yourself. That is how it goes:
- Knot discarded CDs or blanks in weatherproof cords
- Hang the panes at different heights
- Attach the bird control mobile to the sunny, wind-washed location
- Change position at least once a week
Don't have any CDs or blanks to hand? Then cut aluminum foil into strips. Glue the crackling, flashing aluminum strips to a wooden slat or frame - and the homemade sparrow repellent is ready.
frequently asked Questions
Do sparrows drive away titmouse?
Sparrows consider titmice as nesting site competitors. For this reason, the songbirds of about the same size fight for every good place to build a nest. As long as there are enough nesting places and food available, sparrows and tits live in peaceful coexistence.
Can you drive away sparrows with a smell?
No, you cannot drive sparrows away with smell. What sometimes has an effect on rodents and other pests, leaves sparrows without a trace. Neither essential oils nor any other strong smell can chase away sparrows from the house or roof.
Are bird nets suitable for chasing sparrows off the balcony?
Bird repellent nets have fallen into disrepute. Small bird species in particular, such as sparrows and titmice, get tangled in the mesh and die in agony. In view of the numerous, more gentle alternatives, we recommend that you refrain from using bird nets as a defense measure.
Regular hedge trimming is the best prevention against noisy sparrows in the garden. The best time is in February, just before the fresh shoot begins and the breeding season begins. At the beginning of March, the time window for pruning measures on trees closes, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Nature Conservation Act for the protection of our threatened bird life.