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Before you begin any attempt to control birds, you should first check with federal, state, and local laws pertaining to birds. Some birds, especially the migratory birds, are protected, at least to some extent, by the federal government. Local and state laws may prohibit shooting or killing birds as well. You should check with local and state governing bodies to see how these laws affect your attempt to control and management bird population around your property. It just isn't worth the fines, and sometime the jail time, by ignoring the laws.
I will not be concentrating on killing birds here. If that is an option that you want to pursue, and sometimes their can be justifications, then you should seek the help of a wildlife control professional who is familiar with the laws of your state and municipality.


Sanitation efforts may significantly reduce the pest bird problems by reducing the presence of food, water, and shelter. For example, where you have sparrows and pigeons around food establishments, outdoor dining areas, and food stands, sanitation will greatly reduce these birds. Constantly picking up the garbage, using tightly closing garbage receptacles and dumpsters, and emptying those receptacles and dumpsters regularly will do wonders.

With sparrows, regularly removing their nests will reduce the sparrows in a giving area because of their high mortality rate.

With starlings, sanitation around their roosting areas will have little impact.


Exclusion is the other major process for eliminating bird population from within or around structures. The idea is to deny birds access to perches and entry into structures. There are a variety of products available for bird exclusion programs. Some of these products include:
  • Plastic and nylon screening
  • "Porcupine wires" such as Nixalite ©, Cats Claw © and Bird-B-Gone ©
  • Tightly strung steel wire or fishing line
  • Electrically charged wires
  • Sound repellent devices
There are new product coming out every day as well. Check out hardware stores, catalogs, and on line sites for the newest devices or variations of the above. Most are relatively easy to install or you should be able to find someone who can install them yourself.


If you have any questions, please ask Pestdude!