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How do you prevent birds from eating your crops?

Fruits or seeds within reach, nothing could be more tempting for these little consumers. How to protect your vegetable garden or fruit trees from birds? How to make a repellent? What smell scares birds away? Our tips.

Tomatoes, raspberries, oranges have appeared in your garden. Their flamboyant colors don’t just appeal to you – unfortunately. Many insects and other birds covet these treasures. Rest assured, there are many solutions to prevent these unwanted guests from mistaking your fruit trees for a starred restaurant and avoid any disappointment, both in terms of production and harvesting.

How to protect your vegetable garden from birds?

So that the birds do not use them before you, especially on cherry trees, apple trees, strawberries or even raspberries, here are several materials to install:

• Anti-bird netting

The advantage is that it allows, thanks to its small meshes and its tunnel aspect, to let the water and the sun pass through while preventing blackbirds, sparrows or other starlings from pecking. A simple and effective solution to keep them away without aggressiveness.

• Tunnel protection

Place steel hoops, arranged all along the plantations concerned, one meter apart from each other. The area must then be covered with a net to create a protective tunnel and closed at each end by making a knot or with string. This tunnel can be easily installed and removed for regular maintenance or the installation of other plantations.

• Fishing line or nylon

Installed about ten centimeters above the seedlings or plantations and aligned in a parallel fashion, the fishing line will deter birds.

How to keep birds away from fruit trees?

There are harmless and inexpensive systems to set up near plantations. Anything that glitters will scare them away.

• CDs

You no longer listen to the music of certain singers but you have kept their albums. It’s time to take them out by gluing two of them, back to back, to have the reflective side outward on both sides before installing them directly via strings in the fruit tree. About ten are needed on average for a tree. They will spin around, reflect light, and bump into branches when the wind blows, causing the birds to change direction.

• Aluminum foil

Positioned when the fruits begin to ripen in the trees concerned, it takes an average of fifteen strips for a cherry tree, which will be removed after harvest. The little trick is to put two different colors. It is also possible to place aluminum plates or empty cans without labels.

• Place a scarecrow

If he has a cat’s face with beady eyes that glow in the light, his presence will disturb birds that approach too closely. You can also make a stick figure out of foil around the arms and hat so the shiny side keeps them away.

• Sound scarers

– Ultrasound

Imperceptible to humans, certain sounds emitted by ultrasonic devices are conditioned at a particular frequency so as to disturb birds.

– A radio

A small battery-powered set tuned to a frequency that alternates between music, programs and advertisements: there’s nothing like it to divert them from their route.

Offer other sources of food

If you make seeds available to them, for example, to enjoy elsewhere, they will have been satiated and will no longer rush to your plantations.

In case of dry or high temperature, you can make a diversion by installing a water point for them to quench their thirst.

Are there bird repellents?

• Bird repellents in spray or granules

There are some based on natural essences, such as the strong smell of lavandin for example. Deposited regularly at the place where the “suspects” land, the latter will understand the message and will not return.

For those concerned about the environment and animal welfare, some businesses sell plant-based bird repellents.

The smell of these products displeases birds and encourages them to flee

Like humans, birds dislike certain smells, especially mothballs (place balls in a container then hang it with string on the tree), pickled or smoked herring (place pieces of beyond on a few branches) or cade oil, on an old cloth or rag.


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