Common Blackbird Problems in Cape Cod
Though they rarely roost inside homes, blackbirds will absolutely take up residence on lawns, parks, golf courses, and other similar areas.
- Blackbirds are omnivorous and eat a variety of seeds, grains, and insects.
- They commonly forage for ripening corn, sunflowers, citrus fruits, rice, beetles, and earworms. As such, farmlands and lawns with gardens make especially favorable nesting sites.
- While their presence can be beneficial since they eat a number of damage-causing insects, blackbird populations are mostly harmful to agricultural crops. As they often feed in large flocks, blackbirds are capable of devastating entire fields of corn, rice, and other crop plants.
- Additionally, they leave behind collections of droppings, which may contain harmful bacteria.
Though no single solution is entirely effective, exclusion methods can be used in conjunction with one another to reduce the possibility of blackbird feeding and roosting.
- Covering fields of crops or gardens with mesh netting is perhaps the most efficient way to deter blackbird feeding.
- Although they can take time, scare tactics — like the use of frequent loud bangs or reflective tapes — also have favorable results.
Various species of blackbirds become aggressive when they feel their nests are in danger. Red-winged blackbirds, for example, will attack horses and even people they feel threaten their territory. As such, individuals should not attempt to approach populations of blackbirds. Instead, contact our Critter Control technicians who have the tools and training to remove the birds in the safest way possible.
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