Crows are most seen as a nuisance, but they are in fact an intelligent and resourceful bird. The can adapt to their environment quickly and learn new skills to enable them to get at food sources. The crow is a very social bird and will about to look for food as a family; so if you see one crow chances are there are more around. Due to the crow being a rather intelligent species of bird, it is going to be a challenge to get rid of them should you try to go at it by yourself. It is not impossible, just difficult. It may take more than one method and repeated attempts. Here are some methods that should work for you as crow deterrent:
Create unfavorable areas
- Crows can easily tear into garbage bags to find food. Secure your garbage in a garbage bin with a secure lid so they don’t have access to it. Don’t overfill the can or they will still get at it. If a crow finds your garbage a good source for food it will keep coming back.
- The crow is an omnivorous species of bird and will eat any food scraps you leave laying around. A lot of people like to compost their food scraps which is a good idea, except it will also attract crows come into your compost area. For compost and not attract crows you will need to cover the pile or keep it in a contained bin.
- Crows love it when you plant a garden. They can help you by eating the insects and grubs which come from gardens and they also like the crops you’re growing. There are flexible bird nets you can place over your garden to keep the crows away from your crops. Using a four-inch net will still allow smaller birds into to eat pests but keep crows out. If they are bothering fruit trees or bushes in your yard, the net will work them as well.
- Don’t feed crows. One thing many people overlook in their yards is the fact that bird feeders can attract crows. There are feeders on the market that will close if heavy birds land on them. This would be a good investment for you if your problem with crows includes your bird feeders.
- Crows are also known for eating hatchlings of smaller birds. Once a crow finds a source for this food, it will return every year to the same nest. You can prevent this from happening if you make your bird houses at least six inches deep from the hole to the bottom of the nest box. Do not put a perch on the house that way crows will not have a place to wait for the hatchling to stick its head out.
Eliminate the crows nesting and roosting areas
The crows travel in groups or families and will look for open areas to roost together. Remove the dead branches from your trees to eliminate possible places for them to roost.
If you place bird spikes on your roof line or fences it will deter crows from landing and perching there. When bird spikes are placed on these areas it prevents them being able to get their footing and encourages them to move on to look for more suitable areas.
Transparent bird gel applied to branches and other areas crows has been roosting will make it uncomfortable for crows to land there. This has been effective in encouraging crows to change its nesting area. The gel is non-toxic and can be found in most hardware stores.
Crows seems to be attracted to lights. They gather in well-lit areas at night; so by reducing your outdoor lighting will make your home less appealing.
Crows migrate so by not letting them a welcome at your house when they fly through will prevent them from wintering in your yard. Dusk is the best time to disrupt them when they are looking for a place to roost for the night. If they can’t find a comfortable place, they will move on find a more hospitable place.
Hanging fake animals in your yard will keep the crows away from your area. You can use fake; horned owls, snakes, crows or any type of decoy to suspend in areas where crows tend to gather. These methods are temporary as they will soon learn the pattern and know the decoy is not real. Try changing the type of decoy and its placement to continue scaring the crows.
Harassment deterrents only work for a short time with crows; however, continued harassment will make them eventually give up on your yard being favorable.
Crows are often challenging to manage; they will not make it easy for you to send them on their way. You will have to be as persistent to get rid of them because if there is something that attracts them, they will use their intelligence to find a way to stay.