Keep blackbirds out of the yard by installing ultrasonic technology around the perimeter to repel these pests. Ultrasonic devices drive away particular birds with sound waves imperceptible to humans. This is effective in large and small areas of property. SongbirdGarden suggests fortifying all bird feeders in the yard to ensure that blackbirds aren't allowed access.Continue Reading
Blackbirds take over yards and eat feeders clean in minutes, and their aggressive behavior frightens away smaller songbirds. Birds and Blooms suggests keeping blackbirds away from yard feeders by enclosing feeders in hardware cloth or chicken wire that large birds cannot fit through. An access point smaller than 2 inches restricts the access of blackbirds. Caged-in tube or tray feeders are also available at many stores and restrict access to larger birds, while allowing smaller birds to feed.
Bully birds, such as blackbirds, prefer to eat corn, millet, wheat and sunflower seeds, according to Birds and Blooms. When these foods are removed from feeders, blackbirds often go elsewhere to find sustenance. Fill feeders with seeds targeted to suit the feeding habits of more desirable birds. Safflower seeds and thistle are two types of feeds that blackbirds avoid, but are attractive to more desirable birds such as finches, nuthatches, cardinals and chickadees.Learn more about Birds
To keep armadillos out of the yard, install fencing around the perimeter of the property, maintain a well-kept yard and remove potential sources of food. If normal deterrent methods are not working, or in cases where they are damaging property, trapping the animals and having them removed may be a better option. Full Answer >
To repel armadillos, install a sound deterrent device, hang strips of reflective foil around the edge of your property, treat the perimeter of your yard with powdered coyote urine and treat the whole yard with a mixture of castor oil and detergent. Each additional layer of protection helps keep armadillos away.Full Answer >
The most effective and humane method of ridding a yard of gophers and other similar pests is the use of castor oil granules or similar products. Other methods include setting live or lethal traps, or purging a tunnel with a garden hose.Full Answer >
Visual clues can be the a good way to identify pests in a garden, yard or home. Plant or property damage, nests, animal droppings and actual pest sightings indicate the need for further research on pest prevention, control and elimination.Full Answer >