Bird house predators can destroy your hopes of watching a new family of wild birds emerge from your bird house.
When parent birds choose to nest in a bird house (nest box) that you provide, they do so because it feels safe from predators. Unfortunately, bird houses are easy targets for predators.
Since you are the landlord, you should take some precautions to protect the new family from bird house predators. People have been inventing ways to protect their bird houses as long as they have been hanging them. Here are some tips that can help you avoid the disaster of discovering a destroyed nest.
These bird house predators will attack from above. They will either climb the tree that the birdhouse is mounted on or they will jump from a nearby tree. They will then reach into the nest box and destroy the nest.
Squirrels will destroy your bird house by chewing at the entrance hole to get inside. This makes is easier for the squirrels and other predators to get inside and destroy the nest and inhabitants.
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Watch for ant hills at the base of the tree or pole where your bird house is mounted. If you find one, try to use a method that won’t be harmful to birds. I have had success with ant stakes.
Yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and bees may try to move into your bird house. Rubbing a bar of soap on the inside surface will make it difficult for them to attach their nest. Avoid using petroleum jelly for this, as it could stick to the birds' wings.
Providing your nesting birds with safety from predators will increase their chances for survival. Your reward is the satisfaction and enjoyment of seeing the baby birds as they grow and take flight.
Proper bird house placement is another way to deter bird house predators, click here for more information.
Bird feeders are a great way to attract more birds. Having more birds in your yard will increase your chances of attracting a mated pair.
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