Sparrow traps is one method in trying to reduce the number of sparrows in your yard.
The English or house sparrow was introduced into this country 150 years ago. It has spread over practically all of the United States and Canada. Possibly no bird has exhibited such powers of adapting itself to new conditions.
The sparrow lives on a variety of foods changing from one to another as the necessity arises. In spite of opposition, this bird is constantly on the increase, so much so that in many cases more desirable native birds have been obliged to leave.
The sparrow is filthy and quarrelsome, and lives mainly upon valuable small grains in every case where this is possible. It shows no respect for another bird's home.
Traps are usually successful for a period of time in offering partial relief, but eventually the sparrows will associate the trap with danger and so avoid it.
Another type of trap is based upon the nest-house idea. Its effectiveness is limited largely to the nesting season, though it may be used by the birds for shelter. Its principle is that of a tipping chamber leading into a sack thru a chute. The drawing below gives the dimensions to be followed in making such a trap. The inventor says that the bag should be far enough away from the box to make certain that the victim has no chance to tell the others what happened to him by chirping, otherwise they will no longer enter the trap.
The box must be perfectly tight in order to prevent drafts from issuing thru the entrance which will cause sparrows to keep away. If a few feathers are glued or shellacked to the tipping chamber floor, the sparrow is often attracted more strongly. The bag should be examined frequently to liberate bluebirds and wrens, who may have been caught.
If every sparrow nest were torn down and no place given them in your neighborhood, the pest is likely to avoid your grounds. Finally, keep nesting boxes free from sparrows while the owners are away for the winter.
Nature House Sparrow Live Trap
Sparrow Live Trap by Nature House Heavy galvanized wire netting, aluminum bait trays and trip perches. Live trap can be mounted on post or set on ground. Any trap needs to be monitored closely.
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