Blackbirds are common birds throughout the United States, including the Cleveland area. These birds are known for being pests to farmers and gardeners due to their eating of seeds and crops. Call us today if you are facing blackbird infestations on your Cleveland property! 216.342.2316 or contact us here.
Problems with Blackbirds
- Though they rarely roost inside homes, blackbirds will absolutely take up residence on lawns, parks, golf courses and more.
- 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.
Getting Rid of Blackbirds
- Male blackbirds typically have black, midnight-blue, and greenish iridescent plumage, and females tend to have duller coloring, most often appearing brown.
- Able to adapt to a variety of environments, blackbird nesting sites are frequently found in coastal scrub, grasslands, riversides, meadows, lawns, golf courses, parks, city streets, marshes and crop fields.
- Some species, like the red-winged blackbird, prefer to live in close proximity to water.
- Blackbirds feed in large flocks and may roost in congregations of a few birds to over a million.
Do blackbirds harm people or property?
- 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.
Control and Safety
- 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.
- Though time-consuming, scare tactics, like the use of frequent loud bangs or reflective tapes, also have favorable results.
Trapping and Removal
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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