Pumpkin season is upon us! But nobody wants to visit the pumpkin patch only to find that all of the pumpkins have been pecked at by pesky birds. There are lots of ways to protect your pumpkin patch from this very thing happening, meaning more pumpkins in your patch and more money in your pocket. Using a variety of different methods is a sure way to provide pumpkin patch protection from birds this fall!
Provide Other Food for the Birds to Snack On Instead
Having another source of food in the area will reduce their temptation to snack on your pumpkins. Setting up a bird feeder with seeds or corn may not guarantee that birds won’t get into your pumpkins, but it will surely distract them and decrease the likelihood of it happening.
- Setting up a decoy predator bird (like an owl) could scare the birds enough to make them leave. These are inexpensive and easy to set up.
- Broadcasting predator bird sounds can also drive the birds away, just be sure not to play the sound continuously so the birds don’t catch on to the hoax.
- Setting up noisemakers throughout the pumpkin patch have been known to scare birds away.
While all of these scare tactics are capable of driving the birds away, they may eventually catch on and return, which is why it is important to take extra precautions to repel them.
SEE ALSO: How to Repel Birds
Cover the Pumpkins with Mesh Netting
While netting won’t necessarily drive the birds away, it will stop them from getting into your pumpkins. The only catch is that it can be quite labor intensive to drape the netting over all of your pumpkins by yourself, especially if you have a large pumpkin patch. Then removing the netting before each day of guests visiting the patch is also a hassle. Some farmers try to fence the pumpkins in a designated growing area, but that restrict the proper growth of pumpkins over time.
Protect Your Pumpkins With Avian Control
The most effective way to repel birds from your pumpkin patch this fall is with Avian Control liquid bird repellent. It is an EPA-registered form of bird control that won’t alter your pumpkins, but will keep birds off of them and prevent them from returning to ensure that your pumpkins are safe this season! If you’re ready to take action, contact Avian Control at 888.868.1982 or shop online now to protect your pumpkin patch.