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How to Get Rid of Sparrows

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The Passer Domesticus or house sparrow is the most widespread and familiar bird in the world. They are small in size and look quite adorable. These are one of those birds you will find spreading their wings as soon as the sun shines.

Having these birds sitting in your windows or in the backyard, chirping sweetly early morning, gives a good morning vibe but sometimes, you might want them to go away. This usually happens when sparrows’ depict their invasive nature.

A sparrow doesn’t hesitate in disrupting the habitat of other bird species in a house. That is why many birders discourage sparrows from entering in their backyards as they want to attract other species of birds which may not come due to the presence of invasive sparrows.

People also discourage house sparrows as their aggression towards other bird species can be quite threatening. Hence, if you have some native birds in your house, chances are you might face some of these problems such as:

  • Killing of adult birds, eggs or hatchlings and competing for nesting areas

  • Usurping the available food sources and eliminating the diversity at backyard feeders

  • Crowding out and threatening other birds from habitats and traditional ranges.

Even though, western and eastern bluebirds, cliff and tree swallows and purple martins are one of the most common species which get affected due to house sparrows, all bird species somewhat maintain a distance from sparrows flock.

So, before we look at some great ways to keep these invasive birds away, let us introduce you to some of their most basic traits.

About Sparrows

Sparrows are commonly taken as sociable birds which prefer to nest in colonies. They are adaptive in nature and non-migratory. They remain happy amongst humans and the majority of the times it is rare to find them habituating away from humans.

They prefer nesting in manmade structures such building walls or eaves, street lights and nest boxes. Along with adaptability, they are also quick in learning new habits of feeding. Though majority of the times these birds are vegetarians, some young birds, however, may prefer to feed on insects, especially after hatching.

To your surprise, during the year 1889, a scientist reported multiple cases of house sparrows which attacked almost 70 different bird species!

Certainly these birds are aggressive in nature but they are not really endangering for humans. However, their adaptive nature and nesting habits can be problematic at times, especially in a small backyard, and you may start thinking of getting rid of them once and for all.

If you want to get rid of these little annoying birds then here are some of the most effective methods for you to apply right away.

How to Get Rid of Sparrows

The following methods will help you in eliminating the factors which attract these invasive birds in your personal space.

  • Eliminate Food and Water Sources

To get rid of sparrows naturally, the easiest way is to make them starve. For this you will need to remove the sources which provide them with food and water. For instance, avoid keeping wheat, oats, cracked corn, millet or bread scraps in your backyards or windows.

Similarly, to discourage the visit of sparrows, the types of feeder you choose can also create a major difference. Since sparrows prefer large or ground hoppers or platform feeders, don’t opt for any of these feeder styles and instead, go with tube or sock feeders, clinging mesh feeders, etc.

Sparrows like to visit bird baths for bathing and drinking water. Hence, in order to avoid them, add rocks to the basin to divide and break up bathing spots. Instead of full bird baths, prefer drippers, misters or small hanging drink stations with perches to avoid sparrows.

  • Remove Shelters

Being an adaptive bird, sparrows can find shelter in almost everything around – in a range of locations. As a birder, you might not want to remove all the shelters, which might discourage other birds too, but you must always try to minimize shelter areas.

Keep the sheds and garage doors closed to prevent entrance of sparrows. Similarly, avoid keeping bird roost boxes outside which encourages sparrows visit. Installing a mesh underneath eaves of the house can also be effective in avoiding sparrows from roosting around those protected locations.

  • Bird Repellants

If you want to keep birds away, there are a variety of birds’ repellants available in the markets. These repellants are easy to use and helpful in scaring birds. These repellants are also used to make roosting locations uncomfortable.

The commonly used birds’ repellents include mechanical, tactile, sound, taste and visual repellents. The easiest to use are the ones that come as sprays or gel. They are non-toxic to sparrows but create a warming and uncomfortable sensation to them, rendering your house or backyard as the undesirable site.

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have multiple repellent products like 4 The Birds Liquid Repellent which can be laid out in the areas where you have noticed the most sparrow activity. You can also use sound devices like BirdXPeller PRO Audio Bird Deterrent which contains recorded bird distress calls which will scare sparrows off from the area. A bird frightening agent like Avitrol is also a great deterrent of sparrows as it produces symptoms which throws birds off their normal functioning and scares off other birds from staying in the area. Another good tool is the Bird Barrier Zon Scare Gun Propane Cannon which makes thunderclap noises to scare off sparrows.

  • Removing Nesting Sites

Sparrows prefer to live in colonies and for this, they search for nesting sites. They aggressively compete with other birds to snatch nesting areas. Hence, in order to discourage them, you can easily remove all such nesting sites.

Stop putting up nest boxes or bird houses and plug the hole with rubber cork or crumbled paper until the sparrows disappoint and decide to relocate. Another way is to keep smaller entrance hole of bird houses or use PVC material bird house as sparrows prefer to live in wooden nest boxes.

The Bottom Line: No matter if you opt for sparrow spooker or you aggressively shoot them away, sparrows are the most widely spread birds in the world. You can use any of the above-listed methods to get rid of sparrows, but none of these methods can last for whole life. Hence, as you remove the existing flock of sparrows, your best bet is to take measures which will keep them away from your space.

If you have any questions or concerns about your order or you need advice on control from a live expert, feel free to reach out to us via email (askapro@solutionsstores.com) or phone (800-479-6583). We are ready to assist you with whatever you need!


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