Pest control at bird feeders is necessary. Understanding all the pests that come to bird feeders and bird houses is essential before success at controlling them is possible. It is essential to understand wild bird behaviour and other wild animal behaviour too.
Un-invited guests will never occur in a backyard bird feeding situation. All who show up consider themselves invited.
If you put out a bird feeder with seed in it, the only one who knows who it is intended for is you. All wild animals with two legs or four, regard it as an invitation.
But you have to understand this in order to not invite the unwanted guests. Therefore a plan built with knowledge about wild bird behaviour and wild animal behaviour is necessary.
Understanding this simple concept is the first step in being successful in attracting backyard birds and managing others who inevitably try to crash the party.
All guests at bird feeders are a result of critters trying to
survive. Some of the pests are only annoyances because they consume
large quantities of bird seed and drive away the wild birds we want to
see at our bird feeders. Attracting wild birds to our gardens to observe
their behaviour and enjoy their beauty is of course the reason we put
up bird feeders, bird houses and bird baths in our backyards. So we are not happy when they are being driven away.
But other pests that are drawn to our backyards are not attracted to the seed but to the wild birds themselves.
This poses an even more serious problem as we have then created a situation of providing meals for predators such as cats, birds of prey, snakes, squirrels etc. So to totally ignore how this situation is playing out in our backyard is irresponsible, since we have invited the wild birds in the first place. But on the other hand the tension between predator and prey is part of the course of nature. We are only concerned here with a situation that tips the balance.
Anyone who puts up a bird feeder, fills it with seed and expects to successfully attract the wild birds they want to see will be sadly disappointed. A person must be willing to learn how to attract the birds they want to visit their yard, deter the unwanted guests, and be ready to put some effort into this endeavour.
The solutions are not impossible or difficult. But understanding that you have invited everyone who shows up, helps you to realize that you are the solution. Pest control at bird feeders can be an aggravating pursuit or a well planned and managed victory.
Build a Plan to Un-invite Unwanted Guests!