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Keep Grackles away with bird deterrents from Bird B Gone. They are effective, easy to use and humane to birds and other animals.
Grackles often invade fields and parks in huge destructive flocks. They will drive out other species and “take over” an area, creating excessive noise, leave damaging and disease-carrying bird droppings in their wake. Grackles live year-round in the southeastern U.S., especially in Texas and Florida, migrating to surrounding northern areas to breed in the summer months.
Highly independent, intelligent and stubborn, grackles are about 12 inches long and weigh about 4 ounces. Common grackles roost in large communal flocks, numbering in the thousands and sometimes in the millions of birds. They eat insects, crayfish, minnows, frogs, lizards, berries, seeds, waste grain and acorns. They are commonly found near agricultural fields and feedlots, suburbs, city parks, cemeteries, pine plantations and hedgerows.
Grackles pose a major problem for property owners. They eat ripening corn as well as corn sprouts, foraging in large flocks to become a costly nuisance to growers. They pose a greater threat to cornfields than crows, causing millions of dollars in crop losses annually. They are also attracted to any food source, including garbage, which means they can carry germs and disease. Due to their alarmingly large flocks, the birds produce huge amounts of waste, corroding paint, metal and other surfaces. The weekly cleanup costs can be very extensive. Care must be exercised, even when cleaning dried grackle droppings, as the dust can still release airborne bacteria that can be inhaled and cause respiratory problems.
There are several humane options for deterring grackles from landing or nesting on your property. It’s important to thoroughly clean up any bird droppings or nesting materials before any deterrent products are installed (grackles are attracted to the scent of their droppings and nests). Here are a few steps you can take to get rid of grackles:
Remove Food Sources
Grackles are quick and alert to any perceived threats, so scare tactics can be highly effective.
Humane Removal/Professional Installer
If you don’t have the time, resources or expertise to solve your grackle problem, several wildlife and pest control companies offer bird control as a service. These professionals can install bird control products and offer other services such as clean-up and humane trap and grackle removal.