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Beneficial insects (Good bugs)



Birds as pests


It may come as a surprise to you that the beneficial insects in our farms - yards and gardens far outnumber the pest insects. Some insects become a part of the life cycle of the plants by acting as pollinators, while others keep harmful insects in check by parasitizing or feeding on them. When we use chemicals to rid the farms - gardens of pests, we are also eradicating beneficial insects, and often create an imbalance that effects the overall health of the farm - garden.

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Birds are both friend and foe to the farmer - gardener because they help control insect populations in the farm - garden, but they can also damage your crops. I don't begrudge birds an occasional nibble, but if they seriously damage your farm - garden or spoil your harvest it's time to take action. Try some of these tips to help control your bird population:

Scare Tactics

- Birds can sometimes be frightened off by plastic snakes, inflatable owls, and other devices that resemble predators. Reposition them occasionally so that they appear to be moving around the farm - garden.

- Unusual noises also frighten birds. Try humming lines, aluminium pie plates, or portable radios.

- (At gardens), Your cats and dogs will help convince the birds to find another place to nest.

- Flashing lights work for some birds.

Distract Them - Plant alternative food sources to distract the birds from your crop.

Eliminate Nesting Sites - Birds like to nest in sheltered areas. Prune fruit trees so that the canopy is open and remove any potential ground nesting sites.

Physical Controls - When all else fails, cover your crops with netting or floating row covers.

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