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Old 04-13-2018, 06:51 AM   #1
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Default How to get rid of barn sparrows?

Got 2 pair them that nested under my back porch and made a huge mess last yr.

They're back and making a racket every morning around 0530.

Anyone know how to get rid of em? I'm technically in city limits. The only time they sit still is when they are under my porch, so itd be tough to do the logical thing without damaging the house.

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Old 04-13-2018, 06:54 AM   #2
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:56 AM   #3
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I had the same problem. Take a couple of blank CD's and hang them up with some fishing line. Between them twirling around and the sun glaring off of the, it keeps them away.
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:57 AM   #4
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Chicken wire or a pellet gun
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:57 AM   #5
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They prolly done got babies now. If you was a grumpy old man, get you stick and knock it down. Otherwise you gonna have to let em raise them younguns. After they gone put up screen wire in areas where they want to nest.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:19 AM   #6
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They prolly done got babies now. If you was a grumpy old man, get you stick and knock it down. Otherwise you gonna have to let em raise them younguns. After they gone put up screen wire in areas where they want to nest.


Same here. Going to let them raise the babies first before I worry about the nest over the door.


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Old 04-13-2018, 07:23 AM   #7
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Same here. Going to let them raise the babies first before I worry about the nest over the door.


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Check the nest, if the eggs still there, just remove them and the nest.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:41 AM   #8
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You fellers wouldn't like a barndo at all, we have over 2000 sf of porches and carport for them. It's been 9 years, we're used to them now.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:46 AM   #9
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You fellers wouldn't like a barndo at all, we have over 2000 sf of porches and carport for them. It's been 9 years, we're used to them now.
I got em as well, and learned to leave things alone. Now if they was a big ol birds with big ol poop, I reckon me and them would have to come to an agreement
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:05 AM   #10
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You fellers wouldn't like a barndo at all, we have over 2000 sf of porches and carport for them. It's been 9 years, we're used to them now.
Ours nested right over the door going out to the back porch. It wasn't just what you stepped on you had to worry about.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:28 AM   #11
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:47 AM   #12
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We had some neat under our porch last year. My wife hates them and made me knock their nest down this year. I felt bad when they showed back up a few weeks ago and sat where their nest was for a couple days. They were like W TF, where’s our house???

My grandma has always had them under her porch and carport and I like having them around to remind me of that.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:55 AM   #13
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I bought some small toy snakes and lizards at the dollar store and wired/taped them up under the porch and on top of my garage door motors. So far they've kept the various birds out.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:25 AM   #14
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I bought some small toy snakes and lizards at the dollar store and wired/taped them up under the porch and on top of my garage door motors. So far they've kept the various birds out.
I did that one time and forgot they was on top of the door opener. I went to change the light bulb in the door opener and put my hand on that rubber snake.

Yes sir, I hollered like a woman.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:39 AM   #15
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The mess they make on your porch is the result of the thousands of mosquitos they eat during a nesting season.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:45 AM   #16
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I have an outdoor fan under the car port and they think the fan blades are the place to be. Ended up with industrial trash bags covering the blades to keep them away.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:47 AM   #17
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #18
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The mess they make on your porch is the result of the thousands of mosquitos they eat during a nesting season.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #19
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Check the nest, if the eggs still there, just remove them and the nest.
But but but life starts at conception!
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:22 PM   #20
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No eggs yet. They gotta go. Theres other places they can nest all around me besides my back porch. ill just brush off anything they build I guess.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:31 PM   #21
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That's so mean the momma bird will be distraught
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:01 PM   #22
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We have 2 pair. Been coming back for 4 yrs now on one, and 3 yrs on the other pair. We read, that the same pair always returned. So we named em, and they have become extremely friendly. It's kinda neat waiting on em every year. Just flew like 6000 miles, to kick it for 2 months. And yes they eat a ton of mosquitoes.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:03 PM   #23
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Put a note on the door, if that doesn’t work get a barn cat.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:25 PM   #24
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Mix bird seed with cement
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:59 PM   #25
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Fake owl and rubber snakes
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:01 PM   #26
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Swallows like our front porch. Fun the first year, after that they had to move.
Broom. Call me a GOF.

Never had sparrows in our SD house
At the farm it is flycatchers that return each year.


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Old 04-13-2018, 09:23 PM   #27
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We love ours and look forward to them coming back every year. It's nice to sit on the patio in the evening and not get attacked by mosquitos.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:38 PM   #28
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Really? You have to ask this on a hunting forum?
Red Ryder the buggers.

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Old 04-13-2018, 09:40 PM   #29
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Had that problem for a couple of years. Put the water hose to good use after the babies flew away. They came back next year and as soon as they started building, water hose.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:40 PM   #30
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Check the nest, if the eggs still there, just remove them and the nest.


Nah
I'll let them grow the little ones


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Old 04-13-2018, 09:42 PM   #31
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But but but life starts at conception!


Oh buddy, I'd buy you a beer!!!!


Drop the mic!!!!!


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Old 04-13-2018, 11:13 PM   #32
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Wish I could figure out how to keep them away also... The rubber snakes worked last year but not stopping them at all this year! Good luck sir!
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:21 AM   #33
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I printed out a picture of an owl.. taped it to a piece of cardboard, and set it on top of the door trim.. kept em away for years, they throw un the brakes and pull a quick u turn when they see that
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:31 AM   #34
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I'm tellin y'all, the hanging CD's works great without harming the birds. The first year we let the little ones grow up and I hung the disks up after they left. The next year they would fly up to the porch and turn away. After a couple of years they quit coming back completely.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:17 AM   #35
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Knock the nest down leave a pamphlet for planned parenthood. They'll understand.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:56 AM   #36
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Mother in law is having a problem on her back porch with barn swallows. Had to tell her that they are a protected species. So I would double check what they are before you killem.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:30 AM   #37
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Fake owl and rubber snakes
Fake owl from Lowe's did the trick for us on the brick front porch. I also beveled a 2x4 @ 45 degrees and nailed it to a ledge on our back porch to eliminate a place for them nest.

They are the McGyvers of the sky. Good luck.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:43 AM   #38
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I guess it depends on the area you try to deter them.
I've tried the hanging CD's,
I've tried rubber snakes,
I've tried fake owl with bobble head,
I've tried the high frequency noise maker.(Which I still have and need to sell on Amazon where I bought it.)
None of them worked at our place.
We live in harmony with them and knock their nests down after the babies leave.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:38 AM   #39
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They will return every year to build their nest in the same spot.

Here's what worked for me. Knocked their nest down and cleaned the area. Applied a citrus oil. Continued to knock the nest down as they attempted to rebuild, applied citrus oil. Had to do this about 4 or 5 times. They finally left and haven't returned.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:37 AM   #40
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Oh buddy, I'd buy you a beer!!!!
Drop the mic!!!!!
Dilly dilly!
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:41 AM   #41
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Nail a rubber snake up on a ledge and get a plastic owl perched up there too. Did it at my daughter's house and it worked.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:33 PM   #42
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Ours liked to nest on the floodlights, I made some small wire baskets and secured them up around the lights, solved the problem.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:40 PM   #43
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Might could sneak up on them at night with some ratshot in a .22 and take care of em that way
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