Owl Effigies are Cries for Help
Oh, the ubiquitous, owl effigy. Such a simple device that is also inexpensive. For about 20 dollars, you can purchase one and place it on a ledge where you are having birds roost and purportedly scare them away. Sounds easy right? What about anecdotal reports of by your aunt three times removed who swears that owl effigies worked for her?
Unfortunately, the truth is a bit more complicated than that. Do owl effigies work? Well it depends on what you mean by “work.” If you mean do they scare birds away for a couple of days. Then yes, owl effigies “work.” But if you mean do they work for long periods of time, then the answer is no. Once birds become accustomed to them (called habituation), by realizing that the owls don’t really pose a threat, then they will just as easily stand there by the “dead” owl.
Thus my point, if you see an owl effigy, understand that the effigy is the client’s way of asking for help. Introduce yourself to the manager and tell him or her that you have a solution to the bird problem. Tell the manager about the value of exclusion be it by spikes, electric shock, netting, building changes, or other tools you can provide. There are effective solutions to human-bird conflicts. But they aren’t magic solutions. Just solutions that work and work over the long term.
If you would like to learn more about bird control why not contact Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. and learn what you can do to control problem birds on your property for the long-term. Let’s stop wasting time and money on owl effigies and other ineffective methods.
Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.