Using an Owl Decoy to Deter Birds and Undesired Wildlife
Solving Pest Problems with an Owl Decoy
I love the outdoors and wildlife, but only up to the point that they become a nuisance. If you are experiencing a problem with birds, rabbits, rodents, or other small animals around your home or garden, then consider using an owl decoy as a deterrent.
Most owl decoys mimic the great horned owl. You might not think so from looking at them, but great horned owls are fierce predators. They have incredibly keen vision, and very sharp talons capable of exerting 300 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) of bone and flesh crushing power.
Almost any living creature that walks, crawls, flies, or swims (with the exception of large mammals) is the great horned owl's legitimate prey.They predominantly feed on small to medium-sized mammals like rabbits, which are their most common prey. They also feed on any small to moderately sized rodent such as rats, squirrels, flying squirrels, mice, lemmings and more. Other mammals eaten regularly will include shrews, bats, armadillos, muskrats, martens and weasels. The great horned owl is a natural predator of prey two to three times heavier than itself, like porcupines, marmots, and skunks. Even other winged creatures, such as birds, are not excluded from the great horned owls diet.
So if any of these pests are causing problems around your home or garden, then you may want to consider an owl decoy as a possible solution. Some work better than others, so let's take a look at the options available and which ones are the most highly recommended.
(Image Credit to InterRev - This is my personal photo of my owl decoy.)
A Moving Owl Decoy Works Best
I have tried both a solid plastic owl decoy and a moving owl decoy, and can say without a doubt that I had much better success with the electronic owl decoy that periodically moves its head. It is the movement that is detected by the wildlife pests, and that movement will have them heading the other way.
I had a problem with birds building nests on my deck. The deck has an upper and lower level. The birds were building nests on the underside of the upper level, so the lower level was getting covered up with bird droppings. This was a very nasty problem, considering I had patio furniture on the lower level. You couldn't use the table or the chairs, because they always had bird droppings on them. I needed a solution.
What drew me to this model was:
- Lifelike head movement - The head is on a spring that allows it to tilt and wobble.
- Rotating head - Every two minutes, the head on this electronic owl decoy rotates.
- Solar powered - No batteries to mess with. This solar powered owl uses the power of the sun for its energy.
- Visually appealing - They are hand painted for a life-like appearance. Will add to the décor of your patio or garden.
Dalen Gardeneer SRHO-4 Solar Rotating Head OwlCHECK PRICE
If you choose this model too, I do recommend that you fill the bottom with sand or gravel to give it some weight. This will make it more sturdy and keep it from blowing over in gusty wind.
Deals on Owl Decoys
Here are several selections of owl decoys that all have moving heads for added realism. The Dalen Gardener SRHO-4 has a motorized head, using an embedded solar panel for power. The Easy Gardener 8021 is another model that has a motorized head, but it uses AA batteries for power and also makes a "hooting" sound for added realism.
The remaining models have a motion head that will move even in the slightest breeze.
These are all great options for deterring pests and other wild animals from around your home or garden.
It's 18 inches tall and hand-painted for realism. The head bobs and turns in even a gentle breeze. Here is a tip for you... move your owl to different locations around your garden or yard every few days. This creates additional realism to keep your pests at bay.
This is the model that I purchased and have been pleased with. There is a solar panel on top of its head that powers this owl decoy, turning its head every two minutes. The head tilts and bobs for a realistic effect. No batteries required.
Triggered by any of 4 motion sensors, this electronic owl decoy will turn its head toward the motion and hoots for a realistic effect. It is powered by three AA batteries.
Video of Solar Powered Owl Decoy
Here is a video showing a solar powered owl decoy in action. Since it is solar powered, there are no batteries to worry about, so you can set it up and let it do its thing. You can see how the movement from the head can attract attention and deter those unwanted pests from around your home or garden.
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