Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Scare Away Birds With Old CDs


Hi I’m Jim Harmon, California Pest Management.
You got pigeon problems around your house or birds coming around, and they’re running
around and you want to scare them out of your garden. Well having birds typically is not
a problem, most people like that. But pigeons and some of these nastier birds, you want
to keep them away. Well this may be a good use for your old CDs. Take your CD and any
type of twine, string, normally I like to use something with color so I can see it,
but if you don’t want to and you’re worried about having some twine that’s not going to
last, use fishing line, monofilament line works great on this. All we’re going to do
is take about a foot to two feet of string, loop it through the CD, tie it off, I actually
go three half knots. Now we’re ready to hang it. As this twirls it picks up the sunlight
and creates a little bit of an illusion of a prism, flashing a little light off of it,
birds don’t like that. Especially in the wind this will keep moving around, they don’t like
that, it irritates them, it freaks them out and it scares them, because it also is a random
movement. Now mind you, the birds will get use to it, especially with pigeons. Now when
you’re ready to hang these cut the length of twine at different lengths, that way they’ll
hang at different levels. And you can also put two on the same, or three or four, depending
on how long an area you need to cover. Just remember you’re going to want to watch out
so you don’t hit these with yourself. Okay, now we put our CDs up. Now for an average
awning, for example in our backyard here, I want the birds to stay out from underneath
so I don’t get bird poop all over my picnic table. Well I’ll be hanging these all over
the perimeter, usually every 5 to 6 feet, that should be more than enough, on a nice
bright sunny day with a little bit of wind, they’re going to be twirling around making
all kinds of visual deterrence for these birds. If you have them in your garden you can hang
these actually around your property and it will deter the birds from going onto the property
to a certain degree.

20 thoughts on “Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Scare Away Birds With Old CDs

  1. This is a great video. My legally retarded friend, Sokol, made a bunch of crap CD's and tried to give them out to people at a party. I'm suggesting people use them to scare birds away and this video is just great!

    Thanks!

  2. I used an old Phil Collins CD now the pigeons are strutting around the garden like genesis. Who said they cant dance.

  3. DOES NOT WORK! Mockingbirds will stay away for a few days, then they will be right back! No matter how many CD's you hang! I tried it! DID NOT WORK! They still ate up my figs!

  4. This is also a simple way to make your neighbours resent you. Light will shine in their windows all day long. Better share a fruit basket with them for their trouble.

  5. I have some annoying little bastards that sits in the tree right outside my bedroom window at around 4 in the morning every night. The little fuckers wake me up every time too. It got to the point where I would go outside and blindly chuck a handful of gravel into the tree. The first time I did it it scared them off and they didn't come back until a few nights later. Now I think they just like fucking with me. I even tried blaring screeching hawk sound effects through my stereo but it didn't even phase them. And my cat is about useless. The only thing she hunts is god damn cat food. I have no idea what kind of birds they are. Holy Christ are they obnoxious though.

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