Mockingbirds are nice and lovely creatures that can look entertaining especially if you see them collecting food. Unfortunately, these birds can get annoying especially if they live near your home. This is because they are known to mimic the songs of other birds or the sound of other animals.
As nice as that might sound, you need to understand that if they make sounds, they will typically do it loudly and in succession. This is why there are a lot of people who say that mockingbirds drive them crazy. Especially if they stay near the windows to their bedrooms, making them unable to sleep at night.
If you have experienced this, you might be tempted to ask how to kill a mockingbird. You should know however, that these birds are under the protection of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. So if you want to know how to legally get rid of them, prepare the materials and follow the steps carefully.
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You will need a large water gun so you can drive the mockingbirds away. If you do not have one, you might be able to scare them off using a Nerf gun with foam bullets. You can also use a hose with a head that can shoot up for a couple of meters high. Do not use a bb gun or pellet gun.
You will need water to power-up your super soaker. If you have an exterior faucet, find one that is nearest to the tree that is “owned” by the mockingbird. If you are using a Nerf gun, be prepared to let loose and probably also lose some bullets. Use bullets that are made of foam, especially those that have soft tips.
You will need this so you will get a better look at the bird from below. If you do not have one, you can use a telescope or make your own spyglass. If you have night vision goggles, you can use this whenever you need to make your move at night.
You can use this to check where the bird is hiding, you will also be needing it to make sure that you will not be hitting power lines or any dangerous obstacles especially if you are going to use a hose or a water gun.
This will be used to scare the mockingbird away. You can also use ultrasonic animal deterrents or a strong magnet. These options might be able to scare the bird away from its territory but they might not work very effectively.
This will be used to prune trees. You can use a saw or pruning shears to remove branches and foliage.
This will be used so you can finally get some peace and quiet at night.
When getting rid of a noisy mockingbird, try not to let anger get the best of you. You should consider using water instead of shooting the bird or killing it. Arm yourself with a super soaker, or with a long hose. Put a powerful head on the hose so you can shoot water far into the tree.
Before you shoot the bird with water, try to use binoculars or a flashlight so you will know exactly where the bird is perching. You should also try to check if there are power lines nearby or if there are other dangers. As soon as you are ready, load up the super soaker, turn on the faucet, or load your Nerf gun.
Another way for you to get rid of the bird is by placing cardboard cutouts of predators like owls and hawks. However, you need to keep in mind that this bird is very territorial and it will not shy away from a fight if necessary. You can try to scare them off by taping the cutouts or by nailing them to the tree.
If you think that the cutout is not enough, you might want to use outdoor ultrasonic bird repellents. This device can produce noise that can help keep most birds away. You can also use strong magnets to disrupt the bird’s flying capabilities since they are said to rely on magnetism for direction.
If you find the previous steps too harsh for the birds, you might want to give up and use earplugs instead. This will allow you to sleep peacefully at night, and it can also help the bird to thrive without the presence of any threats. Keep in mind that the mockingbird is protected by law for a reason.
If you do not want the mockingbird to specifically target the trees in your property, you can prune trees, cover berries and fruit-bearing plants in your property by September or February, before mating season. This will make your property less attractive to them, forcing them to look for other sustainable areas.
If a mockingbird is looking for a mate, it can sing day and night tirelessly. They are also very territorial and will show aggression to other birds. They are also known to “dive bomb” on people. Some people will end up having sleepless nights especially if the bird creates a lot of noise late at night.
But before you start flailing in anger or try to kill the mockingbird, you might want to restrain yourself. These birds are protected by law and it is illegal, not to mention cruel, if you try to get rid of them by killing them or unleashing your pet cat to eat them.
Fortunately, you can try to scare them away, or use not-so-deadly force to get rid of them. You can also try to use more-peaceful means by making your property less-attractive to the birds especially when they are in the lookout for potential nesting areas or for areas that have easy access to food.
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