Australia has suffered more than most countries from large numbers of invasive pest bird species and other known pests.
A common response to this problem is “culling” (killing) with the aim to reduce their numbers and impact.
Recent studies however have shown that culling can backfire badly, not only for birds but also for pests such as feral cats and red foxes.
Trialling the removal of these birds and animals over the course of a year initially seemed to go well but after a while new feral cats and birds entered the environment and avoided the traps therefore causing an abundance of pest birds and feral cats.
What went wrong?
What seems to have happened is young animals and birds quickly moved in from surrounding areas to replace dominant adults removed in the cull.
The challenge this creates for pest control personel is a bit like the one faced by Hercules when he was told to slay the Hydra, a monstrous serpent who sprouted 2 heads in the place of the ones Hercules cut off.
The other problem is that removing birds or animals from a population creates space, food and opportunities for those that are left and disrupts social controls on breeding. Survival becomes a focus and reproduction increases creating the population to quickly rebound.
What to do?
Deterring pest birds and animals from certain areas is achievable without the need to cull. This means that we can co-exist harmoniously.
Putting pressure on them by taking away their food, water and shelter sources are the first thing we need to do if possible.
Creating an alternative area nearby for them, for example, a bird feeder, bath or pond away from cattle drinking areas is a great idea.
Combine this with audible, visual and physical barriers and you recreate the environment to be pest bird and animal free!
Have a look at this article published last week. Burnie Council, Tasmania were at their wits end controlling the large amount of starlings defecating on the promenade creating slip hazards.
Using an excellent quality laser deterrent, the Bird Control Hawk Laser supplied by Bird Control Australia was enough to deter the starlings without the need to cull.https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6194707/little-green-laser-takes-on-the-poo-fight-at-the-burnie-waterfront/
To sum it up, we can easily control our pests without using harmful poisons, chemicals culling or trapping. Let’s be kind to our environment and our wildlife!