The Crow Bird Control

When trying to control birds it is important to be able to identify the bird, and know their nesting habits.

The Crow

Two main species of Crows:

 

·         Larger more common crow found across the country.

Big black colored bird approximately 17 to 20 inches long with a strong stout build and a compressed bill

 

·         The Fishing Crow is a smaller darker version of the Common Crow found in the Southest.

 

·         Both are scavenger hunters and will eat a wide variety of things.

·         Common Food items:

 

Insects, frogs, small snakes, eggs, mice and dead animal carcasses, newly planted crops such as corn.

 

·         Crows are well known for their intelligence.

·         They are social birds and the flock is in constant communication making hunting or capture of the bird very difficult.

·         The crow is a federally protected bird.

·         The Crow is black from bill to tip of wing and claws with a metallic violet gloss on body and a blue-violet/green-blue gloss on wings. Adults have black eyes while juveniles have blue eyes.



Damage

Crows can have a big impact in agriculture but are minor compared to pigeons, starling and house sparrows.
These birds can overwhelm trees, creating a lot of noise and harassing people and animals in the vicinity which can be a nuisance to the suburban resident. Droppings can buildup can and lead to structural damage from the uric acid while also posing a health risk.

Control
It is possible to drive away large flocks of Crows and other blackbirds with audio/visual scare devices such as the Bird-Gard unit combined with visual scare devices like Scare Eye Balloons, Octopus and Flash Tape. To maximize effectiveness, hang visual products in trees before commencing noise campaign. They can be kept off ledges using 5” Bird Coil, Birdwire, Bird-Flite spikes or Bird-Shock electrical track.


Nesting
Crows are committed nest builders. They typically build nests in trees, twenty to sixty feet off the ground. The nest consists of sticks and twigs with shredded bark, grass or a similar material lining it.

Breeding
Crows have one or two broods a year, averaging four to seven eggs per brood. Incubation takes eighteen days with a four to five week fledgling period before the young leave the nest. The eggs range from pale bluish-green to olive green or greenish-brown with splotches of brown and olive-gray.


CROW QUICK FACTS

Height/Weight
18″-21″
15oz-22oz

Life Span
6-7 years in the
wild; up to 20 captivity

Flight Speed
25-32 mph

Range
Continental U.S. Suburban/ Rural areas near water

Food
Scavenger, eats almost anything: insects, snakes, dead animals,
human food scraps, eggs and garbage

Habitat
Tall trees and buildings 20 to 100 feet up

Monica Bird (928 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.


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