Bye-Bye Birdie: Repelling Birds from Fruit Plantings

Blueberries November 17, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Birds are wonderful creatures that fill the morning air with song, eat many insects that affect our crops and our health, and usually enhance our quality of life. But, according to a report by Marvin Pritts of Cornell University, bird can be major pests for growers of cherries, blueberries, grapes, gooseberries, and even apples.

Several methods have been used to repel birds from plantings, but a combination of visual and audio scare devices, coupled with taste deterrents, is the most effective approach to reducing bird damage in orchards, vineyards and berry plantings.

Read more in Bye-Bye Birdie: Bird Management Strategies for Small Fruit in the New York Fruit Quarterly, Volume 9 Number 4, by Marvin P. Pritts of the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.


Heidenreich, Cathy. Bye Bye Birdie - Bird Management Strategies for Small Fruit. Retrieved 23 May 2011.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.