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How to protect cherries and sweet cherries from birds: effective methods

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Cherries and sweet cherries are not only a delicacy that we look forward to every season but also a storehouse of vitamins and minerals. That is why they attract not only people but also birds.

Sometimes, due to attacks by starlings, sparrows, etc., there may be no whole and ripe berries left on the tree. OBOZ.UA tells you how to protect your harvest.

In fact, there are many methods of protecting berry trees from birds, but, unfortunately, not all of them work. Every year, pests are getting smarter, so most of the folk life hacks no longer scare them away.

Nets

One of the most effective ways to protect cherries and cherries from birds is to use special nets. They are made of lightweight and durable material that prevents birds from reaching the berries but does not block the trees' access to the sun and air.

When choosing a net, pay attention to its color. Birds have good eyesight, so they will see bright, yellow or orange colors from afar.

For young and small trees, a mesh size of 2 by 5 meters is suitable.

Gas cannon

This is a modern method that helps scare birds away from berries. It is very effective and can protect not just one tree but even a garden with about 10 trees. A propane cylinder is inserted into the cannon. The device periodically makes sounds similar to gunshots that scare the birds.

However, sound devices have one drawback. Birds get used to the stimuli over time, and they stop working.

How to protect cherries and sweet cherries from birds: effective methods

Ultrasonic repellers

This device is installed directly on the tree. It emits special sounds that birds perceive as a danger signal, so they do not dare to approach the berries.

There are also devices that flash a bright light when birds approach, which also scares pests.

Special gels

Fruit trees can also be treated with special gels that contain plant extracts that repel birds, or optical gels that create the illusion of burning for birds.

However, the protection will need to be renewed after rains.

Classic methods

If you're looking for a budget-friendly method of scaring away birds, you can use folk methods of repelling them, such as scarecrows, shiny things, spinners, etc. But all of these should be used in combination so that the whole tree rustles, shines, and scares the birds. Then you will be able to protect your crop.

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