Approximately 10 species of blackbirds occur regularly throughout the Nearctic region of the world. Some of the most common species include the Brewer's blackbird, red-winged blackbird, rusty blackbird, and yellow-headed blackbird. While each species differs slightly in their nesting and feeding habits, most blackbirds share the same coloration and flocking behaviors. They are common pests of farmers and gardeners as they feed on a number of seeds and crops. If blackbirds are causing serious damage to your crops and home, call Critter Control of Virginia Beach at 757.250.2288 or contact us HERE.

How to get rid of Blackbirds

Blackbird prevention Virginia BeachThough no single answer is entirely effective, exclusion methods can be used in conjunction with one another to reduce the possibility of blackbird feeding and roosting.

  • Covering fields of crops or gardens with mesh netting is perhaps the most efficient way to deter blackbird feeding.
  • Though time-consuming, scare tactics, like the use of frequent loud bangs or reflective tapes, also have favorable results.

Are Blackbirds Dangerous?

  • Though they are not inherently dangerous and rarely roost inside homes, blackbirds will absolutely take up residence on lawns, parks, golf courses, and the like.
  • As they often feed in large flocks, blackbirds are capable of devastating entire fields of corn, rice, and other crop plants.
  • Additionally, they leave behind collections of droppings, which may contain harmful bacteria.
  • Various species of blackbirds become aggressive when they feel their nests are in danger. Red-winged blackbirds, for example, will attack horses and even people they feel threaten their territory.
  • Like any wild animals, individuals should not attempt to approach populations of blackbirds. Instead, contact our Critter Control technicians who have the tools and training to remove the birds in the most humane way possible.


Full-Service Removal of Blackbirds

Blackbirds are a nuisance to landowners and homeowners because of the damage they cause. If you are experiencing blackbird problems on your property, call our Virginia Beach office at 757.250.2288.

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The term blackbird loosely refers to a diverse group of about 10 species of North American birds that belong to the subfamily Icterinae. The various species of blackbirds have several traits in common.
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