Magpie Control

Magpie Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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Black-billed magpies are in the Corvid family, which includes ravens and crows. Although they originally lived in rural areas, the pests have adapted well to urban environments as human populations continue to expand. Since magpies don’t mind living around people, these intelligent and aggressive birds regularly come into conflict with homeowners.

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Magpies measure approximately 18 inches long, though half of that length due to their unusually long tail feathers. The birds are easily recognized by their black bills, striking black and white coloration, and short, rounded wings that show flashes of white as they fly. The feathers of their tails and wings are iridescent, reflecting hues from bronze-green to purple.

DIET

Omnivores with wide-ranging diets, magpies may eat wild fruit and grains, insects, carrion, and other birds’ eggs. They have even been known to forage in the ground or prey on small animals such as squirrels and snakes. Excess food is stored in various hiding places.

HABITAT

Open fields, forest edges, along streams, in conifer trees, and on farms are all common places to find magpies. They avoid dense forests, grasslands, and desert extremes. Mated pairs work together to build their domed nests, which are two and a half feet high and almost two feet across. These structures can take more than a month to build.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Any yard with trees or near wooded areas is a likely candidate to attract magpies. Their varied diets and relative ease around people help them thrive in populated areas.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

For those with fruit trees or backyard gardens, magpies can be a terror. They will pick clean all manner of fruits and vegetables, including strawberry plants and corn. The birds may also damage lawns when they forage for worms and grubs under the grass. Finally, magpies are attracted to suet feeders and will quickly empty them. Their aggressive behavior can scare off smaller, more desirable songbirds.

One of the most unusual behaviors of the species is the so-called magpie funeral. When one magpie discovers the dead body of another, it calls out to attract up to 40 others that all call over the body simultaneously for up to 15 minutes. This bizarre behavior is a nuisance to homeowners, as even one bird’s shrieks can be quite loud.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Fruit trees and gardens can be protected with flexible bird netting. When used in trees, it should be secured at the trunk so magpies can’t fly underneath. If garden crops will grow extremely tall, use a frame as well to form a tent around the entire space. It should be noted that netting large areas can be expensive and impractical for all but the most high-dollar crops. Pie tins, Mylar balloons, and other visual scare tactics are another method to exclude magpies. However, these devices must be moved at least weekly so the birds don’t get used to them.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Several traps can be effective in areas with high concentrations of magpies. However, be sure to consult federal, state, and local laws before setting traps, as some licenses and protections may apply. Ultimately, to ensure safe and successful removal of magpies, property owners should contact animal control professionals. Licensed wildlife removal companies can rid yards of problem birds better than even the most diligent amateur.


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