Much like young children, these winged animals are easily entertained and can be lured away from homes by placing shiny objects such as foil or tinsel in alternative, more preferable locations. Scarecrows are commonly used as distraction from crops, strategically placed to scare away invasive seed-eaters. Rubber snakes are also effective means of detracting birds due to their fear of snakes.
Woodpeckers and other winged-pests may be deterred by use of netting. Nets provide a physical barrier that prevents woodpeckers from causing damage on the sides of homes with their pecking. Install nets as a barrier anywhere that birds nest or have elevated populations. Bird spikes may be used to stop unwanted guests from landing in your yard. Installing spikes is a humane way to prevent them from landing or nesting, as they do not like the uneven surface and will quickly look for alternatives. For long-term pest control, sound emitters can be placed in the desired area, deflecting birds with high frequency danger alerts.