Managing Grackles: Deter One of Summer’s Most Invasive Birds

Grackles are difficult birds to manage, as they are an abundant and invasive type of blackbird. Because of this, grackles often require more effort and attention to control compared to other similar bird species.

These birds live year-round in the southeastern United States, especially in Texas and Florida, but migrate to the North and Midwest during summer. Grackles like agricultural fields and are more of a threat to crops than crows. As much as they like open spaces, they also live in urban areas, making them abundant virtually everywhere.

For homeowners, crop farmers, and property managers, these birds can be extremely dominant and harmful. Some homeowners may look to simple solutions like tube feeders, but they likely aren’t enough. For larger flocks, poisons and other chemicals are frequently used to try to combat them. Not only are poisons inhumane, but they also don’t work because grackles forage in large flocks.

Recommended Products for Grackle Control

Fortunately, there are solutions for grackle control that are humane yet extremely effective. To reduce grackles, try some of these products, all of which are designed to create a threatening area for grackles without causing physical harm to them.

Liquid Repellents and Taste Aversions

Bird-X offers a liquid repellent that prevents grackles and other bird species from roosting or landing on any surface. If you’re having a problem with grackles roosting in your yard, apply this non-toxic repellent to trees and shrubs.

Alternatively, use Bird Stop to prevent grackles from landing on rooftops and other building structures. This taste aversion is ideal for crop and produce farmers with grackle problems, as the smell and taste irritates grackles and prevents them from eating crops.

Visual Deterrents

For farms and vineyards, holographic bird tape combines flashing light with sounds to keep birds away. Apply them anywhere birds land, ideally in areas with light and wind. Additionally, visual scares like owl predator decoys are lifelike enough to scare away grackles.

Electronic Bird Control

Sonic bird control is a type of electronic bird deterrent that uses naturally recorded distress calls and predator cries to frighten and distress grackles. Grackles perceive the area to be threatening and unsafe.

Because grackles are intelligent, program your BirdXPeller PRO and Super BirdXPeller PRO on random intervals so they don’t become accustomed to the sounds. For grackles, Version 2 of either of these sonic control products works best.

Due to the aggressive behavior of grackles, a multisensory approach using different types of products, like a visual deterrent along with a sonic repellent, is ideal. Learn more about these and other safe, humane deterrents that can reduce your grackle problem.

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  1. Gus
    Gus says:

    Is a license required for bird (specifically crackles) abatement in Texas? Not to capture, poison or otherwise harm, simply to move.

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  2. Sherri Weimer
    Sherri Weimer says:

    I live in Fort Wayne IN I am handicapped @ have a large picture window where I can look-out on a
    small berry/flowering tree & a bird feeder. I haven’t had a problem before, but this spring I’ve been
    Inundated by nasty purple grackles. They are mean & run off the other birds. What can I do to get rid
    of the grackles w/out harming or running off the other birds that I enjoy so much. Somebody help me!
    And no I’ve never commented before-never been on this web site!

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    • Kathy
      Kathy says:

      Blackbirds, Grackles, and Starlings will not eat Safflower. So put Safflower in all of your feeders. The small birds like it. In addition, Safflower will not grow under your feeders.

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  3. Davin
    Davin says:

    We have a bird feeder where we get a lot of different birds. We don’t want to scare away those. I fill the feeder too much. The grackles almost drain it in a day. I heard safflower seed works because they don’t like it. It didn’t work,,!!!

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    • Jim
      Jim says:

      I use tube feeders and a cage over my platform feeder. This keeps doves and grackles unable to feed, but allows cardinal sized and smaller birds to feed.

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  4. Kimberly Roy
    Kimberly Roy says:

    Is there anything that we can use that won’t scare off or be harmful to our squirrels? Would the reflective tape work? Last year was the first we remember seeing these birds in upper western New York. They may be pretty but they’re horrible. We witnessed them stealing baby squirrels! We love our squirrels and have had enough of this awful feathered invasion. Please help! kimberlyjroy@yahoo.com

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  5. Ann
    Ann says:

    We have a bird bath in our backyard. We used to love to watch different species of birds drink and bathe from it. This year it’s loaded with grackles-they’ve chased all the other species of birds away. I also believe they ate 3 baby finch that had just hatched in a nest on our porch. How do I get rid of these birds without scaring away my other birds?

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