Barn owls are sorely misunderstood in popular culture. If people have heard of them — and that’s a big “if” — they often don’t know quite what makes them special or why having barn owls on their property is a good thing. This misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about barn owls leads to a lot of common questions, such as:
- “Aren’t barn owls dangerous?”
- “What do barn owls eat, pets?”
- “Are barn owls noisy?”
Barn owl nest boxes are the most environmentally safe way to control rodents on your property; other methods don’t even come close. Sure, you can leave capsules full of rat poison all over your property. But have you looked into the negative effects on the environment?
Why are Barn Owl Nest Boxes Better For The Environment?
When you attract a pair of barn owls to your property, you aren’t leaving potentially harmful chemicals around. When rats eat the poison, the chemicals don’t just disappear — the poison goes back into the environment, where it can contaminate your soil and pose a hazard to pets.
After a few meals poisoned rats, owls in turn become ill and often die. Even if they survive, the owls are not likely to be in the vigor and vitality needed to carry on with courting, nest making and feeding their young. Often, homeowners and HOA managers will call and tell me that they have been using poisons for years and the bait is eaten entirely every week and they still have a rodent problem. This is because the owls in the area have left or died due to the presence of rodenticides. This allows the population of rats and other rodents to spike.
Barn owls are the natural way of keeping rodent populations under control. It’s the circle of life: one species is a predator, the other is prey. Nature has a way of keeping things in a delicate balance, and when you disrupt this balance by using rodenticides, that’s when things start to go awry.
As a concerned citizen, you can help mitigate the mortality of wild owls by installing nest boxes to bolster their population.
Purchase a Barn Owl Box Today!
Invest in a pair of barn owl nest boxes to get rid of rats the natural, environmentally-friendly way. Contact me today to learn more. I’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions.
Rodenticide — rat poison — is a hidden danger on many properties. While a common misperception is that rat poison can be safely hidden away only in places where mice and pests area causing issues, the very presence of rat poison [can cause hospitalization or even death].
Rat poison often comes in the form of capsules or balls to be laid around your property. The State of California’s website warns that pets occasionally decide to eat these poisonous capsules. I’ve heard this story from my clients more times than I’m comfortable with — it needs to stop. Read More