3 Main Benefits of Barn Owls
The barn owl is one of the best-kept secrets in America. Those who have taken the leap and attracted barn owls to their barns know: the benefits are nearly innumerable. Well, we’ve tried to enumerate them here. While there are many benefits to attracting barn owls, here are just a few of them:
They’re More Effective Than Rodenticides
Rat poison is contingent on one significant (but oft-overlooked) detail: rats actually eating the stuff. While this is typically a safe bet, it’s a scattershot approach. Barn owls are finely-attuned creatures that hone right in on vermin. Why simply hope that rats will eat your rodenticide when you can let Mother Nature work her magic?
They’re Much Safer Than Rat Poison
You’d be hard pressed to find a single incident of a barn owl attacking its human owner. Why? Because there aren’t any incidents. Not one.
Why is this? Because they didn’t evolve to attack large mammals. Their talons and beaks are especially suited to capture and kill their prey: small pest-sized mammals, including rats and gophers. Rat poison, on the other hand, poses a risk to anyone who decides to use them to keep rats away. Children find the small, colorful capsules and decide to try out the “candy”, and pets are especially prone to eating the poison. Why put risky poison around your yard when you can effectively keep rodents away with a barn owl or two?
You’ll Save Money
A barn owl nest box setup typically costs about $500.00. While the initial investment is greater than that of rodenticide, it’s important to remember that a barn owl nest box typically lasts about ten years. You’ll pay more than $50.00 per year in rodenticides and exterminator costs.
Just ask anyone who has installed a barn owl nest box.
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