Owl Boxes for Rodent Control
One of the biggest threats facing a farmer is rodent over population. Infestation of rodents causes a loss of crops equalling millions of dollars every year. Controlling these pests in conventional methods, such as poisons, can be costly and compromise the quality of the crops, local water supplies and the population of desirable animals.
Installing owl nest boxes in and around your farm, vineyard, garden or homestead is an extremely effective form of natural pest control. There are many benefits to using natural predators for pest control:
- More effective than conventional trapping or poisons
- Economical eco-friendly
- Protects local wildlife
- Require little to no maintenance
Effective Rodent Control
Rodents reproduce at an alarming rate. One female mouse or rat can produce up to 120 offspring in a single year. The over-population of rodents can equal devastation to anyone working in the agricultural business.
Trapping and the use of poisons are typical remedies for a rodent infestation. But the rodents catch on to the use of traps and poisons are damaging to our eco-systems. The use of barn owl boxes and wooden bird houses and to control your rodent population is the ideal way to remedy your problem.
Installing barn owl nesting boxes throughout your property is a sure way to diminish the number of rodents destructing your crops. A single pair of barn owls can consume over 2000 rodents a year. And because barn owls are not as territorial as other raptors, you can install numerous boxes throughout your property to effectively control your growing rodent population.
Economically Sound Alternative
Installing owl nest boxes to control rodent population is an extremely cost effective remedy. The cost to purchase and/or install an owl nest box is a one time investment. Owl boxes from Air Superiority require little to no maintenance. We designed and built our boxes to be self-cleaning and require no yearly maintenance.
When farmers use poisons, they are destroying much more than the pests they are targeting. Crop quality, eco-systems and local wildlife are all adversely affected by the use poisons. Using poisons to management rodent control causes a ripple effect within the eco-system. The poisons can leech into the soil and subsequently get washed in to the watershed through rain water and crop irrigation. For additional wildlife, rodent poisoning can equal death. If a predator ingests a poisoned rodent they can become extremely ill and die.
The cycle continues if that predator is eaten by another animal and so on. Installing barn owl boxes is an effective addition to integrated pest management. They cause no damage to the environment or agricultural crops and pose no threat to additional wildlife.
Getting Started with Air Superiority
If you are interested in using barn owl nests as an effective addition to your integrated pest management system, Air Superiority can help you find the nesting box that is right for you. Your personal preference, surroundings and budget will determine the nesting box that best fits your needs.
If you strictly desire pest control, the basic owl box is probably your best fit. It is affordable and requires no maintenance. The number of boxes to install on your property is dependent on the severity of your rodent population. One owl box for every 10 acres is a good rule of thumb for moderate to heavy rodent populations.
Your box can be mounted on a galvanized pole or in a tree. These mounting poles cannot be climbed by owl predators, assuring the safety of your resident owls and their owlets. If you would like to take further advantage of attracting owls to your property and observe them more closely, we have owl boxes to allow you this pleasure. Equipped with an internal infrared camera, our Hoo’s Hoo owl box allows you to observe the daily habits of the barn owls on your home TV or computer monitor.
Managing rodents with barn owls is an easy, budget friendly way to care for your agricultural crops as well as the environment. One of our specialists can assist you in getting started today.