Just How Many Mice Did You Say?
Many people are amazed when they learn how easy natural rodent control can be with a pair of barn owls on their property. They may be even more amazed when they learn just how simple it is to install Barn Owl Boxes for free, permanent rodent control without pesticides or chemicals!
Evidence for Barn Owl Rodent Consumption
Sometimes, people will ask how we can be so sure that barn owls eat an astonishing number of rodents. The answer is simple: pellets.
Researchers studying the barn owl know that when an owl eats a rodent, about 12 hours later it regurgitates a pellet containing the bones and fur of the rodent that it cannot digest. Even more conveniently for study purposes, these pellets are often used to floor the space in which the eggs are laid. They make a soft and naturally insulating cushion for barn owl eggs.
Researchers have investigated barn owl nests and found these pellets on the floor of the nesting area. By counting them, they get a good idea of how many rodents barn owls are eating in a given period of time. The number emerging from most studies is astonishing: the average barn owl family consumes 1,300 rats per year and 3,000 rodents during breeding season!
Benefits of Barn Owl Boxes
Because barn owls consume rodents so voraciously, the United State Fish and Wildlife Service has stated that these owls are the most economically beneficial species for humans of any birds. However, many people do not realize the benefits of hosting a barn owl family on their property.
One thing that is certain is that it would be difficult to find a method of rodent control for which you have to do less work! Barn Owl Boxes install once and are literally maintenance-free. They will survive for years, are self-cleaning and naturally attract barn owls. Once you have hung the barn owl box at the right height, you are ready to host a barn owl family.
Best of all, you never have to feed them, clean up after them or do anything besides simply enjoy these wonderful creatures.
Barn owls will keep your yard rodent-free. You should be aware that any pesticides or chemicals you use in your yard or on your plants could make their way into your barn owl nest, so be sure to avoid the use of these substances.
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