Cost Benefits of Barn Owls
Barn owl nest boxes end up practically paying for themselves once you’ve attracted barn owls to your property. How much money are you spending on rat poison, mousetraps, or other types of pest control methods? While barn owl nest boxes might cost more money to get started, you’ll end up saving money over the next decade than you would otherwise.
How much would it cost to trap or poison 20,000 rodents? According to state biologists, one pair of barn owls consume as much as 2,000 rodents per year. Over the projected life span of the nest box (about a decade), that is 20,000 mice, gophers, and rabbits.
For one, my barn owl nest boxes cost nothing to maintain. Besides the original cost of purchasing and installing the nest boxes, they don’t cost anything to maintain. The owls are very good at keeping their nest boxes clean — they’re their homes, after all! — and unless you want to purchase more to keep the owls’ population growth expanding year after year (thus leading to more efficiency), or to make your yard more inviting for barn owls, you’ll just have spent money once.
Contrast this with purchasing rodenticide or hiring an exterminator. First, you need to diagnose the problem. Where are the mice lingering? Where’s their nest? Are there multiple populations? A skilled exterminator can figure this out for you — but then again, skilled exterminators cost money. And then you have to continually buy rat poison. Setting aside for a second all the health and environmental risks associated with rodenticides, rat poison is *expensive*. The costs add up.
Contact a Barn Owl Box Professional
Let barn owls do what nature intended them to do — scope out pest populations and keep them under control. Put them to work for you!
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