But while such large birds may pose a nuisance, be sure always to practice humane ways of removing them. Here are a few ways you can deal with a turkey problem– excluding those that you’ll face at your Thanksgiving feast.
4 Simple tips for dealing with turkeys according to The Humane Society of the United States
- Do not feed them. As with your interactions with any wild animal, it is imperative that you do not offer them food, as doing so will most likely cause conflict. And this does not apply to explicit handouts alone. Ensure that your trash cans are also sealed and out of their reach. You may even consider temporarily removing bird feeders to eliminate their incentive.
- Scare away turkeys who have made themselves comfortable. A turkey that is roosting indicates that it is sleeping or resting. Wild turkeys typically do their roosting in trees. But, in more urban areas, they may take to your roof or deck. So, to discourage such invasive behavior, it is recommended that you implement tools like motion-activated sprinklers or anti-perching devices.
- Reclaim your territory. Turkeys operate under a hierarchy of dominance–and one that is not limited to just turkeys. If they can sense that you or your pets are afraid of them, they will assume dominance over your yard. They might chase people and other animals away or even block driveways and entrances to your home. But such aggressive behavior can be stopped with your persistent reclaiming of dominance. Show the turkey who’s boss and scare them away with every interaction. And make sure everyone under your roof is on board with your efforts to take back your home.
- Finally, watch out for turkeys on the road. This may be their most significant hazard, so be sure to drive carefully if you’ve ever spotted a turkey nearby. While they typically travel in packs, strays may be challenging to see and potentially cause severe damage to your vehicle.
This coming Thanksgiving, it won’t just be your turkey feast that’ll pose a turkey problem. Look out for wild turkeys and other pests that may come to invade your neighborhood this season. And for all of the unwelcome pests that come for a visit, be sure to call on us at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control! We are your Hesperia’s experienced and trusted pest control service!