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National Wildlife Control Training Program vol. 1.

House Sparrow Control

Scientific Name: Passer domesticusMale house sparrow. Photo by unknown

Male house sparrow with black bib. Unknown photographer.

 

 

Signs

Identification of male and female house sparrow

Male and female house sparrow. Photo by Univar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damage

  • Stored grains, livestock feeds;
  • Droppings and nests deface buildings and cause health or safety hazards.
  • Their nesting may also interfere with airvents etc.
  • Compete with native species

 

Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • Seal 3/4 inch openings;
  • Nixalite®, Cat Claw ® at perches

Frightening Devices

  • Pyrotechnics

Repellents

  • Polybutenes
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Trapping

  • house sparrow cage trap. Photo by Dallas VirchowCage traps Description: Usually have trap door, bobbed gate, or funnel designs. Useful where few birds occur. Decoy birds within trap may be useful. Photo Credits: Dallas Virchow
  • A good review of various sparrow traps can be found at Sialis

 

Shooting

Assorted guns used in bird control. Photo by Dallas VirchowA comparison of shotgun, .22 rifle and air rifle Description: Choose the right type and caliper or gauge for damage control. Follow all laws and regulations when shooting. Photo Credits: Dallas Virchow

 

University Publications

Urban Pest Birds: Controlling Damage--Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

House Sparrow--Clemson University

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