House Grail is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Learn more.

How to Keep Birds From Eating Your Cherries (8 Humane Ways)

Lapins Cherry

Wild birds are beautiful, but if you have a few cherry trees, the last thing that you want is the wild birds coming in and clearing everything out. The good news is that there are a few different things that you can do to keep the birds off your cherry tree without hurting them.

We highlighted eight of the most effective and humane methods for you here. This way, the next time you have a cherry harvest, you can keep them all for yourself!

house divider

The 8 Ways to Stop Birds Eating Your Cherries

1. Netting

Effectiveness Very
Cost High
Ease of placement Moderate

If you’re dealing with birds all over your cherry trees, one of the most effective solutions is to install bird nets.

These nets let in sunlight and rain so the trees can thrive, but they make it so birds can’t fit inside them. Some people don’t like the look of the netting, but there’s no question that they’re incredibly effective.

Still, they are challenging to install and a bit expensive up front.

Pros
  • Extremely effective
  • Still lets in plenty of rain and light
Cons
  • Unsightly appearance
  • Costly
  • Not the easiest to install

2. Use Predator Decoys

Effectiveness Low
Cost Low
Ease of placement Easy

If a bird wants to stay safe in the wild, they need to stay well clear of birds of prey, like hawks, eagles, and owls. So, if you want to keep birds away from your cherries, convince them that these predator birds are around.

Even better, you don’t have to spend much money on the decoys, and they’re easy to set up. However, the downside is that decoys don’t fool every bird out there. Also, while you might fool most birds in the beginning, they might eventually recognize the decoy for what it is.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Low-cost solution
  • Permanent solution
Cons
  • Don’t fool all birds

3. Put Out Shiny Objects

Effectiveness Low
Cost Low
Ease of placement Easy

Birds have extremely sharp and sensitive vision. While this is great for helping them find seeds and cherries to eat, it also makes them more sensitive to bright and shiny objects.

Putting a few shiny objects around your cherry tree can go a long way in keeping the birds away, and it also enables you to add bright décor to your yard.

This method can be low cost and easy to install, but it doesn’t always work the best. Not only do you need the shiny things in the right areas, but if the sun also isn’t out, they simply won’t be bright enough to keep birds away.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Low-cost solution
  • Great décor option
Cons
  • Don’t keep all birds away

4. Put Food Somewhere Else

man holding bird feeder in the tree
Image Credit: Olena Yakobchuk, Shutterstock
Effectiveness Low
Cost High
Ease of placement Low

We only recommend this method if you have a large property. While a bird feeder will attract birds to that area, if the cherry tree is nearby, nothing is stopping them from flying over there for a bite to eat.

Still, if you have a big property and still want to enjoy seeing birds around, putting a bird feeder farther away from the cherry tree might help.

Keep in mind that while it’s a low initial install cost, keeping up with the bird feed will drive up the cost over time. Also, if you don’t keep up with the feed, you have many birds in your yard looking for food, and that cherry tree will look especially delicious.

Pros
  • Will draw birds to the feeder
  • Easy to install
  • Low initial cost
Cons
  • Can make the problem worse
  • Expensive to keep up with

5. Ultrasonic Sound

Effectiveness High
Cost Moderate
Ease of placement Easy

One extremely effective way to keep birds away from your cherry trees is to use an ultrasonic sound device. Birds have more sensitive hearing than humans, so they can hear these sounds while we can’t.

Birds don’t like the noise and will stay clear. However, dogs and cats also have more sensitive ears than we do, so if you or your neighbors have pets, this might not be the best solution.

Ultrasonic sound devices are easy to install and effective, but depending on the size and quality of the machine, they can get expensive.

Pros
  • Effective solution
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • Can make pets uncomfortable
  • Not cheap to start up

6. Put Out Wind Chimes

colorful wind chimes
Image Credit: H. Newberry, Pixabay
Effectiveness Low
Cost Low
Ease of placement Easy

While we might love the sound of wind chimes, birds can’t stand it. This means you can add a beautiful element to your yard while protecting your cherry trees, which is a real win-win.

But if the wind’s not moving, neither are the chimes. On calm days, the wind chimes won’t make any noise, and that will leave your cherry trees vulnerable to picking from the birds.

However, considering how low-cost this solution is and the fact that you get to add cool wind chimes to your yard, it’s worth grabbing a few models and putting them out, even if they don’t work every day.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Adds to the décor
  • You get windchime noises
Cons
  • Not always the most effective

7. Use a Bird Repellent Spray

spraying on air plants
Image Credit: Memories Over Mocha, Shutterstock
Effectiveness High
Cost High
Ease of placement Easy

There are sprays specifically for keeping birds away from trees. These work by emitting either a smell or taste that the birds don’t like.

But while it’s an extremely effective way to keep birds away and is easy to apply, it does have a few drawbacks when it comes to cherry trees.

You likely want to save the cherries so you can eat them yourself. That means you’ll need to find an option that’s safe around food and won’t affect the taste of the cherries. Also, while bird repellent spray works great, you need to keep reapplying, especially after rain.

This drives up the cost of the product even if you’re not spending much for it each time.

Pros
  • Effective option
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • You have to keep reapplying
  • You need a food-friendly option

8. Put Out a Windmill

Effectiveness Low
Cost High
Ease of placement Easy

Windmills make great lawn décor, and due to their spinning design, they can also keep birds away. Ways to improve a windmill’s effectiveness is to get a shiny one, and if it has a few windchimes on it, even better.

A windmill can be a great addition to your yard, and it’s typically easy to install. Its effectiveness comes down to the specific option that you choose, though, and the initial cost for a windmill for your yard is typically a little higher than some other options on this list.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Great décor piece
Cons
  • Not the most effective option
  • High initial cost

house dividerConclusion

If you’re tired of having the birds eat all your cherries, try out a few of the options on this list! But you don’t need to stick with just one choice. The more options you go with, the more effective it will be.

Also, if you plan on using an option like the birds of prey decoy, consider waiting until the cherries are about to bloom before setting them out. This gives you more time before the birds figure out what’s going on and come back for the cherries!

See also:


Featured Image Credit: Valmedia, Shutterstock

Related posts

OUR categories

Project ideas

Hand & power tools

woodworking

Garden

Automotive