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This Poison-Free Pest Control Method Will Cheer Up Your Garden


These tiny, active birds search crevices for ants, scale, beetles, moth eggs, caterpillars, and cocoons. When it’s winter, they feed on seeds and nuts, yet when summer comes, they are completely insectivorous.

These birds like to settle into nesting boxes found in clearings in or along the edges of wooded areas.


In winter time, you can spot chickadees looking for bark crevices for insects that hibernate, as well as eggs of moths, plant lice, pear psylla, katydids.

Chickadees are one of the best birds for pest control because of their diet consisting of 90% insects. Here are included: moths, caterpillars, flies, beetles, scale, plant lice, leafhoppers, and tree hoppers.


If you want to keep chickadees around the winter, you can provide some suet in a mesh bag or use a feeder full of sunflower seeds. When spring arrives, get a nest box packed with wood chips. The best place for the box would be at the edge of a wooded area.


These amazing bluebirds, during the spring eat insect like grasshoppers, beetles, weevils, crickets, and caterpillars. These birds prefer sunny and open areas.

The best place for a nest box for bluebirds would be mounted on a post 50 ft away from a tree, fence or other structure.

Native Sparrows

Sparrows like mostly seeds for their diet, yet they also enjoy eating insects, during nesting season the most. These birds prefer weed seeds like crabgrass, ragweed, and pigweed. Their habit of eating seeds is even beneficial to crops.

The insects of choice for sparrows include grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, leafhoppers, and beetles.

Note: In some warmer areas sparrows sometimes change their diet with winter garden crops. They do so, by clipping off seedlings and sprouts. If you want to avoid dis, use row covers in order to protect your crops.

Also, you need to provide nesting materials for them to use. A good material would be:  straw, bark, and pieces of string.


These cute little birds enjoy in food such as: flying ants, leaf chafers, flies, mosquitoes, moths, and grasshoppers. Nighthawks can even eat Colorado potato beetles, squash bugs and cucumber beetles.

There isn’t much to do in order to attract nighthawks, yet you must be careful not to harm them and you should watch out for their eggs. They usually lay 1 to 3 whitish olive eggs with dark blotches on sandy soils, gravel, or even old robin’s nests.



These medium-sized insect eating birds will feast on anything starting from flies, mosquitoes, small moths, flying ants,and small beetles to grasshoppers, crickets, and caterpillars.

You might want to use water to entice these hunters into your yard. Phoebes like to build their mud nests around man-made structures. You can only atract them if you have a safe nesting area.