How to Get Rid of Turkey Vultures
In order to get rid of a turkey vulture, you first must know what it is, and why it’s there.
Turkey vultures provide us with an invaluable service. They are the garbage collectors of the wild. They eat only dead animals that would otherwise spread disease and bacteria that could be harmful to you or the environment.
The reasons for a vulture choosing your yard vs. any of your neighbors is hard to say. The good news is that just because you have a turkey vulture in your yard doesn’t mean that you have road kill decaying out there. You might just have a particularly attractive tree or cell phone tower in your yard, or that covered porch you spent so much time perfecting is now so perfect that even the vultures want to move in.
So, now that you know why you have a turkey vulture circling your neighborhood, the question is, how do you get rid of it.
The best way to discourage vultures from haunting your yard is to create as inhospitable environment as possible. Whenever you can, go outside at dusk and shake your trees. While your neighbors might think you’ve lost your marbles, the vultures won’t appreciate it and will generally move on to less disruptive sleeping quarters.
Also, make lots of noise. Frequently run around your yard yelling, clapping, and shooting fireworks (if the laws in your area permit). The good news is that this also works for nuisance neighbors.
Hang shiny, fluttery objects from your trees. This works, but only if you don’t have a particularly vain bird. This kind of vulture will usually hang out and try to get a glimpse of herself instead of being frightened away.
Sprinkler systems have also known to be an effective deterrent for vultures, but only if you don’t live in Seattle, where vultures are immune to water.
And last, but not least, try a good, old fashioned scarecrow. Wait, not the kind from the Wizard of Oz, but the state of the art motion-activated sprinkler system. This has been proven to be the most effective way to deter your unwanted guests since it works when you are there and when you’re not.
Good Luck and Happy Vulture Rousting!