Protect Property From Heron, Egrets & Bitterns

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns are long-legged coastal & freshwater birds in the Ardeidae family, with 64 recognized species. These water birds become nuisance birds when they leave large messes behind, build nests where they are unwanted, or fish in manmade fish ponds. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, these birds are best treated with preventative measures.


These large birds are found all over the world, ranging in size between 12" (30cm) to 60" (152cm) tall, with wingspans of up to 91" (230cm) across, & can weigh up to 11lbs (5kg). Most fishing birds are protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This means they may not be harmed, & once their nests are built, they cannot be disrupted until the chicks are old enough to leave the nest. All Bird-X products are non-lethal, chemical-free & humane, but check your local laws to be certain not to disrupt birds when they are nesting.

We offer a variety of options to keep herons & egrets out of unwanted spaces, including our HeronBuster PRO, a sonic device that treats up to 7 acres with naturally-recorded predator calls combined with heron & egret distress cries. This device was created solely for humanely repelling heron, egrets, bitterns, & other waterbirds.

Koi pond owners know all about this problem. Both professional fisheries as well as backyard tilapia farmers must also protect against fishing birds. Any property located near wetlands, marshes, shores with freshwater & saltwater bodies of water, streams, rivers & lakes may become the unwelcome location of heron & egrets landing, nesting, roosting, & perching.


Fish ponds of all types are best protected by a physical barrier such as Bird Netting. Not only does the netting protect fish from being eaten by Egrets & Herons, as well as cormorants & other birds which prey on fish, it also blocks off their food source - therefore eliminating, in most cases, the reason for their attraction to the property.

Birds can be much more difficult to treat if there is a food source available, so if it is possible to block off that food source, this is the first recommendation.


If netting isn't possible, such as on lakes, lagoons, or natural bodies of water, we've also had success with the Gator Guard floating decoy, which "moves" along with the water, simulating a live predator.

Herons, egrets & cormorants are colony nesters, generally choosing large trees & especially dead trees (snags) for communal nesting (rookeries). During nesting season, these larger numbers can create a lot of noise, large messes, as well as a persistent, unpleasant smell. Visual scares, including Terror Eyes or Scare-Eye Balloons, have proven successful.

For ledges, bridges, window sills, signs, or other areas that birds are perching & making a mess, the most effective method is to install either Bird Spikes (in Extra Tall) or, for especially large species, Avishock™ electrified bird track. These 2 products differ from traditional spikes becaue they are large enough to account for the large size of these birds. Neither product will harm birds, but will make the surface unpleasant & uninviting.