Death From Above: Encouraging Natural Predators

Flying kestrel
A kestrel in flight.

Native predators like kestrels and barn owls can play a valuable role in controlling pests not only on farms, but also in parks, golf courses and large yards and gardens. While they rarely eliminate a pest problem, they can reduce the need for pesticide use and other pest-control measures.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service, Hawkwatch and Utah State University Cooperative Extension published a two-page introduction to attracting wildlife for pest control. The guide includes:

  • Information on barn owl and kestrel boxes, including the recommended number of boxes, location and height, timing, design and management
  • Information on raptor perches, snags and wintering raptors
  • Contact information for the authors to get more information         

Download the publication.