Damn Predators!

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by STL Ponds and Waterfalls, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well something is hitting my own collection of Koi. I've lost 2 in the last couple of months, but I'm not sure what it is that is getting my Koi. I guess I need a wildlife motion camera to see the culprit.

    What are some of your tricks if it is a Heron?
     
  2. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    A 20guage with bird shot!
     
  3. Hamatsa

    Hamatsa LawnSite Member
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    Three things will get 'em that I know of: Labradors, Racoons, and Herons. Sometimes Otters if you live close enough to a larger body of water.

    Dogs are easy, racoons are tougher....chicken wire usually does the trick but Herons are easy: Just get a fake Heron and plant it next to your pond. A real one will never, ever fish the same hole. They're kind've like fly fishermen in that way. Don't know about Otters. They're really smart. I've have them swim up underneath a string of trout I've had in the water and rip me off that way.
     
  4. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ohhhh trust me on that! Whatever it was, it took one of my favorites and was an imported Japanese yellow beauty.


    Another local builder has missouri minks hitting his pond.
     
  5. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Labradors? Really, I've never heard of them getting Koi.
     
  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Keith-
    I always had great luck with the 'Scarecrow' device. I have installed it for several customers who have lost Koi to Herons and they have not lost a fish since. The Heron decoys don't seem to work on our Deep South coastal birds.

    I personally have never had a problem with Herons, but that may be because I have a Bald Eagle that visits quite regularly. Eagles and Hawks will take fish also if you allow them an adequate glide path.

    The ultimate deterrent for Herons and the smaller predators is probably a very large, mean dog.
     
  7. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yea, I keep telling my little Dachshund and Beagle that they are sleeping outside from now on.

    Scarecrow device? Is that the motion activated sprinkler shot?
     
  8. Tim R.

    Tim R. LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer who was having a problem with geese coming in his yard and dropping last nights dinner on his grass. Someone told him to get a stuffed coyote. He found a real one on the web for about 80 bucks and put it in his yard. He moved it around a bit and said he never had a problem with birds ever again. Might work for a heron. I have always heard of using another fake heron also because they are territorial feeders.
     
  9. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It is a sprinkler shot device but it works on infrared. It detects changes in heat, which works great for herons as they are such slow deliberate movers and you can adjust the sensitivity so that it will not trigger on small animals like squirrels, smaller birds or even your Dachshund and Beagle.
     
  10. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think I'll try that as I've heard a lot of good things about it. Is there only one model? Prices vary a lot.
     

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