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Birdbath ProblemsPros and Cons of Having a Birdbath in Your Yard

Birds are a wonderful part of the outdoors and their songs provide a calming soundtrack for a day of gardening, sunbathing, or yard work. The sight of them sitting on tree branches, fences, and rooftops can be delightful to bird lovers. As flocks of them take to the skies, life can seem peaceful and all can seem right with the world. Nature is a beautiful thing.

As birds visit your yard, especially to use your birdbath, there are some problems of which you should be aware. A birdbath makes bird watching a delight, but there are pros and cons to having one in your yard. Here's a list of pros and cons to help you; just remember that if things get out of hand, an experienced pest control company can help.

  • Birds are fun to watch. They come in beautiful, colorful varieties and their individual songs can lighten the heart and enhance the outdoor experience.
  • Birdbaths teach you about the unique and wonderful habits of birds and introduce you to their varieties. Bird watching is a hobby enjoyed by many around the world, and a birdbath might be a great introduction to this interesting hobby.
  • Birdbaths can be instrumental in helping to control insects that threaten the fruits and vegetables in your garden. Many birds eat bugs, and some beneficial insects that your birdbath will attract eat other harmful bugs. 
  • The birds that visit your yard will engage in activities such as hunting insects and worms and eating plant parts that will help aerate the soil in your yard. 


  • Sometimes birdbaths attract too many birds and they can become a nuisance.
  • It can take a while before birds begin to drink from your birdbath and before this happens, they can populate your yard for a time. Then, they'll build nests, sometimes in high, hard-to-reach places, and this can become a problem. 
  • If the water in a birdbath is not cleaned regularly--which can happen--algae, mold, bacteria, and mosquitoes can appear because of stagnating water.
  • Bird feathers and their droppings can accumulate in the basin of your birdbath and cause a filthy mess. 
Now, whether or not you decide to keep, get rid of, or buy a birdbath, you'll be familiar with the challenges and delights associated with these winged creatures as they visit your home. As previously mentioned, there are companies that can help you control bird problems when they arise. 

Critter Control - Joe Felegi
Joe Felegi is currently a dedicated chair member of the NPMA Wildlife Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Slippery Rock University. Joe has two years of experience from the National Park Service, as well as 25 years of experience as a franchisee owner. Previously a board member and VP of the company, he currently serves as president of Critter Control of Florida and overseer of all five franchisees. Joe is also the Regional Director of the National Wildlife Control Association (NWCOA), and a Franchisee Advisory Committee Chairman.



  1. Joanna Poppink on July 15, 2019 at 3:15 PM said:
    Hi, I appreciate your pros and cons. Please let me add that if the bird bath attracts "too many birds" it may means that birds are suffering from lack of water access. To me the solution would be to add another birdbath! :)
  2. Lyla Peterson on October 1, 2019 at 8:31 AM said:
    I like that you mentioned that having a birdbath may help keep the pest population down, as it will attract more birds to eat the insects in your yard. My front garden has been having some pest issues lately. I will definitely look into getting a birdbath to help combat this problem.
  3. Santosh Kumar on September 29, 2020 at 8:13 AM said:
    Good One, You really did a fantastic job, Thanks for so much info Great article . Extremely helpful .
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