Installing Fake Owls: What to Know

There seems to be some debate on the merits of a stationary fake owl versus a mechanical one. Stationary owls, perched properly, can successfully chase away birds, squirrels and other varmints. But there’s nothing more insulting than to find your stationary owl being used as a perch for the very pigeons you were trying to scare off. Spending just a few dollars more on a mechanical owl that flaps its “wings” and “hoots” occasionally may work better long-term.

No need to get a gigantic fake owl. You may be frustrated and think bigger is better, but the standard fake owl is about a foot tall and can work effectively. 


Perch your fake owl where a real owl might perch – on a ledge, under an eave, or ladder-length high on a tree branch. Make sure your owl can be seen from most angles. Keep your fake owl away from night lighting (such as in trees), as that would be unrealistic.

Whooo’s There?

If you’re using a stationary owl, consider an owl with glow-in-the-dark eyes as owls in nature can be spotted at night by their eyes. That can scare away varmints and trespassers alike. Always check your mechanical owl before installing for the frequency of its flapping or head turning.  A few times an hour is enough. If you have a fake owl that hoots, please check the volume and frequency. Your owl should softly hoot infrequently and only at night.