Stopping the Invasion

Trapping alone will not keep the Indian mynas under control. Mynas thrive where there is easy access to food. You can reduce their available food source in the following ways:

Seed for native birds will attract Indian Mynas and they will quickly dominate your garden. If you see Mynas at your bird feeder or in your garden, stop putting out birdseed immediately.

Feed pets inside, or if that is not possible, put pet food inside during the day.

Feed chickens and ducks in a secure pen so Mynas can’t get to the food.

If you feed goats or horses, it is best to stay with the animals while they are feeding and clean up spilled or leftover pellets or grain.

Cover your compost heaps and close rubbish bins so that food is not available

Breaking the cycle

Mynas nest in tree hollows, roofs, exotic trees and the dead fronds of palms. To break the cycle:

 

Planting a wide range of local native plant species in your garden will provide a diversity of habitats for native birds.

Indian mynas prefer foraging in area with a clear understorey. Gardens with a reduced lawn area containing a mixture of native trees, shrubs and herbs, especially with a dense understorey, will attract a variety of birdlife without providing suitable habitats for Mynas.

Trapping

You can help reduce the impact of Indian mynas by trapping them in your garden or local area. The aim of trapping is to reduce the Indian myna population, thereby reducing the threat to native birds and animals. Reducing the existing Indian Myna population by trapping requires the humane handling of captured birds.

The Pee Gee Trap

YIMAG coordinates the manufacture and sale of the Pee Gee Myna Trap.

 Pee Gee Myna Trap

Trapping Instructions

Location, location, location

The location and positioning of your trap can spell the success or failure of any trapping program. If you aren’t having any success trapping mynas it might be as easy as moving the trap to another spot.

Baiting and feeding

General