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How to Prevent Birds From Nesting

February 16, 2019

Birds are present in both urban and rural areas. However, certain types are persistent pests, giving rise to property damage, noise pollution and risk to human health. Since buildings provide ample sources of nesting potential, it is all too common to find birds opting to set up residence in your home. Here are some options for minimising this problem.

Maintenance is key

Whether it is a house or other type of property, keeping a building maintained is an excellent first step. At the simplest level this can mean making sure potential crevices or openings are sealed, and places like gutters regularly cleaned and maintained. Limiting access to food scraps and water is also an important part of keeping birds away.

Often though, the problem might become more apparent and persistent. In this case, you might want to take more active steps at bird proofing. Consider investing in wire mesh or netting to deter birds from roofs and garden areas. Some people find buying fake owls or using scarecrows works, but just remember to keep changing their location (birds soon notice if an object hasn’t actually moved).

Sound deterrents

Sound deterrents are a great option, since these create noises (like those of predators) that will scare away birds. Some other options include electrified wiring, where the birds receive a sharp, but non-harmful, electric shock (like cattle fencing). Environmental factors matter here, so consider neighbours and local regulations. Ultrasonic devices are often advertised to be effective on birds, but check carefully. Birds have similar hearing to humans, so if you can’t hear the sound the chances are the bird can’t either.

A lot will depend on the nature of the building, but generally basic maintenance and cleanliness is the best first step for effective bird control.