How to Keep Birds Away from Your Skylights

How to Keep Birds Away from Your Skylights

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Alex Kecskes in Bird Deterrents

Whether your skylight is flat, round, dome, pyramid, polygon, ridge or lean-to, its vulnerable to pest birds. Most susceptible to damage are acrylic skylights, as the acids in bird droppings can quickly eat into this material and cause it to spot, grow opaque and eventually crack. Bird droppings can also degrade the weather stripping around your skylight, causing roof leaks. Replacing skylights and repairing their seals can be expensive. If you want to know how to keep birds away from your skylight, you'll need to follow the recommendations of the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone. Here's what they suggest for skylights:Create a Pest Bird Barrier with Plastic Bird Spikes

Easily the most effective and economical bird deterrents currently available, Plastic Bird Spikes create a no-landing zone around your skylights. These anti-perching, anti-roosting spiked strips will not allow birds to land on or near them. Plastic spikes are especially effective against large birds--like gulls, crows and pigeons--birds that can do the most damage to skylights. While highly effective in deterring bird pests, Bird-B-Gone bird spikes are blunted at the tips to prevent injury to birds and have been approved by humane groups, including the US Humane Society and PICAS. The spikes come in many different colors--including crystal clear, brick red, light grey, brown, black and tan--to blend in with your homes roof colors. Each is fabricated of unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate, so they'll last for years through summers heat and winters rain. A flexible base easily conforms to various skylight designs. The spiked strips come in two-foot sections and 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths. The base of each spiked strip measures just 1.5 inches wide, so you can easily install it on the narrow edges of a skylight.

Create a Sound Bird Barrier with the Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic

Most birds recognize sounds 10 times faster than humans. And they're keenly alert to the sounds of their natural predators. The Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic device fully exploits these characteristics. It broadcasts bird distress and predator calls for two minutes and repeats them every 10 minutes, letting birds know that predators are looking for prey. The sounds resemble typical birdcalls to a humans ear, so they won't bother your neighbors or even pets. The Bird Chase device emits distress and predator calls for 22 different species of birds--including pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many other birds. And unlike ultrasonic systems, the Bird Chase device emits audible sounds that birds can actually hear.

One final note on how to keep birds away from skylights: Remove any old bird droppings, feathers and nesting materials from the area--the scent of this debris will draw more birds.

Bird-B-Gone is the worlds largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice, training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures.