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Nesting Birds on Your Home? How to Get Rid of Them

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It’s that time again, time when pest birds seek out places to nest. Your home has all sorts of lofty nooks and crannies that offer refuge from weather and predators, and within easy access to food and water. Common places to nest include under eaves, vents, under solar panels, porch light fixtures, patio covers, even rain gutters. The most effective way to prevent birds from nesting around your home is to be proactive. And that means installing effective and humane bird deterrents before birds arrive. Here’s what the bird control pros at Bird-B-Gone recommend:

Install Stainless Steel Bird Spikes where Birds Often Perch

Birds will often perch to test out a nesting site. Installing bird spikes will keep them from perching on beams and other areas. Available in three different widths—3-, 5- and 8-inch—Bird B Gone Stainless Steel Bird Spikes provide increasingly wider areas of pest bird deterrence. The base of these spiked strips is just 1.5 inches wide, so they can easily be installed on very narrow surfaces.  A built-in glue tough and pre-drilled mounting holes allow for fast, easy installation.  The spiked strips can be affixed to any surface using commercially available glues, screws or tie downs.  A flexible base—which bends a full 360 degrees—allows the spiked strips to easily follow a variety of curved exterior surfaces. A patented “bend and crush” design keeps the spikes embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base.

Clamp in Gutter Spikes to Keep Rain Gutters Clear

Bird-B-Gone’s Gutter Spikes won’t allow pest birds to land on or near them—birds can’t even land on the gutter edges. The spikes are also ideal for keeping birds away from drain areas. Specially designed for easy installation—in virtually any size gutter—the spiked strips come in two-foot long sections, each four inches wide, and in six-foot and 50-foot lengths. Whether your rain gutters are seamless, bonderized, copper, aluminum, steel or vinyl, installing Gutter Spikes is simple and straightforward.  Each section includes clamps along the base, which hook right up to the lip of the gutter. Every two-foot section has three “C” clamps to create a secure mount. The clamps are thumbscrew adjustable and will adapt to both wide and narrow gutters. Once installed, the bird spikes are virtually invisible.

Block out Birds from under Solar Panels 

Rooftop solar panels create an ideal environment for pigeons and other pest birds to nest and roost. The panels provide shade from the hot sun, security from predators, and an easy in-and-out vantage point for birds. What’s more, birds can be incredibly persistent, especially if they’ve nested under solar panels the previous season. Since most solar panels are usually just 8″ off the roof deck, removing nests and droppings can be a challenge. Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent Kit includes a weather resistant mesh that effectively blocks pest birds from nesting or roosting under the panels. Installation is a snap, thanks to specially designed clips that will not scratch or affect the integrity of the solar panels. There’s no drilling, and the mesh is virtually invisible when installed.

Create a Physical Barrier with Bird Netting

No-Knot Bird Netting from Bird-B-Gone is heavy duty, flame resistant polypropylene netting that blocks birds from entering unwanted areas—like attics, under patio covers and eaves. The 3/4-inch mesh netting creates a physical barrier to prevent birds from landing or nesting. The lightweight netting is made of flame resistant, multi-strand polypropylene fiber and has a break strength of 50 pounds. The netting will not rot, absorb water, or mildew. It has UV inhibitors that allow the netting to withstand years of direct sunlight. It can also tolerate a wide temperature range without degrading. No-Knot Bird Netting has the longest guarantee on the market—10 years. Easy to handle and install, No-Knot Bird Netting is virtually invisible when installed.

Deter Birds like Swallows with Bird Slope Panels

Look around the outside of your home. See all those nooks and crannies? Birds, especially swallows, love to build nests in them. To keep them out, try Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Slope panels. When pest birds attempt to land on these angled, slippery panels, they slide right off. The panels are easily screwed, glued or nailed to any flat surface. A glue trough on the underside of each panel simplifies installation using standard outdoor polyurethane adhesives. A convenient "snap on" Slope Extender easy adapts the panels to ledges wider than 10 inches. Special mounting clips allow the panels to be easily installed vertically on the sides of buildings. And “end caps” prevent birds from getting behind the panels. Bird Slope comes in two colors—stone and grey. Bird Slope panels are made of UV-protected PVC material for lasting durability in punishing weather, and they are non-conductive for extra safety near electrical wiring.

Keep Birds out of Tiny Holes and Crevices with Copper Mesh 

Ideal for keeping both large and small birds out of small crevices, holes and nooks in your home, Bird-B-Gone’s Copper Stuf-Fit mesh is easily “shaped” to seal out pest birds. The mesh comes in 6-inch wide, 20-foot rolls. It’s also rustproof and stain proof (steel wool will rust, run and stain your carport). Copper Stuf-Fit even keeps birds from working their way under roofing shingles and nesting around conduit and lighting fixtures.

Create a Sense of Alarm with Visual Deterrents

Simple but surprisingly effective, Bird Be Gone Visual Pigeon Deterrents are easy to install and inexpensive. There’s Flash Tape, an iridescent foil tape that crackles in the breeze and reflects sunlight to keep pigeons away (the mirrored red-and-silver surface bounces sunlight, which convinces pigeons there may be a fire nearby). There’s also Bird B Gone’s inflatable “beach-ball” size Bird Scare Balloon, which features a large, mock predator eye to spook pigeons. Sporting an equally intimidating predator eye is the tear-drop-shaped Scare Eye Diverter. When these deterrents twist and bob in the breeze, they are perceived as life-like predators.

The Sound Solution--Sonic Deterrents 

Birds hear sounds far more efficiently than we do. The Bird Chase Super Sonic is a specially designed sound-based system that keeps birds on alert and reluctant to build a nest. It broadcasts pre-recorded distress and predator calls for as many as 22 species of birds. The device can set it to scare off a specific bird or placed on a "general" setting to scare all birds. The bird distress and predator calls are repeated every 10 minutes, and the device can be programmed to turn on or off at night. A volume control allows the sound intensity of birdcalls to be adjusted—from 65-105 decibels. The sounds resemble normal birdcalls, so they will not bother pets or people. Yet unlike ultrasonic bird deterrents, which birds can’t hear, the Bird Chase device emits sounds within a bird’s hearing range, making it highly effective.

Bird B Gone is the world’s 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. For the complete line of products from Bird B Gone, call 1-800-392-6915; fax: 949-472-3116 or visit our website at www.birdbgone.com, e-mail: nobirds@birdbgone.com.