How to Keep Birds from Nesting in your Gutters

While many people love having birds around, they can be a nightmare to have in your gutters.

Especially when they start nesting in your gutters, they can cause all sorts of problems. Bird’s nests can lead to clogged gutters, “droppings” left everywhere, and a whole lot of noise.

Today we’ll be talking about how to get rid of those pesky birds from your gutters.

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The Easiest Ways to Remove Birds From Gutters

For whatever reason, birds love gutters. Maybe it’s because they are in an elevated space and feel safe. It could be that the space of a gutter is just big enough that they fit a whole nest in there.

Either way, they need to go. To remove birds from your gutters, there are a variety of ways you can do so. We’ll be walking you through each method.

Sometimes, a single method might not be enough to solve the problem, and you’ll need to mix and match.

1. Gutter Covers

Gutter covers can be an excellent way to prevent birds from entering your gutters and nesting.

Gutter covers are usually placed on top of your gutters to prevent leaves from entering your gutter system. This helps lower the amount of maintenance required to keep your gutters clean and reduce clogging.

But they have an added bonus of keeping birds away.

Instead of a small cozy space for the birds to nest in, now they can’t enter your gutters anymore. This will help drive the birds away from your gutters and keep everything protected for the future.

2. Decoys

Birds like your gutters because they feel safe from predators. Luckily, you can change that.

Simply by adding a decoy can scare off birds and keep them away. Some people like to use fake owls to scare off fowl.

Similar to how you would protect your garden with a scarecrow, you can protect your gutters with fake predators.

The upside to this method is it’s an affordable way to drive the birds away, a simple decoy doesn’t need to cost much. The downside is that your homeowner’s association may not allow placing fake birds on your roof.

Another downside is that after a while, the birds may learn not to fear the fake predators anymore.

Ultimately, it’s worth trying, even if it’s not a bulletproof solution.

3. Ultrasonic Bird Repellant

A simple motion sensing device that puts out a high pitched noise when activated is a great way to drive away small birds.

An ultrasonic bird repellant can be a super effective way to protect your home.

Simply setup the sensor near your gutters where it will activate whenever a bird lands and the high pitched noise will keep your gutters clear.

These can be quite affordable and easy to install.

Best part? You can buy solar powered versions so you only need to set it up once and forget about it. The sound will drive away birds and keep your home protected for the long term.

There is a chance that the birds will get used to the sound and realize it’s a not a threat, but it depends on how persistent those pesky birds are.

4. Bird Repellant

Bird repellant is a liquid that you can spray on your gutters to keep the birds away.

The liquid is usually fragrant where it will irritate the bird’s senses. Peppermint oil is a popular choice.

The bird repellant is very effective at first, but will need to reapplied regularly to keep the birds away. This is definitely one of the more active ways to keep birds out of your gutters, but if reapplied weekly it can definitely work.

5. Gutter Cleaning

Sometimes all you need to do it clear out the gutters and that will keep the birds away.

When your gutters are full of leaves and mud, it makes the gutters feel more homey for the birds. The debris inside the gutters tends to insulate the gutters and makes them feel safer.

Plus their nests are usually up there which will keep the birds coming back every season.

By clearing out the gutters, all you’ll have left is bare aluminum gutters, and they suddenly won’t be so motivated to stay up there.

Keeping your gutters clean on a regular basis is a great way to drive the birds out of your gutters.

How to Remove Nesting Birds

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If you find a bird’s nest in your gutters, what do you do?

In North America, nearly 600 different species of birds are protected during nesting season from Spring to Fall. So by clearing out the nests, you might be violating the law.

If you find birds nesting in your gutters, it’s best to wait them out and let the birds eventually grow up and leave on their own terms. Then in the winter you can clear out the nests and put into place prevention methods for next year.

Keep in mind, birds also carry all sorts of diseases, so handling the nests improperly can be dangerous. If you need to remove the birds during nesting season, you can call your local wildlife control to handle the problem.

When winter comes around, you are allowed to remove the nests.

It’s recommended to grab a ladder and remove the nests while wearing gloves and a mask to prevent the spread of any avian related diseases. Nests can also carry mites.

Why Birds Nesting in Your Gutters Can Be Problematic

If you have birds nesting in your gutters, it may seem cute and innocent at first, but it can lead to some major problems down the line.

It’s no secret that birds carry all sorts of diseases and their nests tend to have mites crawling around in them.

Bird nests can also contribute to your gutters clogging and sometimes the birds may even get stuck in your downspouts and start to decompose in there.

This can be a major health problem and lead to your home smelling.

If birds do nest in your gutters, you might not legally be allowed to remove them until the winter season as over 600 species of birds are protected from Spring to Fall.

Ultimately, nesting birds in your gutters can be a serious long-term problem and taking steps to prevent them is a great idea as a homeowner.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Contractor

If you’re looking to install gutter guards to keep birds out, it can be a good idea to speak to a contractor first. They’ll give you an idea of the best gutter guards for your situation and an estimate on the cost.

It’s always a good idea to get several quotes so you can find the best price for your specific project.

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