Although birds can be enjoyable to watch on a sunny day, they can become a real nuisance on your property.

How to Get Rid of Nesting Birds in Your Home

Although birds can be enjoyable to watch on a sunny day, they can become a real nuisance on your property. From property damage to health risks, birds can quickly become pests if they find resources on your property that they can use to survive.

They enjoy feeding on bugs and fruits or vegetables from gardens, which means that healthy yards can be very attractive. But while having a few birds perched on your roof might not seem like too much of a problem, what happens when a few become many?

Or if you suspect them to be nesting on your roof? If that’s the case, then stick with us as we explore some of the ways you can get rid of birds on the roof or in it!

Why Are Birds on the Roof a Problem?

Before we dive into how to solve the problem, let’s consider why it’s such an issue in the first place.

Your Family’s Health

Firstly and most importantly, a heavy bird presence can pose a health risk to you and your family, both indoors and outdoors. There are more than 60 zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans, associated with bird droppings, feathers and secretions from infected birds.

And you don’t even have to come into direct contact with bird poop to catch them, some can be transmitted by simply breathing in dust containing infected matter. If you have birds nesting inside the home, there’s a potential for your air conditioning unit to spread the infection around the house.

Some of these diseases can be incredibly dangerous, and some can even be fatal. Serious infections such as Cryptococcosis, Psittacosis, and Histoplasmosis can all be caught by breathing in the contaminated matter, with elderly people, young children, and those with lower immune systems especially at risk.

Gastrointestinal illness can also be caused by accidental contact with droppings, resulting in nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. A small amount of contact is very low risk, so you’re free to keep believing that a bird pooping on your head is good luck. But, as the droppings accumulate and dry out, the risk increases.

In addition to disease, birds can also carry parasites, including bed bugs, ticks, and lice. Their nests and droppings can also attract other pests to the area, including rodents, insects, and snakes, all of which can pose their own threat to your safety.

Damage to Your Home

Depending on the types of bird and where they’re nesting, you might find that leaving them unchecked can cause lasting damage to your home.

Some birds choose to build their nests in gutters, as they’re high up and provide a ready water source. This is great for the birds, but less great for your gutters, which can become clogged by the nesting materials.

More serious still are those pesky bird droppings. As well as posing a health risk, large quantities of the stuff can damage roofing materials, due to its acidic nature. It can also pose a threat to solar panels and air conditioners, preventing them from working properly. And if you have a chimney, you’ll need to be even more careful.

For birds that nest in hollow trees, your chimney might present an attractive solution in an urban landscape. Nests can block the airflow of a chimney, allowing smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide to linger in the home. And it’s not so safe for the birds either; baby birds might slip and fall from their nests and wind up in your living room.

There’s also a risk that your belongings might become nesting materials. If birds have taken up residence in attic spaces, there’s likely no end of forgotten bedding and papers, perfect for building their own little home, hidden away, inside your own. Given the materials used, nests can also pose a fire risk, especially once the birds have moved on and abandoned it.

What Attracts Birds To Your Roof?

There are a few things that can lure a bird to your roof.

Food Supply

The first is likely quite obvious: a ready food supply. Open bins and compost containers are a particularly enticing asset for a bird looking to settle down. Any yard might also be a haven for the insects and small rodents that some birds like to prey on.

As mentioned earlier, gutters can provide a source of water. If you regularly feed your pet outside, birds might also be tempted by any water bowls and food remnants left outdoors.

Nesting Sites

As natural landscapes give way to developments, safe nesting habitats for birds disappear. But, generally speaking, they’re an adaptable bunch and will quickly find somewhere new to call home. Houses are high up like trees, and a resourceful bird might find a perfect perch in the eves.

Lack of Predators

Not only is the height of a nest important in protecting a bird’s young, and themselves, from predators, but the presence of humans is often a deterrent for any dangerous creatures, too. Staying close to your family might well be of benefit to a nesting bird.

Protecting the Birds

If you discover a bird’s nest in or around your roof, it will probably be quite tempting to try and remove the nest yourself. This is not a recommended solution. Not only could it be unsafe for you and the birds particularly, but if there are eggs in the nest, you might also wind up breaking the law.

Laws can vary state to state, but all are designed with the goal of protecting the animals and managing our relationship with the natural world. It may be that you’ve got an endangered species nesting in your home, or that it’s simply illegal to torment or distress an animal, something that moving a nest containing eggs or recently hatched baby birds will certainly do.

Whatever the reason, reaching out to a professional animal removal company to assess the situation is always a good idea. They’ll be able to identify the birds, work out the best way to deal with them, and make sure you stay on the right side of the law.

How to Stop Birds From Nesting on Your Home

If the birds seem quite content on the roof, rather than in it, there are a few options you can try before calling in the professionals.

Back off Their Food and Water Supply

A simple but effective solution. If you can work out where the birds are finding their meals, you can take steps to limit their access. Keep your pet’s food indoors, and always clean up after a BBQ. Remember that some species of birds are quite clever and will quickly find ways around a simple lid or tied up bag; you might have to get a little inventive.

You should also take a look at the plants in your garden. Fruit and berry-bearing trees are excellent fodder for birds. It’s also important that you make sure no one is intentionally feeding the birds, leading them to sticking around. Curious children or other well meaning family members might be doing more harm than good.

Shiny Objects

Placing shiny or reflective objects around the home can also help deter birds. Smaller items, like old CDs or tin foil, can be hung near nesting sites to discourage birds from coming near.

The movement of the reflective surface can be misinterpreted as fire or an approaching bird, and they’ll naturally turn away from danger without getting too close. Spherical objects are also a great visual deterrent, as birds may think they’re actually the eyes of a predator, and naturally try to avoid them.

Repellant Sprays

There are plenty of repellent sprays on the market, as well as some you can make at home. Some are designed to drive birds away with specific scents, while others create uncomfortable, sticky surfaces that birds won’t want to stand on.

While these might be effective initially, they do rely on constant reapplication. If you’re doing this yourself, you should get comfortable with ladders and heights. You’ll also need to make absolutely sure that the products you are using are non-toxic and environmentally safe. This will ensure you protect yourself, your family, your home, and the birds themselves.

Bird Spikes

Bird spikes sound a lot scarier than they actually are. They’re most likely to be seen on commercial buildings, usually chosen to keep pigeons at bay. Bird spikes are placed on the edge of buildings, around gutters, and along fences to prevent birds, and other animals such as possums, from landing on them.

The tips of the spikes are dulled, so they don’t pose any real danger. The goal is simply to make it difficult to navigate the space, so animals choose a different, less frustrating, place. That said, they won’t do much to deter smaller birds, and of course, lining the edges of the roof doesn’t do much to cover the rest of the space.

Netting

Have you ever seen a net covering the roof of a building? It may have a bird net. The goal of a bird net is to make the space inaccessible to birds, so they’ll choose to roost and nest elsewhere. The net is difficult to navigate, blocking birds from landing or finding hidden corners, as well as restricting movement if they do find a spot to land on. It can also be used to protect trees.

However, it is very important that you choose the right netting for your situation. Larger holes in the net might let smaller birds through, while a smaller mesh will do nothing to stop a large bird. It’s also not uncommon for birds and small mammals to panic and become tangled in the net itself, something which might actually prove fatal to the animal.

If you’re considering a bird net, it’s a good idea to contact an expert to make sure you’re using the right type of net for the birds in your area and to help install it safely.

Home Remedies Aren’t Working?

If you feel like you’ve tried every home remedy but still find property damage from birds, then it may be time to bring in a professional.

The professionals at Wildthingzs are well-trained to help exclude birds from your property without damaging the wildlife. Our services offer short-term removal as well as long-term protection from unwanted wildlife on your property.

Our careful work ethically removes birds and unwanted wildlife from your home and property. From damage repair to prevention methods, we offer services to reduce the damage wildlife can cause. Call us today.