The Problem with Birds
Having birds around your garden and home can create a number of problems. They can create mess with their droppings, damaging paintwork and pose a health risk to young children and pets as their droppings can carry diseases. They can also spread disease from the lice and fleas in their feathers. In addition they also carry fowl mites which can infest your home. Sometimes birds nest in chimneys, causing considerable risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as their nests block the ventilation of the dangerous gas.
How to Know if You Have a Bird Invasion
Much of the time, you will only realise you have a bird invasion by recognising the symptoms of the invasion. Some of these symptoms include copious droppings around the exterior of the house, or more sticks, twigs and leaves lying around the exterior. Watch out for broken vents or others areas where your home may be particularly vulnerable to bird intrusion.
Cut Off Their Food Supply
One of the best ways to control the amount of birds around your property is to eliminate their food supply. Without easy access to food there will be less of an incentive to nest in or near your home. If you leave out bird-seed you are likely to attract unwanted birds like pigeons and crows. Woodpeckers feed on insects; in order to avoid them keep insects out of your siding. Caulk any open tunnels and check exposed soffit, fascia and sidings about once a year.
Your garden may also be providing food for birds. Try putting a net around any berry trees, or any plant that has fruits or nuts, in the garden. Specialised seeds can still be left out as it is often designed for the type of birds you want to attract. If squirrels and other rodents are stealing the seed, choose a better bird feeder that they cannot access.
Remove All Sources of Water
Water attracts birds and insects like mosquitos, by removing water sources, you can ensure they will not visit your home when they are thirsty. Make regular inspections around your garden for areas where rain water collects. If water is left out for livestock or pets, keep it at a level too low for birds to perch on its edge and too high for them to stand on it.
High-tech and Low-tech Methods to Keep Birds Away
Bird wire is one way to deter birds from nesting on flat areas of buildings. It is almost invisible and it stretches right across the area you want to protect. Its neatness and near invisibility means it won't detract from the appearance of the building.
A high tech solution to keep birds away is a sonic deterrent. This is effective against all birds and will scare them off before they even think about nesting. By choosing sonic deterrents with motion sensors and a timer you can determine when and how you want it to go off.
Optical Deterrent Gel is a great way to keep birds away from buildings. It will stop almost all unwanted birds from structures where it is applied. Due to their vision, birds see the gel as fire; this means that they will steer clear of any area where the gel is applied.
There are other ways to deter birds that are considerably more low-tech, spikes are one useful way. Cats are a natural alternative way to make sure birds stop visiting a garden or property. If you have a barn, the installation of catwalks will make it easier for your cat to reach birds in their nests. Wind chimes and windsocks are also useful in deterring birds. Pest Control Supplies provide a range of simple products that will help you deter birds from your home.
Check for Any Potential Nesting Areas
Examine the exterior of your home with the idea of identifying potential nesting spots. For example, seal your chimneys and vents with bird-proof mesh and metal caps. You can even use wire patches to restrict access to areas with potential for nests, or those areas where you have previously had bird nests.
Important Legal Note: In the United Kingdom, all wild birds, their nests and their eggs are protected by law which prohibits the killing, injuring, taking, or selling, of any wild bird or their nests or eggs.