Seeing birds fly around and land on your yard or perch on a tree branch is surely a treat, but they can be a nuisance once you find a nest or two in your gutters. Today, Advantage Seamless Gutters, your local gutter company, shares ways to keep birds from nesting on your gutters.
Fixes to Deter Birds from Nesting in Your Gutters
Just like dried leaves and other organic matter, birds’ nests cause clogs, leading to rainwater flowing out of the gutters rather than toward the downspouts. To prevent this, here are some fixes to stop birds from nesting inside your gutter system:
- Gutter Protection System – Gutter covers not only keep birds out, but leaves, twigs and other debris, as well. With these installed over your gutters, you won’t have to worry about regular gutter maintenance.
- Decoy – Installing a decoy like a fake eagle is also one way to stop smaller birds from using your gutters as a nesting place. Be sure, however, to ask your homeowners’ association if this is allowed.
- Bird Repellent – It comes in granule, gel or spray form, emitting a scent that makes birds uncomfortable. You may have to reapply it if you live in a location that has many bird species.
What to Do If You Encounter a Nest in Your Gutters
Keep in mind that birds nest actively starting from spring through early fall. If you happen to find a nest during this period, local gutter installers recommend not to disturb them. Certain laws that protect numerous bird species in North America prohibit killing or trapping them, as well as disturbing their nests.
Instead, you can call a trusted pest control company or a wildlife removal service. They’re qualified to handle nesting birds, eggs or newborn chicks within legal and humane bounds. If, however, you find an incomplete nest, you can remove the organic matter from your gutters before a bird can finish building it.
Advantage Seamless Gutters offer high-quality gutter replacement services in the local area. Give us a call at (218) 558-0575 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Brainerd and Baxter, MN.