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How To Stop Birds From Building Nests In Your Gutters
- Published: Nov 16/2021
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For many centuries the large cities and surroundings have been developing, moving the wildlife away from its natural habitat. However, for some bird species adaptation to the man-made environment wasn’t an impossible task to accomplish. They learned to benefit from human habitation and take advantage of the newly built spaces. So, if you notice a bush-looking structure sticking out of your gutter, there is a high chance that some bird found a comfortable nesting ground there.
Bird nests in gutters aren’t necessarily dangerous. However, if the issue is neglected, it can lead to more serious problems, like blocked drains or structural water damage.
So, if you:
Then keep on reading! You will find everything you need to know in this article and will learn how to stop birds from nesting in your guttering.
There are several things which attract birds to nest in roof eaves:
Some of the most common types of birds nesting in eaves or guttering are:
Apart from causing damage to your property, bird nests can also be harmful to human health. Birds carry a lot of bacterias and pathogens, which is why it is highly recommended to remove them as soon as possible.
However, according to the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, an occupied bird’s nest under no circumstances should be removed. Nests and eggs of any wild bird are protected by law in the UK and must be left untouched until the birds leave the nest. The penalty for illegal removal of bird nests and damage to them is an unlimited fine and up to six months of imprisonment.
However, the law provides for exceptions. Hence, it’s acceptable for an authorised, qualified person to remove a nest if the feral birds belong to pest species. If birds are causing problems for your household, it is advisable to contact the correct pest control specialists, who will have the knowledge and experience to solve the problem and advice on a long-term solution for the bird nesting.
It’s possible to remove the nest by yourself, however, you need to apply for a license that is issued by the relevant authorities: Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Natural Resource Wales, or Northern Ireland Department of the Environment.
Usually, it is safe to remove nests when the nesting season is over. This happens between October and February.
Once you see that the nest is no longer in use, you can remove it from your gutters. However, you need to remember that some bird species, like starlings or house sparrows, may produce more than one brood in the following season. Therefore, be careful not to disturb an active nest when removing it.
If you are performing the removal by yourself, wear long-sleeve gloves and respiratory protection. Dispose of the nest in a trash bag and seal it nicely. In the case where the removal needs to be performed during the breeding season, make certain to contact an authorised for the procedure person or obtain the licence yourself.
Birds are attracted to gutter debris – it provides them with great building material and can hide insects that they feed on. Make sure to remove all the leaves and debris from your gutters. For sludgy matters use a plastic scoop or a spatula.
Good gutter guards will protect your gutters from accumulating dirt and debris and prevent birds from building nests.
Placing a fake owl or a scarecrow will serve as a great short-term solution until you install permanent protection. The dummies, however, are effective for a limited time, as birds eventually get too familiar with them.
Bird spikes are long, needle-like rods which can be attached to building ledges, roof lines, window sills etc. They will not only prevent birds from building nests in your gutters but will also stop them from landing on your roof.
If you don’t mind birds keeping you company in your garden, but want to deter them from the gutters, try installing a nestbox. Just make sure to install it away from the windows and doors as birds can be quite noisy and messy.
Make sure you seal the openings so you can prevent a bird from nesting under your roof
Find a technician to take care of the job.
Think about the last time you cleaned your gutters. Do you remember balancing on a ladder with a bin bag while someone held the ladder to prevent you from falling? Why go through this horrible experience again, if you can get your gutters professionally cleaned?
Here at Fantastic Services, we use professional equipment. The technicians we work with are able to reach your gutters safely from the ground and eliminate all the dirt and debris without any risks of damage to your property. And if you need to bird-proof your gutters once the cleaning is done or are looking for gutter repairs and maintenance services, we can help with that too! So what are you waiting for? Get your gutter cleaning service today!
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