Discovering unwanted birds in your attic isn’t really fun. Their constant flurry of feathers as they fly in and their chirping and sometimes pecking on the roof can be annoying. Not to mention that their droppings are often corrosive to most surfaces and the birds themselves could attract dangerous predators like snakes. These are the reasons preventing them from invading your home is a priority.
Since it is inhumane, even illegal, to disturb nesting birds, most New England pest control experts will advise you to focus on preventative measures rather than wait to chase the birds away.
If They Are Already There, Have Them Removed Responsibly
If the birds already formed a nest in your roof or attic, contact a professional to help you explore the best way to relocate them. If the birds are nesting or have newborns, you might have to give them some time to finish up their nesting period else they stand to lose their young ones. Remember to hire pest control agencies that focus on humane control approaches rather than indiscriminately killing the birds.
Find Out How the Birds Got Into Your Attic
Once you’ve figured out how to trap and remove existing birds, you have to find out how these trespassers got there in the first place. Most birds will sneak through cracks and openings in your home. This could be unprotected louvers, chimneys, or ventilation ducts. Finding such entry points is the first step to determining how you can start bird-proofing your home.
Some entry points can be broken windows or shutters that don’t close easily. Repairing these openings will solve the problem. At other times, birds fly in through natural openings like attic vents. The best way to bird-proof these without blocking airflow is by stapling chicken mesh over the opening. Professional bird controllers will do a great job about the installation so it won’t affect your home’s aesthetics.
Use Deterrents to Keep the Birds Off your House
Preventing the birds from entering your home, though wise, might not be good enough especially if there are many birds in your area. Pigeons, swallows, and other common birds can still wreak havoc on your roof and concrete if they rest on your house. You should consider extending your bird proofing efforts by installing spikes and other bird proofing solutions on your roof and other high parts of the property to discourage birds from hanging out at your house.
Since there are many homes that take over natural habitats for animals like birds, some people believe that birds nest in our homes because they have nowhere else to go. If you want to do something great to Mother Nature, you can grow and nurture some leafy trees with the intent of offering birds natural spots to build their nests in. You can also purchase and install some birdhouses on your property to give more birds a place to stay.
Whatever you do, ensure that you consult with a professional or your local authorities before making a move on birds. Makeshift solutions will not only make your home look terrible but are also unreliable and might crumble sooner than you expect.