Bird Proofing Your Home

While some birds bring colour and music, others can wreck your garden, build nests in pesky places, and spread droppings in unwanted areas. In this blog we’ll provide you with some tips and tricks to bird proof your home.

Bird Netting

Bird netting is a reliable and cost effective method to stop birds from entering your home through unwanted areas. Bird netting ranges in cost depending on the situation, it is best to get a quote. A good first step is  to close any unwanted gaps into the roof that may present themselves as nesting areas for birds.

Bird Spikes

Bird spikes are an effective way to stop birds roosting on your gutter, ledges, roofs, and trees. The spikes come in segments with rods sticking out. The birds won't enjoy roosting on these prickly surfaces so they will fly elsewhere. Usually they cost anywhere between $10 to $50 per metre, again dependent on the situation.

Animal Decoys

Animal decoys and statues are a great way to scare off unwanted birds and other animals, they can also make your garden's aesthetic more pleasing. When the birds see these statues they will immediately fly away for fear of being attacked. Animal decoys can cost anything from $10 to $100 depending on the size and quality of the statue.

Loud Noises

Birds often don't like loud noises as their hearing is extra sensitive, so objects such as chimes and ultrasonic bird repellers can be a great way to ward off flocks of birds as they wont come anywhere near the area when they hear strange or weird noises coming from your home.

Just be mindful of pets you or a neighbour might have as the ultrasonic noise may affect them, and you might have a disturbed cat to deal with next. Prices of noise deterrents can range from anything like a wind chime from a hardware store to hundreds of dollars on ultrasonic repellers, depending on your situation you can choose what's best for you.

Food Sources

Make sure you’re not leaving out any food or water sources for birds to use as this will attract unwanted attention from hungry or thirsty birds. Birds will seek out pet food so be sure to only give your pets as much as they can eat. Remove uneaten food. This is a simple method to prevent birds from taking advantage of your home.

Motion Activated Sprinklers

If you have an issue with birds resting and filtering through your dirt looking for grubs you may want to purchase a motion activated sprinkler that will automatically spray water in a small radius when it senses any motion around it. Sprinklers can range from $50 to $150, a more costly investment but worth it in the long run as you can also use it to water your plants after nesting season is over.

Eye Deterrents

Hanging old cd’s or shiny objects throughout your garden is a great way to scare birds as they are frightened by anything sudden and unexpected, whether it be light or sound. Hanging shiny objects throughout your garden will deter birds from flying near that area. This is the cheapest solution as you can use old cd’s, christmas decorations, and old silverware to scare away birds.

Bird control can be tricky and successful management depends on a number of factors such as species, numbers,and time of year. Remember that most native species are protected and can’t be disturbed or require a permit.

Still have a problem with unwanted birds? Get in touch with the team at CDI Pest Management today to book an inspection.

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