How to Keep Birds Away From Your Home
Birds can bring beautiful melodies and color to your day. However, they can also be quite annoying when they feed on your plants, leave droppings, or cause damage to certain structures of your house. Fortunately, there are some easy techniques you can try to get rid of these problematic visitors.
5-Minute Crafts will show you 6 methods to keep birds away from your home without hurting them.
❗ Important: Keep in mind that birds can be considered pests. Therefore, we advise you to contact a pest or animal control service in case your bird infestation seems too difficult to handle by yourself. Moreover, remember to always check with local authorities before trying to remove these animals on your own.
1. Cover or get rid of the things that may attract birds.
First of all, it’s important to remove all the reasons why problematic birds are frequenting your home. Therefore, it’s advisable to:
- Avoid or cover plants that birds can feed on with a fine net. If you already have a flock of birds gathering on your property because of this, contact a local wildlife service about the types of seeds these birds won’t eat.
- Drain or cover water sources that birds will likely find.
- Prune trees or bushes often to remove the shelter that birds may be looking for.
2. Use objects that are shaped like predators.
Birds have different natural predators, such as owls, cats, and large birds of prey. Therefore, objects that resemble these animals can prevent birds from landing or nesting in areas where you don’t want them to. These figures can be made of materials that can resist outdoor conditions, including metal and wood.
💡 Make sure that you move these objects from time to time in order to avoid birds getting used to them and, as a result, start to ignore them.
3. Place bird spikes.
These harmless, ultra-thin rods poke birds when trying to roost or land in areas where they’re placed. You can put them on tree branches, fences, roofs, or any other spots frequented by birds.
❗ Bird spikes may not be the best solution to repel small birds, such as sparrows or hummingbirds, as they could still be able to land between the rods.
4. Sprinkle baking soda or stick double-sided duct tape in problematic areas.
This could be a quick and simple solution since birds dislike the way baking soda feels under their feet. You can replace this ingredient with double-sided duct tape.
5. Put out shiny objects or garden balls.
Reflective or shiny objects may help you keep birds away from your home due to the reflection of light that they produce. Hang old CDs, tin foil, small mirrors, or aluminum cans close to landing or nesting areas where birds like to settle.
At the same time, birds confuse large, colorful garden balls with eyes due to their spherical shape and, as a result, they tend to avoid them. These balls not only will repel birds, but they may also serve as great decor for your yard.
6. Make your own natural repellent.
- Pour 1/2 gallon of water into a container. Then add 24 chili peppers and 1/4 cup of vinegar.
- Warm the mixture in a crockpot or outdoors under the sunlight.
- Once cooled, pour the repellent into a spray bottle and spray it on the areas where birds like to rest. Make sure to reapply the mixture after it rains or every few days.