07 Jan Bird Proofing in Melbourne
During bird nesting season, many types of birds decide to make your home their home; birds are often commandeering the gutters, wall cavities or under roof eaves; or they within the infrastructure, most commonly the roof cavities. To deter the birds from making a permeant home, you should consider AGP bird proofing products and services in Melbourne.
Which Birds do we commonly birdproof against in Melbourne?
- Seagulls or Silver Gulls
- English Starlings
- Indian or Common Myna
The most common bird Species to proof against in Melbourne?
Pigeons are by far the most pest-regarded bird species as they primarily are found in areas of human occupancy. Their ability to nest and breed all year round makes them a significant target for bird proofing in Melbourne. Our close cohabitation resides in their learned dependency on humans for food and nesting sites.
While their diet commonly exists of organic matter and animal food, they also rely on more readily available food sources such as human garbage and organic waste, and scraps. Pigeons love to nest in drainpipes, guttering, roof valleys, solar panels, and mar window ledges which cause obstructions and fire hazards. Their feeding and nesting habits produce copious bird droppings, feathers, and organic litter from nests.
INTERESTING FACT: Pigeons are decedents of cliff-dwelling birds which is why they like to perch high on rooftops and nest in gutters.
Seagulls or Silver Gulls
Seagulls or Silver gulls are most abundant in Melbourne’s coastal and bay areas but have been known to nest more inland. They have a long nesting season which can extend from late May to early February. They commonly roost in gutters, under solar panels, ariels, or roof valleys.
Like pigeons, their droppings are often acidic and can contain mites or other diseases. While they usually eat small fish and other marine life, they can also scavenge through exposed garbage of organic waste; creating extensive mess and damage.
Seagulls are very social creatures and tend to flock together. Bird control measures in Melbourne are often required to prevent damage and mess that flocks will leave.
INTERESTING FACT: Large flocks of seagulls have been responsible for several crashes over time in Melbourne.
Sparrows are well-known birds throughout the South-East of Australia, and two types of sparrows may require bird control in Melbourne.
The most likely is the House Sparrow which is an introduced species. This type is most likely to enter your roof cavities or spaces due to its small size but will also nest in gutters, on roofs and window ledges and under the verandah. Homeowners in Melbourne often require bird proofing for their large amount of droppings and increased noise. Their breeding season is early September to late February.
The Welcome Sparrow is an Australian native species that you may need to consider bird proofing in Melbourne. They build mud nests mostly found under verandas, under eaves or sometimes inside commercial buildings.
Interesting Fact: Swallows often return year-after-year to the same nesting site, so it is vital that you bird proof your Melbourne home.
English Starlings are an introduced species in Victoria that has earned its reputation as a pest for several reasons. They like seagulls are very social and will often roost in flocks on buildings or roofs at night. Their largely acidic droppings deteriorate metal guttering, flashing, and valleys rendering bird proofing gutter essential. Its nesting season is usually September to January but commandeers and live in these nesting sites all year round. It is challenging to rid English Starlings from Melbourne areas once they are established.
Interesting Fact: The starling will exclude native birds from your area or backyards if they establish themselves in your home. Bird proofing against starlings will increase the abundance of native birds in your area.
Indian or Common Mynas
Indian or Common Mynas are scavengers by nature; While they do not have the same reputation in Melbourne for destruction as pigeons and seagulls, this nature brings them in close contact with humans and their nesting practices. Mynas nesting season is from October to March. They are likely, if at all, to nest in small hollows or cavities in your homes. Their nesting habits messy, constructed from dried grass and mud.
Interesting Fact: The Mynas often roost together in small families, making them quite noisy neighbours.
Common Signs of Bird Invasion
Many signs indicate birds have infested your house. The most common signs are as followed;
- Clogs gutters and drains with feathers or nesting materials.
- Increased bird droppings around the property or flat surfaces; walls, roofs, eaves, and verandah.
- Noticing a strong unpleasant odour that lingers around the house despite cleaning your home.
- Noticing scratching in the walls or roof spaces of your home.
- Noting noises, often loud chirping or crying of young birds.
- Noticing nesting material around the properties premises or inside the roof.
- Noticing exposed garbage has been broken, scavenged, littered across the premises.
Top Reasons to Bird Proof your Home in Melbourne
- Bird nesting material and droppings negatively impact your health as they contain various parasites and transmissible diseases.
- The acidic nature of bird droppings deteriorates or corrode metal leaving permeant discolouration and stains on your property.
- Birds’ nesting practices can physically damage the physical structure of properties.
- Increase rates of mites and lice infestation.
- Nesting material and feathers create blockages in gutters, valleys, and drains which require constant cleaning and maintenance or water damage.
- Nesting material and feathers create blockages and build-up of stagnant water in gutters which form breeding grounds for insects.
- Increased cleaning and maintenance of regular droppings, nesting material, and food material.
- They can create a large mess and damage exposed garbage areas as they scavenge for food.
Due to these reasons, it is essential to consider bird proofing gutters and homes in Melbourne. If you are interested in a free inspection and estimation, click here.
Bird Proofing Products in Melbourne
There are helpful products that will help with bird proofing your gutters, verandas and home. It is essential to consider what type of bird proofing you need and where.
Using Bird Control Spikes on Melbourne Homes
The bird control spikes prevent birds from perching or roosting on applied ledges or areas of homes.
You can attach bird spikes to ledges, exposed wood beams, under a verandah, eaves on the roofs, walls, or fencing around your home; essentially, wherever you want to prevent birds from perching. Bird control spikes are a humane way of bird proofing in Melbourne as they do not cause harm or kill them.
However, it is not considered a complete solution as birds can still enter rood spaces, drainpipes, and guttering.
Using Bird Mesh Products to Bird Proof your Home
Bird Mesh products work by creating coverage across areas such as valleys, gutters drainpipes and openings. The material is unfavourable for bird footing and nesting, and deter birds from roosting and perching. It is also crucial that the mesh gutter guard be applied to all areas to prevent birds completely. While you are bird proofing your house, you also have the added benefit of protecting your home with leaf mesh such as AGP Tuffmesh.
There are three steps when applying mesh for bird proofing in Melbourne:
Step 1: Experts assess the situation and decide the areas that need proofing to resolve the issue. They will provide you with an estimation that considers the best materials for your desired solution and your budget.
Step 2: Remove any old nests, debris or remnants left by birds from the gutters, valleys or downpipes.
Step 3. Apply the gutter guard mesh to gutter, valleys, and other areas using one of our products tailored for bird proofing gutters and valleys. Then secure the gutter guard mesh to the sites so that animals birds are not able to access.
At AGP, we trust a combination of integrated mesh Bird Guard combined with bird spikes as a comprehensive, complete solution. As over 25 years of experience in Melbourne has shown that bird proofing your whole house is the only complete solution proven most effective in keeping birds out of your gutters and roof. At AGP, we try to ensure that our bird proofing solution is the best solution for your property; as all bird proofing and property needs differ, we recommend inspecting the property before quoting and guaranteeing.
If you would like a free bird proofing quote please get in touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to remove the birds before proofing?
It is considered ethically and humanly essential to remove the birds from a nesting site before bird proofing. Bird removal is possible by Melbourne bird control or animal services; alternatively, you can wait until after the nesting season finishes and the baby birds have left the nest. Once bird proofing is applied, birds are unable to get in or out of roof space.
Can you bird proof solar panels?
It is possible to bird proof your solar panels, but bird proofing is recommended as soon as the panels are installed. The process involves inspecting the panels; removing any dead birds, nests, or debris from under your solar panels; and finally, secure a mesh to each of the panels individually to prevent future access.