17 Dec Bird Proofing Steps – DIY
Bird Proofing Your Home
Problems related to birds and pests inhabiting roofs are quite common across Australia.
The sound of scratching or chirping is not only annoying; it can cause damage to your home. Furthermore, it can result in health issues for you or your family due to the plethora of diseases that birds can carry.
To eradicate the issue, we always recommend obtaining expert advice from professionals. They have the equipment and experience to assess your home, safely remove the birds and provide a permanent bird proofing solution. If you are considering tackling the situation yourself, keep the following in mind.
1. Bird Proofing Research
Before making any hasty decisions, research local protection laws. A number of bird species have legal protection and therefore cannot be harmed. Harming or killing protected species is illegal. Do some local research and find out what birds typically nest and cause nuisance in your area. Understanding this will allow you to start planning an appropriate removal method.
2. Bird Removal Methods
There are a number of ways to tackle bird removal. The best method depends on factors such as:
- Where the birds are located.
- The bird species.
- The climate conditions.
- Time of the year.
- Time of the day.
Some methods include:
- Physical deterrents: Such as barriers, plastic or steel spike systems, netting, wire systems, or slope barriers.
- Sonic devices: Audible sounds to discourage birds from coming into an area. These are most commonly used in large open areas however the effectiveness is low and it can impact surrounding inhabitants.
- Trapping: Utilising a trap and food can safely capture birds inside your roof.
- Decoys: Putting predators such as fake owls or hawks on your roof can deter birds from going anywhere near your roof.
- Chemicals: The use of chemicals or pesticides intended to deter birds. Some are intended to be fatal and are banned in many areas.
- Destroy Nests: Search for any nests that birds may have built in or around your roof. Removing nests can lead to birds searching for a new home.
3. Prevent Birds from Returning
Removing birds is one thing, but you also need to consider their potential to return. Bird proofing your home should incorporate the use of methods that deter and prevent birds from returning to nest in your roof. Some of the methods we have outlined above are temporary measures meaning birds can return to wreak havoc. Typically the most effective control method is using physical deterrents to physically block birds from any entry to your home. However, it can require the use of multiple methods.
Permanently eradicating birds is not easy. Many of our customers have said they tried to address the problem themselves over and over again, without success. For a permanent solution, contact the expert bird proofing team at Aussie Gutter Protection. We’ve successfully completed bird proofing & gutter guard solutions for Australian’s all over Melbourne, Victoria and in major metro centres across Australia.
Contact us today for a free quote.