Gutters can be an attractive place for birds to build nests because they provide shelter and protection from predators. Unfortunately, nests can also cause gutters to become clogged and can prevent water from draining properly. This can cause water to overflow and can cause damage to the roof, siding, foundation, and landscaping. If birds have built a nest in your gutters, or if you want to be proactive and keep them out, here are some strategies you can try.
One of the most effective ways to keep birds out of your gutters is to install gutter guards. These are covers that are placed over the gutters to allow rainwater to flow in but to keep animals and debris such as leaves and twigs out.
Another option is to install hardware cloth. This is a galvanized steel mesh that is placed over gutters and wrapped with wires to hold it in place. Birds cannot move hardware cloth or slip underneath it.
You can frighten away birds by setting up decoys of natural predators, such as owls and eagles. You need to set up decoys before birds build nests inside your gutters. They will not work if the birds are already living there.
You can also frighten away birds with fake rubber snakes. Put them in a place where they will not be washed into the downspouts or picked up by birds of prey.
Another option is an attack spider. This is a product that detects motion and releases a cord to drop the spider down onto a bird and scare it away. It can be hung from eaves or siding above the gutters.
You can also frighten birds away with sounds. You can set up a device that emits the sound of a natural predator or a high-frequency sound that is irritating to birds but cannot be heard by humans. You may need to mount several speakers near the gutters to cover your entire house.
You can try repellents to keep birds away from your gutters. These are gels, liquids, or granules that emit scents that birds find unpleasant but do not harm them.
You can set up traps to capture birds living around your home. You can then release them in another location far away from your house. A flat part of your roof is a good place to set up a trap.
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Some of these strategies may be more successful than others. Gutter guards are one of the most effective ways to prevent birds from building nests in gutters. They can also keep leaves and twigs out of your gutters and reduce the amount of cleaning and maintenance required. If you would like to have gutter guards installed on your house, contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors to get an estimate.