How to Prevent Birds From Nesting on a House

How to Prevent Birds From Nesting on a House
According to Iowa State University, the birds who cause the most nesting problems are European starlings, rock doves or pigeons and house sparrows or the English sparrow. Unfortunately for the homeowner, these birds feel the rafters or eaves make fine places to raise their young. Most people find attracting birds to their house is easier than getting rid of them. Perseverance is the main ingredient in stopping birds from nesting on your house.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic of nylon netting Caulk Concrete Tanglefoot Roost No More Porcupine wires
  • Plastic of nylon netting
  • Caulk
  • Concrete
  • Tanglefoot
  • Roost No More
  • Porcupine wires
Step 1
Control birds' habitat needs by removing their ability to find water, food and shelter at your house. Don't leave bird feed out and empty the water from any bird baths you may have. For your yard, choose plants that don't produce food for birds (fruits, nuts and berries).
Step 2
Remove the nest as soon as the bird starts building it. The bird, though, will continue its quest to build the nest; it is up to you to continue removing the nest as it is being built.
Step 3
Repair any cracks or holes you may have in the exterior walls of your house where birds might nest. Fill them with caulk or concrete.
Step 4
Hang netting from the outer eaves down the entire exterior wall to the ground. Birds won't be able to get through the netting to build a nest.
Step 5
Purchase Tanglefoot or Roost No More at your local hardware or home improvement store. Place it in the problem area where birds are nesting. The products stickiness discourages birds from making a nest. You will need to replace it several times a year. It can be messy and dirty.
Step 6
Make the bird's nesting area like a bed of nails by installing wire prongs called "porcupine wires" on your roof's eaves. The prongs shoot out at various angles, discouraging birds from even trying to land in the area.

Tips & Warnings

Try to remove the nest before eggs have been laid in it. Poison seed is available, but by using it you run the chance of poisoning other animals that might come in contact with it. Use it as a last resort.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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