How to Keep Bird Nests Out of the Gutter
Do you get bird nests in your gutters?
We can prevent birds from building nests in your gutters by installing our solid gutter guard Advantage Gutter Guard ®. It is completely solid, and slightly angled so nesting material slides right off. The birds will decide there’s a much better location for their home elsewhere.
The Problem with Bird Nests in the Gutters
Dangerous For Your Home:
Even if the rest of your gutters are clean, a birds nest can cause serious overflow problems for your gutters.
Overflowing Gutters Cause Problems Like:
– Flooded basements
– Foundation damage
– Rotten siding
– Water spots
– Soil erosion
Dangerous For The Birds:
Birds can even get stuck in downspouts and get trapped. We certainly don’t want that to happen to any bird, especially hatchlings!
How to Keep Bird Nests Out of the Gutters
Birds love to return to the same nesting grounds time and again. So if you’ve ever had a bird build their home in your gutters – beware: this is going to be a regular thing. The only way to prevent a bird from nesting there again is to make it undesirable, or even better impossible.
Fake owls and snakes may scare birds away. They even have motion sensor decoys that produce noise and movement. These may scare away new birds, but if you have a habitual nester, they may persevere long enough to figure out the trick.
These are large spikes that look like an intense barbed wire that attaches to the lip of the gutter. The purpose of these spikes is to prevent birds from having an easy perch while building their home. This will deter birds, but it will also likely deter you (or anyone you try to hire) from the necessary task of cleaning your gutters.
This granule, gel, or spray repellent has a scent that birds detect that makes them uncomfortable with the surroundings, encouraging them to go elsewhere for their nest. Although quite effective, it needs to be reapplied frequently.
Install Solid Gutter Covers to Prevent Bird Nests
The number one solution for preventing bird’s nests is to install solid gutter covers. We say solid because we have found many bird’s nests on top of screen-style gutter covers. They actually love it- it’s easier for them to weave their nest within the mesh.
Advantage Gutter Guard® is a completely solid, smooth surface heavy gauge aluminum. It is not a flat surface but has a slight slope to it. This makes it a very slippery surface to build a nest on – in fact, most breezes will take away nesting materials immediately.
Although birds can be persistent, there are no openings they can fit into to attempt to build a nest. The slot where water flows around the nose of the cover is protected by the nose-forward design. These birdies are just going to have to find a nearby tree to roost from now on.
Eliminate Nesting Birds and Gutter Cleaning
Ready to end the bird nest battle? Get Advantage Gutter Guard® – it comes with the added bonus of not having to clean your gutters ever again. A healthy guttering system = healthy home + happy homeowner. While the birds might be perturbed at first, they’ll likely find a safer, more peaceful roost.
Save the birds, save the headache – get Advantage Gutter Guard®
If you’re looking for more information on whether or not gutter guards are worth investing your time and money into, check out our article here to see why gutter guards are worth it.
Updated from Aug 9, 2021