While many people don’t think of birds as threatening or risky, the fact is they can create some pretty significant damage to various properties if they aren’t controlled. For many bird types and property owners, a major key to preventing this from happening is stopping the issue at its source — and that means stopping birds from setting up nesting areas on the property before they’ve built and developed these areas.
At A-1 Exterminators, we’re happy to be one of Utah’s providers of bird control products from Bird Barrier, a well-known industry leader with proactive, cutting-edge solutions for bird control that are carried out in safe, humane ways. Many of these products or services will be geared toward stopping birds well before they take up a nest on your property — why is this important, and what are some simple tips for property owners who are looking to prevent this behavior? Here’s everything you need to know.
Why and How Birds Nest
Before we move to methods for preventing birds from nesting, it’s important to understand how and why birds choose to build nests on your property in the first place.
There are a few key reasons birds will want to set up shop on your land:
- Proximity to food and water: Many birds, especially those that live in urban or suburban areas, will look for nesting spots near sources of food and water. This could include your home’s gutters, a nearby pond or lake, or even an outdoor eating area like a picnic table.
- Cover and shelter: Birds also need a place to nest that offers some level of cover and shelter from bad weather or predators. This could be in the form of trees, bushes, eaves, porches, or any other type of structure on your property.
- Ideal location: In some cases, birds will also look for a nesting spot that’s ideal in terms of things like temperature and humidity. This is especially true for tropical birds that can’t tolerate colder climates.
- Laying eggs: Of course, birds also need a place to lay their eggs where they will be safe and protected. This is one of the main reasons they’ll build nests in the first place.
As you can see, there are a few key reasons birds might want to make a home in your area.
Why Nesting Prevention is So Important
For some people who have never dealt with a bird infestation, you may be wondering why nesting prevention is important to begin with. Why not just get rid of birds after they’ve nested? Well, for a few basic reasons:
- Often illegal: In many states or cities, it’s actually against the law to remove fully-formed bird nests once they’ve been built. This is because birds are protected by state and federal law, which means you can’t just kill them or remove their nests without a permit.
- Health hazard: Once birds have taken up residence on your property, they can pose a serious health hazard to both people and animals. This is because birds often carry diseases that can be passed on to humans, including things like salmonella and avian influenza.
- Damage to property: Another problem with birds is that they can cause serious damage to your property if left unchecked. This is because birds will often nest in areas like gutters or eaves, which can lead to clogged drains or water damage.
- Harder to remove: Finally, it’s a simple reality that once they’ve nested, birds are much harder to remove than if you had stopped them beforehand. This is because they will have built a home and will be more comfortable in the area, which makes getting rid of them that much more difficult (and often requires professional help).
Stopping Birds from Nesting
Luckily, you have some simple tools and resources available to you when it comes to stopping birds before they nest and cause issues on your property. Here are some basics:
- Utilizing quality bird control: Especially if you’ve had a bird infestation issue in the past, but even if you haven’t, products and services from companies like us and Bird Barrier will help keep birds from nesting in problem areas around your property. There are a variety of specific products that may work for your needs, including bird spikes, netting, and traps.
- Keeping food and water away: One of the best things you can do to prevent birds from nesting on your property is to eliminate potential sources of food and water. This means keeping things like pet food and bird seed off the ground, as well as ensuring there is no standing water on your property (which can attract insects, which in turn will attract birds).
- Trimming back trees and bushes: Another way to make your property less attractive to birds is to trim back any trees or bushes that might offer them shelter or cover. This will make it harder for birds to hide and feel safe, which could deter them from nesting on your property.
- Regular cleaning and inspections: Throughout the year, it’s a good idea to do regular cleanings and inspections of your property to look for any potential bird nesting areas. This way, you can address the issue early on and make sure that birds don’t have a chance to get comfortable in the area.
For more on how to stop birds from nesting on your property and why this is so important, or to learn about any of our bird control or other pest control services, speak to the pros at A-1 Exterminators today.