What are some bird prevention methods?
Whilst birds are usually a valuable and useful part of the natural world, there are certain scenarios where they are nothing but a nuisance. Birds will attempt to enter your property for a variety of different reasons, but primarily because walls and houses are perfect places to build a nest and start a family. At face value, this sounds nice, but the problem is not the bird, rather what comes out of the bird. Bird droppings, or guano, can be dangerously acidic, meaning the corrosion that comes from birds living in your property for a long period of time can be damaging. At best, the guano will emit a foul smell and at worst will damage the foundations of your house, causing structural damage. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to avoid this calamitous scenario:
Play loud music regularly!
It seems a little too obvious, but it is scientifically proven that birds are a lot less likely to settle in an area where there is a lot of noise. The reason for this is thought to be the fact that birds cannot hear their chicks’ calls over the blaring radio. Therefore, putting a radio outside during breeding season should reduce the likelihood of a bird settling down.
Sprinkle herbs and spices
This is a very cheap way to reduce the likelihood of bird infestations. If you have some spare strong-smelling spices in your kitchen, consider sprinkling them on surfaces that birds are known to settle on. The itchiness of the spices and their strong smells often deter the birds from settling. However, this is a less viable option if it is raining or windy, as it means you would have to replenish your supply of spices very regularly.
Invest in a false bird of prey
You see them everywhere; sometimes they even trick you: huge, plastic birds of prey that blow in the wind. These are a sure-fire way to deter birds from entering your property. After all, why would they land if they are at risk of being eaten! False birds of prey are one of those items where buying the cheapest may not be the best option, as many birds are savvy enough to discount the cruder versions as fake. Make sure to buy a product that looks sufficiently like an eagle for birds to avoid landing in your property altogether.
Make surfaces inhospitable
Birds thrive on flat, even surfaces, so consider making these surfaces less attractive, by placing upon them spikes or other features. These can be bought in many hardware stores, but also can be made by hand out of spare wood and other materials. This is a very effective method but can be imposing and ugly, making it only necessary if birds become a real problem on your property.
Consider buying a spray, but check local laws!
Federal law protects most birds from harm under two different acts passed by congress. However, pigeons do not apply under the Migratory Birds Act so the law is a little hazy. However, to avoid being on the wrong side of the law, it is not worth the risk to kill any bird. Instead, many shops sell non-lethal sprays that deter birds from surfaces but do not cause any lasting damage. These are popular but can damage local flora and fauna, so do some research before spraying.
Also, when it comes to animal welfare, state and local laws vary, so be sure to check with your local lawmakers or pest control experts on what you are allowed to do with your rogue birds.