Every spring, residential homes around Australia become the perfect breeding ground for birds. Around 830 unique species reside throughout the country, many of whom love roosting in the family home.
While most birds arenâ€™t considered parasites, they can create all sorts of issues when allowed to nest on your roof. Clogged gutters can lead to drainage problems and fire hazards, while bird droppings are challenging and unpleasant to clean.
But with some cost-effective preventative methods, itâ€™s possible to deter birds from nesting on your property. Read on for six ways to safely and humanely remove birds.
Install Stainless Steel Spikes
At the beginning of each breeding season, birds will start scouting suitable locations to build a nest and rear their young. The numerous nooks and crannies within the average Australian home provide better protection from the elements than trees, a birdâ€™s traditional breeding ground.
The most effective way to safeguard your premises from these unwanted pests is to install a series of anti-bird spikes. Identify any likely nesting areas â€“ think ledges, gutters, window sills, beams, and pipes â€“ then put in the appropriate type of bird deterrent spikes.
Itâ€™s worth noting that bird spikes donâ€™t actually harm the birds. As the tips are blunt, birds will simply find somewhere else to roost â€“ usually a nearby tree.
Our stainless steel bird spikes come in a wide array of shapes and sizes to protect any exposed area of your home.
Install Stainless Steel Gutter Spikes
Gutter spikes work in much the same way as other anti-bird spikes, but with one key difference: theyâ€™re specially designed to fit seamlessly into your gutters.
Of all the spots a bird could roost in your home, gutters can be the most problematic. A birdâ€™s compact little nest has a nasty habit of clogging up drainpipes, causing water to pool in your gutters and degrading them over time. Excessive nesting material also increases the risk to fire damage â€“ posing a high danger risk during Australiaâ€™s summer bushfire season.
Gutter spikes clip into the lip of the gutter spout, with one blunt tip protruding upwards and another on an angle to block pest birds. The simple yet effective design also deters rodents from scurrying around inside, further safeguarding your home.
We offer two distinct types of anti-bird gutter spikes to protect your home.
Protect Your Solar Panels with Mesh
The space between your solar panel and roof provides the perfect sheltering place for birds (not to mention rodents). Hidden from the sun and potential predators, this unsecured gap, between 10 to 15 centimetres is a brilliant spot to roost. Whatâ€™s more, as the space is so confined, youâ€™ll find it challenging to clear out debris, nests, and droppings from the narrow gap.
Thankfully, the solution is simple: specially designed solar panel bird proofing mesh.
Our MZ30 solar panel mesh kits creates an effective bird-proof barrier to keep the pests at bay. Made from stainless steel and covered in a weather-resistant PVC protective coating, itâ€™s capable of withstanding the harsh Aussie climate. Nylon fasteners affixes the mesh easily without drilling any holes or damaging the panel; thus, you wonâ€™t void the panel warranty.
Block Off Areas With Netting
If you have a large area to cordon off, bird netting provides a complete solution without any possibility of birds entering the area.
Our knotted High-Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) netting comes in various shapes and sizes to suit different sections of the home â€“ you can use it to block off attics, patios, eaves, garden beds, and more.
We offer two distinct knot sizes, either 19 x 19mm or 60 x 60mm. The finer option provides better protection from smaller birds, while the 60mm is suitable for industrial rooftop protection against seagulls. Black netting is more discreet as it absorbs light â€“ thus reflecting less light and thus less visible to the eye.
Bird netting is quick and easy to install; the ideal solution for protecting a large open-air area.
Consider Ultrasonic Sound
Birds have a keen sense of hearing; thus, theyâ€™re especially susceptible to ultrasonic sound. An anti-bird audio alarm mimics a distress call or predatory squawk, which persuades nearby birds to keep a safe distance.
Although these devices are audible to humans, they can be programmed to switch on every hour or so â€“ just enough to stop birds building a nest â€“ and turn off at night. In any case, the deterrent sounds just like a regular bird call, so most people donâ€™t find it a nuisance.
With these six tried-and-tested anti-bird solutions, youâ€™ll build an effective barrier to prevent birds from roosting in your home. Contact the friendly team at VEXO today to discuss the perfect pest solution for you.