Birds on the Roof: Deterring Feathered Fiends
Birds are fascinating creatures, covered in elaborately colored feathers, flying around or gliding through the water, most can agree they're a joy to watch. It is commonly assumed that they enjoy building their nests in trees or nearby grassy areas...that is, until they decide to make your roof their home.
If you've ever had an experience with deterring birds away from your roof, then you know the aggravation that can come along with it. There are many birds that are protected bylaws and cannot be simply removed from their current location, and some species come back yearly to the nest in the same location. For example, some birds, including seagulls, have nest fidelity, which means once they successfully raise a brood in one spot, they will return to it year after year, creating a long-term problem for you. But fret not, while it's not always easy to find the right solution to deter birds, there are many humane options out there to aide in dealing with deterring our lovely feathered friends.
Do your Homework
Under the Migratory Bird Act, some species of birds, their nests and eggs are illegal to remove without being licensed to do so. There is a Canadian equivalent of this law called The Migratory Birds Convention Act. Before you make a rash decision to sweep away nests, be sure to do some research and find out what kind of bird you're dealing with. Protected birds, (both Canadian and American) are listed in Species Registries. By doing a bit of homework into what bird you've got nesting, you'llÂ avoid breaking laws and may even find the best way to deter the bird you're dealing with. If you have multiple birds nesting, we do not suggest attempting to remove the birds or their nests by yourself. Be sure to call in a wildlife professional and let them do the dirty work.
Take Preventative Measures
The best way to deal with anything is with preventative action. If you can prevent birds from nesting on the roof, you can avoid the whole issue in the first place. The best time to begin your bird-deterring efforts is before or right at their nesting season. All birds are different of coarse, the type of bird and their nesting period really depends both on your area and the species, but the most common time for them to nest is in Spring, once the weather begins to warm up. Non-migrating birds will seek shelter during cold weather, and your roof is going to look like a pretty safe place to hide out, so we suggest being vigilant on your mission and double down in your deterring efforts in the fall also. The best way to make your roof less alluring to our feathered friends is through proper roof maintenance. Ponding water can act as a watering hole or birdbath, gaps or holes in your roof will make for a cozy nesting spot, eradicate insect infestations - insects are food. Proper roof inspections can help you deter those birds!
Humane Deterring Options
There are many types of bird-proofing or deterring mechanisms. Many vary in their effectiveness; but one thing remains true for almost all of them: eventually, the birds get used to them. For long-term success, you may need to combine or alternate bird deterrents such as decoy predators, mesh wiring and even some electrical options exist. Studies showed that decoys with reflective eyes were more successful at deterring birds than the alternative. Birds are instinctively afraid of predators, so it doesn't have to be a predator that is native to the area you live in.
Predatory bird handlers will bring their bird(s) to your home and for a time allow them to perch on top of the roof, or simply fly around your home, to naturally deter the birds. Realistic kites exist that you can attach to your roof to simulate predators, there are even speakers you can attach that will make predatory noises. The list of predator deterrents is long. There are roof bird spikes that can be attached to your roof to make your roof less comfortable for them to nest and perch on, not harming the bird at all. Electrical deterrents exist on the market as well, but depending on how difficult the bird is to deter, we would only suggest this as a last ditch option. They work by sending a small electrical current that shocks the bird as it lands on the roof. While it doesn't permanently harm the bird, it's a more severe way to deter them and we suggest trying one of the non electric options first.
Dealing with The Damage
Once you've successfully deterred your bird(s), be sure to have your roof inspected thoroughly for damage and make the necessary repairs promptly. Birds can wreak havoc on your roofing system in a very short amount of time, don't let their presence cost you internal damage costs as well!
Who would guess that the little fluttering birds landing on your roof could cause such a headache! If you've recently had a battle with birds and you're concerned with the integrity of your roof, give us a call today. We offer full roof inspections to locate damage or we can provide you with a FREE Estimate of the cost to repair the damage, either way, we've got you covered. Call us at (650) 583-5998 or request a quote above.