It might be pleasant to get a brief visit from birds, but when some birds roost on your property, you might be looking at a problem. Bird roosting—or the act of settling in for an overnight stay or longer—means that there’s a chance the birds on your land aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And because it’s illegal to interfere with many birds’ roosting habits, you may need a better way to prevent bird roosting from happening in the first place. Here is a guide to common bird roosting deterrents for your property.
Understanding Bird Roosting
Why is roosting such a problem? When birds roost in your backyard, it means they think they’ve found some place safe. When they roost, they can cause all sorts of problems including damage to your buildings and property, noise issues, health risks and more.
Birds that roost also tend to nest—interfering with the local environment to “set up shop,” so to speak. This can cause a number of problems in both commercial and residential properties. For example, cell phone towers are a popular place for bird roosting—but these bad habits can lead to all sorts of damage that interferes with the functioning of the commercial property.
How to Prevent Birds from Roosting
Once you know the problem, you’re ready to identify a solution. When it comes to deterring birds from roosting, you need to find a safe and effective way to deter birds without harming them or breaking the law.
Here are a few common bird roosting deterrents:
- Natural noisemakers that use the wind can help keep birds away, but it can be important to remember that noisemakers also have to take neighbors and setting into account. For remote commercial properties, these can be effective.
- Netting or wire. Creating a physical barrier around the most sensitive areas is essential for some commercial locations. This can keep the birds physically out of the area and is a relatively low-maintenance solution.
- Visual deterrents. One of the most “secretive” ways to keep birds from roosting is to install a visual bird deterrent. However, visual deterrents without any other features can be somewhat unpredictable, as they rely on a bird spotting them. In some cases, bird scare tape can do the trick—however, this will require that you’re trying to prevent birds from landing somewhere where you don’t mind changing the landscape’s appearance.
Try The WhirlyBird Repeller
When researching how to prevent birds from roosting, it can often be most effective to use multiple tactics—audio deterrents, visual deterrents and others all at once. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to buy multiple products or spend a fortune to make it happen.
The WhirlyBird Repeller is one of the most versatile bird roosting deterrents on the market today, combining multiple scare tactics into a single device. It includes a combination of audio and visual deterrents to help ensure that birds don’t roost where you don’t want them:
- Predator Disguise. The WhirlyBird Repeller is shaped like a peregrine falcon, a natural predator of many nuisance birds.
- Wind-Powered Movement. The WhirlyBird Repeller spins and vibrates in the wind, creating a constant, randomized pattern that keeps the birds from calling your bluff.
- As the WhirlyBird spins, it creates a clacking sound that scares birds away.
- Light Show. The core of the WhirlyBird is covered with our reflective bird scare tape, which projects reflected sunlight in a haphazard manner and keeps the birds from getting used to the device.
Order the WhirlyBird Repeller to help protect your property from nuisance birds today.