Deterring Nesting Birds

April 20, 2011

Nesting RobinIf you have birds nesting where you don't want (for example, on your house), just place a fake rubber snake on the nesting spot. This will take care of it right away! No birds will be injured and it's very inexpensive!


By Michele from Ephrata, PA

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March 26, 2009

Do you have birds making nests on your porch or in your plants? Then get some old CDs you don't want, put a strong string through the hole and tie it and take the other end and tie it to your porch so it hangs down.

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July 29, 2014

I have found that if you put up a "Stick-Up" deodorant disk in the corners of your patio, birds will attempt to visit the corner but they will quickly fly away.

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June 18, 2019

I had a bunch of swallows trying to nest in a heat wave. I removed the mud during their construction, but it did not deter them from trying to build. I washed down the soffits and removed all trace of the mud they had put there, but they kept on trying to come back. The soffit is thirty feet from the ground so I taped an Old Spice stick deodorant to the end of my extension pole and applied a coat of deodorant to the window ledges and soffits.


In less than two minutes the swallows were gone. Not sure how long it will last, but it sure worked well. All for the price of a stick deodorant. The only downside is the smell of Old Spice on my deck now, but it is better than the mess the birds were creating.

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March 2, 2006

We have birds nesting in our attic. They are entering and exiting through the little vent holes near the roof. Does anyone know a humane way to get the birds to leave so that we can cover the holes?

Joe from WA


By Jill (Guest Post)
March 3, 20060 found this helpful
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If you can access the space; leave a light on and a radio for several days. If there are not eggs in the nest, remove the nest each time they build it. (If there are eggs, you have a dilemma. If you remove it with the eggs, they will lay more eggs once they rebuild elsewhere; but it is up to you whether or not you could do that.)


If you cannot access the space, I am not sure. You could try mothballs--the scent may repel them.

Several realistic rubber snakes nearby would be a real deterrent.

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July 11, 2017

Birds can easily build a nest in hanging planters and may become a nuisance. This is a page about discouraging birds from nesting in hanging planters.

A hanging planter with red flowers.

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May 31, 2017

If you have a lot of robins nesting in your yard or house, they may become a nuisance. This is a page about getting rid of robins.

Robin with Worm

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June 15, 2016

This page is about keeping birds from nesting in a BBQ. When its time to grill you don't want birds living in your barbecue.

Black Charcoal Grill with lid closed on a white background

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September 11, 2014

This is a page about keeping birds away. Finding the best way to deter birds from visiting and nesting at your home, patio or garden can be a challenge.


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