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If 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
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 (long) end and tie it to your porch so it hangs down. It will twirl and reflect light. The birds are scared of it and will not come back. I have them all over the front porch, no more birds! This method works in the garden as well, just hang them in a tree or post where the birds come around.
By Marian Poke from Danville, VA
We know that most birds are very sensitive to smell and odors, remember the old "canary in the coal mines" story? 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. I replace them once each spring. Works especially well with nesting barn swallows!
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.
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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
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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