How to Get Rid of Birds in Your Trees

Updated February 21, 2017

When birds choose trees on your property as their roosting spot, you must be prepared for the noise and waste that results from their presence. Sometimes, birds can become quite a nuisance prompting you to seek a solution to rid your trees of them. Deterring the feathered creatures, instead of harming them, is likely the best solution, as there are many birds that are protected by local, state and federal laws.

Remove all bird feeders or birdbaths in order to keep from encouraging birds to visit your property. The more hospitable you make the area, the more likely the birds will choose to roost in your trees.

Prune the branches of the affected trees with pruning shears or a hacksaw to thin out roosting areas. A little trimming may have a substantial effect.

Cover your trees with nylon or plastic netting material to keep birds from landing in the branches. If you have fruit trees, netting will also prevent them from eating the fruit.

Play a recording of bird distress calls within hearing distance of the roosting area, beginning 1 1/2 hours before dark until dark, for five to seven evenings in a row. The distress calls signal to the birds that a predator has caught one of their own. It will disturb them and should eventually discourage them from roosting in the tree.

Make a hole in the side of an aluminium pie plate with a knife and insert a piece of string through the hole. Use a long enough piece of string so that you can tie the plate onto a tree branch. The shiny appearance and movement in the wind may make the birds nervous and unwilling to roost. The more plates you hang, the more effective it may be to deter the birds.


Hang noisy wind-chimes from a branch of a tree to deter birds. If you choose to hang things from the branches of the trees, move them around from day to day. If you leave the objects in the same place, the birds will become accustomed to their presence and fail to be nervous or unsure.


Do not use poisons or any other type of chemicals that may harm the birds. Not only is this inhumane, the birds may die in an undesirable area.

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon or plastic netting
  • Pruning shears or hacksaw
  • Recording of bird distress calls
  • Audio equipment with speakers
  • Aluminium pie plates
  • Knife
  • String
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.