Birds are usually considered a beneficial addition to a property. They're attractive, make pleasant sounds, and don't normally cause any damage. When birds get into areas they're not supposed to, though, they become a much bigger problem. Birds in the garage leave droppings, steal nesting material, and can become trapped and die. Fortunately, a few simple steps can help you humanely repel birds from your shed or garage.
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Things you need
- Bird netting
- Polycarbonate or metal bird spikes
- Humane bird traps
- Sprayable bird repellent
Prevent birds from entering the garage at all if possible. If you already have nesting birds, keep new ones from getting in. Block all entrances using bird netting, a fine plastic net that keeps birds out without harming them. Be sure to buy a mesh size that is significantly smaller than the smallest pest bird in your garage. Many birds can squeeze through very narrow openings. Use netting to cover all cracks, vents and other openings, and keep windows and doors closed.
Install bird spikes on flat surfaces that might be used for nesting and roosting. These spikes may sound intimidating, but they're simply metal wires or plastic spikes that get in the way when birds try to land. Shelves, ledges near the ceiling and storage boxes are all tempting locations for pest birds. These spikes are not attractive, but they prevent birds from landing and discourage nest building. Choose appropriately sized spikes for the birds you wish to repel, since spikes made to discourage large birds, such as pigeons, will not work against sparrows and other smaller animals. You can purchase these devices at pest control retailers and many hardware stores.
Whenever you see a bird in or around your garage, take the time to frighten it off. Waving your arms and making a loud noise is usually enough to teach roosting birds that your garage is not a good place to land. This will discourage new birds from making your garage their home, and may help you rid yourself of roosting birds that have not built nests yet.
Set live traps to catch any birds you can't scare away, or hire a pest control professional to remove nesting birds. Be aware that you may need to wait until nesting season is over, since it may be illegal to disturb the nests. Do not use traps that could kill the birds, such as glue traps meant for rats. Live traps may be baited with any food appropriate to bird species you want to catch. Commercial bird seed is appropriate for many pest species.
Spray commercial bird repellent in all areas where nesting might occur once the infestation is gone. These repellents discourage birds from returning to the area–a must, since most species reuse nest sites year after year. Destroy empty nests, and keep the area clean of nesting material to discourage building.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid feeding birds elsewhere on the property to discourage nesting in your garage.
- Never destroy a nest while eggs or baby birds are inside.
- Killing many birds is illegal, according to the Migratory Bird Act.
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