Birds are some of the most beautiful creatures to view and enjoy, until they start invading your home and loft. Lofts are open and airy and attract birds that are ready to nest. According to AgNIC Wildlife Damage Management, birds cause millions of dollars of damage every year to homes and businesses. Not only do birds wreak havoc on homes, but they also impact human health with their droppings and nesting materials. Removing birds from your loft cautiously and humanely is essential if you want to keep your home and family as healthy as possible.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Steel mesh wire
- Live trap
- Bird spikes
Seal all entryways with steel mesh wire or caulk. Birds enter lofts through open windows, doors and even through small holes or cracks in the roof; therefore, seal all hidden openings and small holes on your roof.
Set out live traps. Place the live trap as close as possible to the birds' nesting area or in locations where you've noticed recent bird droppings in the loft. Put birdseed into the live trap as bait to attract the bird. Take the captured bird outside and cautiously release it back into the wild. Live traps can be purchased at hardware stores.
Place bird repellents, like bird spikes, onto your home. Bird spikes are used to deter birds from landing or roosting on your home. Place the bird spikes on the roof ledges closest to your loft to keep birds at bay. Bird spikes are harmless and can be purchased at pet shops.
Tips and warnings
- Never leave your doors and windows wide open without having a proper screen in place.
- Clean all bird spikes on a regular basis to ensure they don't become clogged with leaves and debris.
- Birds are wild animals and should always be released with care.
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