How to prevent birds in gutters

Updated February 21, 2017

Gutters divert rainwater from pouring off of the eaves of your home and prevent a soggy mess around the perimeter of your house. Unfortunately, gutters are also a cosy place for birds to nest. Rather than periodically climbing a ladder and destroying a nest, you can prevent birds from nesting in your gutters in the first place by installing gutter guards on your rain gutters.

Measure your existing gutters to determine how many feet of gutter guard you require.

Purchase gutter guard from a local home improvement store, hardware store or on the Internet. Purchase an few extra sections to keep on hand for replacement purposes. Most hinged gutter guard is sold in 3-foot lengths and is made of plain or painted galvanised steel.

Clean your gutters and downspouts thoroughly to remove any debris before you install the gutter guard. A gutter cleaning wand that attaches to you garden hose is an excellent tool to simplify this job.

Attach two hinged clips per length of gutter guard onto the front lip of your gutters, spaced evenly apart. These clips simply snap on and require no tools. Hinged gutter guards should come with enough clips to complete the job.

Position the guard in front of the clips with the curved side facing down. Pop the gutter guard onto the tabs of the clips securely. Fold the gutter guard up and over so it covers your gutters. The curve of the guard now forms a bow over the gutter.

Continue installing gutter guard in the same fashion until all gutters are covered. Do not overlap the gutter screen, but allow the edges to meet evenly.


Check your gutter guard once or twice a year to clear away any leaves or debris that have accumulated on top of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Ladder
  • Hinged gutter guard
  • Hinged clips
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Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.