Call SWAT – Your Bird Nesting Deterrent Team
Springtime is finally here in Georgia! We’re not the only one’s who warmly welcome this time of year, animals love it too. Spring is nesting season for birds, squirrels, and other little critters who want to nest in your home. In Georgia it is not uncommon to find birds nesting in gutters but that’s not the only place they like to nest. At SWAT Services we handle all kinds of wildlife control problems and we have seen just about every scenario that you can think of. Let’s take a look at problems and solutions for common bird nesting complications that occur in Georgia.
In case you already have birds nesting in your gutters but haven’t come across real problems yet, here is why you should consider using a bird nesting deterrent:
Nests Can Cause Gutter Overflow and Flooding
Bird nesting materials can eventually clog your gutter and cause it to overflow. This can be especially harmful because bird-nesting season arrives at the same time as the rainy season in Georgia. As you may know, bird nests are made of twigs, leaves, grass clippings and feathers—the kind of stuff you want to keep out of the gutters. While a single bird nest won’t necessarily clog the entire gutter, keep in mind that the gutter empties into a downspout. Coincidentally, the edge of the gutter where it connects to the downspout is where birds often choose to nest, because the overhanging roof often protects this area. If the entrance to the downspout is clogged, the gutter has nowhere to drain. Overflowing gutters can ruin your landscaping and even cause your basement to flood.
Birds Get Stuck in Downspouts
If an adult bird or a young hatching falls into a downspout, they may be unable to get out. There isn’t enough roof for them to fly and crawling is not an option on smooth metal. The downspout exit may be too narrow for the bird to fit through, or it may be connected to your drain, which means a bird can’t exit through it. Either way, any sort of blockage in the downspout will cause it to back up, not too mention it is unsafe for the animals.
How to Stop Birds From Nesting in Gutters
When it comes to birds, a little bit of prevention goes a long way. Many birds tend to return every year to the same nesting spot, which means if they nested in your gutters once, they will try to do it again – Unless you make your gutters unsafe, unsuitable or inhospitable environment for laying eggs. How do you do that? Here are a few solutions:
Gutter guards are sold under many different brands, but they all work the same way. They cover your gutter and act as a filter to prevent leaves and other debris from getting inside. As a bonus, they make your gutters flat at the top, and it’s difficult to build a stable nest on a flat surface. If a bird does manage to do this, at least debris will stay on top of the gutter and won’t clog it.
Decoys like plastic owls, snakes and similar creatures that scare birds may be enough to keep your gutters bird-free. There are even more complicated motion sensor decoys that activate only when the birds are near and frighten them with a sudden noise or movement.
We have been safely and professionally removing wildlife in Marietta and Metro Atlanta area since 1984 – If you have nesting issues from birds or any type of wildlife give us a call and we will provide thorough wildlife removal service.
If You Think You Have Nesting Birds, Call SWAT
If you think nesting birds are a problem for your home, or you want to take preventative measures to keep them away, don’t hesitate to give us a call! This month we are running a $50-off Special on termite treatments!
Call SWAT – (770) 565-7928
SWAT Services is based in Marietta. We are your bird nesting deterrent team for Kennesaw, Acworth, Roswell and metro Atlanta.