Keep Birds from Doing Damage to Your Gutters
Watching birds about their business in your backyard can be fun and relaxing. Unfortunately, birds don’t just visit your home to provide entertainment. They can also build nests under your roof or in your gutters that can lead to serious damage. Preventing birds from getting into your gutters is essential to keeping your home’s exterior in good shape.
Are Birds Building Nests in Your Gutters?
Your gutters provide your home with protection from storm damage by diverting water away from the structure. For some birds, though, gutters aren’t a damage-guarding home system. Instead, these birds view your gutters as a great place to take up residence. Among the birds who most prefer to nest in gutters are Finches, Starlings and House Sparrows.
Bird nests might be pretty, but they can cause serious blockages in your gutters. If your gutters become littered with nest debris, they may not be able to divert water during a storm. This can lead to damage to your home. Your gutters may also break under the pressure of blockage.
Remember that you cannot trap or kill many species of birds in the U.S. If you need to remove a nest that is currently obstructing your gutters, consult with Virginia law to determine if you could be fined for removing the nest. Of course, your best option is to discourage birds from building a nest in the first place.
How to Keep Birds Out of Your Gutters
The best way to keep birds out of your gutters is to make it impossible for them to enter gutters in the first place. Many homeowners choose the LeafGuard gutter system. These special gutters are a one-piece solution that prevents birds, leaves and pine needles from entering your gutters. By preventing clogs, these gutters ramp up your home’s storm resistance and protect its exterior.
The LeafGuard gutter system also helps distribute rainfall evenly, reducing the total load on the gutters. This means that breaks in the gutter due to heavy rainfall are extremely rare. Of course, many homeowners also love these gutters because they don’t have to clean them out.
Hanging birdhouses designed to attract the species that are frequenting your yard can also help reduce the risk that birds will build nests under your roof or in your home. Correctly identifying the species trying to invade your space is important. Doing so will help you develop the best nest-resistance strategies while allowing you to find the right type of birdhouse for your feathered visitors.
Are you tired of clearing bird nests and clutter from your gutters? Make an appointment with us at Starling Guttering to get a start on controlling your bird problems.