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Nesting Birds

Waking up to bird songs and watching the birds in the garden always bring me pleasure but there are a few things to watch out for.

Every year I get one or two bird families that nest in my bougainvillea pots. The pots are close to the house and the foliage can easily hide the eggs and baby birds from predators and extreme temperatures. I enjoy seeing the babies hatch and develop but nesting birds can sometimes physically damage a property, particularly a roof or home’s exterior. Here's why:

  • Bird droppings can corrode metal and concrete

  • Debris and feathers from nests can clog drains and gutters. That can also lead to problems with a roof, basement, and even foundation.

  • Birds that enter an attic can also damage the insulation

  • Birds can also clog dryer vents. If they nest in a dryer vent, they can restrict the airflow and that can lead to lint buildup and increase the risk of a fire.

What can you do?

  • Bird spikes on house gutters and light fixtures may help

  • Mylar tape and even lights at night

Before disturbing a nest, contact bird management professionals to check on next laws. It can be illegal to disrupt nests during nesting season or any harm to the birds.

Source: Roosting Risks: The Unexpected Dangers of Bird Nests Near Your Home,” (June 4, 2019)

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