What to Do About a Bird Nest in Your Gutter

Alpine Gutters & Downspouts in Denver is a company that deals with all aspects of gutter systems. So if you’re wondering what to do about a bird nest in your gutter, you have come to the right place for informative advice on what you can do to keep yourself, the gutter system, and even the birds happy.

All sorts of birds such as starlings, doves, finches, thrushes and just about any small to medium sized bird will choose a gutter for their happy home, for obvious reasons, as it is well-protected from prey and the elements. But for you, a bird nest in your gutter can spell disaster. Here are some of the reasons why you want to remove a nest from your gutter system:

  1. Noise – Nesting birds can be boisterous neighbors, bringing in food for their young, chirping, scratching and more. The sound is intensified inside of the gutter and travels down the entire length, so depending on how well insulated your home is, this could be very annoying.
  2. Clogging – Eventually, your gutters will stop working efficiently because of a clog from the materials the bird makes its nest with, twigs, straw, leaves, even dirt and hair. Coincidentally, they love to build their home right where the downspout meets the gutter which can cause overflow issues and lead to water pooling in areas you do not want, such as basements, landscaping, and walkways. Birds can also get trapped in the downspout.

So how do you remove a nesting bird from your gutter?

Unfortunately, you will need to wait until the parent has left the nest to remove the nest carefully. Hopefully, she does not have any eggs or young when you attempt this. If she does, you will need to wait until the nest is not active and the birds have flown the coop. Be sure to wear protective gloves as well as a mask and then you will need to completely clean the gutters of parasites and debris and reinforce the gutters with protective systems to prevent further nesting issues.

Have your gutters professionally cleaned at least twice a year to maintain them properly and use measures such as gutter guards to prevent rodents and birds from finding a home in your gutter system. Some people use decoys, spinning pinwheels, bird slopes, perch spikes, mesh, sonic deterrents and more, but checking your gutters often and proper maintenance is your best defense.

Gutter guards are a great option and should be seriously considered when investing in protecting your gutters from birds. They cover your gutter and act as a filter to prevent leaves and other debris from getting inside. They also make your gutters flat at the top, which makes it hard to build a stable nest on a flat surface.

Now that you know what to do about a bird nest in your gutter, you are ahead of the game when it comes to protecting your home from unnecessary damage that birds and pests may cause. Give Alpine Gutters & Downspouts a call today to ensure your gutters and downspouts are doing their job. We have the tools and knowledge to keep your home protected from rain, rodents and nesting birds in your gutters. Call us today for a free quote.

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