Posted on: 27 July 2017
Birds are a common animal in almost every yard and garden, but they can quickly turn from a pleasant background chorus to a pest if they take up residence on or in your roof. Bird droppings can carry diseases with them, and the construction of nests on your roofing shingles or tiles can increase the risk of leaks developing. Further, nests that are placed on or within your chimney can quickly become a serious fire hazard. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to keep birds away from your roof to ensure that it stays in the best condition possible.
Hang Reflective and Loud Garden Ornaments
Birds are extremely repelled and disoriented by bright lights and loud noises, so in order to make your roof a no fly zone, you should hang ornaments along your eaves. Wind chimes, decorations, and other garden decorations that are commonly available at most hardware and garden supply stores all make good bird deterrents. Further, these stores will also sell bird alarms, which make a sudden loud sound on a motion-activated basis, and can be installed all along your roof line to keep birds (as well as other pests, like raccoons and squirrels) out.
Install Plastic Predators
In a similar vein to the above point, you can purchase plastic figurines that resemble owls, eagles, and other birds of prey and install them on a high up area on or near your roof. Make sure that you have someone watching you at all times when you're working on your roof. The shape of these ornaments is enough to discourage birds from getting too close, and will stop them from building any nests nearby as well.
However, while the above points can keep birds away, they won't necessarily get rid of birds that have already built a nest in the area. The best way to get rid of resident birds on your roof is to make a mixture of crushed chili peppers and water, and then spray it all over your roof and other raised areas. The strong smell of chili peppers, coupled with the heat of the particles that will linger for a couple of days, is extremely unpleasant to birds and other animals, and will force them away. You can spray down nests, common roosting areas, and anywhere else that you've seen a large and consistent population of birds to maintain the condition of your roof.
If you're still worried about the safety of your roof, think about getting professional roofing services!Share