Birds can be prevented from nesting on porches by scaring them away or by preventing access to common nesting locations on the porch. Plastic hawks, reflective bird diverters, reflective flash tape and sound deterrents are all good ways to scare birds away from a porch. Bird netting or copper scouring pads can be used to prevent access to small holes where birds build nests.
The presence of a predator on the porch scares birds away. This presence can be simulated by using a plastic hawk. Reflective bird diverters hung from strings have the same effect. The diverters resemble the eyes of predators and make the birds believe they're in danger. Reflective flash tape flapping in the breeze also tricks birds into leaving the porch alone. In addition to visual deterrents, sound can be effective in scaring off birds. Weatherproof speakers that mimic the sounds of birds in distress and their predators can be hung near the porch to warn birds away.
Birds love to build their nests in eaves and other small openings found around porches. Bird netting can be applied over these holes. If netting is impractical, copper scouring pads can be stuffed into the holes with the same effect.Learn More
There are a few methods one can use to keep birds off the patio, such as bird spikes, visual devices, sound deterrents, motion activated water sprayer and bird repellents. Visual devices are a simple way to deter birds from perching on patio furniture or lawn. Some visual devices can be an owl, a moving spider or a bird repelling balloon.Full Answer >
Polypropylene netting, tape, bright lights, a bat box and aluminum foil can be used to get rid of bats in homes and other roosting areas, such as porches and barns. The project of installing the netting and tin foil should take an afternoon and typically requires a hammer, nails and a ladder in addition to the netting and foil.Full Answer >
Homemade bird repellents include visual deterrents, physical barriers and sprays intended as taste aversions in the birds' food sources. Some birds may cause damage to homes if left unchecked.Full Answer >
Using a fake owl is an effective way to keep birds away from gardens, patios and windowsills. However, Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains that birds may gradually acclimate to a stationary or nonmoving visual stimulus, making it necessary to periodically change the location or appearance of the decoy owl.Full Answer >