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How to stop birds nesting in/on my roof

Stapleford Roofing · Roofing · April 24, 2019

Birds as pets can be very rewarding, they’re smart, low-maintenance, make for a fun conversation and are long-lived companions. However, wild birds can be the total opposite, pesky, destructive and noisy. If you’ve recently noticed lots of debris around the perimeter of your home and mass bird droppings, the chances are, you have birds nesting under the eaves or on your roof. To prevent birds from nesting or to get rid of a current pest problem, you can install eave closures, use reflective tape or replace missing tiles. To know how to apply these methods, read on.

 

Methods to get rid of birds

  • Eave closures
    Eaves are the perfect place for birds to roost, they’re sheltered from wind and rain and can quickly sculpt a nest between the face of the wall and the overhanging eaves. Hidden from predators, birds can produce young and thrive here, selecting their favourite delicacies from your garden or picking seeds from your neighbour’s fat balls. Eave closures will close this gap that house martins and other pests will use to their advantage.
  • Reflective tape
    Birds can be disoriented by reflective materials such as tin foil, CDs and reflective tape. Hanging foil strips or reflective tape around your garden or from trees close to your roof will irritate birds and the sound of them moving in the wind will deter them.

Regular roof maintenance

Maintaining your roof is important for a number of reasons, it helps to prevent leaks, pests, buildup of dirt and debris that can block your guttering and ensure maximum protection from all types of weathering. Regular roof maintenance will increase your roof’s lifespan, improve your home’s curb appeal and it can also help prevent damp and mould, saving you money in the long run.  

  • Replace missing tiles
    Missing tiles can not only attract birds and other pests but it can make your home victim to damp and mould. Rainwater will be allowed to seep through the underlayment and this material will degrade quickly, making for costly repairs.

  • Remove debris
    Clogged guttering will entice birds to use mud for building their nests in your eaves or between missing tiles. By frequently removing dirt and debris, birds will have less materials to work with when they’re ready to roost and will relocate to somewhere that’s better suited to their needs. 
  • Small gaps and cracks
    An imperfect roof will attract birds who are looking for warmth and a place to nest, so if you have a small gap or crack that leads into your attic, they will find a way in. At the first sign of a gap or crack it’s important to fill and repair the damage, this will keep your home running at maximum efficiency and free-from pests.

The impact of birds nesting in/on your roof

  • Bird faeces
    Like all living things, birds excrete too, and unfortunately, they can deposit their waste wherever they choose. If you have ever seen a car covered in bird poo, it’s likely it has been parked under a tree where there’s a bird’s nest. As you can imagine, if a bird chooses to nest under your eaves or roof, your property will be covered in their dirty droppings. What’s more, bird poo can be particularly damaging to roofing materials because their highly acidic nature, which weaken roofs and cause them to degrade.
  • Tile damage
    Birds nesting on your roof will cause further damage to any loose or cracked tiles, which can lead to the loss of more.  
  • Insects
    The natural construction materials birds find to make their nests are likely to contain insects, which can lead to a bug infestation inside your attic and internal damages.
  • Unhygienic waste
    House martins and sparrows often return to the same place year after year, building a fresh nest each time – which means you’ll end up with a row of old, unoccupied nests. The nests that have been left are likely to be filled with faeces, dead chicks or rotten eggs that failed to hatch. These can carry disease and emit unpleasant odours.

At the first sign of a damaged roof, call your local professionals who will be able to provide safe and reliable roofing repairs or replacements. Stapleford Roofing offer free quotations and all work is guaranteed. For more information or to book in our services, contact us today. We operate throughout Beeston, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Nottingham, Hucknall, Stapleford and the surrounding areas.

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