Nature can be a wonderful thing, but when birds start building nests around your home, that's when I have to draw the line. Nests can lead to unwanted mess and even damage. Whether it's droppings on your patio, debris clogging your gutters, or the constant chirping, finding ways to prevent birds from nesting around your home can become a top priority quickly.

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There is good news. Family Handyman has several simple and humane ways that will deter those feathered friends from making your home their home. If you've been searching for a safe and effective way to keep birds from nesting in and around your house, check out the options below.


Photo: Canva
Photo: Canva

Prune Shrubs and Trees

If you have a bunch of shrubs and trees on your property, make sure they are pruned back. The less coverage you have available, the less likely it will be used for nesting.

Don't Feed Them

The thing with birds is that they'll go where the food is. Having a never-ending bird buffet is only inviting these unwanted guests.

Put Out Some Spikes

Roosting spikes are a good way to deter birds especially if you have a problem with pigeons. No harm will come to the birds. It just makes it impossible for them to land on your property.

Photo: Canva
Photo: Canva

Use Certain Odors

There are scents that humans don't mind and birds can't stand, namely peppermint and lemon. Use these oils to make a repellent and spray frequently.

Try Using Shiny Objects

I was surprised by how well this one works. Try hanging strips of aluminum foil or some old CDs. Birds don't like bright shiny moving objects.

By working these five simple steps, you can prevent birds from nesting around your home. Start by removing tree branches close to your house, and utilize things like scarecrows or reflective objects to discourage birds from settling in around you. You can even enhance your landscape with bird-repellent plants. Be sure to keep your yard clean and free of birdseed.

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