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The best gutter guards available today are effective at keeping debris such as leaves and branches out of your gutters, which helps prevent gutter clogs. However, there is one problem Mother Nature can still throw your way that gutter guards alone might not fully solve: birds.

Nesting birds are most common during spring. Unfortunately, your roof and gutters offer an attractive nesting ground for birds and other critters. At Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota, we’ve helped numerous homeowners address bird problems, and here are some of our best tips on how to do just that.

Clean Your Gutters

Birds use sticks, mud and other plant parts to build their nest. The bad news is that these materials are usually readily available inside unprotected gutters. Regularly cleaning your gutters is needed to minimize the “attractiveness” of your gutters as a place for bird nests.

Use Bird Decoys

An owl decoy positioned on a nearby tree or even hung around your gutters is a safe deterrent for birds. The drawback is that these animals are smart, and as soon as they figure out that the decoy will not attack them, they might begin to ignore it.

Purchase a Bird Repellent Spray

You can find bird repellent solutions at your local handyman shop. These are safe chemicals that you can spray around your gutters to discourage birds from nesting there. The biggest drawback to this is that the effects can wear off after awhile, so the solution must be reapplied regularly.

Install a Gutter Protection System

Talk to your local contractor about installing the best gutter guards for your home. The main function of gutter guards is to keep debris and other things from causing clogging problems, but they are also a good way to keep birds out of your gutters. Use gutter guards in combination with our other tips to further improve your gutter system.

This spring, keep the birds away from your gutters with the help of Gutter Helmet of Minnesota. Call us at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form and get a free quote today. We serve customers in Monticello, MN, and nearby areas.