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Did you know that bird nests in the gutters are one of the leading causes of clogged gutters? In this article, the best gutter protection experts at Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville share essential tips on discouraging birds from nesting in your gutters. 

How to Prevent Birds From Nesting in Your Gutters

Follow these simple tips to keep birds and their nests out of your gutters:

  • Install gutter guards made of wire mesh or surface-tension material on your existing gutters.
  • Use steel wool to close off any holes in your gutters, eaves or other areas where birds might build their nests. To ensure the area is completely sealed off, reinforce the steel wool by covering it with metal or wood.
  • Replace old gutters with a new guttering system that is more efficient at warding off birds and debris.
  • Install birdhouses or place bird feeders on your residence to provide birds with safe places to build their nests and take shelter during colder months.
  • Trim trees away from your home so leaves, sticks and pines have less chance of finding their way into your gutters.

How to Get Rid of Birds Nesting in Your Gutters

If you find a bird’s nest in your gutters anytime from spring to early fall, do not attempt to remove it on your own. There may be baby birds or eggs inside, and there may be federal laws protecting them from being disturbed or killed. The best thing to do is call a local pest control company or wildlife removal service to handle the situation safely.

If, on the other hand, you find birds nesting in your gutters during late fall or wintertime, you are legally allowed to remove them yourself. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask to shield yourself from the diseases that many birds may carry. Once you have removed the nests, take proper steps to discourage birds from nesting in your gutters again.

Gutter Helmet of Cookeville specializes in the installation of the best gutter protection systems. Get a free, no-obligation quote by calling (866) 985-9982 or filling out our online form. We work with the residents of Cookeville and surrounding cities in Tennessee.

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