Birds can be a nuisance when they roost in unwanted areas like homes, garages and barns. While some people tolerate household bird visitors, others wish to remove birds human from their property. The kinder option involves patiently discouraging birds from nesting through adjustments and deterrents. Except in emergency situations, lethal measures should be avoided.
Block Entry Points
Initially, identify how birds are accessing problem areas. Closing or sealing obvious entry holes in roofs, eaves, windows and vents prevents birds from nesting indoors. Create tight fits around pipes, wires and gaps using caulk, netting or wire mesh. Then birds will instead seek alternative roosting sites.
Add visual and auditory deterrents that disturb birds without harming them. Items like aluminum foil,CDs and flags hung in entry areas reflect light and flutter in wind. Install sonic repellers that emit high frequency sounds irritating to birds but inaudible to humans. Move or rotate deterrents regularly so birds do not adapt.
Exclude Nesting Materials
Prevent new nest building by prohibiting birds from accessing nesting supplies. Secure trash cans with lids. Store pet food indoors. Remove debris, leaves and old nests from problem areas. Remaining birds will seek nest locations with greater material availability.
Remove any food sources or water that is attracting birds to the area. Secure trash bins, pet food bowls, and bird feeders. Store barbecue grills and gardening tools when not in use.
Eliminate Nesting Sites
Remove any possible nesting sites within the structure. Clear out any nests that already exist. Keep overhanging ledges, eaves, and nooks free of debris that birds could use for nest material. Trim overgrown trees and plants away from buildings.
Install physical barriers to prevent birds from landing or perching on unwanted areas. These can include metal or plastic spikes, netting, or overhead wires.
Relocate Nesting Birds Humanely
As a last resort, consider relocating any nesting birds during the non-breeding season. Work with a wildlife professional to properly and humanely trap and relocate the birds to an alternative habitat.
In summary, humanely removing birds starts by thoughtfully adjusting your property to discourage their presence. Focus efforts on blocking access, adding natural deterrents and excluding necessary nesting resources. With persistence over time, most birds will relocate to alternative roosts while avoiding injury or distress. Only as a last resort should lethal removal methods like trapping or poisoning be considered. Prioritize compassion when living alongside wildlife on your property.