Seasonal Considerations for Bird Removal

Dealing with nuisance birds requires different approaches depending on the time of year.


Dealing with nuisance birds requires different approaches depending on the time of year. To be most effective, your bird removal and prevention tactics should account for seasonal changes in bird behavior. From nesting season in spring to migration patterns in fall, a one-size-fits-all solution will not work. Adopting seasonal strategies ensures you remain in control of unwanted bird populations throughout the year.

In spring and summer, nest removal is crucial.

Many birds like ravens, sparrows and starlings build nests in early spring to raise young. Left undisturbed, they will reuse the same sites year after year. Once birds begin nesting, they become aggressively territorial. Humane nest removal while chicks are young involves safely relocating the eggs or nestlings. Spraying nesting deterrents before birds arrive can also help in spring.

During nesting season, exclusion methods work best.

Install netting, spikes and wire strips over problem areas like eaves, vents and ledges where birds try to build nests. Check exclusions regularly for damage or tears that allow birds to bypass barriers. Once the nesting cycle ends in late summer, exclusions can remain up year-round for ongoing prevention.

In fall, migration patterns bring new birds into areas that were problem-free all summer. Species like starlings migrate in large flocks seeking roosting sites for winter. Remove nests left behind by summer birds before migrants arrive. Install visual deterrents like predator decoys, lasers and flashing lights. Make loud, intermittent noises to interrupt migrants trying to land.

For winter roosting problems, sealing openings is key.

Find entry points where birds are getting inside buildings and cover or close them. Install sturdier exclusions on vulnerable areas that already have netting or wire strips in place. Check exclusions regularly for damage caused by accumulated snow, ice and winter conditions.

At the end, seasonal strategies help you stay one step ahead of nuisance birds. In spring and summer, focus on nest removal and exclusion methods. In fall, deploy visual and audio deterrents to disrupt migrating birds seeking roosting sites. For winter, concentrate on exclusion and sealing techniques to keep birds out of vulnerable areas. By adapting your removal and prevention tactics based on the time of year, you can achieve more consistent control over unwanted bird populations throughout the seasonal cycle.

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