Whether you live in a high-rise with a balcony, or a suburban home with a patio and a porch, you may have bird problems. Perching and nesting birds may leave a mess that is unappealing and unsanitary.
Safe and effective bird repellers for the home include sonic and ultrasonic bird repellers, bird netting, bird spikes and visual scares. With each, the goal is to deter the birds from gathering or nesting in the areas that you want to be free of bird messes. This post focuses primarily on using ultrasonic bird repellers effectively.
Note: Birds are a joy to watch and to listen to. They also do a great job of eating bugs to keep your backyard from being overrun, especially during the spring and summer months when you spend more time outdoors. So we strongly recommend that you specifically target areas that you frequently use and not just blanket your entire yard with sonic or ultrasonic bird repellers. Also, it is best to install these types of bird repellers before or after nesting season to avoid affecting existing nestlings. Once installed, new nests should not be a problem.
As we’ve mentioned, balconies, porches and patios are a prime area to target when using ultrasonic repellers. Ultrasonic repellers use frequencies that humans can’t hear but that do annoy birds while sonic repellers use predator or distress sounds that scare birds away.
Plan the placement of the unit to cover the desired area, taking into account the effective coverage area rating of the unit. Most units are small, can be mounted easily and are motion sensitive so that they only emit sound when there is movement in the area. For large areas, you many want multiple units or a larger unit (we’ll cover units appropriate for business locations in another article.)
Most ultrasonic bird repellers have settings for continuous 24/7 operation or for day or night only. Units meant for outdoors should be waterproof or provide covers for rainy times. Many models feature both AC and battery operation so that you can have the maximum flexibility in where you place the unit.
Look also for variable frequency units that will work on many different varieties of birds, such as pigeons versus seagulls versus sparrows, etc. This ensures that you will get the most effective and beneficial solution to your bird problem.
For other methods of keeping birds away from critical areas of your home, look for additional posts on solutions for your bird problems at home.