Never Feed the BirdsMany people put out feeders to attract birds to their gardens. Unfortunately, birds remember this and will check out your property in hopes of a snack. Even if you stop filling the feeder, it'll take a while for flocks to learn there's nothing to find in your yard. While feeding the birds is a nice thought, it makes them less afraid of humans and more comfortable poking around where they shouldn't. A location with a steady supply of feed is ideal for nesting birds, so they're bound to start hunting around your house for a nice place to settle down.
Install Humane Bird ExclusionsRooftops and gutters are natural resting spots for birds, but if they find a hole in your eaves, they'll take full advantage of the sheltering space. To deter birds from roosting where they shouldn't, you can install bird exclusions. These cost-effective products aren't dangerous — they just make it inconvenient for birds to sit in certain places. For example, installing chicken wire over your gutters allows the system to collect rainwater but prevents birds from gathering there.
Keep Trash SecureBirds and other animals love to get into trash cans — they're an all-you-can-eat critter buffet. If you want to prevent birds from eating your garbage, you should secure your bins against all wildlife, as many birds will gladly gather once a raccoon or other clever animal has pried off the lid. One of the best ways to thwart dumpster diving is securing the trash bin lid with the following:
- Bungee cords