How to stop birds getting under roof tiles

Birds nesting under roof tiles can be a massive pain for many homeowners as they find their porches, paths, gardens and conservatories are often covered in bird excrement. Other issues can arise too including tiles becoming dislodged and damage being done to the roofline. If birds are already an issue for you, you can learn how to safely clean roof tiles here.

Use an eaves guard or eaves protector

Eaves guards, also known as eaves protectors, cover the small gaps that exist between the overhang of the roof and the exterior walls of the property. Bats, birds and other animals may choose to nest in this location since it’s shelter and it’s probably warm. Installing an eaves guard stops birds from accessing this commonly available space.

eaves protector

Replace missing tiles immediately

A missing tile is just an invitation to bats and birds to a warm nesting space. In winter especially, bats and birds will seek out this warm roof spaces and hunker down. If protected species breed or nest in your roof you could have a lot of issues trying to remove them. Bat nesting spaces must be protected under UK law so you’ll have to move them somewhere close, and it could even go as far as you needing to install a bat vent in your roof.

Use a visual deterrent

Use an inexpensive visual deterrent like a decoy falcon or decoy owl to scare birds away from the property. They may seem silly to humans, and look silly too, but birds and other animals won’t chance coming near these birds of prey no matter if they are moving or not. The only downside to this method is that obviously you don’t want a plastic falcon on your roof! Try this technique on outhouses, sheds and agricultural buildings.

Use an audio deterrent

More suited to domestic properties where aesthetics are important, small devices that emit a high pitch noise can be more agreeable in a domestic setting. These devices can be bought in a range of sizes and capabilities, at different price points, for domestic to agricultural and commercial use, These audio deterrents typically all work in a similar way, with some being more disruptive than others. Fairly low-cost products like this balcony guard ultrasonic bird deterrent are discrete but very effective.


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