Birds nesting under roof tiles can be a massive pain for many homeowners. They find their porches, paths, gardens and conservatories often covered in bird excrement. Other issues can arise too. Such as tiles becoming dislodged and damage to the roofline.

To help out, we’ve created this handy guide to help you prevent birds from wandering under roof tiles. Including tips on what bird repellents to use in specific settings.

If birds are already an issue for you, check out our guide for how to safely clean roof tiles.

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Use an eaves guard or eaves protector

Eaves guards are a popular solution amongst home and property owners. Another common name for them is eaves protectors.

How they work is they cover the small gaps 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 sheltered and likely a warm place. Installing an eaves guard stops birds from accessing this available space.

eaves protector

Replace missing tiles immediately

A missing tile is an invitation to bats and birds to a warm nesting space. In winter especially, bats and birds will seek out these 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.

If you’ve got broken or missing tiles, check out our range of roof tiles to get your replacement as soon as possible.

Use a visual deterrent

Use an inexpensive visual deterrent like a decoy falcon or decoy owl. These can scare birds away from the property.

They may seem silly to humans and look silly too. Yet 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 may not want a plastic falcon on your roof!

Try this technique on outhouses, sheds and agricultural buildings.

visual bird repellents falcon

Use an audio deterrent

Audio deterrents are more suited to domestic properties where aesthetics are important.

They’re small devices that emit a high pitch noise that can be more agreeable in a domestic setting. They can come in a range of sizes and capabilities at different price points. Ideal for domestic, agricultural and commercial use.

Audio deterrents all work in a similar way, with some being more disruptive than others. Cost-effective products like the balcony guard ultrasonic bird deterrent are discrete but very effective.

Balcony Guard Ultrasonic Bird Deterrent

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