How to Keep Birds From Building Nests on Your Porch

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15 Minutes

I’ve had many houses in my lifetime but this is the first time I’ve had this problem. I have birds that like to build their nests on the eaves of our front porch. Delivery people and pest control people looked very anxious while they were waiting for us to come to the door. Many times I would walk right out the door and the bird would panic and dive bomb me on their way out. The first time it happened, I waited for the babies to take flight and leave and then I put up some homemade bird detractors.

Here’s a baby…

Here’s my homemade bird spikes. I put those up in the three places that the birds had been building their nests. And those birds just found new places to build their nests. That’s when a neighbor came over and said she had the same problem until she bought bird spikes. “Thank you, Sandy!”

This is what they look like when they arrive.

It takes just about a minute to assemble and then you have something that looks like this.

First I had to take down the nests.

You could attach them with screws but I decided that construction adhesive would be easier.

I put down some adhesive…

I placed the bird spikes on top.

Since the space I was working with was wide, I used two sets of bird spikes.

I think this should work well. Have you heard of bird spikes before at residential properties? Any funny bird stories to share?

Short 1 minute video of assembling bird spikes and installing them.

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  • Barbara Lee Barbara Lee 7 days ago

    Anyone think of plastic or rubber snakes?we had terrible repeat nests until laid the very real looking snakes up on the ledges. birds are gone.


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  • Beth Beth 7 days ago

    Here in the South we just paint our porch ceilings "haint blue"! ("Haint" is colloquial for "haunt".) Birds and wasps will see it as sky and not build their nests there. Neither will spooks come to your door, as they will think it daylight, and as we all know, spooks only come out at night! 😁

    • Stacy Davis Stacy Davis 6 days ago

      I love this and I have always loved Haint blue porch ceilings. I will have to give this a try as my ceiling is in need of a fresh coat of paint. 🙂

  • Karen Karen 5 days ago

    What a good idea. Have problems with sparrows nesting in out gutters on the back of our house. Will give this a try. Thank you