How do I prevent birds from nesting on top of my downspouts?

Erica Yacobozzi
by Erica Yacobozzi
Birds are constantly building nests in the area where my downspout is connected to my roof. I tear the nests down each year after the babies hatch and they abandon the nest, but year after year they keep coming back. How do I prevent this? Thanks!
  4 answers
  • Ton13525576 Ton13525576 on Jun 16, 2017

    If this is a constant problem use Gutter Stuff EZ 5-Inch K Style Foam Gutter Filter and 3" and 4" Round Wire Strainers for the downspouts. You can purchase them at Home Depot or Lowes or online. Easy to install.

  • Marcy Francis Marcy Francis on Jun 16, 2017

    i solved this problem with screen gutter covers from the local hardware store. They are not very expensive your you can just cover your downspouts with chicken wire. The rain get through and the birds will not be able to nest down in.

  • Angela Cosner Angela Cosner on Jun 16, 2017

    You could put something difficult to build a nest on there.

  • Lise O'Brien Lise O'Brien on Jun 17, 2017

    Buy a plastic owl and perch near area or hang a rubber/plastic bat from the corners of the spouts. Works well for woodpeckers that like to peck holes in wood siding.