Bird Proofing

Bird Proofing Homes or Businesses

Bird proofing is sometimes the only way to stop those nuisance birds from harbouring around a property.

Both residential and commercial property owners can suffer from nuisance birds. The most common problem birds are pigeons and swallows.

Bird proofing a home or business is the best way to keep them at bay. There are many different methods to help deter birds. Installing the right system will ensure that birds stay away for good.

Bird Proofing Methods

There are 5 bird proofing methods we use to help keep birds away. There are sprays, spikes, gels, nets and even electronic devices.


This is a liquid spray that is applied to areas around a building that will help to deter birds from landing and nesting in the areas treated.

spraying a product around that birds don’t like is the simplest and easiest method to help bring a problem under control. This method, however, doesn’t always work, and physical systems will then need to be installed.

When it comes to physical deterrents for bird proofing there are spikes gels or nets. All these methods work very well when installed correctly.

Bird Spikes

When dealing with pigeons the best method is with spikes. The spikes don’t harm the birds in any way, but what they do is prevent birds from being able to land on a particular surface.

The downside to using spikes in bird proofing is they can be time-consuming and costly to install.

Bird spikes are very commonly used on commercial buildings as they are very effective means of eradicating problem birds.

Bird Proofing Gels

Another method we can use is with a gel. The gel is applied to services where birds regularly land on; the gel makes the surface uncomfortable for the bird.

The good thing about the gels is they are quick and easy to install reducing the cost. The downside to using gels when bird proofing is, they don’t last for very long.

The gels breakdown overtime and dust can adhere to it reducing its effectiveness. When using bird gels as a means of bird proofing a building, they will need to be reapplied every 3 to 6 months depending on the situation.


Netting is another method sometimes used to keep birds out of a particular area. The netting is made of a polyethylene material which is also UV resistant this does make it durable but will still breakdown over long periods of time.

Netting can also collect different debris such as leaves and may even produce mould. Some maintenance may be required when using this method.

Another problem with netting is they can look unsightly on a building and are very time consuming to install.

Other Methods

There are other methods of bird proofing a residential or commercial building. These are acoustic pressure this is a high-frequency tone which humans can’t hear but birds can.

There are also electric shock systems that provide a high voltage shock with low amperage that doesn’t harm the birds but helps to repel them from an area.

These two methods are not very often used, still, the most commonly used bird proofing method is with spikes.

Professional Bird Proofing

Before attempting to apply any type of bird control method to a building residential or commercial a full inspection of the problem areas should be carried out.

Once problem areas have been identified the appropriate application can then be installed. Applying the correct bird deterrent to a building is the key to a successful treatment.

A professional approach to deterring birds is going to work and keep birds at bay for many years.

A professionally installed system by a licensed pest control company should also come with warranties.

Always ensure you have a warranty before hiring a pest controller to install any sort of bird proofing system.

DIY Bird proofing

For the DIYer in the family bird proofing can be done relatively cheaply. Many different systems can be purchased at your local Bunnings hardware.

Installing bird proofing to a building can be dangerous especially when accessing high areas.

A roof is not a place for the inexperienced anything higher than a step ladder should be left to a professional.

We hope you enjoyed this article on bird proofing please feel free to leave your comments below.

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Jason Neale is the owner of Sunnystate we are a professional Pest Control and Termite company servicing customers throughout Brisbane – Ipswich – Gold Coast and have been in the industry for over 20 years and is also a keen blogger.