Ways to Prevent Nesting in Your Gutters

Bird nesting in gutter

While we all want to be kind to our furry and feathery friends, we also want to protect our homes. Birds and other animals often seek out gutters as their perfect place to build their nests. So, how can you prevent nesting in your gutters?

Here are some ways you can send these nesting critters elsewhere:

Keep it Clean

Leaving sticks, leaves and other debris in your gutters will attract animals and other pests as it’s the perfect nesting material. From mosquitos to squirrels, you may have a hard time getting rid of these unwanted guests if you leave them a nice and cozy pile of stuff to make a home.

Gutter guards

The benefits of gutter guards are two-fold – first, they keep your gutters free from twigs, sticks and other debris. Gutter guards are probably the most effective option in keeping out many types of animals and pests that like to use gutters as their nesting ground.

Bird spikes

While not the most aesthetically pleasing, bird spikes are effective in keeping birds from nesting. They won’t however serve as a deterrent for bugs and other creepy crawlers, so if you want to “kill two birds with one stone” and keep out all types of pests, this is not the best option.

Trim your Trees

If you have trees close to your gutters, you could be making a tempting nesting place. Also, having trees near gutters will give squirrels and other tree-climbing vermin easy access into your gutters.

If you are having trouble keeping pests out of your gutters or you simply don’t have the time to maintain them properly, Keystone Gutter Helmet can help! Call Keystone Gutter Helmet at 610-372-4383 for more information or a free quote on how you can get a custom-fit gutter protection system to keep pests out and have a clean and clear gutter all year long!