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Bird Deterrents for Roofs

Birds love to perch on roofs. They will land in flocks, create nests under covered places, and leave droppings all over your property. They are loud, messy, and bothersome to customers. It doesn't feel great having a big flock of birds calling your roof their home.

So, what's the best way to deter birds from landing on your roof?

Our top-recommended option for blocking birds from your roof is bird netting. Bird netting is one of the most-effective bird control methods overall. It excludes birds with 100% effectiveness if installed properly, will last 20+ years, and will endure all weather conditions.

Bird netting can work in several different ways on a roof. It can block off the roof structure, preventing birds from landing on the roof. It can also block off areas in which birds would otherwise find shelter. These areas include the undersides of canopies, solar panels, and HVAC units.

bird netting on roof

Roofs are a common place for birds to nest. If you have a bird problem and this sounds like your roof, we highly recommend you install bird netting on these structures to block birds from nesting.

Another bird deterrent for roofs option is the seagull grid deterrent wire. The deterrent wire was explicitly made to prevent seagulls from being able to land on roofs and other broad, horizontal areas.

Deterrent wire spreads across the span of your roof and prevents seagulls from being able to descend onto the rooftop. The gulls notice that their wings will get tangled in the wire if they attempt to land and thus avoid the roof altogether. This solution is safe, humane, and lasts 20+ years.

seagull grid deterrent wire

Other bird deterrents for roofs involve blocking birds from perching on the ledges of the building.

Ledge modification methods work best if birds tend to land on ledges and other horizontal surfaces. Bird spikes can be put into place to deter birds from landing. There are also gutter spikes, which go directly into gutters to prevent birds from landing or searching for food.

Bird wire is similar to bird spikes, spreading a spring-based wire across the ledge that medium-sized birds like seagulls and pigeons cannot land on. Some people find bird wire more aesthetically pleasing than bird spikes. Neither method harms the birds.

bird wire on roof

Electric shock tracks are another option for ledge modification. These tracks give a small electric shock if birds try to land on them. Over time, birds learn they cannot land on the surface and will have to find somewhere else to go.

Sound machines are another bird control option for roofs. There are two types. Sonic sound machines send bird predator calls, and species distress cries, warning birds to stay away from the area. These can be used to keep birds off roofs.

Ultrasonic sound machines are the other type of sound machine. These send out high-frequency pitches that humans cannot hear but birds avoid. These can also be installed on rooftops to dissuade birds from landing or flocking.

It's a pain having birds land on your roof. They're noisy, make a mess, and can spread disease in their droppings or nesting. And on another level, they can be just plain gross. Bird deterrents for roofs, like bird netting, ledge modifications, and sound machines, can get your bird problem out of your hair.

Benefits of Bird Deterrents for Roofs:

  • Block Out Birds

  • Fewer Bird Droppings

  • No Nesting Birds

  • Cleaner Looking Property

  • Lower Bird-Borne Disease Risk

If you have a bird problem, we can help. AviAway professionally installs bird control solutions for all bird species. We have 30+ years of experience in bird control and have performed work for companies like Amazon, Rite Aid, and the U.S. Postal Service. Click here or call 844-247-3373 to request a free bird control quote.


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