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Birds Nesting On Your Rain Gutter Downspout Returns? Here's What You Need To Know

You may have gutter guards on your rain gutters, but that won't prevent a bird from nesting on your downspout returns. Horizontal downspout returns are the part of your rain gutters that hug the underside of the eaves on their way to the house. Downspout returns are the perfect spot for birds to build a nest.

Removing the Bird Nest May Be Illegal

Many birds are considered to be protected wildlife, and removing the nest could be illegal. If you've spotted a native bird nest on your downspout return, check inside the nest for eggs. If the nest has eggs or an adult bird sitting on a brood, it cannot be removed. If you're uncertain what constitutes a "native bird," check with your local wildlife office.

If the nest has been abandoned or if the nest is just now being built and still has no eggs inside, you may be legally allowed to remove the nest. However, it's always a good idea to check with local wildlife officials before taking action.

Removing the Nest

Get rid of the nest as soon as you can. Nests can harbor pests like fleas, and once the nest is no longer in use, those pests may go searching for other hosts around your house.

To protect yourself from pests, wear long sleeves, long pants and garden gloves when disposing of the nest. Pull down the nest and place it inside a plastic bag. Seal the bag and throw it away.

Cleaning the Downspout

After you've removed your nest, you may see bird droppings on the downspout. Bird droppings contain a corrosive chemical called uric acid. Leaving bird droppings on your downspout could contribute to the early decline of your rain gutters, so cleaning the gutters after the nest has been removed is an important step.

To remove the bird droppings, spray the area with a household cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water, then scrub the droppings with a soft plastic scrub brush. When you're finished, spray the downspout with water from a hose.

Installing Spikes

Bird spikes can prevent birds from returning to your downspout. Spikes are available for sale at home improvement centers and hardware stores. Check the package before buying the spikes to ensure that the spikes you're purchasing are well matched to the size of the bird that you're guarding against. Smaller birds need smaller spikes, and larger birds need larger spikes. The spikes will come with installation instructions; follow the instructions carefully to help ensure effectiveness.

For more information about how to protect your rain gutters from pests like birds, speak with a rain gutter contractor such as Custom Exteriors.

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Tips for All Stages of Home Remodeling and Renovating

When my wife and I were looking for a new home, we only had a few homes to choose from that were within the district we wanted our children to attend. That made it tough to find a home that was "perfect" for us, but thankfully, we left room in our budget to make changes to the home we bought. Thankfully, the home we bought was large enough for us to live in during the renovation process, although we did have to make our children share rooms until we added that bedroom we needed. We learned that careful planning is important to ensuring the final result of your renovation projects is exactly how you want it, and we dedicated at lot of time to planning. We learned so much during the process that we wanted to make a blog to share our tips and experience on!