You just painted your fence—all 200 yards of it. But no sooner do you step back to admire your hard work than a flock of bird descends and start, er, defacing it. If this describes your current situation, here are some tips from our Charlotte fence contractor that can help keep these feathered menaces off your fence—permanently.
Bird spikes are an affordable, nonlethal way to keep birds from landing on your fence. Usually made of plastic, bird spikes deter birds by creating an uneven landing space. They are also very easy to install via nails, screws, glue, or rope ties. The only drawback is the visuals—some homeowners consider bird spikes a bit unsightly. However, there are some models designed to look like flowers which might better complement your preferred aesthetic.
Most birds can’t stand to set foot on this sticky goop, so if you spread it on top of your fence, they’re likely to move to a more comfortable spot. A standard tube of bird gel will treat an area approximately 10 feet long by 3 inches wide, and one application usually lasts for up to 6 months. And since most brands are non-toxic, you won’t have to worry about harming the environment or violating any protective species ordinances.
With all that said, though, bird repellent gel is generally more effective for larger birds, like pigeons. Before you head to the store, do some research on the species of birds that are on your property, and whether or not gel is an effective deterrent for them.
Hawk decoys tend to be very successful at keeping birds away, as long you use a high-quality, realistic-looking model. These Amazon reviews will give you a good idea of what happens when you opt for a cheap decoy. We recommend choosing a hawk decoy over an owl decoy, because most pest birds know that hawks hunt during the day, and are more likely to be fooled.
Sonic bird deterrents are essentially recordings of sounds that scare birds, like predatory calls and distress signals. The main thing to be aware of is that, since birds have the same hearing range as humans, you (and any nearby neighbors) will be able to hear the noises, too. Ultrasonic devices that operate on a frequency humans can’t hear are ineffective on birds.
We hope that this article has helped you understand your options when it comes to keeping birds off your fence, or anywhere else. If you need any more help maintaining, repairing, or replacing your fence, our Charlotte fence contractors are happy to help. To learn more about our fence services, or schedule a free estimate, please contact us here!