As birds nesting behind shutters is increasing throughout the warmer months, we offer custom bird-proofing solutions for doorways and windows.
Earlier this spring, we completed a doorway header installation for a client who had birds living above her doorway. She would have her groceries delivered to her home and before she could get to them, the birds would leave droppings on them!
How do doorway headers work?
In layman’s terms, we create a custom-bent cover constructed out of color-matched aluminum and install it on the home. Ultimately, it prevents birds from nesting above doorways and windows and matches the home’s aesthetics.
A common solution other technicians use is bird spikes. While these are effective methods of bird proofing for larger birds, they do not create a seamless, or finished, look that matches the rest of the home’s fixtures, nor do they prevent nesting by smaller birds like the Starlings and House Sparrows who typically nest in these areas.
The Bird Proofing Process
Most doorway headers we install are in conjunction with our custom shutter solutions. Bird nests on porches and patios create unwanted noise, especially in the morning. Moreover, competitive bird species like the house sparrow and starling compete with other birds for their nesting areas which also contributes to noise and mess.
In addition to scattered nesting material around the area, their droppings are usually scattered around the affected area. The droppings are hazardous and can contain diseases so bird clean-up must be performed by a professional. Birds carry histoplasmosis which can be fatal to humans.
Once we identify all places where the birds are nesting, we are able to perform a thorough clean up. We always use PPE and proper techniques when cleaning up bird messes to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Once the area is clean, we proof the doorways and shutters if applicable.