Bird Abatement Tips – Screening

IMG_2691Many people have problems with birds nesting in places they do not like and they wonder “How can I keep birds out of unwanted places?”¬†For our first blog post we are going to explain one of the ways to do basic bird abatement. Today we are dealing with a¬†covered porch that was framed in such a way that there are a number of covered platforms that are nearly perfect for birds to make nests.

IMG_2688The best solution to any problem is to prevent it. This porch should have been framed in such a way that it doesn’t create these openings. Since it is too late for that we will do the best we can to keep the birds out. The shape of these openings do not lend themselves to using bird spikes so we are going to screen the openings in.

IMG_2687As you can see many of these openings have nests from last year in them. You will want to wait until the birds are not using the nest anymore. The best time to do this is in the winter or early spring but this can depend on the species of bird.


Clean out any of the nests and debris. Use a shop vac to get any dust since it will be difficult to clean out after the screens are on.


Next you will need to gather your materials. You will need some screening material, some tins snips or other cutters and a staple gun to attach the screening. There are several types and sizes of screening. The smaller sizes are meant to keep out insects and is used more for doors and windows. We are using the larger size since we are trying to keep out birds. Also you should get the metal type of screening since it will last longer and the birds will not be able to destroy it as easily as the fiberglass or fiber mesh type.

IMG_2690Next you will want to measure and cut your screening out with your tin snips to make a covering with screening. As you can see, we cut it in such a way that there are four tabs for stapling your screen. The smaller the tabs and the more exact your cuts the better this will look. Staple the screen to the sides of the opening through the tabs.


Repeat this process for all of the openings.

IMG_2694Now you have a durable barrier that will keep the birds out without having to harm the birds. If you want to keep the birds around you can install birdhouses in another part of your yard to replace the lost nesting spaces. You can make the screens less noticeable if you paint them to match there surroundings.

If going through all of this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea call a reputable pest management company like Wasatch Natural and we can install bird barriers for you. (801)-282-3312 or

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