how to keep birds off my porch lights

Birds sleeping on porches carry symbolic meanings of peace, protection, and good fortune—harmony with nature and tranquility. But many bird-loving homeowners would prefer to keep birds away from their porch. They can be messy and destructive, and their droppings can be a harbinger of disease.

“Birds love porches because they offer shelter,” says Martin Orefice, CEO of Rent to Own Labs Atlanta. Porches provide shelter from wind, rain, and predators, offering shade from harsh sun, a buffer from winds, and warmth during cold weather. They are often conveniently located near water or food sources, and they can usually provide good roosting sites.

“Birds are especially problematic around porches near swimming pools,” notes Rafi Friedman, president of Coastal Luxury Outdoors. “Pool water is not suitable for birds to drink, and they tend to leave droppings and feathers in the pool.”

Encouraging birds to stay away from your porch doesn’t mean chasing them off your property or harming them in any way. There are many safe and effective ways to keep birds off the porch.

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Because the sun irritates birds’ eyes, hang foil, pie plates, small mirrors, or CDs around your porch to reflect light and keep them away. Place noisy metal wind chimes on your porch to deter birds. Another strategy to keep birds away is to scare them away by placing fake owls close to your porch. Keep any birdbaths or feeders at least 30 feet away from your porch to deter birds from approaching too closely. As an alternative, remove your feeders completely to deter them from visiting your yard. Continue reading to find out how to use baking soda to deter birds from visiting your porch!

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2. Remove nests and nesting materials.

how to keep birds off my porch lights

While most active bird nests are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, bird nest removal is usually allowed once it has become an empty nest. But check local laws before disturbing a nest to see if you need a permit and make sure you aren’t breaking any rules regarding its removal.

It’s quite easy to remove bird nests; just pick them up and dispose of them (or relocate them). To prevent the spread of germs when handling an abandoned nest, wear gloves. Move the nest to a secure location or dispose of it in the garbage. After it’s been removed, sanitize the area where it was.

It is important to implement nest-prevention strategies to prevent birds from rebuilding Clear the area of any nesting materials, such as twigs, leaves, and even trash, to deter birds from building their nests on your porch in the future.


How do I keep birds from nesting on my porch lights?

While not guaranteed, a toy snake draped across or tacked up close to the area where they are trying to build is enough to get them to abandon that nest site. We also have Scare Tape that can be suspended in the area and some have had luck with hanging old CDs from the ceiling. They will find a new place to nest.

What scares birds away from porch?

Wind chimes. The sound is beautiful to listen to in the summer breeze for you and your guests. However, birds wouldn’t agree. The noise and movement of wind chimes will scare birds off your deck, patio, or porch.

Why are birds attracted to my porch?

The number one cause are the crumbs left over from previous outdoor meals. Food and water are high motivators for birds to remain in the area, which is why proper sanitation practices should always be taken after each meal. Leaving your pets food and water trays outdoors will also attract unwanted birds to your patio.