Bird Problem?

Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Misc. | 32 comments

Bird Problem?

 Bird Problem?

Funny question and a strange post,  but I promise this info about a bird problem will come in handy sometime.  I had such a problem with birds nesting under our front porch.  After some research, I came up with a solution and decided to pass this info on as this might be just what you are looking for in solving a bird problem, too!

My bird problem was this… I had birds always wanting to nest up on the top of the pillars under the porch. They also liked my hanging ferns which are protected from the elements by the porch roof.

Now don’t get  me wrong. I love birds! I feed them and love to hear them sing. They are a beautiful part of God’s creation! It’s just that I don’t want them in my hanging baskets on my porch or up on the ledges. They make a terrible mess! I would rather enjoy them at the feeders and bird houses that I have all around!

Nesting Bird Problem

They love those protected corners. Guess birds aren’t dumb!

Here’s the mess they leave down below!

nesting Bird Problem

This looks terrible and it’s not fun to clean!


If you have young children, it is cute to watch the stages of the eggs hatching and young birds growing, but my kids are grown, my plants suffer, and I have a mess to clean! We live in a wooded area so it isn’t as if there aren’t plenty of nesting options all around. See the woods in the background?

Putting nails up above wasn’t an option so I set out to find what might be a deterrent. I found that the natural predator for birds is a snake. If they see a snake, they leave.   So that gave me an idea.

Off to the Dollar Store I went to find some snakes. They had to be quite small to fit in those places. Besides, I didn’t want to scare any guests I  have sitting on my porch sipping lemonade only to look up and see a large snake! That wouldn’t do!

 I found a package of small plastic snakes 8/$1! I thought they would be perfect! At least it was worth a try! It worked!

Now, each year, if I don’t have my “deterrents” in place early, they find those choice spots and quickly make their nests. Once the eggs are there, I don’t have the heart to destroy it. So I need to place them quickly at the start of spring. I can leave them on the ledges over the winter, but sometimes they get lost with the winter winds blowing them off.


Bird Nest Problem

I placed the snakes up on the pillar ledges and in the fern baskets. No one can see them, but they are there! The birds will fly in, check it out, see the snake, and off they go!

Nesting Bird Problem

See the small snake? It doesn’t matter which color! I used an orange one so you could see it!

I haven’t had one bird make a nest in those places again!

It even works under a boat lift. Barn swallows like to nest there and then you have a very messy boat.  Place a larger plastic snake up in the corner and those birds won’t be back!

Now you know how to end a bird problem! ! If you have a spot where you don’t want birds nesting, try it! You only have a dollar to lose.

Have you ever had a problem with this?

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P.S. Guess I’ll place this post under “Misc.”!


Phyllis (Oma)


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  1. Sharing on our Pin-It Party tomorrow. I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Brilliant idea! I currently have a nest inside one of the horses’ fly masks that I left hanging on a fence over the winter. Sigh. The babies had hatched by the time I discovered it, so I had to go buy a new mask. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; please join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  3. Absolutely brilliant idea to keep those sweet birds in the trees were they belong!

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  4. Great idea! I’m off to buy some plastic snakes to keep the birds off our porch!

  5. I wish I had known this about 5 years ago. We had a bird issue for a little bit too. I’m like you though. After the eggs are there, it’s too late to do something about it. Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks.

  6. That is genius, definitely saving this! so far they are still using the bird houses in my garden and they only hang out in my ferns when the neighborhood stray cat is stalking around or underneath my hostas when it;s raining.

    • Watch out, they are probably stalking your ferns!

  7. Very creative solution! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. BRILLIANT! Thank you sooooo much for your post! I will def be sharing this! We have some finches nest in a gutter every year and that causes problems. Additionally we have a cardinal in a tree on the front porch. Right now there are eggs in both nests so we have to wait but I am getting snakes ASAP so as soon as they are gone I can put them out! This will so great for other various problems like birds trying to steal bee larvae from my Mason bee homes, eating fruits etc!

    • So glad I could be of help! It was through trial and error that I found that it worked!

  9. I have the same problem with nests at my front door! Great tip! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!

  10. What a great way to get rid of the birds .. thank goodness you can’t see them. it would freak me out!

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  11. I had a bird nest on the ceiling fan on my porch. We couldn’t even turn the fan on! The nest attracted a bunch of tiny insects that resembles fleas. I don’t know what they were, but we couldn’t go out to the porch without being attacked by these things. When the eggs hatched and the birds flew away. We got rid of the nest and cleaned the area with hot water, soap and chlorine as best we could. So far the birds have not returned. I wish I would have known then about the snake trick. Only I wouldn’t have known where to put it in this case.

    • I would have attached it to the motor base of the fan. Probably some duct tape might work! Your problem sounded nasty. Hope they don’t come back!

      • Thank you, if it happens again I will do that. Hopefully it won’t.

  12. What a great idea! Thanks for joining us this week at the Let’s get social Sunday party. Have a wonderful week!

  13. What a great idea and so simple! We have a small cottage and the birds love to next on the porch! What a mess, I’m heading to the dollar store to see if I can find some plastic snakes! Thanks so much for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again this week!
    Nancy The Home Acre Hop

    • Glad to be of help!!

  14. Oh, wow! Great advice! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  15. GREAT idea! While I love birds, they do make quite a mess when nesting.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the “Saturday Spotlight party”!
    Have a great weekend!

  16. Okay, I have to admit that this grossed me out a little bit at first — I REALLY HATE snakes, even the fake ones give me the “icks;” but I could probably handle (well, hubby could anyway) those super-fakey looking ones. Our issue is with the birds eating our tomatoes, so might have to give this a try.

  17. Brilliant idea!! I’ll have to remember this!

    • It works!

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  19. What a great idea!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  20. This is so cool that the birds won’t go near the snakes! I wish it worked for deer and rabbits they eat all my tomatoes and other goodies in my garden. Thanks so much for linking up to Krafty Inspiration Thursday at Krafty Cards etc. Be sure to check back next week to see if you have been featured.

  21. This is funny and wonderful at the same time.

    • I agree!

  22. Great idea!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

  23. I’m going to get me a couple of them little snakes and put them around my berry bush…those pesky birds keep eating my little fruits..thank you so much for the tip!

    • Put them in the bushes, not on the ground!


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