The easy-to-access, open nature of carports is one of their great features. When you park under a carport, you can easily walk away from your vehicle without finding your way to a door or dealing with any other frustrating obstacles. Of course, if a carport is easy for you to access, it’s going to be easy for all kinds of critters to access, as well–and that includes birds. In this article, we’ll talk about some basic strategies you can use to prevent birds from setting up shop in your carport.
Use Bird Netting to Restrict Roof Access
Generally speaking, birds aren’t going to be too interested in the lower areas of your carport. If they want to come in, it’s because they want to get up under the roof, perhaps to build a nest in the rafters. So, with that in mind, a logical step here is to block their path to get into the rafters in the first place. This can be accomplished with the installation of bird netting.
As the name suggests, this product is meant to stop birds from accessing areas where you don’t want them to be. Bird netting is relatively affordable and pretty easy to install, either by yourself or with the help of a contractor. By stretching the netting across the underside of the rafters, you will stop the birds from getting up under the roof without limiting your use of the carport.
Other Alternatives to Deter Birds
Place Mirrors or Shiny Objects Around Your Carport
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of putting in bird netting just yet, there are some other ways to approach this matter to get started. For one, you could use shiny objects that will bounce some light around the carport area. This tends to cause birds to go in another direction rather than choosing to make a home in your building. You can even use aluminum foil for this job, which is very affordable and something you may already have on hand. A couple of small mirrors are another option, or anything else that you can leave out and will reflect sunlight around the structure.
Intimidate the Birds
Another idea is to intimidate the birds with a predator that will discourage them from coming around. Of course, you don’t want to house an actual predator, but fortunately, a pretend one will do the trick nicely. An owl is a good option, so look into picking up a wooden or plastic owl that you can perch near the carport as a bird deterrent.
Remove the Motivation
You can also think about this problem from the perspective of taking away any reason that birds might want to come around in the first place. They might decide to set up a nest high in your rafters, but why did they come into the carport to start with? As with most animal activities, that decision stemmed from one motivation: food.
Birds are always looking for something to eat, and if your carport presents food options, it won’t be long until the birds make their way inside for a snack. Taking food sources out of your carport is easy enough, but it might involve a little more work than you think at first. Yes, you need to avoid leaving garbage out that includes your food scraps from inside the house. Also, you need to keep the carport clean so birds aren’t able to find worms, grubs, and other critters that they find to be a delicacy. If you keep a clean carport throughout the year, there aren’t going to be any food sources available that motivate the birds to pay you a visit.
Stay Ahead of the Problem
To avoid having a flock of birds consider your carport to be home, stay ahead of the game and take steps immediately to prevent that outcome. It’s easier to keep them out initially than to get them to move out later on. With proper prevention measures in place, you can look forward to many years of reliable performance from your carport without the hassle or mess of dealing with birds living under the roof.
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