It’s always good to encourage wildlife into your garden and it’s nice to have lots of birds singing when you wake up in the morning. But could the birds in your garden be causing a home maintenance nightmare? People don’t think about the potential damage that birds can do to your home, but it’s important to consider. There are a few different ways that birds could damage your home, especially the roof, and if you don’t manage the issue, the repairs will be very expensive. These are some of the potential home maintenance issues caused by birds in the garden.
Keeping your gutters free of debris is one of the most basic home maintenance tasks you need to do. If they get clogged up, the water sits instead of draining away and it will start leaking into your home, doing a lot of damage. Usually, birds nest in trees but if there are no trees nearby, they might decide to make their home in your gutter instead. You can stop birds from nesting in gutters by clearing them out regularly and you can also use gutter guards to stop them from getting in there in the first place.
You might not realize that bird droppings are very acidic and this can do a lot of damage to roofing materials. If you let the droppings sit for too long, the roof will degrade and you will need to call out a roof services company to make repairs for you. However, you can prevent damage by cleaning the roof on a regular basis to remove the droppings. This can be quite dangerous so you might want to consider hiring a professional roof cleaning company from time to time.
Birds that normally like to nest in hollow trees may see your chimney as a great alternative. This can be a big problem if you have a wood burning fire in the home. The nests attached to the side of the chimney will block the airflow, meaning that smoke and carbon monoxide will stay in the home instead of being ventilated outside. Over time, this can lead to a serious health hazard.
Keeping pests out of the home can be tough, but you need to stay on top of them because they can do a lot of damage. There are all sorts of pests that try to invade your home including bugs. Birds often carry pests like lice, fleas, ticks and even bed bugs. If there are a lot of birds nesting around the home, you drastically increase the chances of a pest infestation.
Having birds in the garden is great and you should still encourage them but it’s all about finding a balance. You need to keep up with preventative maintenance to stop them from damaging the roof and gutters or bringing pests inside. If you are having trouble with birds, you may need to call in a pest control specialist to help you manage the issue.