How do I stop birds from pecking at our windows and screen?

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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:54:40 AM
We have birds that keep coming up to our front screen door and peck at the window. It's one of those doors that has the full length glass or screen. When our glass is in the door, it's not that annoying but the bird poop they leave all over our porch is. When we had our screen in the door, they actually have pecked large holes in the screen. We put in those screen patch kits, but they keep pulling them out. My DH has taken the torn up screen out and put the glass in, but now that it's getting nice out again, I want to be able to open my door and let in the nice breeze. I know we'll have to get the door rescreened, but how do I keep these darn birds from tearing a hole in that one? The only suggestions I've had from people around here is to do things that would kill them, and I'd rather not do that if at all possible. Any suggestions from anyone? We can't get them to go away.

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Posted: 8/27/2010 10:55:23 AM
I'm no expert, but doesn't it sort of depend on what type of bird it is? Do you know what type of birds these are?

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Posted: 8/27/2010 12:01:50 PM
Do you have a bird feeder or two out in your yard? That may interest them more than your door.

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Posted: 8/27/2010 12:05:00 PM
Spray the door and front porch area for bugs. No food, no pecking.

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Posted: 8/27/2010 12:08:10 PM
Weird, I've never heard of birds pecking away at screen doors.

My parents have problems with barn swallows trying to make nests above the front door. There is a window above the door and the trim around the window provides a nice place to start building a muddy mess.

To stop that he cut out a bird shape out of paper, and taped it to the trim of the upper window. It moves a little bit and the birds have not come back. Cheap and no dead birds!



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Posted: 8/27/2010 12:09:53 PM

Some birds will attack windows/doors because they see thier reflection and think it is another bird invading their territory. Anything you can do to stop the reflection will stop the bird's behavior.

Or they could be chasing bugs that hang around the door.


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Posted: 8/27/2010 12:13:52 PM
You could get one of those fake plastic owls and see if that scares the off. Run a radio?


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Posted: 8/27/2010 1:32:44 PM

I'm no expert, but doesn't it sort of depend on what type of bird it is? Do you know what type of birds these are?


I think they are cardinals. I don't know anything about birds except that after dealing with this all summer, I don't like them. It's a red bird and it won't go away. Sometimes it pecks at a little window we have on our porch, but most of the time it's at our front door right on our welcome mat, pecking and pooping all over the place.


Do you have a bird feeder or two out in your yard? That may interest them more than your door.


No bird feeders. The last thing I want to do is encourage them. I do have hanging plants on my porch, and every day I would have to check them because they kept trying to build their nests in there. I kept throwing the stuff out until they finally gave up on that. Before I get flamed on that, I had let them build their nests in my plants a few years back, but every single time, my plants died. I won't let them build anymore. Hanging plants are too expensive to let die because birds want to build there.


To stop that he cut out a bird shape out of paper, and taped it to the trim of the upper window. It moves a little bit and the birds have not come back. Cheap and no dead birds!



This could be a good idea. I also thought about getting a plastic snake to put there, wonder if that would work. My son used to have about 5 real snakes, and if that would work, I'd get another one, but a real one wouldn't stay put on my porch. Maybe I'll try the owl decoy.



Some birds will attack windows/doors because they see thier reflection and think it is another bird invading their territory. Anything you can do to stop the reflection will stop the bird's behavior.


I thought that also, but there is no reflection when the screen is in there. Of course, they've destroyed the screen now, but still no reflection. Now that we have the glass in there, there is a reflection, but I can't put the screen door back up since they've torn a huge hole in it.



Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We're at the end of our rope with these birds.

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Posted: 8/28/2010 12:15:26 AM
You might want to give this company a call.

I was all set to order from them when I had a woodpecker going at the metal fireplace flue on my roof, but my kind neighbor covered it loosely with chicken wire, eliminating the need for anything else.

I'm only suggesting it because all the suggestions that are out there for woodpeckers did not work for others I know with the same problem (fake owls, foil pieces, fake snakes, etc.)

But that's why I asked what type of bird it was. Maybe they are more susceptible to the inexpensive deterrents than woodpeckers! You might also want to check with your neighbors to see if they had the same type of problem and how they solved it.


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Posted: 8/28/2010 10:55:27 PM
We had birds flying at our big window in the spring. I printed out owl photos from the internet and taped several of them to the inside of the window where they were pecking and they went away. Worth a try since it wouldn't cost you much.

As for your screen, do you know that you can buy the parts to replace screens quite cheaply at WM or another hardware store? You will need the special tool to do it, but the tool is inexpensive. Other than that you need the screen material (measure the size of your screen and add a few inches to the width and length), the splice stuff that goes in the track to hold the screen material in, scissors, and a table or bench to put the screen on while you put the new one in. It is a really easy thing to do and much cheaper than having someone replace them for you. The directions are on the package with the tool or on the spline stuff.
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