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Birds pecking at your windows?

May 16th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Pest Control

There’s a reason they do this. They see a reflection of another bird in your window and since they have already “claimed” this area as their own, they are trying to attack this bird. It doesn’t matter how often they fly into your window or peck at it, they will continue doing so until you do something about it. There are some options: put wet newspapers on the outside of the window so they can’t see a reflection. Tie helium balloons near your window to scare away the birds. You can pull down the shades or close the drapes. Some people put tin foil pie pans near the windows to chase away the birds. You can buy these pans at the local dollar store. Or you can use some tin foil strips and dangle them at the windows. While the birds are nesting they are protective of their area, so once the eggs have hatched this pecking should stop. It can be very annoying since the noise can give you a headache.  Most species of birds are protected, so you do need to be careful what you do. One other thing: pest control exterminators do not have a spray to get rid of the birds. There is nothing they can do beyond tell you what I have mentioned above.

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  • 1 computer // May 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm



  • 2 Ellen Beck // Dec 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    We have a large part-time home in Nevada City, CA. We’ve had this house for 3 years and only this year did we notice all the windows were covered in dirty, scratchy marks and a bit of blood. We were perplexed until we heard something and saw either a Raven or huge Crow doing the deed. It’s winter so weird it would be territorial but we will take your advice and get the pans. Thanks to you for the advice, Ellen

  • 3 Rosie // Dec 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Another thing you can do is put window clings in the windows where the birds are making their marks. Any kind of window cling will work as it will make the bird think there is something at the window and they will shy away. You can also use any reflective or non reflective window ornaments. I have some “stained glass” ones that I hang on the window itself using suction cups. You can even find these items at your local dollar store, so you aren’t spending a lot of money. These will keep the birds from banging into your windows.

    Today Alex heard a dove crash into the window under our enclosed porch. I didn’t have anything hanging in that window as I didn’t consider any birds would bang into it. The dove is recovering, but I am thinking about putting something on that window to keep this from happening again. It bothers me too much that birds become their own worst enemies and try to injure themselves.

  • 4 tami // Apr 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

    cant stop the robin from pecking at my french door its driving me crazy what do you suggest

  • 5 Rosie // Apr 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    If you have a curtain at this door close the curtain. The robin is seeing its reflection and pecking at that image. Likewise, if a bird keeps flying into the door or a window it sees its reflection. Some people swear they can eliminate this from happening by putting some decals on the door or window. But you may not want to use the decals. Good luck

  • 6 Linda // Oct 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good info. One correction, however. Most bird species are not protected. Example: out of greater than 350 species in Georgia only 21 are on the protected list. Not necessary to harm them in any event. Thanks for the information.

  • 7 Rosie // Oct 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    It’s always best to check with the local authorities to learn which birds are currently on the protected species list. I agree with you in one respect: it’s not necessary to harm any birds. Even hawks need food. Although they tend to go after smaller birds, I cringe each time I see one knowing he/she might get one of the birds I’ve been feeding outside. I have to admit I even like the ugly looking turkey buzzards. One recently spent over 4 hours in my back yard with a dead squirrel. I have some great pictures of that event. This bird even posed on my rear yard fence! The wing spread was awesome. The funny part of the day was when four rather hungry black crows tried to get part of the squirrel. The buzzard chased them off in no time flat! Although huge these birds can move fast. I learned that if I didn’t take a quick picture, I couldn’t get the whole bird in the frame.

    Getting back to the windows: window clings such as those found during the holidays do help keep the birds from pecking or banging into windows. Would it really hurt to have some snowflakes on the windows year round to keep the birds from hurting themselves or driving you nuts?

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