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3 Proven Steps to Get a Bird Out of Your House

Last Updated on April 8, 2021

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Birds make for excellent window watching. However, if they get too close, things may get messy. An open window is an efficient method of airing out your home if the weather is favorable. Nonetheless, an open window can act as an open invitation to numerous unwelcome guests.

A bird can fly through the window from time to time and get trapped indoors. It makes it flitter around, desperately searching for a way to get out. If a bird gets into your household this season, don’t panic. We’ve got a handful of tricks to resolve the issue and get the bird back outside where it belongs—safely.

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Three Steps to Get a Bird Out of Your House

1. Restrict the Entire Zone

As soon as a bird gets into your house, you don’t know how it’ll respond. The best thing is to cordon off the zone where the bird is. This way, the bird won’t fly to another area in your house when you approach it. Whatever you do, don’t panic. If you become stressed, you won’t be able to guide the bird outdoors efficiently.

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To begin with, ensure that the space is secure by switching off the ceiling fan. Cover pots or pans and get your other pets out of the room. Don’t shout at or pursue the bird. Instead, concentrate on restricting the zone and making sure that you only have one outlet.

After that, restrict the area by shutting inner doors and ensuring all small places like closets and cabinets are inaccessible. Then, choose a single exit point for the bird before obstructing any other exit routes.

Your main objective here is to get the frightened bird to fly out on its own. A bigger exit is perfect. You can restrict the likelihood of the bird getting injured or destroying your furnishings if there’s only one way that’s free of obstacles to get out.


2. Prepare an Exit Strategy

First, open the selected exit door or window as wide as possible. Next, ensure that all drapes and blinds are shut above the rest of the windows. Turn off all lights in the house. This way, the open window serves as a luminous exit symbol.

The bird should fly towards the light as it’ll associate it with open air. You may have to direct that way if the bird hasn’t moved in a while.

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3. Use a Bedsheet to Create a Baffle

To guide the bird, hold a large bedsheet with both hands and grasp it at the level of your eyes (or higher). Stretch your arms to form a large, level surface. Ensure that the feathery friend is sandwiched between you and the open window.

Then, gradually walk towards the open window.  You’ll guide the bird better out through the open window by forming a “baffle”, closing in on the feathery friend. As soon as the unwanted guest departs, shut the exit door or window.

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What to Do if a Bird Won’t Leave

If the bird won’t get out of your house after following these recommendations, maybe it’s time to contact an expert. Search for bird havens, wildlife groups, or even animal control in your locality and ask them if they can come and handle your ensnared feathery inconvenience.

Wildlife professionals know how to deal with birds without causing them harm. Also, they have the suitable gear to facilitate the procedure to go fast.

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Protect Your Household from Future Bird Guests

You’ve done it! You’ve managed to get the bird out of your house without much damage. The next step is ensuring that you don’t encounter this issue again. Becoming heedful of accessible windows and doors is a no-brainer.

However, the below tips can also help prevent birds from getting near to feeling cozy.

  • Hang shiny objects near entry points. Birds won’t get close to radiant, reflective light because they don’t like it.
  • Use a decoy. Birds will always stay away from owls, cats, and other preying birds. Therefore, put water-resistant fake versions of these creatures near landing sites.
  • Decorate your garden with reflective orbs. Usually, birds confound colorful balls for eyes, and will, therefore, keep away from them. You should put this decorative bird repellants in flower beds. Alternatively, you can hang one or more on a tree.
  • Install bird spikes. They’ll help keep birds on the move as they stop your feathered friends from roosting on overhangs, window sills, and many more.
  • Use a spray repellent for birds. Numerous Do-It-Yourself choices contain ingredients like vinegar, chili pepper, and water.

Take into account getting in touch with an expert pest and wildlife control aficionado to help if you still encounter problems with birds after offering these solutions.

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What Not to Do

Shooing the bird away using a broom or attempting to grab them using your aged fishing net may lead to considerable injury to the bird.

How to Locate a Bird That’s Hiding in Your House

If your feathery friend is playing hide and seek in your house, you have to find a way to get it outside. The first step is to locate which room it’s in. Eliminate as many sources of noise as possible, and pay close attention to sounds that may indicate where the feathery friend could be concealed. Listen for soft sounds of scraping or perhaps chirping. The bird will give itself away—if you’re listening for it.

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Conclusion

Warmer temperatures during the day imply that most of us will slightly open our windows to allow fresh air into our households. However, that revitalizing breeze is the easiest way for unwelcome creatures to get into your house.

Expect a couple of flies to share your living room if your doors and windows don’t have screens. What you may not anticipate is a bird turning around and altering your kitchen into a birdhouse.

It’s common for a bird to reside in your house (or even at your workplace). Typically, this drives us to think of various innovative methods of getting the birds out. The issue here is that your feathery friend is delicate.

Fortunately, you have a simple method of motivating them to move outside as it’s secure for them and easier for you.

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About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.