How to Keep Birds from Nesting in your Wreaths

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 TN Broker: 208698
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robinHow to Keep Birds from Nesting in your Wreaths.

I love to watch the birds. They are beautiful with all the bright colors and fascinating to watch. I so appreciate that part of nature.


But I do not want them in the wreaths on my front door building nests. They tear the wreaths up by picking parts out of the wreaths to make their nests. They bring twigs and leaves and other debris into my wreaths and make them look ugly. They leave their droppings on my front door and all over the stoop. This is very uninviting to me and my guests and unsanitary as well.

wreathFor years I would try to stay ahead of the egg laying by undoing their nests. But they are fast little creatures and can have a nest built in a couple of days and their eggs deposited.  At that point I don’t want to evict them and undo nature’s cycle.  But I have figured out a way to have those birds go someplace else where they will be safer and more welcome.

How to keep birds from building nests in your wreaths. I borrowed a rubber snake from my grandson and placed it in my wreath. It worked like a charm and the nest building stopped.


Hiding snakeSince this worked so well I made a trip to the dollar store and bought my own snake in a color to match my wreath. I gently tucked it down into the wreath so it won’t scare any of my front door guests to death. I stuck the head up slightly so those keen bird eyes can see what is waiting for them if they dare.


There is only one small problem. The only snakes the store had grow in water. So if I get a blowing rain storm that beats on the front door, my little rubber snake may not be so little any more. It can grow to 3 feet long. At that point it might scare me to death too. I will cross that bridge when I get to it.


How to keep birds from nesting in your wreaths? Now I have no more unwanted nests in my wreaths. All because of a $1 fake snake and some little birds with only bird brains. Bye Bye Birdie.

I also know the tricks of the real estate market in Clarksville TN. If you would like assistance please call Debbie Reynolds, Realtor at 931-920-6730.

 

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Tammy Lankford
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Try a dollar store for some that don't grow in water.  I have some little boys in my Sunday School class that love getting little snakes and lizards (of the rubber variety) as prizes for finishing the activity.  Great idea, but I think it would freak me out to see the snakes. And if it grew I would be like you and it would scare me.

April 16, 2013 03:24 PM
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Debb, Never fear, my front door is protected by an 8' deep front porch cover. It would have to be a hurricane in Tennessee.

Judi, After the season I am going to test the snake out in water to see what he does. I am curious.

Lenn, I can vouch that it is a smelly mess for weeks and I don't want to go there again.

Kathy, You will get to see what that $1 snake will do when drowned!

Joni, You are a little bit afraid like my husband. For some reason I don't have a sever fear of them.

Marge, The squirrel eat my roots in my herb plants so you have given me another idea. They are not afraid of my fake owl.

Beth, Mothballs, I had forgotten that one too.

Ginger, Try it and see what happens.

 

April 16, 2013 03:25 PM
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Wow! What an ingenious idea, Debbie! Thanks for sharing - I'm going to try it!

April 16, 2013 03:29 PM
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Bud and Beth, Isn't it fun to share our ideas with one another?

Francine, I am not too worried. Those Dollar Tree items usually are flawed.

Hella, I have a wreath on my door all year long except January and February. I hunker down then.

Morgan, Yes it is, a natural plastic snake, LOL.

Tammie, Good for you. It really works unless of course your birds are smarter than mine.

Oh Myrl, trust me you would not want the mess especially with a nest of baby birds also leaving their bird droppings.

Betty, Give that a try but warn the newspaper person.

Wayne and Jean, So far just a few are able to catch us at home.

Trisha, Fantastic. Glad I could help.

Ed, Those birds tend to think it is their territory once they have laid those eggs.

Tammy, They must have sold out of the other type but as I told Debb Janes, the porch is covered by an 8' overhang. It is not likely to get wet.

Wayne and Jean, Try it you will like it.

April 16, 2013 03:33 PM
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very cleaver way to fool the birds.

April 16, 2013 04:27 PM
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I love that your snake grows in the wet weather. LOL. I can just see it. I have one of these, that I keep by the plants in my office, but that's indoors. Me and another agent got this snake for practical jokes. That reminds me that I have to put this guy to use. But that's another story.

I can see where the rubber snakes will work on the wreathes. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

April 16, 2013 05:37 PM
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Janice MacMillan
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What a great idea! I may need to try that in our newspaper box where they ikeep building nests. Seems simple enough and harmless!

April 16, 2013 05:54 PM
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Debbie, now that is too funny! I can just imagine what it would look like to have a three foot fake snake hanging from a wreath at your front door! How's that for curb appeal? LOL. Otherwise, I think the idea is genius! ... Still laughing...
April 16, 2013 06:16 PM
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I would have never thought fake snakes would work. I love to watch birds, too.
April 16, 2013 07:16 PM
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Carie Shapiro
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Do the snakes work on pigeons?  I've even tried stringing compact discs along my balcony since pigeons aren't supposed to like anything reflective.  No dice.  Can't find anything that scares those darn birds away :)

April 16, 2013 08:35 PM
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Debbie, I thought this was cute but informative. I did not know that birds would build a nest on a wreaths on people's front door.

April 16, 2013 11:25 PM
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Nina Hollander
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Personally, I won't have anything to do with snakes... rubber or otherwise! A great tip, but not for me. Even pictures of snakes get me anxious!

April 17, 2013 04:09 AM
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Chuck, Yep, they have been bested.

Hi Debbie, Give my little trick a try. I have learned from reading some of the comments it might work in other situations too.

Jamie, Oh yes it is not harmful, they just choose another location.

Silvia, I guess if I decide to sell the snake may have to go. Luckily I plan to stay right where I am.

Cheryl, They are fun little creatures to what. You can almost predict what they will do next.

Carie, I don't have any pigeon tricks but you could give it a try.

Wika, Oh yes they like to be up off the ground and away form other birds and pray. That is why they never would suspect a snake.

Nina, It is just pretend. A little rubber snake is harmless unless of course it grows when wet.

April 17, 2013 05:02 AM
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This reminded me of those phony owls you can erect near pigeon roosting sites. They worked really well until the more careless and indifferent pigeons landed near them and nothing happened. I saw one phony owl covered in bird poo and thought...Wow, the birds are sending a message

April 17, 2013 06:56 AM
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Richie, Until the birds figure out they are being tricked I am in good shape. I have the owl to keep the squirrels away and they pay it no attention.

April 17, 2013 09:23 AM
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Debbie, guess I have never had this problem, but love your ingenious solution. Now a problem I had in past was bats hanging out on my porch~ behind the shutters or above the door. Not exactly the most welcome visitors.
April 18, 2013 09:51 AM
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Well I just learned something new. Thinking about it I can see how this would work. Snakes eat eggs, momma bird doesn't want her eggs to be dinner for a hungry snake. Great idea, thanks. 

April 19, 2013 03:53 PM
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Mary, Now a bat would not be a welcome guest or maybe he would. I am writing a post about that.

Suesan, That is the reason they stay away. They have to protect those eggs.

April 19, 2013 06:12 PM
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Debbie, what a clever idea. I chuckled at the thought of the snake growing to 3 feet overnight during a storm.  :)

January 14, 2014 09:58 AM
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GREAT POST!! I never knew that ... good infomation - thanks for sharing! I especially love the part where the snake may get bigger with water!!! LOL :)

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