Building homemade bird spike strips

About a month ago 2 small birds spent the night on the ledge above my front door.  I didn’t think too much about it at the time.  We saw them off and on for the next week and then I noticed some mud on the wall opposite the door.  About 5 days later I happened to look up at the wall again and there was a full nest made out of mud and there were now a total of 3 little birds fighting over it and dive bombing me as I was trying to open the front door.  That was not an acceptable option so I removed the nest with a shovel and the water hose.  They started building it again the next day.  Every 2 or 3 days I would spray it down with the hose and they would start building it again the next day.

Then they started pooping on the handle for the front door.  It’s game time now.

I have installed the plastic bird spikes on the second floor windows of my house but they are too tall and too ugly to mount above my front door so I decided to make my own.

I started by measuring the ledge above the front door and the one above the window to the left and they came in at 40″ and 41″.  I took an 8′ 1 x 2 and cut it down to the appropriate lengths and gave it a coat of  brown paint leftover from the workbench build.  I let it dry overnight and then marked a line down the center and pre-drilled holes every 1 inch.  I then screwed in a 2″ tan coated deck screw into each hole.  I setup the ladder near the front door and gave each strip a healthy coat of construction adhesive and stuck the spike strips on.  The walls are tan and the ledge is brown so you can hardly even see them if I don’t point it out.

I didn’t tell my wife that I had installed them and she texted me the next day telling me that she hadn’t heard the birds all day so she figured that they had finally given up.  I told her to go look closer above the door.

Mission accomplished.

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