Birds can be very frustrating, unwelcome visitors in patio awnings. Here are a few tips to follow if you wish to keep birds from nesting in the wrong areas.
Install Bird Netting
Bird netting is an excellent way to prevent birds from making a nest in patio awnings. This specialized netting can be purchased at home and garden stores. Though it keeps the birds away, they will not become trapped in it. Be careful that you only use netting specifically designed for this purpose.
If birds have already nested in your patio awnings, make sure you destroy their nests once they are completely gone for the season. This way, they will not have a nest to reuse later. (Do not destroy the nests prematurely; in fact, the law in your area may prohibit such action.)
If you have been feeding birds, do not continue to do so once they are gone for the season. It can be very detrimental to birds to remove their food in the middle of winter, so it is best to discontinue feeding in warm weather when they do not rely on it.
Create a Sense of Danger
Natural predators such as cats will help discourage birds from spending time near your patio awnings. Noise and movement around the patio will also help keep birds away.