Mynahs and Starlings in the Roof Space?

Hatter64 30 August 2010 4

Hello all,

I have Mynahs and Starlings nesting in the roof space.

Colo(u)rbond roof on the upper storey.

I am too old to be crawling over roofs.

Can anyone recommend a good roof plumber or bird-proofer in Canberra that can fix the problem? Does anyone have any success stories?

Background for those able to help:

About 10 years ago we moved into the house. Noticed birds getting in above the guttering. Got an expert out. “No, there’s no way birds can get in there”

Had an expert come out five years ago. Made a half-baked effort to stuff some chicken wire at a few spots around the roofline. The birds found other spots to get in.

Thanks in advance for your help one_putt(at)telstra(dot)com

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4 Responses to Mynahs and Starlings in the Roof Space?
Thumper Thumper 8:15 am 01 Sep 10

I generally put a hungry badger in the roofspace.

Albeit, badgers are hard to get this time of the year….

Katle Katle 11:20 pm 31 Aug 10

Try chilli oil in a water pistol. Good for possums too.

S4anta S4anta 12:30 pm 31 Aug 10

+1 for vinegar, or if you have a cat, place a few piles of the (used) kitty litter at any hole you think is an issue, and they clear out quicker than a prophet on prayer-mat-shaped-land-mine.

nhand42 nhand42 6:42 pm 30 Aug 10

I had a similar problem a year ago so I got a quote from a bird-remover. The price didn’t concern me, but I stupidly asked how his method worked. He explained he scattered cardboard pads with sticky poison (facing upwards) in the roof space. The birds stand on the pads, the poison transfers to their feet, they lick their feet clean, then they die an agonisingly painful death. He didn’t say the last part. I just inferred it from the word “poison”.

That thought upset me too much to proceed. Instead I bought a supersoaker, filled it with white vinegar, and sprayed the inside of my roof space. It makes a god awful smell. The birds haven’t been back. Thankfully you can’t smell the vinegar inside the house because inside the roof space you need a gas mask.

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