June 02, 2022 9 min read

Birds In Gutters

Do you have birds in your gutter?   People complain about birds in their gutters, not necessarily because they do not like birds or do not want them around, rather people complain about birds in the gutter because they make a mess.   They love to splash around in the gutter water and they get bird poop and dirty bird feathers all over the place.  In many of the cases, I have heard of homes with gutter bird problems and these homes do not even have trees near the house so the customers do not have gutter leaves causing clogs; perhaps in some cases birds target  a particular home’s gutter in fact because there are no trees around.  Maybe the mama bird decides to build the birds nest in gutters, because there are no other safe places away from predators.   There is no shortage of people with birds in the gutters, but the good news is that there is an easy gutter solution and bird guard.

Bird Barrier, That's Easier To Install

There are many bird barrier solutions on the market today, but the problem is that most of them are tricky to assemble and install in a way that they will not get blown away by the wind or ruined by the weather.   There are bird repellent solutions on the market such as pigeon spikes, bird repellent gel, something called optical gel, and bird barrier netting.  Search for bird barriers, and you will find that there is no shortage of methods and bird problem solving products, but what do you do about gutter birds and gutter pigeons; because those products are not designed for long lengths of gutters.   We have all seen those bird spikes that seem to be glued in place, or stuck in place with a sticky substance, in order to keep birds from landing, but what is a person supposed to do if the bird problem or pigeon problem is in the entire length of your gutter?   What do you do if you have gutter birds.   I can not imagine the amount of work and frustration that must be involved in attempting to assemble those bird deterrent products in a gutter.  It would be difficult to learn a method of how to assemble bird netting in a way that can keep birds out of the entire gutter, while also leaving the gutter in a maintainable state. It would be very difficult to glue each one of those bird barrier spikes into a gutter.

Bird Barrier Spikes;  Easy, Self fitting, and FAST!

The makers of GutterBrush have an excellent and easy way to avoid birds nesting in gutters;, just fill the entire gutter with GutterBrush.   Gutterbrush is like thousands of bird spikes or pigeon spikes pre-assembled together in a simple, self-fitting bottle brush that is designed to fit inside all gutter sizes.  The brush is made of a long lasting galvanized steel wire core which supports and holds thousands of bristles in a long lasting assembly that looks like a bottle brush or an old fashioned pipe cleaner.   Each of the gutter brush bristles acts like a spiny gutter spike.  Birds and pigeons do not want to land on these spiny sharp bristles, so Gutterbrush does a great job at keeping birds out of the gutter.   You can just easily fill the entire gutter with 3 foot lengths of GutterBrush and you leave it in the gutter.  No tools or gutter guard fasteners are required for this simple brush gutter guard installation, and the rain water flows between the bristles while the brush will keep birds out.  You simply slide Gutterbrush into the gutter,  under the gutter brackets, for a very long lasting bird deterrent.  By sliding Gutterbrush into the gutter, it is like you have just installed thousands and thousands of pre-assembled pigeon spikes. GutterBrush’s bird spikes are all perfectly assembled and ready to deter birds, yet  you don't have to glue or adhere anything into place. GutterBrush bird deterrant is so easy to install, all one  needs is to  be capable of working from a ladder.   Visit this page to see other alternate uses for Gutterbrush.

Get Rid Of Birds - So Many Types  

Our customers call and explain how they have used GutterBrush to solve so many bird problems.  While there are many different types of bothersome birds and many different ways that they cause problems, the one common theme is that building owners rely on GutterBrush as either a gutter bird repellent or they use GutterBrush to quickly close off  the bird access to an opening or a crevasse.  We have spoken to customers using our simple gutter  leaf guard to solve problems with Pigeons, Black Birds, Starlings, Crows, Woodpeckers, Gulls, Mud Swallows Seagulls and others.  People like working with GutterBrush because it is so easy to buy and install.  They just get the simple brush leaf guard shipped directly to their home for free, so they can get started deterring the bird problem right away.

Gutter Guards to Keep Birds Out

Many of the typical common gutter covers, in an attempt to try to keep gutter leaves and debris out, they actually create nice dry shelter for pests and birds.  Many leaf guards are designed to cover the gutter while leaving a slot or an opening;  with the relevant concept being that only the rain water will enter the gutter.  The opening of these gutter helmet type devices, is large enough for bees, bugs, wasps and small birds to enter.  Just imagine how happy birds, bugs and critters are when they realize they have just discovered a gutter with a waterproof and weatherproof gutter cover that provides dry shelter for mama bird to build her birds nest.  They love that dry shelter.  Many of the covers are expensive to install and they don't solve birds in gutters.  Screens and mesh don't help either because the birds are not deterred from landing on them or walking on them

Metal Building Bird Solution, Saves Time. 

Metal buildings and steel buildings such as Butler Buildings and Mueller Buildings are pre engineered buildings. ( PEBS )  These types of buildings are essentially prefabricated building and roof panels that are made in the factory and  assembled together on location.  Metal Building builders have explained to me that there is a prefabricated metal panel that caps off the roof panels where they meet the edge of the building.  This prefabricated metal panel is called rake trim.  The rake trim caps off and terminates the metal building ribbed roof panels in a clean and neat way, at the side edges of the metal building roof, however, at the location where the rake trim overlaps  the steel building gutter,  there exists an open void. Blackbirds and other types of birds can enter the gutter and then at the corner where the gutter is covered by the metal rake trim, they can hop up into the void allowing them full access to actually enter the building by way of the rake trim opening.  Typically, the metal building builder would need to create a custom made piece of sheet metal that would be riveted or screwed into place to keep gutter birds from hopping up into the steel rake trim void. Metal building contractors have explained that they can save lots of time and therefore also save money, by avoiding fabrication of the custom sheet metal bird enclosure piece and instead simply using a 3 foot piece of GutterBrush to quickly deter birds from entering gaps in the metal building.   Others explain that birds enjoy playing in the steel building gutter water.  Once the birds inhabit the gutter, they are able to locate small metal building openings where the metal roof panels undulate up and down.  These metal building roof panel bird access openings  are located just above the gutter.  These voids or openings exist just above the steel building gutter because the metal building roof panels alternate from the upper roof ribs to the lower roof ribs; and they are supposed to be filled with foam closure pieces which are adhered in place to keep weather, water and birds out.  Sometimes these foam pieces are missing or the birds actually pull the metal building foam out leaving a void above the gutter where the birds can enter.   When the metal building gutter is filled with Gutterbrush, the birds no longer enter the gutters and therefore they no longer have the vantage point to see and  locate the spaces where the foam is missing.  Installing GutterBrush in these steel building gutters keeps birds out, keeps the gutter from clogging, and it's much easier and faster than locating and filling every gutter void with foam pieces.

Solar Panel Pigeons, Solar Panel Leaves:  

A newish problem these days is the problem of solar panel pigeons and roof top solar panel leaves and debris that could actually cause solar panel overheating.   Pigeons and other nasty fowl enjoy living and sheltering beneath roof top solar panels. Pigeons and birds nest under the shelter of the solar panel making a mess,  and all of the roof debris and feathers as well as leaves, pile up and cause the rain water to drain slower.  The rain water runs down the roof and hits the dirty bird and debris mess and can run laterally causing roof leakage and water infiltration.  Additionally, a build up of roof leaves and debris under the roof top solar panels, can block off air venting and cause the solar panel to heat up and cause damage. To keep birds and debris out and to also keep the rooftop solar panel from over heating, many will surround the solar panel with bird barrier netting, however this technique is labor intensive, difficult, time consuming and it requires fasteners to hold the bird barrier netting in position. Most people do not want to install fasteners on the roof or the rooftop solar panels, because fasteners make holes and holes cause damage and roof leaks.  A simple pressure fit of one of the 5 Gutterbrush diameters, is a fast and easy way to keep birds and animals from entering beneath the solar panels. GutterBrush can quickly fill the entire perimeter void between the solar panels and the roof, keeping birds, critters, and gutter leaves out from under the rooftop solar panels while the rain water can flow freely between the bristles.  GutterBrush is a debris and bird barrier for roof top solar panels.

Pigeon Shelf Exposed Rafters,  Pigeons in Rafters.

I was recently eating at an outdoor porch restaurant in Key West Florida.  Due to the fact that the restaurant was an outdoor porch overlooking the ocean, all of the rafters or rafter ends were exposed.  Typical homes and buildings would normally have an enclosed soffit where the fascia board would meet the planchard and the entire “jet” or soffit would be enclosed, however porches often have exposed rafters.  When porch rafters are exposed, pigeons can fly in between the rafters and access a horizontal pigeon shelf that is created by the horizontal beams that support the rafters.  This horizontal shelf area invites pigeons and other dirty birds to nest and make a mess.  Restaurants must solve bird problems in porch rafters, because it is unhealthy to have pigeons nesting and shedding near where restaurant food is served.  Typically, one would attempt to solve pigeon problems and enforce pigeon control by adhering bird spikes.  At this particular restaurant, the area above the beams and between the rafters was filled with dirty pigeons even though someone had previously attempted to deter the pigeons with bird spikes.  It is a cumbersome job to attempt to adhere or fasten pigeon spikes everywhere the pigeons could access.   A simpler way is to simply fill the space between the rafters with one of the GutterBrush diameters.  Gutterbrush provides easy to install pigeon control.

Birds Behind Shutters, A HOA Problem:

Any time a builder installs window or door shutters up against an uneven masonry stucco surface, gaps are created where the shutter meets the uneven surface.  Birds love the shelter and protection provided by the shutter, so they build their nests in the crevasses behind the shutters and make a dirty bird mess.  In this particular instance, an entire home owners association HOA had hundreds of homes with this bird nesting problem behind shutters.  Due to the uneven nature of the masonry stucco siding, creating a closure for this problematic bird gap, would have been very time consuming,  therefore the pest control company looked to GutterBrush to provide a bird barrier.  They slid sections of our 3.25” diameter brush behind each of the four sides of the shutter, to quickly and easily close the gap and keep the birds out.  The fact that GutterBrush bristles are flexible, meant that all the pest control company had to do was cut the brushes to length, and stuff them behind the shutters.  The gutter guard brushes are doing a great job at deterring birds and the pest control company saved lots of time  and labor because the brushes did not require any fasteners: rather they just remain in place because of the pressure fit.

Bats In Your Deck;

Bats are notorious for fitting into very small cracks and crevasses under decks and under residential rake trim.  It is common that when a builder builds a deck up against the home, there is often a very small crack, space or crevasse for bats to enter where the deck plate meets the home.  Customers fill that gap with GutterBrush to deter bats.  GutterBrush can be pressed into the crack or it can be assembled between deck joists by drilling a hole into each side and bending the GutterBrush so that when it flexes back to a straight piece, the drilled holes support both sides of the brush and the brush stays in place with no fastening required.


All GutterBrush boxes, regardless of which size or diameter, come with predominantly 3 foot lengths and also a few 18” pieces.  These smaller lengths are easy to work with and easy to line up one after another to solve your pigeon, bird or bat problem.  Visit  www.GutterBrush.com, see the 5 different sizes, and purchase your bird deterrent that will save lots of time with easy installation.  Contact GutterBrush with questions at 888-397-9433 orinfo@gutterbrush.com.  GutterBrush is made in the USA since 2004

Alex O'Hanley
Alex O'Hanley



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