Bird in the roof

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swimmer_spe

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A couple of weeks ago, I heard some chirping from my front door. I investigated it, and found that there is a hole in the soffet of the porch roof.

I know how to fix the issue. I know that due to the construction of the roof, the birds are not in my house, just the porch roof.

I do not want to kill the birds, just prevent them from nesting there in the future.

How long after not hearing chirping can I go up and block the hole off?
 

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Toss some moth balls up there, most animals don't like the odor and it should keep them from nesting. Its a cheap try.
 

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Once they have flown away, I will spray foam the opening and there will be no way for them to get in.

My question i how do I know that they are gone for good?
 

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Did you hear baby birds chirping? If so and you don't want to disturb the nest, wait til they fly away, shouldn't be more than a couple weeks I think.
 

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Did you hear baby birds chirping? If so and you don't want to disturb the nest, wait til they fly away, shouldn't be more than a couple weeks I think.
If you read my initial post, that is exactly what I am doing. I am asking How Long after I hear no noise is it safe to cover the hole so they don't come back next year.
 

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So,, it is winter. A few days ago, it was a nice day out. The hole is now closed in with some expanding foam. Can I just spray paint the expanding foam?
 
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