Bird in the roof

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  1. May 22, 2017 #1

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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?
     
  2. May 22, 2017 #2

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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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  3. May 22, 2017 #3

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    Who is in charge of castration? :rofl:
     
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  4. May 22, 2017 #4

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    Its a byproduct of the unaffordable care act.......
     
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  5. May 22, 2017 #5

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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?
     
  6. May 22, 2017 #6

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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.
     
  7. May 22, 2017 #7

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    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.
     
  8. May 23, 2017 #8

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    Once the babies leave the nest they don't come back but I would give them a couple weeks.
     
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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?
     
  10. Feb 18, 2018 #10

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    Plastic Wood or even autobody filler might be a better way to go.

    Might make an undetectable repair.
     

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