How to Stop Birds From Building Nests in Hanging Plants

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothpicks

  • Aluminum foil or pinwheels

  • Cotton ball

  • Ammonia

  • Mothballs

  • Plastic snake


If birds have already claimed your plant as a home, the plant is pretty much lost. Do not go picking up the birds, as some of them carry diseases, even if they are cute. Avoid the use of poisons and chemicals that will not only harm the birds, but your plant as well.

Stop Birds From Building Nests in Hanging Plants

Hanging plants are beautiful. Certain types of birds are beautiful. Certain types of bird in hanging plants are not beautiful, but annoying. With as much as costs to buy pretty flowers in a suspended pot, and then the issues with bugs, and sunlight, and forgetting to water it, the last thing you need is birds turning it into a summer retreat. Keeping birds out of your hanging plants is easier than you might have thought with a few easy tips.

Step 1

Set tooth picks in the soil sticking up so it won't be so enticing for birds to sit on.

Step 2

Put something shiny nearby or in the plant. Old compact discs or sticks wrapped in aluminum foil will detract birds. Shiny pinwheels that move in the wind is a great deterrent.

Step 3

Soak a cotton ball in ammonia, and put it in the planter. The birds won't like the smell, and won't nest there.

Step 4

Place 3 or 4 mothballs on top of the soil in the plant, and the birds will stay away.

Step 5

Put a plastic snake in the plant. Birds will not nest where they think snakes are.

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.