How To Build & Use Bird Spikes?

Bird spikes can be a great way to repel birds from your yard and garden. Bird spikes are also easy to build and install, so that DIY enthusiasts will love this project. If you’re trying to keep squirrels away from your bird feeder, this method might work for you too!

Building Bird Spikes

Bird spikes are simple yet effective deterrents to keep birds from landing on your property. They’re placed along the tops of fences or walls in areas where birds like to land, such as near bushes and trees. Bird spikes can be made from wire mesh, thick plastic sheeting or metal sheeting.

Bird spikes create an unpleasant experience for any bird attempting to land on them. The bird will feel uncomfortable because its feet get caught between the wires or sheets. Birds quickly learn that if they can’t perch comfortably, there’s no point in trying again—so they’ll avoid those spots altogether!


  • Screws:You need these for the bird spikes. You can use any screws you want, but we recommend galvanized screws. They come in different sizes and work well for this project! You only need to know that they’re pretty sharp when first made and should be handled with care until they’ve been used a few times. This means wearing gloves and safety glasses.
  • Nails:Nails are used on top of the bird spikes, so if someone steps on one accidentally, it won’t be as painful as stepping on a screw! Nails are also easier to hammer into wood than screws are.


To install bird spikes, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Safety Glasses Or Goggles
  • Gloves (To Protect Hands From Splinters And Sharp Edges)

Other Supplies You May Find Helpful Include

Wire cutters and pliers for bending wire into right angles, a utility knife for trimming excess material, and a level to ensure that your spikes are straight.

Mounting Bird Spikes

Once you’ve chosen your spot for the bird spikes, use a level to ensure they are straight up and down. If it’s not straight (which is pretty likely), loosen the screws and shift the spike so that it is. After this, drill holes in the wall where you will mount your spikes.

Once you have made holes in your wall, use a hammer to pound each spike until it is flush with the wall surface. Make sure there aren’t any sharp edges sticking out!

Bird Spikes Can Be Helpful Around Your Home.

Bird spikes are a great way to keep birds away from your home. They’re easy to install and remove, which makes them ideal for temporary use.

If you want an utterly humane alternative to bird control, purchasing the best bird spikes is perfect!


Now that you know how to build and use bird spikes, hopefully, you can return to enjoying your yard. If you have any other questions about how these work or want to share your experiences, leave us a comment below!