How to prevent birds from crashing into clean windows

There’s nothing more fulfilling than a fresh window cleaning to make your home sparkle and shine! Clean windows really helps to maximize the amount of sunlight that is able to enter your home, but what about the birds? Anyone who has had their windows cleaned before has heard that awful thumping sound of a bird crashing into your newly cleaned windows. It can be a traumatizing experience not only for you and our fine feathered friends but also for your sparkling clean windows. So let’s discuss why birds fly into windows and what we can do to prevent it from happening.
Why Do Birds Crash into Windows?
In general, birds fly into windows because of reflections that cause an optical illusion that eliminates the window from the bird’s vision, especially when the window is clean and doesn’t have any dirt buildup to help alter the reflection. In daylight, plants outside of your house can reflect off of your windows, causing birds to treat the windows as vegetation. Additionally, birds may see indoor plants near your window ledge and be drawn to those indoor plants. At the right angle or lighting the birds may also see their reflection in the window and think it’s another bird and fly towards it.
4 Great Ways to Safeguard your Windows
1. Decals
An easy way to prevent birds from flying into your windows is by placing decals or stickers on window. These can be fun, especially for the holidays. For the summer, try placing cartoon flower decals on your windows, spaced a couple of feet apart from each other. This will reduce window reflection and still allow plenty of light into your home.
2. Exterior Curtains
Acopian Bird Savers are a great and easy way to save birds. Not only are these simple string curtains aesthetically pleasing, but they also work. You can purchase a custom set that fits your windows while offering a practical and quaint way to repel birds from your windows. This photo shows an Acopian window treatment and here is a direct link to the Acopian products…
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3. One-Way Transparent Film
Products like CollidEscape allow for you to see out of your freshly washed windows inside while displaying a pattern for those on the outside of your home. These decorative films not only allow you to still appreciate your windows from the inside, but they additionally can help bring down your cooling costs. Check out their website here…
4. Fake Owls
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