Having an outdoor gas grill can be a great feature for any home or apartment. Most gas grills are kept permanently outside, rain or shine. Because the grill is a stationary object your neighborhood animals, including birds, may begin using it as a home or nest. For the health and cleanliness of your grilled meals, is important to take a few precautions to keep these birds and other critters out of your gas grill.
Things You'll Need
- Gas grill
- Grill cover
Move the gas grill inside if at all possible during the colder months or while it rains. This can be in the garage or on an enclosed porch, just so birds do not have direct access to the grill.
Slip a grill cover over the gas grill. These covers are reminiscent of rain tarps and protect the grill from rain and other elements. There is usually a pull string at the bottom of the cover so you can tighten it up. Make sure all holes the grill has are completely covered.
Use the gas grill often. If the grill is left motionless and unused for months at a time, birds and other creatures may think it is safe to build a nest in the inside of the grill. Continually using the grill will keep animals from doing this. Even if you don't cook with the grill, change its location frequently.
Remove any grass, leaves or other signs of a possible nest. If you catch the birds before they can create their nest, they might decide to move somewhere else.
Tips & Warnings
- Migratory birds, including their eggs, are protected by federal law. It is illegal to destroy a nest with eggs in it, so be sure to catch the nest early, before eggs are laid.
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