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How To Keep Wrens Away

Wren Sitting On A Wood

There is no doubt that wrens are cute. But, unfortunately, they are also well-known for breaking into our houses and making our lives hell.

Wrens are common throughout Europe and may be seen in most countries. Over the past years, the number of these birds has grown because their living conditions have improved, and more food is available.

The effects of climate change combined with the absence of natural predators have contributed to an even more dramatic increase in their numbers in recent years.

Because of these changes, there have been more complaints about wrens from homeowners.

Although wrens are generally considered to be harmless, they are capable of causing damage if they are not controlled. Fortunately, there are several ways you can keep them at bay without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Read on to discover some of the best ways to get rid of wrens once and for all.


Do you have a wren problem in your home? Well, look no further because this article discusses several humane methods to eliminate them.

The following are the five methods that will be covered in detail in this article:

  1. Make use of shiny objects.
  2. Wrap scare tape around areas you find them.
  3. Mimic wren distress over a speaker.
  4. Make use of natural repellents.
  5. Minimize food sources.

If you use the five strategies outlined in this article, we guarantee that your home will be free of wrens.

This article will discuss wrens, ways to get rid of them, and some methods to prevent them from building nests near your home. Let’s get started!

5 Best Humane Ways To Keep Wrens Away

This section will discuss the five most effective and humane methods for warding off wrens. We will also review some pro tips and potential hazards, if necessary. Let’s get started!

1. Make Use of Shiny Objects

Silver Crumpled Foil Background

The wren’s eyes are irritated by the sunlight reflected off of flashy items.


We recommend you hang flashy party streamers, strips of aluminum foil, old compact discs, or pie plates made of metal on the branches where wrens gather.

Wrens will find your home less appealing because of the presence of these objects. However, they won’t be harmed in the process.

2. Wrap Scare Tape Around Areas You Find Them

Reflective Tapes On White Background

You can get a reflective tape known as “scare tape” or “deterrent tape” either online or at your local home and garden shop.

This tape is one of the most effective ways to keep wrens away from your property.

This tape has a holographic or glossy surface that reflects sunlight, which causes it to shine in the eyes of wrens and discourages them from coming near or landing on your property.

In addition, it produces a rustling sound when exposed to wind, which serves as an additional deterrent.

Try wrapping it around the branches of trees, railings, fences, or anything else you want to discourage the wrens from visiting and building nests.

Be aware, however, that the caution tape will lose its effectiveness as its shine wears off, so you should practice changing it frequently.

3. Mimic Wren Distress Over a Speaker

Speaker Near The Window

Even though this method may work best for keeping crows and geese away, it has also been used to keep wrens from coming to an area.

It is possible to give the impression that your property is dangerous for wrens by imitating the sounds that wrens make when they are in distress or the sounds made by other species that prey on wrens.

In addition, you may get a device that produces these noises by doing an internet search or going to a hardware shop with a good selection.


You can also make similar sounds by searching for “wren distress cries” or “wren predator calls” on YouTube and then playing the sounds through a speaker in a window. Another option is to use a recording of wrens making these sounds.

4. Make Use of Natural Repellents

Hand Holding A Spray Bottle

Wrens and other species of birds find very strong odors to be quite unpleasant, and for this reason, they avoid them.

These include peppermint oil, citronella, lemon, cayenne pepper, chile, garlic, and vinegar.

In addition, you may make a repellant out of chili peppers, water, and vinegar by mixing the three ingredients in a container.

To prepare this spray, combine equal parts water and vinegar and then smash dried red or green chili peppers into the mixture.

This combination may then be put in a crock pot for a few hours to infuse it, or it can be placed in a transparent glass in the sunshine to infuse it naturally.

Both methods will provide the same results. Once you have finished making the repellant, pour it in a plant mister and spray it in any locations where wrens are creating a problem.

5. Minimize Food Sources

Cat Food Outdoor

Wrens are attracted to food. They are attracted to its scent, taste, and visual appeal. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is make sure that food is not within reach.


We highly recommend that you lock your garbage cans, store them in a garage or shed, and always clean up after any meals that you have outside. In addition, you should always clean your grills after each use.

If, on the other hand, you feed your pet outside, you may take precautions to prevent birds from eating the food intended for your pet.

First and foremost, feed your pets regularly and always store their kibble properly. This means putting it in a container that animals can’t open or keeping it inside the house.


If you have a lot of wrens in your yard, you’ll be glad to know that it’s easy to keep them away. You can do this in several ways, five of which this article describes.

On the other hand, the most effective way to keep wrens from nesting anywhere is to keep your house and garden clean. Keep your grass cut at all times. You should prune the shrubs and remove all food sources.

There are more ways than the five discussed in this article to keep wrens away.

But, if you seek a humane, inexpensive, and fastest solution, this article’s ideas are your best chance. There is nothing else that comes close.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Wrens Eat Insects?

Wrens get the majority of their nutrition from very small insects. They hunt spiders and various insects, including beetles, bugs, and caterpillars of all kinds.

They also feed their nestlings grasshoppers and crickets in addition to the previously mentioned food items. They will also consume mealworms, small bits of suet, peanuts, and sunflowers.

How Do I Stop Wrens From Building a Nest?

If you place several tiny mirrors in areas where wrens are not permitted to nest, the wrens may not only leave because of the light, but their reflections in the mirrors may give them the impression that the area has already been claimed.

Other options include strips of Mylar, reflecting wind chimes, and bits of aluminum foil strung together. All this will keep a wren away from nesting.

Will Aluminum Foil Keep Birds Away?

Birds do not like how the foil feels when pressed against their beaks. Thus, they will avoid it. Use trees or other high spots around your house and garden to hang strips of aluminum foil.

They are prevented from getting closer because the light reflects off the shiny surface and causes discomfort to their eyes.

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