Through the years, we have had many Robin's make thier home under our deck. But the first year they made a nest, we left it there and it gathered mites that infested our deck. They were so tiny and so many of them it was disgusting. You would walk onto the deck by the nest and they would start covering your legs. So after taking the nest down and hosing the deck off, we said we would never let another nest stay there. Our neighbor told us about stapling a dryer sheet up there and the birds would not make thier home anymore. So we did that, and she was right. The Robin's didnt make thier next there again, they made it on the other side of the deck!
While hubby has forgotten to staple a dryer sheet up there again since, the birds have made several nests. Most of them we took down before any eggs were layed, but this one we did not see until the eggs were in there already. I hate to move the nest after the eggs have been layed. So we are taking our chances and leaving it as long as we can. They are so high up that the only way we can see them is to look through the deck as we are standing on it.
Hatch little birdies! Hatch! Before the infestation comes!