Spring has sprung and the birds are chipping. But while our feathered friends can be lovely to listen to, they become real pests when they build their nests too close to your home or in dangerous places. Bird nests can cause damage to rooftops and clog your gutters while bird droppings which are a natural consequence of having a nest nearby can deteriorate siding or the paint on your car. Not to mention how messy it can get!
So how do you live in harmony with the nature in your backyard? While it can be fun to have a nest nearby and watch the baby chicks grow and develop, not every space is suitable to have a bird nest.
When to remove a nest
Removing a bird’s nest is not always legal as there may be certain laws pertaining to wildlife removal. You can be assured that it is permissible if the nest has been abandoned or if it is in an obvious state of deterioration. If the nest is new but does not yet have eggs in it, and it is in a dangerous location, it should also be removed.
Dangerous locations where birds might build their nests include:
- Too close to a busy walkway or door
- In a drainage pipe or gutter
- Inside dryer vents
- On equipment such as a lawn mower, barbeque or air conditioning unit
- Inside a chimney
If the nest is in a dangerous location, but eggs have already been laid, then try contacting a local bird rescue to see if they will take the birds and care for them until they are mature enough to survive on their own.
Alternatively, you can try moving the nest just out of harm’s way, being sure to keep it as close as possible to the original location and without damaging it.
When you should not remove a nest
There are some circumstances when a nest should not be removed. This includes when the nest belongs to an endangered species of bird or when it belongs to a larger bird that returns to the same nest year after year.
If you are unsure about the nest that you are considering removing, you should contact a wildlife official in your area before taking action.
Tips for removing bird nests
If you are going to remove the nest yourself, here are some tips for you to keep in mind.
- Wear gloves – this will help to protect you from bacteria and mites. If the nest is still active, it will also help to keep your scent off the nest.
- When disposing of a nest, put it in a plastic bag or bury it in a compost pile. This protects young birds from possible spread of disease.
- If you want to keep birds from building a nest in the same area again, clean the spot with nine parts water and one part chlorine bleach.
If you require any assistance with bird control or removing an unwanted nest, call the experts at Habitat Wildlife Control. Not only do safely remove pests, we have preventative measures to ensure they do not come back.