How to Get Rid of a Birds Nest

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How to Get Rid of a Birds Nest

How to Get Rid of a Birds Nest

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Keith's Pro Tips

"When checking nests for eggs and baby birds, if you're unable to see over the top of a nest, reach your gloved hand in and feel around for anything to make sure it's empty before discarding the nest."

How To Get Rid of A Birds Nest

This page is an expert guide on getting rid of birds nests from your property using the products and methods suggested by our experienced pest control specialists. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee you will eliminate nesting birds from your home.

Birds aren't usually regarded as pests, but when they begin to nest near or on your home, they can become worthy of the title. Birds are known to nest in areas that are secluded where they can rarely be disturbed and certain areas of your home can become a perfect place to set up. Some of the more common nest sites are around vents, under eaves, on trees and shrubs, patio covers and rain gutters.

Birds can cause lots of trouble when they are nesting nearby because they can block or interfere with air ventilation and they can leave lots of bird droppings which is known to damage car paint due to the uric acid contained in the feces. Bird nests can also serve as a home to all types of parasitic insects like bird mites, ticks, fleas and more. These parasites may leave the nest and infest your home, creating more problems.

If there are birds nesting in your home, follow our DIY guide for product recommendations and instructions on how to effectively remove bird nests and their invasion.

Identification

Before you can proceed with bird nest removal, you need to be sure that you are dealing with bird nests. Misidentification can lead to using incorrect treatment methods, which will be a waste of time and money. 

  • While some birds build their nests up in a tree or in bushes, others will settle on secluded areas of a yard or on the tops of homes. Bird nests are of various kinds, depending on the species of bird.
  • To give you a few examples, there’s the:
    • scrape (a depression in the soil)
    • mounds (made from branches, sticks, soils, leaves and twigs)
    • burrow (a hole in the ground)
    • cavity (a nest inside a dead tree’s stump)
    • cup (shaped like a bowl, made from saliva and mud)
    • saucer (a shallow depression)
    • platform (a flat deconstructed disc made from various materials)
    • pendant (a sac made from grass and branches)
    • and a sphere (an enclosed circle with a small opening).
  • Since all these nests are quite small, most birds build one in small spaces, where they cannot be reached. This gives them the advantage to hide their eggs and infant offspring from predators or natural disasters that might destroy the nest.
  • In many cases, birds make their nest under the roof, which is inaccessible if you are doing the removal on your own.

Use the description and image above to help you with identifying bird nests on your property. If you are not totally sure, contact us and one of our pros will assist you with identification.

Inspection

Bird nest identification

Now that you have identified that there is a birds nest near or on your home, you need to know the areas where they are located in your house. These areas are where you will be applying the treatment. 

Where to Inspect

Inspect the areas where you are seeing birds that are active. As we mentioned before, bird nests can be formed on your roof, on ledges, in air vents, and other such areas. Birds prefer nesting in a safe, cozy area where they won't be affected by rain or other elements or any other animal activity.

What to Look For

Look for a gathering of birds or the bird nest itself on your property. In some cases, the nest can be easily accessible. If you can view the nests, check if it's been active or abandoned. Active nests may have eggs laid in it. If the nest is empty, it may be an opportunity to remove the nest by crushing it (make sure you have on gloves) bagging it and tossing it in the trash.

Treatment

Once you have found the birds nest and the areas where the bird or birds are congregating, you can begin to apply treatment products. Before proceeding with bird nest removal, there are a few things to consider so you remove the nest safely and correctly without any issue.

Dos and Dont's of Bird Nest Removal

DO:

  • Make sure to have on personal protective equipment before carrying out treatment in the form of gloves and long-sleeved clothing.
  • To successfully remove birds from the area you will need to locate and discard the nest, then apply Detour repellent and Bird Flite Bird Control Spikes to keep birds from re-establishing themselves near your home.

DON'T:

  • One major DON'T is to not remove or destroy a birds nest that is active as you may get in trouble with the state or local authorities if there are laws set in place.
  • Depending on where you live, there may be laws in place protecting birds from harm, so for the most part, none of the products mentioned will actually kill birds, rather, they will deter them or repel them from the area.

Step 1 - Locate and Discard the Nest

If the bird nest has been discovered and is in an easy to access area, you should remove the nest to send a message to the birds that they aren't welcome here.

It is important though to first check the nest if there are any eggs or baby chicks in the nest. It's because with certain native species of bird, it is against the law to destroy or remove nests.

If there are no eggs or babies, you can just lift the birds nest and clear it from the area, making sure to remove all the nesting material and then toss the material in the trash. You should then clean the area with a bleach/water spray mixture.

Step 2 - Apply Bird Repellent

Applying Gel

Once the nest has been cleared out, use a bird repellent in the area where the nest was made to deter Birds from resettling in the area and remaking a nest. 4 the Birds Repellent Gel is an all-weather formula that contains a humane formula so not only will it be unpleasant because of its stickiness, but the texture will be offputting to the birds.

Step 3 - Apply Bird Flite Bird Control Spikes

Bird Spikes

As an added measure to make sure birds don't get comfortable and make another nest in the area, use Bird Flite Bird Control Spikes in the areas where they have been active. These spikes are made with stainless steel and are blunted so they prevent injury to birds so its a great humane option to keep birds away. 

Clean the surface where you will choose to place the spikes such as on the eave of your home, a ledge or another area and then simply glue the spike strip down with glue and it will be ready to ward birds off.

Prevention

Spraying bugs to deter birds

To prevent birds from nesting in your home in the future, you will need to lessen the insect population in the area. Since birds mainly eat bugs, if you spray an insecticide concentrate like Supreme IT around your home and yard, they will have less to eat.

Aside from this, applying bird repellents and the Bird Spikes is enough of an exclusion measure to make your home unappealing to birds wanting to find a place to nest.

Key Takeaways

What are Bird Nests?

  • Birds nests are makeshift habitats that birds create when they have found a place to settle.
  • Birds are known to nest on or around homes when there is a spot that is warm, secluded and appealing to them.
  • Depending on the species of bird, they may form their nests in different places and a variety of ways.

How To Get Rid of a Birds Nest

  • Locate and remove the nest after checking if the nest is inactive, meaning that there are no eggs or baby birds in the nest.
  • Toss the birds nest in the trash and then thoroughly wash and clean the area of the nesting site.

Preventing Bird Nest Reinfestation

  • Use 4 the Birds Repellent Gel and Bird Flite Bird Spikes to deter birds from making new nests on your property.
  • You can also discourage birds by reducing the insect population around your home that is attracting them by applying Supreme IT Insecticide around your property.
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