Clean Up & Removal of a Bird Nest
- 1). Study the type of bird nesting in the problem location. Visit your state's department of environmental protection website and align the characteristics of your bird with those offered on the site. Notice whether that particular bird is endangered or not, whether chemical or other deterrent use is legal and if there are any other laws pertaining to the treatment of the animal.
- 2). Find a face mask, rubber or latex gloves and old clothes. Birds and the materials in their nests can cause disease so protect yourself, your family and pets from any unnecessary exposure. Have the spotter wear the same and have a trash bag handy to receive the nest materials.
- 3). Get the bird(s) out of the nest. You do not want a roosting mother or father bird in the nest when you remove it. This is likely to result in a pecking injury or other equally undesirable injuries. Trying to startle it or use of a chemical (see warning) may work. The safest bet is to grin and bare it until the hatchlings emerge from their shells and the parents are not as defensive.
- 4). Physically remove the nest. If it is safe and accessible and you are sure there is no live bird (save perhaps eggs) in the nest, take it down. If this requires scaling heights or using a ladder, find someone to spot you and hold the base of the ladder. Pass the nest and any other unwanted debris down to your spotter and descend the ladder.
- 5). Consider relocation. If it is possible to remove the nest and move it to a nearby tree then try it. This is especially worthwhile if there are still eggs in the nest that have not hatched yet. Call your state department of environmental protection and ask for a suitable method for moving a nest.