Whether you associate birds with a pleasant morning song or something more Hitchcock-esque, their nuisance can overwhelm a household. And when they start to wreak havoc, you’ll want to take action. If a bird’s incessant noise or disruptive nest debris begins to make your house less of a home, you may consider removing their nest. However, before you do so, be sure to consider the risks and laws involved.
There are several species of birds that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This deems any mistreatment of migratory birds illegal, including nest removal. So, be sure that if you intend to relocate or rid your home of a bird’s nest, that it does not belong to a protected species. And since it may be challenging to differentiate which type of bird is on your hands, we recommend you reserve nest removal to pest control professionals. This is our first piece of advice. However, if you decide to take this matter into your own hands, follow these tips.
Before you remove a bird’s nest:
Be sure the nest is not in use.
The best form of ridding your home of nests is to prevent birdsfrom building one in the first place. There are several ways in which you might accomplish this. From sloped ledges to pruned plants, there are many effective methods for the job. And if you notice nest construction in a place where a bird is not welcomed, it is best to remove it while it is being built.
Check for eggs in the nest.
Wait to remove the nest until the post-nesting season.
Discerning when nesting season takes place and when it has ended for the year can be challenging. That’s because each bird species nests at different times of the year and with different frequencies. Most will only nest once a year. However, some will do so four or five times a year. So, unless you are sure of the conclusion of that particular birds’ nesting season, you ought to refrain from removing their nest at the risk of disrupting this crucial season.
While birds bring color to the sky and a song to your window, their nests may pose a problem. So, if a nest is in an unsafe location or one that might cause damage to your home, consider calling a professional for its removal. Prioritize the preservation of each bird species and do not take unresearched action. We advise that your first step in the process should be to call on expert assistance. We at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control are here for all of your pest removal needs, including that of bird nests! Do not hesitate to give us a call today!