Birds have always figured prominently across human history. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is represented as a white dove. Noah used a dove to find out if the Great Flood was over. In Egyptian mythology, the god Horus is usually represented as a falcon, and had a falcon head in deity form.
These majestic animals have also stroked man’s imagination of the air, finally leading to the invention of flight, arguably one of the best discoveries in human history. Birds are also vital cogs in any ecosystem. They control the proliferation of pests and insects and they also aid in the pollination of plants.
Birds are also vertebrates that make homes in the form of nests. They make functional homes where they can lay their eggs and raise their young. Normally, these nests do not pose much of a problem for humans; however, there are instances when a bird’s nest can be a source of frustration.
Not So Nice Nests
A bird’s nest can be a problem when it’s placed on or near your house. While not as annoying as a beehive, a bird’s nest is still a pesky addition to your home. Some of the reasons why a bird’s next can be a liability are:
- When they’re placed at a very prominent place at the front of your house. Say you’re considering selling your townhouse, but then you find out that a bird has made a comfortable nest right above your front door. More often than not, such display will be discouraging to prospective buyers.
- When they’re placed near your window. Some of you may argue that nothing is more beautiful than waking up to sunlight and the beautiful twittering of birds in the morning — but not when the bird has half a dozen of her young chirping all day long. No one would want to wake up to shrill shouts and noise.
- When they get in the way of your day-to-day living. If a bird is overly territorial or protective of its young, it usually doesn’t care what or how big its opponent is. If the bird happens to make a nest near your front door, then expect to be attacked by it every time you come in and out of your house. You’ll feel like you’re a tenant being harassed by a landlord.Some nests also get in the way of your chores. For example, a bird’s nest that is built in one of your hanging plants can really be an interference. Bird nests can also mess up TV antennas.
Bye Bye Birdie Nest
Here are some ways on how you can get rid of your feathered friend’s nest and shoo them away.
- Physically remove the nest. The easiest way to get rid of the nest is to just climb to where it is and then remove it. Keep in mind though that removing nests with eggs is in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Make sure that when you remove the nest, there’s nothing in it. Besides, removing the nest while the mother bird is still roosted in it will most probably result in you getting pecked in the face or even worse.
- Get a pet. A pet cat or dog can drive away birds. Once the bird has flown away, you can then remove the nest and have it transferred to another location, such as a tree or the roof of a nearby building.
- Put an artificial owl or cat statue. Similar to the principle of scarecrows (Learn how to make a scarecrow), putting statues of owls (natural predators of young birds) or cats may deter the birds long enough for them to go away and nest somewhere else. Some of these statues even have extra features such as growling or making a sound that is motion-triggered to make them more believable.
Keep in mind that birds are never pests, so it’s better that you do not destroy their nests but instead place them in another location where they can “roost” in peace. Enjoyed this article? you’ll surely enjoy reading how to get rid of birds.
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