What to Do If You Find a Bird’s Nest in your Chimney

Do You Have a Bird’s Nest in Your Chimney?

birds nest in chimneyFinding a birds nest in your chimney can cause a few problems, especially during the colder months. Bird control via prevention, in this case, is far better than a cure. Birds nesting in chimneys is very common, especially during the colder months when they’re trying to find safe places for their young.

Identifying the nests early is very important, as once the birds have nested, it’s notoriously hard to remove them due to wildlife protection laws (more about that later).

Why do Birds Nest in Chimneys?

birds nest in chimneyWhen building a nest, birds will often look for an area that’s safe, quiet and hidden from predators. Chimneys offer all of the above, with the added benefit of being largely unaffected by the weather. Chimneys are also thought to be better nesting grounds than trees, mainly because birds do not have to fight over territory.

Birds Nests in Chimneys Over Christmas

birds nest in chimneyIt’s especially important to check for birds nests in Chimneys over the Christmas period, or through the colder months in general. This is because people will often light fires during this time, and if your chimney hasn’t been swept or checked for birds nests, it can lead to serious fire hazards and even chimney fires.

Birds nesting in chimneys are common problems every pest control company has had to tackle at least once.

How to Stop Birds Nesting in Chimneys

birds nest in chimneyThere are several ways to prevent birds from nesting within your chimneys and around your chimney flute.

It’s important that you identify the birds nesting in your chimney sooner rather than later. Pigeons cooing, rustling and chirping are common signs to look out for. Once you’re sure birds have nested in your chimney, order a chimney sweep as soon as possible. The chimney sweep will be able to identify the nest and instruct further on if it’s possible to remove it.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, it’s illegal to remove or destroy any birds’ nests once they are in use. You will have to wait until the end of August to remove the nest, but fortunately, it’s unlikely you will be using your fire or chimney during the summer.

Removing the Birds in Your Chimney

birds nest in chimneyYou may want to consider some alternative bird control methods that have proven effective at repelling birds from other nesting areas.

Removing a bird’s nest from a chimney is a very tough and physical job and should not be attempted by anyone who is not qualified. The removal process involves breaking up the nest(s) using a small, hard brush tool to strip it off the chimney’s walls. The size of the brush increases as bits of the nest are removed. This ensures that the whole nest is removed.

It’s likely your chimney sweep will ask you to look to your chimney to see if you can see the brush coming out the top of the chimney pot. This will clarify that all the nests and other debris has been removed.

Alternative Bird Control Methods

birds nest in chimneyWhile there are bird guards specifically designed to stop birds from infiltrating your chimney, you may want to bird-proof your property to stop them altogether.

Some of the most popular are:

  • Birds spikes
  • Bird netting
  • Bird wire
  • Alternative removal (egg and nest removal)

Our egg and nest removal options are particularly popular when it comes to dealing with birds nesting in chimneys. If you’d like to know more about this service or any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today via our contact form or by calling the number at the top of the page.

Never Attempt to ‘Burn the Nest Out’

birds nest in chimneyLighting a fire in that hope that the birds will relocate is a very dangerous idea. Birds’ nests are extremely flammable and lighting your chimney will likely result in a chimney fire or filling your house with smoke and soot.

Additionally, lighting the chimney also puts the lives of the birds at risk. Many birds in the UK are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and actively causing harm to such birds can result in fines and penalties.

Bird Control for Chimneys

If you’d like to know more about how we can help keep birds away from your property and minimise the risk of them nesting, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today. We specialise in a variety of bird control methods and are always on-hand to help our customers.

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