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Bird Nest Removal Cost

Bird Nest Removal Cost

National average
$500
(initial assessment, single bird live capture and nest removal with relocation and cleanup services)
Low: $250

(initial assessment, bird and nest relocation only)

High: $2,000

(initial assessment, single bird live capture and nest removal, install netting and seal gaps to prevent further infestation)

Cost to remove bird nests varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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Bird Nest Removal Cost

National average
$500
(initial assessment, single bird live capture and nest removal with relocation and cleanup services)
Low: $250

(initial assessment, bird and nest relocation only)

High: $2,000

(initial assessment, single bird live capture and nest removal, install netting and seal gaps to prevent further infestation)

Cost to remove bird nests varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from animal/pest control specialists in your city.

The average cost to remove a bird nest with live bird capture is $500.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Birds Nests?

Birds tend to nest inside structures, and that is why they may choose your home to take up long-term residence. Bird control is extremely important due to the extensive damage they can cause to a home in a short time. Most importantly, birds inside a home carry a health risk by being carriers of serious diseases that they can pass onto humans. To keep family members safe and avoid costly repairs for structural damage, remove birds promptly by a professional.

The average cost to remove bird nests wanges between $350-$650, with the average homeowner spending around $500 on initial assessment, single bird live capture and nest removal with relocation and cleanup services.

Cost to Remove Bird Nest

Bird Removal Cost
National average cost$350-$650
Average range$500
Minimum cost$250
Maximum Cost​$2,000


Bird Nest Removal Cost by Location

Nesting birds make a lot of noise, and the materials from the nest can block vents, gutters, and drains. Nests can also be constructed in areas that could be dangerous for birds, such as walkways and chimneys. Some birds even make their nests inside grills and lawnmowers. It is vital to make certain live birds have a way to escape an area before it is sealed off. Also, some birds are protected by wildlife laws, so identifying the type of bird you have is an essential part of removal.

Bird Nest Removal Cost

Bird Nest Removal Cost


LocationCost
Garage$100-$300
Chimney$175-$800
Solar Panels$175-$800
Eaves$300-$1,000
Roof$300-$2,000
Vent$400-$500
Soffit$450-$700
Attic$500-$600
Warehouse$700-$1,000
Gutter$1,350-$1,700


Remove Birds from Garage

Sometimes birds get frightened and confused. They may end up caught in your garage and you may be in fear of their life if they stay in there. To get a bird out of the garage, it is best to leave them be. But if you have waited a brief period of time, you may try closing the door for about 30 minutes with the lights off. This can calm the bird and then when you open the door, he may fly out. Hummingbirds like bright light and colors so placing a bright object near the garage door may lure them out.

If you have a bird’s nest in the garage, again, it should be inactive to be removed. Cost to remove the nest is $100-$300. To keep birds from coming back in, keep the garage door shut as often as possible and install a decoy or sonic sound deterrent mechanism at an additional cost of $100-$200.

Remove Birds from Chimney

One of the most popular places for the Chimney Swift bird to nest, it can take awhile for you to realize these pesky creatures have nested in your chimney. Getting a nest removed and having a screen installed to keep more birds from getting in is $175-$800.

Remove Birds from Solar Panels

Pigeons often find solace from rain, heat, and predators by building a nest under solar panels. It can be difficult to remove the nests as there is usually only about 8 inches between the panel and the roof. These annoying birds can create a mess, do damage to your solar panel, and affect the energy efficiency of the panels. To remove pigeons from solar panels, a professional will need to remove inactive nests, install roof spikes and bird nets to prevent any new pigeons from nesting. The cost for this is $175-$800.

Removing Bird Nests from Eaves

While a bird nest in your eaves 1 may seem okay, they can still bring unwanted problems like mites 2, dropping feces, and carrying diseases. The eaves of your home seem like a nice comfy, warm place to have a family for the birds, but not so much for you. However, active nests of certain species cannot be removed from your eaves according to the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. Once mating season is over, removing bird nests and taking preventative measures for further infestation will cost about $300-$1,000 to install mesh wiring and seal any openings or cracks where birds can reenter.

Removing Birds from Roof

Bird spikes can be used to keep birds off of your roof. Pigeons are the most invasive of roofing nesting birds and the spikes will discourage these birds from making your roof a home. Cost of installing bird spikes is $300-$2,000.

Bird Removal from Vent Cost

Often birds make nests in hidden areas. You may find a bird nest in the bathroom vent or a flock of birds in the bathroom vent. Generally, a wildlife removal expert will want to install exclusion netting after the nest is removed. Removing the nest from the vent plus the installation of exclusion netting is $400-$500.

Remove Birds from Soffit

Measures to keep birds out of your soffits 3 include sealing holes and gaps once the inactive nest is removed. The cost for the nest removal, getting rid of birds in soffit, and sealing is $450- $700.

Bird Removal from Attic Cost

Sparrows or starlings are the common nesters in the attic. Their nests can often be found in attic vents as they wish to gain access to the attic. Typically, a professional will install exclusion netting as this prevents the birds from returning to the nest. Removing nests from the attic and adding prevention methods will cost about $500-$600.

Warehouse Bird Control

Birds sometimes enter warehouses or other commercial buildings through an open door or a vent. While it may not seem like a big deal, it can cause an unhealthy atmosphere for workers and shoppers. Removing a bird from a store or warehouse costs about $700-$1,000. Installing netting, roof spikes, and closing any openings or gaps, could cost as much as $3,000 on a commercial building. This is how you would prevent further birds getting into the building.

Remove Birds from Gutters

It is not safe for a bird’s nest to remain in a gutter. Gutters are lightweight and may not be able to withstand the weight of the nest and its occupants. However, check with your state and local laws about relocating the nest if it is active. So you may be wondering how to get rid of birds nest in the gutter? An inactive nest can be removed and gutters sealed. Have a professional install gutter guards made of plastic screen, wire mesh, or surface-tension material, seal all gaps with waterproof grouting 4, and keep the gutters cleaned out regularly. Cost for gutter guards and sealing is $1,350 - $1,700 for 200 square feet.

Bird Nest Removal Cost by Type of Bird

Most species of birds are not a problem when seen around your home. Only a few birds make their nests inside a residence. Identifying the birds on your property helps a wildlife control specialist remove them safely. Also, if you can identify the bird, you will know the laws protecting the animal. You could face severe fines if you harm a protected bird species, such as the Brown-Headed Cowbird, Eastern Bluebird, and the American Goldfinch.

Cost to Remove Birds

Cost to Remove Birds


Type of birdCost to remove
Pigeon$100-$300
Cow$100-$300
House Sparrow$300-$500
House Martin$300-$500
Barn Swallow$450-$650


Pigeon Removal Cost

Pigeons are mostly known for roof or solar panel nesting. If nests are interfering with the solar panel operation or causing other problems, you can have them moved to another location. The cost to remove the pigeons is $100-$300. You will also want to install netting and roof spikes to keep the pigeons from returning. The pigeon control price is $175-$800.

Crow Nest Removal

Crows can be somewhat aggressive so getting rid of them is a wise choice. Experts say you can use a decoy, make sure trash is locked up, and use shiny objects to deter them as well as keeping tall trees trimmed short. Removing a nest is about $100-$300.

House Sparrow Nest Removal

As house sparrows are considered a nuisance bird, you can remove a nest. These creatures have been known to kill bluebirds and they are quite hardy. They like to nest in crevices such as the eaves 1 or soffits 3 of your home. To remove the nest and seal off any entrances the cost is $300-$500.

House Martin Nest Removal

House Martins are protected by law and any active nest cannot be removed. If the nest is inactive, you may have it removed, install fine mesh chicken wire or screening to discourage seasonal nesting at a cost of $300-$500.

Barn Swallow Nest Removal

Barn Swallows are another protected species so you must never harm them or disturb their nests. Make sure you have the mud 5 nest removed once it is vacant as Barn Swallows like to reuse nests, year after year. You can install certain deterrents once the nest is removed such as bird netting, sealing gaps, decoy birds, or a sonic swallow unit that makes noises like predators. Costs for removal, bird netting sealing, and sonic swallow unit is $450-$650.

Bird Removal Cost by Method

Bird removal options depend on several factors. A wildlife control specialist will assess the problem before making any recommendations.

Bird Removal Cost


MethodCost
Bird spikes$90-$130
Netting$175-$1,000
Humane bird removal$295-$555


Bird Spike Installation Cost

Bird spikes repel birds and other climbing pests with spears that range in height from 1 inch to 10 inches. Bird spikes are usually sold in 2-feet sections and start at $40 each with an additional $50 per hour of labor. They are most often installed on ledges but can be placed on any flat surface.

Bird Netting Installation

A professional can install wire netting and bird spikes as deterrents to invading birds. Both are used for prevention and removal. Wire bird netting is a humane way to stop birds from entering a specific area. When the bird flies out, it is unable to return. Netting starts at $175 including labor for a 25x25-foot section and can cost upwards of $1,000 for the installation of larger nets.

Humane Bird Removal

Companies may also offer live bird capture using bait and traps as a way to remove birds. For a single bird, a company charges around $295 to capture and relocate the bird and sanitize the area. For nest removal, the average cost is $555 for a single nest with live bird capture in an easily accessible location with cleanup and relocation services.

Bird Nest Removal Service Cost

Wildlife professionals are always needed when dealing with a bird problem. Wildlife control companies often provide free estimates to clients who require bird removal services. An initial assessment fee may be charged but will usually be no more than $40 to $50. A trained technician knows the current state laws and acceptable removal methods. The timeline for removing birds depends on the bird’s location. On average, it may take up to a week for a professional to capture the bird and relocate it.

When Can I Remove a Birds Nest?

When you locate a bird’s nest around your home, your first instinct may be to remove it. However, that might not be the right thing to do.

  • If you find a nest, first check for eggs and chicks. If you see either but no other birds around, never assume the chicks have been abandoned. Birds often leave the nests to search for food. Ideally, get rid of a nest when it is no longer being used, such as after the breeding season, or is still in the process of being built.
  • If the nest is located inside a house where people live, it is best to have a professional remove it, particularly if it has eggs or chicks. This will protect the humans from diseases the birds may transmit. If the house is uninhabited but the birds are causing damage, they also need to be removed.
  • Keep in mind that federal and state laws exist regarding the removal of nests. A permit is required to destroy or relocate an active migratory bird’s nest. The applicant must explain the reasons for the removal or destruction, prove the move or destruction is a humane act, and answer questions about the type of nest and the presence of eggs or chicks. However, moving or destroying an inactive nest doesn’t require a permit.

All About Birds

Birds frighten easily and avoid people and household pets. When they hear movement, they take flight. Since birds are skittish, they rarely nest in inhabited living spaces. Certain types, such as seagulls and blackbirds, are not wary of people and will scavenge nearby humans.

Nests are found virtually anywhere, including the ground, soffits 3, eaves 1, gutters, rooftops, chimneys, attics, vents, fire escapes, burrows, ledges, light fixtures, and rafters of barns and garages. You will notice birds in these areas when they are most active, typically at dawn and dusk. However, several bird species are nocturnal, including owls, nighthawks, nightjars, and nightingales.

The lifespan of a bird directly correlates to its size. Larger bird species live longer than smaller birds. Most birds in the wild live anywhere from 3 to 20 years. Nuisance birds, such as pigeons, crows, and woodpeckers, live approximately 6 years. Most birds reproduce usually once a year. However, pigeons, blackbirds, and house sparrows may lay eggs more than 3 times annually.

Throughout the year, bird activity waxes and wanes. In the winter, some species migrate and are no longer seen until the weather warms up. If you live in the south, however, an influx of northern birds come to the area until winter ends. It is estimated that more than 40% of all birds migrate with some birds traveling as far as 49,000 miles in a single year. Some species fly for more than 80 hours without stopping, reaching top speeds of 60 miles per hour. House sparrows are non-migrating birds.

Birds are most active during the fall and spring when temperatures are mild. During that period, the birds start their migration flights. Birds are not as active in the summer when temperatures are at their highest. With the exception of the woodpecker, many birds are social and live in large flocks. Starlings live in pairs and return to the same nesting area each year.

A typical bird diet is insects, seeds, worms, and berries. A few bird species, like crows, have less selective diets and consume food waste. Blackbirds and starlings will aggressively damage crops while searching for food.


European robin feeding


Bird Diseases Transmitted to Humans

Birds are associated with numerous health risks. To keep family members and household pets safe, avoid direct contact with adult birds, chicks, eggs, and any nesting materials. Bird droppings are also dangerous since they contain parasites that can make a person ill. Some health problems, such as mites 2, fleas, ticks, fungal infections, and yeast infections, are relatively easy to manage. However, Salmonella, E. coli, avian flu, Saint Louis encephalitis, Newcastle disease, avian tuberculosis, pigeon lung disease, Q fever, and West Nile virus are serious health conditions that require immediate medical care.

Symptoms for these diseases range from mild to severe. An individual may have flu-like symptoms for conditions like Q fever or develop serious life-threatening symptoms after contracting illnesses like avian flu and Saint Louis encephalitis. Direct contact is not always required to become ill from a bird. Severe infections, such as West Nile virus, are transmitted through mosquitoes that feed on diseased wild birds.

Some infections spread through direct contact like a bird bite, but this is rare. Most infections pass to humans through bird droppings that contaminate food and water sources. Breathing in bird droppings and dander causes asthma symptoms in many allergy sufferers.

Most people do not realize that birds do not carry rabies. Rabies is a virus that is passed by the bite of an infected animal. It attacks the nervous system and will eventually kill its victim. However, rabies is only present in mammals. Mammals have hair or fur and do not lay eggs to procreate.

Contact a medical professional for treatment options if symptoms develop after coming into contact with a bird or a nest.

Can Birds Damage your House?

Human health is the biggest concern when birds are present in a home, but structural damage may also occur. Both the interior and exterior could be damaged enough that you need major repair work.

On the exterior of the home, the birds clog gutters with their nests, requiring professional gutter cleaning services. A house may also require roof repair since birds have been known to dislodge roof tiles. The high levels 1 of uric acid in bird droppings corrodes siding materials and any other metal. When birds nest near light fixtures, they could damage the wiring and increase the risk of fire.

Bird droppings are extremely difficult to remove and often leave behind permanent markings on driveways and sidewalks. Bird droppings are also very slippery and add to your home liability risk in case anyone falls. Often birds destroy gardens when they forage for food. When birds come into contact with a crop, they can contaminate it.

Birds inside the home are noisy and disruptive and often have a pungent, strong odor. They are messy and leave feathers everywhere. Bird droppings stain walls and flooring, which become impossible to clean. Chances also increase for attacking human inhabitants. Furthermore, there is a higher risk of the birds contaminating the food and water inside the home.

How to Prevent Birds From Nesting on Your House?

Prevention methods for birds are not always effective. For example, noise deterrents, fake owls, and scarecrows may work for a short period, but birds are intelligent and often become accustomed to them. Prevent a bird problem before it starts with exclusion techniques. If a homeowner blocks entry points, the bird must relocate. First, check out all areas of the home and look for any holes or openings. Immediately, make any necessary repairs and place covers around any exposed areas like vents. Also, wire mesh netting could be used on the roof and sides of the structure.

Remove any possible food sources around the home. Since some birds are scavengers, keep trash cans covered and clean up any food scraps. Trim shrubs and bushes away from the home. Another prevention method is to clean the gutters since the standing water could attract birds.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Legislation. In each state, different birds are protected under the law. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects certain species of birds from being killed. The legislation includes hundreds of birds, which protects not only the birds but also their nests, eggs, and feathers.
  • DIY. DIY is not usually recommended for any wildlife removal. Most individuals do not know how to trap and relocate birds safely. Also, certain deterrents like spikes and nettings are complicated to install.
  • Avoiding scams. Bird removal costs anywhere from $90 to $2,000, depending on the job. If a price sounds too good to be true, confirm the specialist is trained and licensed before signing any contracts.
  • Animal protection. Avoid any poisons or glue traps since they are not humane and may violate animal protection laws.
  • Cleanup. Cleanup and sanitation is a part of the service offerings from wildlife removal agencies. After removal, bird feathers, droppings, and nesting materials may be left behind. If the bird or nest was inside the home, the immediate area needs to be sanitized to remove any potentially harmful bacteria.

FAQ

  • How much does bird removal cost?

Bird removal costs $90 for a simple installation of bird spikes and as much as $2,000 for the installation of a large section of wire netting.

  • How much does it cost to remove birds from a vent?

Live bird capture from a vent costs around $300. The cost may increase, depending on the difficulty of removing the bird and for any necessary repairs.

  • How much does wildlife removal cost?

Wildlife removal starts at around $90 but can be as expensive as thousands of dollars. The severity of the problem and location of the wildlife determines the price. For example, removing wildlife from an attic costs significantly less than removing birds from a grocery store.

  • How much does pigeon removal cost?

Pigeon removal pricing ranges from $200 to $500. The size of the building and number of spikes needed to prevent pigeons from entering the structure determines the final cost.

  • Does animal control remove birds?

Animal control may assist with bird removal, depending on the type of bird and where the bird nested.

  • How do I get rid of birds on my roof?

Bird spikes and netting installed by a professional are the most effective deterrent for birds on a roof.

  • Will mothballs get rid of birds?

Mothballs are a natural home remedy but have not been proven to work for deterring birds.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
1 Eaves: The edge of a roof that connects with the wall of the building. Usually this part of the roof comes out further than the wall
glossary term picture Mite 2 Mites: Small, often microscopic invertebrates that mostly live in the soil or water. Some mites are parasitic and live on plants and animals.
glossary term picture Soffit 3 Soffits: Construction material, typically composed of vinyl or aluminum, used to enclose the underside of eaves and ceilings
glossary term picture Grout 4 Grouting: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
5 Mud: A material used to fill and smooth over gaps between sheets of drywall to produce an even, flat wall. It is made of gypsum, clay and latex resin that is then mixed with water

Cost to remove bird nests varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Bird in an attic with another bird in the background about to fly away

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albany, GA
0%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Appleton, WI
+3%
Ashland, NH
+22%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Barre, MA
+11%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Clermont, FL
-7%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Coldwater, MI
-21%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Flint, MI
-4%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Gastonia, NC
-18%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Harrisburg, PA
+2%
Hartford, CT
+23%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lake Bluff, IL
+41%
Lancaster, TX
-6%
Laurel, MT
-12%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Madison, WI
+13%
Marion, OH
-20%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
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