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Bird Removal Cost

Bird Removal Cost

National average
$555
(initial assessment, single bird live capture and nest removal with relocation and cleanup services)
Low: $90

(2 feet of bird spikes installed on a ledge)

High: $2,000

(50x100-foot exclusion netting on a roof)

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 $555.

In this guide

When to remove bird nests?
All about birds
Health risks
Damage
Removal methods
Labor
Prevention
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

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.

Removal of a single bird’s nest with live bird capture, cleanup and relocation from a private residence by a professional wildlife technician costs around $555 on average.

When to remove bird nests?

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.

So, when you locate a bird’s nest around your home, your first instinct may be to remove it. But that might not be the correct 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 is when it is no longer being used, such as after breeding season, or is still in the process of being built.

If the nest is located inside a house where people live, remove the nest by a professional, whether it has eggs or chicks, to protect the inhabitants from the birds and the diseases they 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 inactive nests doesn’t require permits.

All about birds

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.

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 1, eaves 2, 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.

Health risks

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 3, 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.

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

Damage

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 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.

Removal methods

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

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.

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.

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.

Labor

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.

Prevention

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.
glossary term picture Soffit 1 Soffits: Construction material, typically composed of vinyl or aluminum, used to enclose the underside of eaves and ceilings
2 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 3 Mites: Small, often microscopic invertebrates that mostly live in the soil or water. Some mites are parasitic and live on plants and animals.

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
Allentown, PA
+11%
Alvin, TX
+2%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Brockton, MA
+38%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cary, NC
-5%
Cedar Rapids, IA
+6%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chester, PA
+26%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Cromwell, IN
-25%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Doylestown, OH
-7%
Durham, NC
-1%
Eddyville, IA
-35%
Everett, WA
-14%
Fairfield, CA
+5%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Graham, WA
-1%
Hampstead, NH
+28%
Hanna City, IL
+2%
Henrico, VA
+6%
Houston, TX
+24%
Independence, MO
+8%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lake Orion, MI
+32%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Mayfield, NY
-9%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Midway, UT
-30%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Osgood, IN
-20%
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