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Bird Nest & Shrubbery Removal

Bird Nest & Shrubbery Removal

Due to bends you may not be able to see the nest, but often you can smell a nest as it has a damp compost like smell, and you can usually see the twigs or feathers in the appliance. Birds nest can extend the full length of the chimney.

The bird commonly drops a large twig first so that it sits across the chimney and then builds on top however this first twig can full several meters down.

What are some of the signs that birds might be in your chimney?

Weird sounds: You might hear birds inside your chimney if you silence the room. These birds are likely roosting birds like sparrows, chimney swifts, swallows, and starlings. You might hear them chirping, cooing, or shuffling around.

Droppings: Look at the ground below your fireplace or wood stove. If you see bird droppings, that’s a good sign that birds are getting in and out of your chimney.

Nests: Birds roost there if you see a nest inside your chimney. Nests are usually made of sticks, leaves, grass, and feathers.

Birds flying out: You might see birds flying out of your chimney when you light a fire. This is a good sign that birds use your chimney as an exit and entry point.

Unpleasant Smell: The smell of something unpleasant from your fireplace could be the birds. Their droppings and feathers can create an unpleasant smell. It could also mean a bird has died in your chimney.

The Dangers Of Having Birds In The Chimney

Having birds in your chimney is a dangerous proposition. Birds and nesting birds are protected by law, but their droppings can carry diseases that are harmful to humans.

Birds can easily contribute to the following problems:

  1. Bird Droppings Diseases, Bacterial And Fungal Infections

All birds carry bacteria and disease in their droppings. When these droppings accumulate in your chimney, it creates an environment where harmful bacteria and fungi can grow. This can lead to serious respiratory problems for you and your family.

  1. Pests

Birds in your chimney can also attract other pests, such as rodents. These pests can carry their diseases and cause further damage to your home.

  1. Chimney Blockage

Birds can nest in your chimney, blocking the flue and preventing proper ventilation. This can cause dangerous gases to build up in your home.

Some of these gases include carbon monoxide, which can cause health problems, or even fatal disasters for you and your family.

  1. Fire Hazard

Lastly, birds in your chimney are a fire hazard. Their nesting materials can easily ignite, causing a devastating fire that could destroy your home.

Bird nests are legally not allowed to be removed (unless it’s the only heat source for the property) until the bird nest is empty. This means we can only remove nests between September and March. Outside of this date range you will need to fill in and sign a WML-GL41 form which is a disclaimer, before any removing can take place.