QUESTION:

I have a family of birds that are nesting in a space on the outside of my house. I don’t want to kill them, but really don’t know how to remove them safely. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.

-San Antonio, TX

ANSWER:

Most birds are protected. If there are no eggs or young present, then we can remove the nest and apply deterrent to discourage this behavior. If there are young and the species is protected, then we are legally forced to allow them to fledge. Once they have left, we can remove the nest, treat the area for ecto-parasites, and determine a solution to prevent this in the future.