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#1 books4girls

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:28 PM

My daughter found an empty blown-down bird's nest that she'd like to keep. I'm concerned about the germs or bugs that might be present. Any idea on how to kill the bugs without destroying the nest? I wondered about "baking" it for a while.

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#2 Jean in Newcastle

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:45 PM

I would be inclined to freeze it instead. Freezing should kill many things. I'd be worried that baking something that flammable might not be a good idea.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:52 PM

Hmm...Lysol?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:08 PM

We collect pine cones every year to decorate with. We put them in a plastic trash bag in the freezer for 24-48 hours. That kills off the bugs.

I would lightly spray the nest with Lysol after freezing just as an extra measure. Just make sure to not get it too wet when spraying it and give it ample time to dry.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:26 PM

Hmmm...the things I learn on this forum. I honestly never thought about it. We just bring them inside germs, bugs and all I guess, but we have never seen bugs or gotten sick from them. I do set them in the sun for a bit to take away the 'bird' smell.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:33 PM

Hmmm...the things I learn on this forum. I honestly never thought about it. We just bring them inside germs, bugs and all I guess, but we have never seen bugs or gotten sick from them. I do set them in the sun for a bit to take away the 'bird' smell.


We did this for years, too! No problems. Never thought to sterilize a bird's nest! I guess I should have!

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 04:18 PM

We collect pine cones every year to decorate with. We put them in a plastic trash bag in the freezer for 24-48 hours. That kills off the bugs.

I would lightly spray the nest with Lysol after freezing just as an extra measure. Just make sure to not get it too wet when spraying it and give it ample time to dry.


I've never thought to kill the germs/bugs off of pine cones.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:07 PM

Hmmm...the things I learn on this forum. I honestly never thought about it. We just bring them inside germs, bugs and all I guess, but we have never seen bugs or gotten sick from them. I do set them in the sun for a bit to take away the 'bird' smell.

:lol: Same here. It would never occur to me to sterilise a birds nest.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:44 PM

Bird nests can have fleas, mites, etc. and pine cones can have some kind of grub. I also freeze acorns if my kids want to keep them.


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