How to Kill Bird's Nest Fungus

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Things You'll Need

  • Gardener's gloves

  • Plastic bag

  • Trash can

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Water

Cleaning supplies
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Bird's Nest Fungus is a type of fungus that gets its name from the way it looks (as opposed to where it grows). Bird's nest fungus is easy to identify for its unique appearance: Its round, hollow body has round objects inside resembling a bird's nest with eggs inside. Typically, bird's nest fungus grows on trees, in mulch or on the ground. The fungus itself is harmless, but if you find it unattractive or have young children or pets who may try to eat it, removing it is a good idea.

Step 1

Put a pair of gardener's gloves on to protect your hands from the fungus. It's always smart to wear gloves when working outside to keep your hands clean and safe.

Step 2

Place your finger at the base of the bird's nest fungus and wiggle it back and forth until it pops off. You can also use a flicking motion at the base to knock the fungus off. Repeat this for all the fungus you see.

Step 3

Dispose of the fungus in a plastic bag and place in a trash can. This will prevent the spores of the bird's nest fungus from spreading to other areas.

Step 4

Rotate the mulch, debris or soil with a pitch fork or similar to prevent future fungus from growing again.

Step 5

Create a soapy water mixture with one drop dishwashing soap and 1/4 cup of water. Spread the mixture onto the area with your gloved hands or pour it. This works for grounded areas and trees and will keep the fungus from coming back.


Don't overwater your lawn. All fungi thrive in wet, humid environments.


Wendy Rose Gould

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.