Are swallows known to enter homes or yards?
Swallows are notorious for using buildings as nests. Some species nest in chimneys, while others, like the barn swallow, enjoy utilizing more roof space. Cliff swallows require overhead cover and flat supportive surfaces to build their preferred nests, which make building eaves prime roosting locations for the birds.
Do swallows harm people or property?
Problems typically stem from the swallow's proclivity to form large groups called colonies. Cars and farm equipment are often damaged by swallow droppings, and farmers also report significant livestock feed losses when the birds form large colonies nearby. The birds do not typically physically threaten humans, though mothers will swoop to stave off predators that get too close to their offspring. Like all wild animals, swallows carry many hazardous diseases that could be contracted if you come in contact with these birds.
Control and Safety
Property owners can employ several exclusion methods to control swallow populations. Porcupine wires, for example, can be placed on favorite roosting spots to keep the birds away. Reducing insect populations and removing standing water in the area also proves helpful. Leaving problems alone only invites more birds to join colonies, though they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes action difficult. Due to these factor, we urge you to consult with a professional, rather attempt to deal with swallows yourself.
Trapping and Removal
The safest and legal way to regulate swallow populations is to call professional removal services. Critter Control of Kansas City's teams stand ready to use our integrated pest management approach. This entails surveying areas in order to exclude and remove swallows from private property. Our services keep citizens free of fines and the risk of contracting deadly diseases.
We can help you get rid of swallow problems. Call Critter Control of Kansas City today! (913) 912-8985Request a Quote