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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallows are beautiful in nature, but a terrible nuisance when they make their nests on homes or other buildings. Swallow nests are made of mud and can be found attached to brick, stucco, or wood siding. Their populations can double or even triple in a single year and It doesn’t take long before your building feels like a bird sanctuary.

Muddy nests damage and deface or stain whatever surface they are built upon. The area below becomes dirty and dangerous because of all the droppings and urine. Feces can extend down walls and cover the ground beneath nest sites. The fecal bacteria can contain histoplasmosis, salmonella, meningitis, and other diseases, which would cause any human illness or death.

A barn swallow lives off of insects, including bees, wasps, beetles, ants, or even eggshells. This type of bird will try to nest from one built from a prior year, but if it is filled with parasites they will build another nest. Most places that they build their nests will be up high, such as rafters in a shed, or even under a bridge. The female and the male will both build the nest by gathering mud and mixing it with stems from the grass, along with feathers.

Barn swallows will feed while they are in flight. They like to fly right above the ground in order to retrieve their prey. They fly above lakes, marshes, and fields near cattle. A male barn swallow is territorial and very aggressive. It will chase other males away or attack them.

In order to rid these barn swallows away from your property, it is necessary to call a professional and let us handle the situation.