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Among the eight species of swallows present in North America, homeowners struggle with barn and cliff swallow infestations most often. These birds live on buildings or in barns, sheds, and attics, frequently returning to the same nesting sites each year. While both species are bothersome in yards and homes, cliff swallows nest in large groups and typically cause more significant damage.
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Commonly, swallows are between five and seven inches in length. Differences in the coloration of barn and cliff species help to identify them, although females of both varieties are duller than males. Red faces and white foreheads characterize cliff swallows, while barn swallows have brown faces and blue heads. Additionally, cliff swallows have square-shaped tails, whereas barn swallow tails are forked. Both types also have brown or white bodies and blue wings.
Swallows hunt for food when in flight, making winged insects the basis of their diet. Typically, this includes beetles, mosquitoes, and flies.
Swallows inhabit most regions throughout the country, with more barn swallows located in the south. They are drawn to open fields or farmlands with access to water, though they may also be found in urban and suburban areas. Adapted to living near people, the pests are usually found dwelling on ledges or any flat part of buildings suited to hold their nests.