Swallow Control

Swallow Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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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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APPEARANCE

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.

DIET

Swallows hunt for food when in flight, making winged insects the basis of their diet. Typically, this includes beetles, mosquitoes, and flies.

HABITAT

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.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

It is common for swallows to use empty attics or sheds for nesting grounds, as these areas provide protection from predators and the weather. Breached attics and chimneys or broken window screens present opportunities for the pests to get indoors.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Once established indoors or on house exteriors, swallows build messy mud nests, attaching them to available walls or sills. Nests can ruin siding as well as pose health risks to homeowners as these spaces often host various infectious parasites such as ticks and mites. Likewise, swallows in homes or yards can spread harmful bacteria through their droppings.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

As swallows migrate south for the winter, homeowners can deter them from returning the following season by barricading eaves and ledges with mesh or netting. This eliminates the flat, stable surfaces these pests need to build their nests and may prevent infestations. When protecting barns, attics, or sheds from swallows, check that all entry points and window screens are fastened shut.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Due to federal laws that safeguard migrating species, trapping swallows or removing their nests is illegal. Because these birds can pose potential dangers to homeowners, Trutech wildlife specialists are trained to carefully remove swallows from houses and yards. Homeowners struggling with infestations can contact Trutech for aid with trapping and prevention.


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