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Swallow Deterrents

  • The Swallows Are Coming. Are You Prepared?

    pest swallow nestsThe swallows are on their way, looking for places to roost and nest for Spring. Will they choose your building? They will if you're not prepared to deter them with effective bird control measures.

    In these tough times, you may not have the budget for removing the unsightly mud nests swallows typically build on building facades. You may also not have the time and money to re-paint your building(s) after the swallows leave ugly splotches on your walls.  Continue reading

  • 3 Methods to Keep Pest Swallows off your Building

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    Whether it’s mud, cliff or barn swallows, these seasonal birds can quickly become pests to commercial buildings and structures. The gourd- or cup-shaped mud nests they build can deface and degrade many surfaces. Female swallows can lay as many as six eggs at a time, beginning as early as March. The eggs normally hatch in 12 to 17 days. Before long, colonies of several hundred nests will appear under eaves, awnings, patio covers and similar semi-outdoor areas.

    Swallows Protected by Law

    As many businesses have discovered, getting rid of migratory birds like swallows can get complicated. Continue reading

  • Swallows Invading your Home? How to Keep them Away.

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    Every spring the swallows arrive in North America, whether they are welcomed or not. This means mud nests on your home and garage and more swallows being born to return next year. Swallows are known to return to the same locations year after year. This happens only if there are no bird deterrents in place. What also happens is if the swallows have nested on your property, but they have left, another pest bird will often squat in the ready-made nests. A very popular area where swallows like to build their mud nests is under the eaves of the home. This area provides protection to the swallow from their predators and offers them a nice hidden area to hunker down. This is true for other pest birds as well and why nests need to be removed. Continue reading

  • Why Swallows are a Pest Bird

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    Mud, cliff or barn swallows flock to homes, buildings and structures, building their gourd- or cup-shaped mud nests with a mix of sand, grasses, hair and feathers. The little nests can be very prolific, with colonies of several hundred nests lined up vertically. Female swallows can lay as many as six eggs at a time, beginning as early as March. The eggs will hatch in 12 to 17 days. Here’s how swallows have become such a pest bird. Continue reading

  • Swallows are coming – deter swallow nests with Bird Slope

    deter swallow nestingThe swallows are coming.  Buildings need to be protected.  Swallows build their nests solely on man-made structures.  They will build them under bridges, on barns, eaves and many other places.  It does not matter if it is a business or a home.  They are an adaptable pest bird.  You will know if you have swallows, as their nests are very easy to spot.  Their nests are built with mud and twigs.  The nests begin with small balls of mud that are stuck on a vertical surface.  They will be built high up near the top where the wall meets the soffit at a 90 degree angle.  The nests will then be anchored to both surfaces.  The swallows will nest and roost there at night.  They can build their nests fairly quickly.  Some have tried to hose off the nests when they just start being built, but the birds will go right back to the same area and rebuild. Continue reading

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