A chimney swift's common name comes from its habit, not surprisingly, of nesting in chimneys. Chimney swifts are migratory birds found throughout North, South, and Central America. They move in large flocks of thousands and migrate in the late summer and early spring. Chimney swifts become a nuisance when their nests clog up chimneys.
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A typical chimney swift is small, ranging between five and six inches long and weighing less than an ounce. They are dark gray with a pale patch on their throats. When viewed from a distance, chimney swifts may appear black. The shape of these birds has been likened to a cigar.
The birds gravitate towards dimly lit and completely enclosed areas. This includes chimneys, vents, hollowed tree trunks, abandoned shafts, wells, and caves.Their nests are constructed of twigs and saliva and are built right onto the side of chimneys and other nesting sites.
Homes with chimneys often become host to chimney swifts. The birds get into these spaces by squeezing past chimney dampers or through holes. Open chimney vents are even easier for chimney swifts to enter.
Starting a fire in a fireplace with a chimney swift nest inside can lead to legal trouble. The birds are protected, and people who kill them without a license are subject to the full penalty of the law. The bird's nests also create fire risks since their nests are highly flammable. They spread disease and destroy property, as well.
If attempting to control chimney swift infestations, homeowners should begin by having their chimneys inspected for the presence of wildlife, birds, nesting materials, and the overall health of the flue, then cap their chimneys and seal other enclosures that might attract the birds. It is best to avoid direct contact with the birds, as wild animals are unpredictable.
Usually, homeowners opt to contact chimney sweeps to remove the birds. However, these individuals may be ill-prepared to deal with wildlife infestations. Therefore, the best solution when faced with infestations is to contact a wildlife removal service, like Critter Control. Our trained technicians take care of existing problems, as well as offer tips on avoiding future run ins with chimney swifts. Contact UsRequest a Quote