Bird Pest Control Service
Nest removal should be initiated at the first sign of nestbuilding because it is illegal to remove nests with eggs or young. Nests can be washed down with a hose. Persistent swallows may attempt to rebuild nests several times before abandoning this effort.
Frightening swallows is not effective. Repellents are not effective. An adhesive repellent used for roosting birds (Tanglefoot®) may actually improve nest adherence. The use of toxicants, trapping and shooting are against the law; swallows are classified as migratory insectivorous birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. “
—Springtime Bird Questions
by Barb Ogg, Ph.D., Extension Educator, University of Nebraska
Bird Problems on your property? Pigeons, swallows, and sparrows can be a nuisance in large numbers as they can multiply quite rapidly and really make a mess on vehicles, outdoor furniture, walkways, and driveways. Once they “make themselves at home” (begin nesting) on your property it is difficult to get rid of them. It is also against federal law to disturb nesting migratory birds (most notably the swallows), so your only humane alternative is to discourage birds from building their nests under the eaves of your home to begin with.
…is a prime concern when doing any home maintenance on the exterior of two story structures. Make sure your ladders are set up properly before climbing and that they are in good working condition(the expression ‘widow maker’ is given to old and unstable ladders). It is always best to have some one spotting you down below to keep your ladder steady. A 16′ ladder is sufficient for 1 story homes. A 24′ or 28′ ladder is best for 2nd story homes with those high reaches. It is best to obtain a type II contractors ladder which is heavy duty. Use a 5 gallon bucket with a hook to collect roof and gutter debris.
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