Swallows are part of the family Hirundinidae and are characterized by their adaptation to aerial feeding.
Getting rid of SWALLOWs
- Swallows have a reputation for being both beneficial and pestilential.
- North America is home to several common species, including barn swallows, cliff swallows, and tree swallows, as well as less prominent types, like cave and mangrove swallows.
- Although they are appreciated for the pest insects they eat, swallows gather in large numbers, damage private properties, and wreak havoc on farming operations.
- Species of swallows normally live near water since they use mud to build nests and as a source of nourishment.
- Barn swallows prefer to nest in meadows and farmlands, avoiding cluttered spaces like forests, and return to their summer homes after each migration season as long as abundant food and shelter remain available.
- Cliff swallows are more prominent in the western parts of North America and are known for nesting under cliff overhangs.
Common Swallow Problems
- Swallows are notorious for using buildings as nests.
- Some species nest in chimneys, while others, like the barn swallow, enjoy utilizing more roof space.
- Problems typically stem from the swallow's proclivity to form large groups called colonies.
- Cars and farm equipment are often damaged by swallow droppings
- The birds do not typically physically threaten humans, though mothers will swoop to stave off predators that get too close to their offspring.
Trapping and Removal
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