These talented birds can build a nest in as little as 24 hours and do so building some very impressive mud nests!
Although great for farms due to their ability to eat massive amounts of insects that affect crops, these birds can also be damaging pests once they decide to home in barns and warehouses and they do so in very large numbers!
The fouling of these birds often damages machinery, produce, infastructure and recreation areas due to their diseased droppings which also contain mites and insects that can bite humans too.
Swallows are a protected species and it is recommended you contact your local government agency to ask about the removal of nests during nesting/egg laying season.
Below are some steps to take to prevent these birds from making your home their home;
1. Only when nests are vacant, fully remove and use a hospital grade cleaning solution to thoroughly clean all droppings and feathers and consider adding a fresh coat of gloss paint over the surfaces. Gloss paint makes it more difficult for the mud to stick.
2. Find the correct deterent to stop them returning.
The Quadblaster or Super Quadblaster 4 or Ultrason X have been found to be excellent deterents. For smaller areas of less than 20 meters, the Balcony Guard or Yard Sentinel are also effective.
3. Maximise your results by using Holographic Bird Scare Ribbon Tape Repellent or Bird Spikes Stainless Spikes – 3 Metres in tucked away corners where they like to take refuge and hide.
4. Close doors 1 hour prior to sunset to prevent access to roost. The doors can then be re-opened after dark.