Not all nesting animals pose a threat to homeowners or need extermination. Chimney swifts are a great example of a nesting animal that is actually beneficial to the homeowner.
This time of year, many homeowners hear the cheep-cheep chattering of birds in their chimney and call in the chimney sweep or exterminator. They likely fear the birds will get into their home or they don’t like the singing songs of the babies.
In spite of the noise, though, these temporary inhabitants do not need to be removed. In fact, it is against federal law to remove or disturb their nest or babies.
Swifts are part of the swallow family and eat thousands of flying insects daily including winged termites and red fire ants. They create small sticky nests just on the inside of a chimney where their babies hatch. The baby swifts are noisiest for two weeks and then they leave the nest and migrate south.
Their nests and temporary occupancy pose no risk to your chimney, house or family. In addition, the National Wildlife Association recommends that you have your chimney cleaned during January or February so you do not impede the natural nesting and migration habits of this beneficial bird.
Chimney Swift Facts:
12-15 cm in length
Females typically lay 4-5 eggs
Nests can harbor internal and external parasites as well as a bug similar to bed bugs. If a nest falls through your chimney, proper removal is needed to insure that any microscopic bugs are not transferred to your home.
If you have questions or concerns about the chattering in your chimney, give us a call.