Chimney Swifts really are a protected species. Home-owners who aren’t interested in hosting the birds cannot eliminate the birds themselves and find the animals in their own chimneys are meant by that.
The Chimney Safety Institute of the National Chimney-Sweep Guild along with America have long supported all members to do right by our feathery, insect -eating buddies, which make their return around this season from their winter home in South America. We are seeing more and more tweets about chimney swifts from around The United States, which we’ve chronicled in this round up.
That means they not disturb nor eliminate nesting Chimney Swifts and should abide by the Federal Migratory Bird Act.
Read The do’s and don’ts concerning chimney swifts, by a long-time CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Paul Hempel and chimney swift advocate.
The the principles are plain and straightforward. Do not contact eggs, babies, the birds or a dynamic nest. Don’t disturb them in any manner when they’re nesting or trying to nest.
“Householders will find them most when the ‘kids’ have been in the nest, hatch, then start screaming for meals, they’ll be insane noisy for approximately a couple of weeks. They usually aren’t there that long and will abandon the chimney. You then can certainly clean it and limit the chimney,” Paul mentioned. “I recommend it (limiting) because, in my region, chimney swifts have introduced a mite just like a bedbug.”
Only Swifts can be relocated by qualified and properly acceptable professionals.
Read What may be nesting in your chimney
Once the proper professionals have relocated the animals, your certified sweep can use a chimney cap to help prevent critter visits.
Dave Lamb is president and owner of Nayaug Chimney Services LLC located in Glastonbury, a business that employs CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps, Conn, has a fantastic place on chimney swifts on his company’s website.
Read more: What is that Chirping Coming From My Chimney.
As Dave writes, “Ultimately, it may be nice to host household of Chimney Swifts, but if you’re not comfortable with all the small birds inhabiting your chimney, it takes only a small add-on to your chimney to solve the difficulty forever.”
Be safe and scrutinize to protect!