Have you noticed the sounds of birds chirping from your chimney? You could have a family of chimney swifts nesting inside the flue. When these birds move into your chimney, you must share your home with them until they fly back to their winter home in South America in the fall as they are protected by federal law from being removed from their nesting sites. Since these birds return to the same sites year after year, The Humane Society of the United States strongly recommends having a chimney cap professionally installed on the top of your chimney to keep these birds from returning in the spring. Owens Chimney Systems has been taking care of the chimneys of the residents of the Charlotte and Monroe area since 1989, and we have experience with dealing with chimney swifts. We would like to tell you more about these birds and how to prevent them from nesting in your chimney.
Easily identified by their cigar-shaped bodies, chimney swifts are migratory birds that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means anyone who knowingly destroys these birds or nests with eggs or baby birds will be fined or penalized in another way. Owens Chimney Systems will never remove chimney swifts from their nesting spots in chimneys for this reason. These birds typically arrive in North America in mid-March, and they remain here until September, when they leave to return to South America for the winter.
What do I do if I have a family of chimney swifts in my chimney?
You will have to wait to have your chimney swept and inspected until they leave in the fall. Once they depart, Owens Chimney Systems can remove their nests. While their nests are too small to be a fire hazard, removing them is necessary to get any bird parasites out of your home. Living with chimney swifts is not as bad as it seems. After the young are old enough to feed themselves, the chirping noises will subside. The best thing about these birds is that a family of chimney swifts eats thousands of flying insects, including pesky mosquitoes, a day. We can give you more tips on sharing your home with these birds as well as help you prevent them from returning the next spring.
How can I keep chimney swifts out of my chimney?
The best way to prevent these birds from returning the following year is to have a chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides professionally installed on top of your chimney. The mesh sides keep these birds from being able to get back into the chimney. Owens Chimney Systems offers a wide variety of this type of chimney cap, and we are happy to help you pick out the best one for your chimney and install it to protect your chimney from invasions from birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals.
Avoid chimney swifts in your chimney with a chimney cap professionally installed on top of your chimney. Contact us at Owens Chimney Systems to learn more about protecting your chimney.