get rid of swallowsSwallows can be a nightmare for homeowners. They are very territorial, returning to the same nesting site in the spring and summer. While homeowners should be concerned about swallows nesting on their homes, keep in mind that there are limitations to what one can do to get rid of these pest birds. Since swallows and their nests are fully protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure or take the swallows. It is also illegal to intentionally damage or destroy the nest, eggs, or young of a swallow while it is being built or in use. The Act allows fines or prison sentences for every bird, egg or nest destroyed. Ideally it is best to deter birds before they begin nesting; however, if swallows have nested in a particular location in the past they will be back. Using a physical deterrent, like bird netting, is the best way to ensure swallows do not rebuild their nests on your property.

An effective type of bird netting one can rely on to safely exclude swallows is Bird Netting. This low-profile plastic bird netting is an ideal way to prevent birds from getting under eaves, barns, balconies, garages, sheds and other areas around your home. The netting is a lightweight plastic mesh made of durable, U.V. protected polypropylene. It comes in three different mesh sizes: 3/4”, 1/2”, and 1/4” and a variety of cuts to match the area being treated.

Garden Bird Netting is easy to work with and can be readily secured with twine, zip ties, or hog rings. For vegetable gardens, wrap individual plants or suspend netting around the entire garden area for protection. Ultra netting is meant for temporary use and hangs easily using the clips provided by the manufacturer. You can also just use a staple gun to secure the netting around any perimeter.