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Some may be quite unfamiliar with this bird, but
the chimney Swift is one that can cause
significant problems for you at your home. These
birds, which have a very thin shape, are known to
find their way into the chimney of a person's home
and can be difficult to get out.
Before discussing getting rid of these animals, it
is important to understand that human beings have
been the cause of them making their home inside
your chimney. For generations, these birds lived
in the holes that were found in tree trunks, but
as forests have been cleared to make room for new
housing developments, these birds have needed to
find a new place to reside. Since they were
already adapted to the area where they lived, the
chimney became a logical location to replace their
tree trunk homes. So, before getting too
aggravated about them, understand that people are
responsible for them living in your chimney.
However, that does not mean that this is where you
want them to live. You want to get these animals
as far away from your chimney so you can be able
to enjoy the benefits of having a fireplace, but
as long as these birds are there you will not have
any time to enjoy it.
The problem you face before taking any kind of
action is that these birds are protected under the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This means that they
cannot be harmed by you at all, because you face
legal consequences by doing so.
This means you need to seek a different
alternative to get these birds to go away. The
best way is by using their natural instincts
against them. At some point each day, the chimney
Swift will have to head out of your fireplace and
head for a location to hunt. When it does so this
is when you need to spring into action.
What you can do is attach a one-way exclusion
funnel over the top of your chimney. How this
device works is that the bird is able to fly out
through the funnel to the outside world, but a
door closes behind it denying it access back into
the fireplace. Once it is out, your problem is
What you need to do next is to place some kind of
screen over the top of your chimney to make it so
that the bird cannot get back in. It may try on a
couple of occasions to try to get back in, but as
long as you have securely fastened the screen it
will have no success. Now you do not have to worry
about the chimney Swift getting into your
fireplace, while also not having to worry about
breaking any laws to get rid of it.
It is now time to freely enjoy the benefits of
your chimney to its fullest without having to
worry about some poor bird ruining your romantic
evening. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it?
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