Chimney swifts are small migratory birds with slender bodies and long, narrow wings. They commonly nest in chimneys, hence their name, and in air vents, wells, and hollow trees. Chimney swifts are dark gray-brown with a pale patch on their throats. They range between 5 to 6 inches in length and fly very quickly.
Why Do I Have Them?
Chimney swifts are found throughout Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. They prefer to live in dark, enclosed areas, including chimneys, vents, hollow tree trunks, and wells. Homes with chimneys, especially uncapped chimneys, are most at risk of hosting infestations of chimney swifts.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Chimney swifts are federally protected migratory birds. Homeowners who kill them are subject to severe fines and penalties. Even lighting a fireplace with a chimney swift nest inside can lead to legal issues. Nests can block the flue and prevent proper venting. Nesting materials can also create potential fire hazards. Since chimney swifts are migratory birds, they can also spread diseases from different habitats.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Chimney Swifts?
Chimney swifts are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This law makes it illegal for anyone to remove or destroy chimney swift nests with eggs or young hatchlings. Luckily, chimney swifts have a short nesting cycle, lasting only six weeks. They also nest in the spring and summer when fireplaces are not typically in use.
Chimney swifts tend to return to the same nesting ground each year. If you have chimney swifts in your chimney, there is a good chance they will return the following spring. Therefore, it is very important to have the chimney inspected and repaired. Our bird control specialists can perform chimney inspections, remove old nests, and install chimney caps to prevent reentry.