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Old 06-14-2021, 09:09 AM   #1
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Any good tips out there for Barn Swallow eradication. I've got the mirrored spiral things hanging on the eaves and they are just ignoring them.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:12 AM   #2
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They used to nest on my back porch. I hung a blank CD on a string to spin around and such. No more swallows.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:08 AM   #3
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Full auto bb gun... just hang it there by the eve they get the message
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:11 AM   #4
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I guess this is the bird that makes the mud nest? If so I’ve got the same problem
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:32 AM   #5
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I just gave up trying and let them have that corner of the overhang. They don't really hurt anything, just a little poop on the porch.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:33 AM   #6
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We have some at our house that come every year and lay eggs on top of our porch light. Once the eggs hatch and the little ones leave the nest. I remove it. Will not see them for another year. Right now I got 4-5 babies in that nest.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:57 AM   #7
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Pressure washer. Then hang a fake snake
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Old 06-14-2021, 12:59 PM   #8
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These birds return to where they were born so staying on top of where they nest is key.

When the first ones show up, I hang (staple) plastic grocery bags where they like to nest so it blows in the wind. In the late summer I take them down. After 8 years, I have not have to put them up. They are still around, just not nesting on my flood lights around my house. They do fly bys around the house during the day.

For bigger eaves and a variety of birds, I put up bird spikes (get them from Amazon).
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:11 PM   #9
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We painted our carport ceiling a light blue to look like the sky. No more birds.
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:23 PM   #10
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We painted our carport ceiling a light blue to look like the sky. No more birds.
Works for dirt dobbers as well. As for the barn swallows, a shotgun after you mow the yard works wonders.
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:30 PM   #11
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Full auto bb gun... just hang it there by the eve they get the message
X2!
Stapled a fake snake several times up to the eve where they kept building and they would just peck at it until it would fall down.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:10 PM   #12
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The fake snake trick lasts about a week.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:21 PM   #13
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We painted our carport ceiling a light blue to look like the sky. No more birds.
I've got that stained boarding under the porches. My wife would kill be if I painted it blue.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:22 PM   #14
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Might looking on Amazon for a full auto air soft gun.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:24 PM   #15
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I have a pair that comes to the same nest in the corner of my front porch every year. Doesn't bother me a bit.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:26 PM   #16
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I had photos with them building a nest next to the fake snakes I put out. they treated the old CDs I hung as an obstacle course and won. The bird repellent below works but it is basically silicone that does not dry and eventually makes a hell of a mess. I suspect if I would have used less it would not have been as bad. The spike strips work if you have a ledge that you can place them on and remove them after they establish a nest some where else.
That "little bit of poop" comment is BS. I learned my lesson and will not let them set up shop on my porch again. It took me a few years to keep them away and they still occasionally come back in April.

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Old 06-14-2021, 03:01 PM   #17
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Wouldn't mind em so much if they'd learn how to chit in the grass! Gonna get some of the bird wires or make some.
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:12 PM   #18
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for the amount of mosquitos they eat I will deal with a little bird poop and nest.
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:32 PM   #19
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We have some at our house that come every year and lay eggs on top of our porch light. Once the eggs hatch and the little ones leave the nest. I remove it. Will not see them for another year. Right now I got 4-5 babies in that nest.

Yup, we have Phoebe nests on the front porch and garage every year. Both have babies in them right now.


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Old 06-14-2021, 06:50 PM   #20
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I let mine nest all they want. I even put flashing on the posts so cats can’t get to them. It’s nice to sit out on my patio in the evening and be mosquito free. I only wish they’d eat flies.
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Old 06-14-2021, 07:21 PM   #21
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I'd take a few round here.

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Old 06-14-2021, 07:39 PM   #22
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What is wrong with a barn swallow..? They have to nest somewhere. Same family as a purple martin. I love mine.
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Old 06-14-2021, 08:35 PM   #23
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I have about a dozen swallow nests on all sides of the house. They sure do keep the mosquito population in check. Love to watch them swooping back and forth when I'm on the tractor. Very friendly little birds, too. Occasionally a Rat Snake gets into the nest; Mother Nature all around.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:16 PM   #24
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Got up to the ranch yesterday and the little boogers have invaded our carports. Cool to watch the react with each. Some are always fussing at each other.
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Old 06-15-2021, 08:35 AM   #25
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We placed two plastic owls, that we purchased at Lowe's, on the front porch and the swallows left. Over ten years without any problems so far.
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Old 06-15-2021, 11:13 AM   #26
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I added a shelf up under the porch so they could build a nest on that instead of on the wall. Added a drop pan below the shelf - bird droppings land inside the drip pan - No mess and they flat out kill flies by the thousands.

These birds mate for life and some of them fly from South America to here. It's illegal to knock a nest down - these are migratory birds and they are protected at the State and Federal level.
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Old 06-15-2021, 12:25 PM   #27
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I added a shelf up under the porch so they could build a nest on that instead of on the wall. Added a drop pan below the shelf - bird droppings land inside the drip pan - No mess and they flat out kill flies by the thousands.

These birds mate for life and some of them fly from South America to here. It's illegal to knock a nest down - these are migratory birds and they are protected at the State and Federal level.
Rob, I’d like to see some pictures of your set up. I guess with the livestock we’ve got more flies than mine can handle.
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Old 06-15-2021, 12:41 PM   #28
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I added a shelf up under the porch so they could build a nest on that instead of on the wall. Added a drop pan below the shelf - bird droppings land inside the drip pan - No mess and they flat out kill flies by the thousands.

These birds mate for life and some of them fly from South America to here. It's illegal to knock a nest down - these are migratory birds and they are protected at the State and Federal level.
I'd like to see this setup as well!
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Old 06-15-2021, 01:59 PM   #29
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I added a shelf up under the porch so they could build a nest on that instead of on the wall. Added a drop pan below the shelf - bird droppings land inside the drip pan - No mess and they flat out kill flies by the thousands.

These birds mate for life and some of them fly from South America to here. It's illegal to knock a nest down - these are migratory birds and they are protected at the State and Federal level.
Good info, I had no idea that swallows were a “migratory bird” I have always lumped that term in with game bird.
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:01 PM   #30
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I added a shelf up under the porch so they could build a nest on that instead of on the wall. Added a drop pan below the shelf - bird droppings land inside the drip pan - No mess and they flat out kill flies by the thousands.

These birds mate for life and some of them fly from South America to here. It's illegal to knock a nest down - these are migratory birds and they are protected at the State and Federal level.
Is a hummingbird considered a migratory bird? What percentage of all birds are migratory?
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