Whether crowding the barn or eating feed designated for your livestock, pest birds are an expensive inconvenience that farmers can certainly live without. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, 1,000 starlings can eat about 36 to 40 pounds of food a day! As the cost of feed rises and birds find more barns to inhabit, many farmers wonder how they should go about taking care of the unpleasant situation. If you’re stuck in a similar situation, follow these helpful steps to help get rid of barn swallows – for good!
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Issues Caused by Barn Swallows
Especially during the cold winter months, barn swallows will happily create a nest in your warm barn. While these birds may seem harmless at first, swallows will become a pestering and expensive issue as time goes by. With swallows nesting in your barn, you will often find:
- Damage to wood walls created from large mud nests
- A shortage in animal feed due to overeating birds
- Potentially hazardous droppings around your barn or animal’s feed
Swallow droppings specifically are often infected with salmonella, a definite threat to the health of your livestock and feed if ignored.
Common Bird Control Strategies
Over the years, farmers have developed their own preferred methods of removing birds from designated animal areas. Though effective, many take actions that will harm birds as well cost farmers a lot of money. These common methods may include but are not limited to:
- Contacting Wildlife Services
- Establishing a bird guard
- Live trapping
- Shooting – which can be very illegal!
- Using chemical repellents
Criteria for Choosing the Right Bird Repellent For Your Barn
With every bird issue, the solution is relatively the same: choosing the right bird repellent. Every barn is different but the requirements for a quality bird repellent should be the same:
- Safe to all animals, including humans!
Take Charge With Avian Control, the Non-Toxic Bird Repellent!
The best way to get rid of swallows in your barn is with Avian Control liquid bird repellent. By spraying Avian Control around your barn, you will have the benefits of all of the previous criteria and in a variety of sizes! Avian Enterprises has been a trusted bird repellent source by many farmers who want effective results. Contact us or call our specialists and we’ll be happy to help you find the correct solution to keep the birds out of your barn.