Barn swallows spend at least half of the year in North America. They are a common nuisance found across the country. While these birds are around, they bring droppings, feathers and loud chirping at all hours. Here are a few ways to deal with them.
Establish Bird Barriers
Barn swallows often build their nests in the same location every year. A great way to scare them away is to set up barriers and show that your barn is no longer an option. These barriers can be made of sheet metal, bird netting or, for those who want something more aesthetically pleasing, potted plants.
Employ Sound Deterrents
Sound deterrents are another option when trying to scare away barn swallows. They work by using the bird’s natural instincts to scare them away from a particular area. Sound deterrents come in several different forms with each one using a different type of sound to frighten the birds. Here’s some examples of sounds you can broadcast in your barn:
- Ultrasonic sound waves
- Recorded bird distress calls
- Recorded predator calls and more
The good news for sound deterrents is that they are relatively low-maintenance once set up. The downside is that the noise can be annoying, and some birds can become tolerant to the sounds over time, reducing their effectiveness.
Create Alternative Habitats
Swallows take shelter in barns to protect their offspring during the colder months. To prevent them from taking over your barn this winter, create alternative habitats elsewhere on your property. This can include:
- Birdhouses and nest platforms – traditional options
- Artificial nests – small, bowl-shaped pieces attached to a wall
- Barn-style birdhouses – larger structures that mimic the inside of a barn
Make sure you place these habitats away from busy doorways and close to a source of mud which the swallows will use to build their nests. By giving the birds another place to stay, they are more likely to avoid your barn.
Liquid Bird Repellent Sprays
The most proactive way to scare away barn swallows is prevention. Rather than scaring them away when they arrive, liquid bird repellent sprays stop barn swallows from ever arriving. Simply by irritating a bird’s sense of taste and smell, a repellent can drive swallows away from your property. Before purchasing one of these products, be sure to check that it is mild enough to use around people and crops.
Scare Away Barn Swallows For Good
Oftentimes, the standard solutions are insufficient or just not ideal for keeping barn swallows away. It’s frustrating when you see these birds still finding a way into your barns, your fields or even your home. In this case, a bird repellent spray can be the solution for you. Instead of fussing with methods you’re unsure of, try Avian Migrate as a solution that is effective and long-lasting.