Birds are a migratory animal, meaning that they spend different months of the year in different locations. They travel north for the cold, harsh winter and relocate south for the warmer spring and summer months. One example of a migratory bird is a chimney swift, and they can cause many problems for homeowners in the Lexington area when they make their triumphant return this summer. Read below to learn more about chimney swifts, then give us a call or visit us online.
Chimney swifts are small, dark gray or brown birds with narrow bodies and long curved wings. Their ideal nesting location is a dead or hollow tree, but the closest alternative to this environment is a chimney. Our technicians are finding a higher number of these cigar-shaped birds in chimneys because of the decreasing number of available nesting trees.
Chimney swifts are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, meaning that anyone who forcibly removes them and knowingly destroys nests or eggs suffers a fine or penalty. Therefore, you must wait to perform any and all chimney maintenance until they have completed their nesting cycle. Fortunately, chimney swifts have a shorter nesting cycle so you might not have to wait very long.
Preventing Chimney Swift Entry
The easiest way to prevent the entry of chimney swifts is a chimney cap. A cap sits atop your chimney and is a necessity for your system. Not only do they prevent the entry of chimney swifts, but they also keep out other animals, debris, and water. Chimney caps also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to match your desired look. Luckily, we proudly sell and install the highest quality chimney caps to help homeowners keep their chimney free of unwanted tenants.
Another way to prevent entry is regular chimney inspections and sweepings. When we examine your chimney, we will notice any signs of chimney swifts. However, because of the aforementioned federal protections, we cannot do anything until they depart. We will also notice any other damages such as potential entry points and provide an in-depth report about the condition of your chimney. Our team of technicians is professionally trained and certified to handle any and all chimney tasks so you can trust us!
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you need chimney swift removal or any other maintenance this summer, you’ve come to the right place. Our excellent service in the Lexington area speaks for itself, and we can’t wait to help you! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!