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It is that time of year that you have time to knock down last years unwanted swallows nests. There is a window of time that it is not illegal to destroy nests. As you may or may not know, all swallows and their nests are fully protected under the “Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918”. It is illegal for any person to intentionally kill, injure, take, possess, transport, sell, or purchase them or their parts. It is illegal to intentionally destroy the nest, eggs or young of a swallow during nesting season.
Swallows will return to the old nests or the remnants of deteriorated nests, so all traces of mud should be removed. Once swallows arrive and begin re-building their nests, they can not be touched until after the young fly.
Now is the time to knock those nests down before the swallows return. Swallows double or triple in quantity each year.
They come back to the same place year after year unless forced to form new habits.
Along with the swallows come their associated pests and parasites; swallow bugs (bloodsucking insects resembling bed bugs or fleas) are a common associated complaint.