Are barn swallows and their nests just on your house? Then, you know – these landing and nesting birds create a lot of noise on your property, especially at night when you sleep.

Even when barn swallows are outside of your property, their droppings, feathers and nest paraphernalia can get sucked into drainpipes or vents and create a fire hazard that can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. When vents become garbage cans for swallows, any odor or disease that comes along with these birds can contaminate the air you breathe and food you eat.

In this article, you will find out how to make the process of swallow nest removal much easier.

Basic information


Swallow identification

  • Body. These noisy birds have a long, slender and streamlined body with lengthy and pointed wings.
  • Head. The head of a bird is small but the beak – that is short – is strong.
  • Tail. The tails of swallows can be square-ended or forked.
  • Legs. The legs of the barn swallow are short.
  • Color. Most species of barn swallows are white below and glossy green or blue above.


Swallows geographyBarn swallows are small, very adaptable birds that are native in all the bio geographic regions except Australia and Antarctica.

The breeding range of these brightly colored birds includes northern Europe, North America, north-central Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa, southern China, and Japan.


Swallow nestAnywhere, where there are open and affordable areas for water source foraging and a sheltered ledge for their nest.

When it comes to swallows nesting habits you are to know these birds prefer building their nests under the eaves of houses, bridges, boat docks and in rock caves.

Do swallows cause problems?

Swallow nest problemsNesting swallows can become a nuisance for most homeowners. Not only they can build mud nests around building exteriors, including eaves and porches but also defecate and foul feed in and around their mud nests, damaging exteriors of homes or other buildings.

What’s more large colonies in urban areas can create health risks for people living there.

Finally, the disease – like salmonella – can be transmitted through the droppings of barn swallows.

Barn swallows, mud and cliff do carry diseases, including encephalitis, histoplasmosis, salmonella, toxoplasmosis and Crypto coccus.
These swallow illnesses are usually spread by contact with swallow nest materials, poop, and dead swallows. 

To stop swallows from building mud nests you are to use exclusion and other deterrent products and techniques. Here is how to do it.

Two efficient deterrents to drive them away

1. Bird-B-Gone Swallow Shield Deterrent

Swallow Shield DeterrentView on Amazon

This used to keep troublesome birds from building their mud nests under eaves or on the sides of buildings. Each strip of this deterrent has a self-adhering back that is effectively used for fast application on gables entryways, eaves, and other areas.

How it works: The hanging “twine” blocks barn swallows access to nesting sites. Swallows will not want to wade through these strips, and will surely move on to a better spot to nest.

The product is ideal for: gables, eaves, overhangs.

Benefits: Humane way of swallow control, easy installation due to adhesive strip, low-profile – virtually invisible.

Swallows can build their nest in as little as 24 hours.


For temporary installation of deterrent:

  • Leave the adhesive backing in place.
  • Position deterrent about one or two inches from the wall in the prepared area and attach using 2 – not included – fasteners through the mounting holes provided.

For permanent installation:

  • Remove the adhesive red backing.
  • Position deterrent about one or two inches from the wall in the prepared area and firmly press Swallow Shield onto the eave or gable.

2. Bird Slope 4′ Sections

Bird Slope SectionA physical bird deterrent used to block birds – like barn swallows – from landing or nesting on open ledges.

Cost: $255.00

Where to buy: available at Bird-B-Gone

How it works: The unique design of Bird Slope makes it impossible for swallows to land or nest in 90° areas such as eaves or ledges.

Benefits: Humane way of swallow control, easy installation.

Effectiveness: The product is effective for small and large birds.

Have questions on installing the product? Call Bird-B-Gone Company at 1-888-570-0360.

How to repel barn swallows with best-selling bird control systems

1. BirdXPeller Pro Electronic Bird Repeller

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This best-selling sonic barn swallows and bird control system uses real sounds and a variety of naturally recorded bird distress predator cries that frightens, confuse, and disorient pest birds like barn swallows within the effective range.

Ideal for use at: sheds and storage buildings.

How it works: emits audible sounds that deter barn swallows.

The product is ideal for: gables, eaves, overhangs.

Benefits: it is a humane and eco-friendly way to repel barn swallows from outdoor areas, save parks, yards, equipment, etc. from corrosive swallows droppings, avoid safety and government inspection failures, prevent the spread of diseases, decrease nuisance for residents and increase property esthetics.

2. Bird Blazer by Bird-X

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This remote-controlled laser device can safely frighten barn swallows away. Bird Blazer system uses fat-beam laser bird control technology at random intervals in color combinations barn swallows don’t like, forcing them to find calmer landing locations.

Ideal for use at: stables, barns and storage sheds.

How it works: The product safely frightens barn swallows away, works day and night.

The product is ideal for: gables, eaves, overhangs.

Benefits: Protect property and equipment from corrosive swallows droppings, prevent the spread of diseases, decrease nuisance for residents and increase/maintain property aesthetics.

Four effective steps to get rid of troublesome barn swallows

Step 1. Swallow bird nest removal

  • Swallow bird nestRemove old barn swallows nests – but only when they are vacant – and thoroughly clean all feathers and droppings with a cleaning solution.
  • Add a coat of fresh paint over areas to be treated.
  • Remove all old nests from unwanted surfaces so they cannot be reused.
Remember, barn swallows are protected under Federal Law. Once eggs are laid inside nests, you cannot remove them until the chicks have hatched.

Step 2. Install netting

If you want to block off access to tricky building sides, rafters and other desirable areas or crevices – barn swallows wish to build nests – bird netting is the best solution. Install bird – swallow – netting wherever you want to keep barn swallows out of an area or other valuable property. We suggest buying the following products:

  • PE-Plus Premium Grade BirdNetBird Netting: PE-Plus Premium Grade BirdNet
    Cost: $ 190.20
    Where to buy: available at Bird-X.
    Ideal for use at: underpasses and bridges.
    How it works: effectively repels swallows out of desired areas.
    Benefitsit is a humane and eco-friendly way to repel barn swallows, nearly invisible, pliable lightweight, maintenance-free material and 100% efficient everywhere this product is installed – great for zero-tolerance zone.
  • Structural, Heavy Duty BirdNetBird Netting: Structural, Heavy Duty BirdNet – physically blocks barn swallows from entering, nesting, feeding, roosting and causing damage. The product is ideal for homeowners, farmers, gardeners and small businesses.
    Cost: $240.15
    Where to buy: available at Bird-X.
    Ideal for use at: trees, gardens and outdoor areas.
    How it works: effectively repels swallows out of desired areas.

Step 3. Deter swallows with ultrasonic repellents

If netting is not an option consider using the following control system:

QuadBlaster QB-4 – emits sound to intimidate, confuse and disorient swallows to quickly scare them away from the treated areas.

QuadBlaster QB-4View on Amazon

Ideal for use at: trees, gardens and outdoor areas.

Where to buy: available on Amazon.


  • easy to install, low-profile solution;
  • can be used indoors or in semi-enclosed spaces;
  • emit high-frequency sounds;
  • solid steel construction;
  • cut recurring cleanup and repair costs;
  • decrease nuisance for residents, customers and workers.

Step 4. Add visual deterrents

If you want to maximize the results – when combined with the effective deterrents – add visual deterrents. We suggest using the following:

Prowler Owl – effectively scares away barn swallows and other birds.

Prowler OWLView on Amazon

Ideal for use at: marinas and boat docks.

Where to buyavailable on Amazon.


  • Prevent the spread of diseases;
  • Protect equipment and buildings from corrosive bird droppings;
  • Save outdoor grounds from bird damage;
  • Increase property esthetics;
  • Avoid safety inspection failures.
  • Always-moving “hunting” posture keeps swallows away.

How it works: effectively repels swallows out of desired areas.

Prevent barn swallows from returning to build nests again in the same area.
Install an owl, hawk decoy or slant board to block swallows’ nesting site.

Air treatment system

When the weather turns warmer, barn swallows droppings can disfigure lawns on your property. So, how to get rid of nesting birds?

Bird-B-Gone AAFS Control moduleYou can use Bird-B-Gone AAFS Control Module. This product is the first fogging unit that offers a computerized touch screen and programmable components. The product distributes methyl anthranilate that is really effective in repelling pest birds.

Cost: $3,565.00


  • Each drop station can cover a location of about six, eight thousand square feet.
  • Spray units of the product can be set to go off at alternating times or simultaneously.
  • The control panel will notify you when to refill the units.
  • Ideal for outdoor use!
  • Easy to use and install!
  • Uses less liquid repellent than other fogging units!
  • Effective for all birds!
  • Programmable system to fit your requirements!

Where to use: The Bird-B-Gone AAFS can be used in garages, patios, parks, landfills, warehouses, factories, courtyards, airline hangars, golf courses, rooftops, docks/marinas.

When it comes to swallows’ removal you should act humanely. Consider our tips and don’t let these wonderful birds take control of your house.

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