Most of the time, wildlife conflicts with chimney swifts are not the birds causing issues for us, but us causing issues for them.
Swifts may roost inside of chimneys because they are almost exact replicas of the nesting trees in which swifts use in the forest, which have largely been demolished because of human encroachment.
Remember, swifts are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and anyone who purposefully destroys birds or their nests that might contain eggs or young can be fined and penalized.
If you hear loud chattering coming out of your fireplace, it may be chimney swifts.
Because swifts only occupy a nest for a few weeks, they should only make noise in your home for no more than two to three weeks. Coupled with the fact that these birds are protected by federal law and it is illegal to interfere in any way with their nests, eggs, or babies, tolerance is the best method for dealing with them. You can remove the nests after the birds have left.
To ensure chimney swifts do not roost in your chimney, install a chimney cap. A well-constructed and properly maintained cap will prevent all kinds of birds and wildlife from entering your chimney.
Please note, Humane Action Pittsburgh (HAP) is not a wildlife rescue and is unable to address concerns or assist with wildlife emergencies. Please utilize the resources on our website to find the appropriate organization to contact. Submissions to HAP through our contact form or email will not be able to be addressed.