How Did the Chimney Swift Get Its Name?

If you have seen a smaller, cigar-shaped bird flying through the sky recently, there is a good chance it is a chimney swift looking for a place to nest. Chimney swifts are known for their darker color scheme, their fast wingbeats, and their appetite for mosquitoes. They play a big role in keeping our bug populations down, and there is no doubt they make a significant contribution to the world.

So, what do chimney swifts have to do with chimneys? Let’s find out.

Swifts & Your Chimney

Chimney swifts were given their name based on the fact that they are notorious for building nests in people’s chimneys. Why is this their ideal setup? Chimney swifts cannot perch like most birds, so instead they cling to the sides of vertical surfaces. Because of this, they cannot build nests like other birds who set them up in the branches of trees.

Rather, chimney swifts use their glue-like saliva to attach their nesting materials to the sides of a vertical surface, such as the inside of a hollow tree, the wall of a cave, or – you guessed – the interior walls of your chimney.

What to Do About Swifts in Your Chimney

Unfortunately, these birds are currently struggling to keep their population up, which is why they are now protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This means that removing them, their nesting materials or any potential young could land you in some legal trouble, and you will likely face some pretty hefty fines, as well.

Because of this, any swift in your chimney must simply be left alone until they leave on their own accord. When temperatures drop, they will migrate to a warmer climate, after which you can have their nesting materials removed, so you can safely use your fireplace again. While this may be inconvenient, it is the only option you face.

Avoiding Problems Down the Line

If you have struggled with the presence of chimney swifts in the past, then you are likely eager to find ways to prevent them from entering your system again. We get it! That’s why the crew here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service recommends having a well-fitted chimney cap installed. This is an affordable investment that will prevent chimney swifts from entering your flue again down the line, and they keep out other animals, as well. Along with all that, a chimney cap will work to keep water out of your chimney, as well as prevent downdrafts and debris accumulation.

Our team is ready to set you upright, and we can answer any questions you have along the way, as well. Reach out today, and we will get this process started!

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