The feral pigeon is often the pest bird that needs to be deterred. The conflict with the pigeon is usually when they invade the home. The bird flu and other transmittable diseases are known to be associated with pigeons. Another major concern is the damage the pigeon creates on the property. In urban areas and most cities, the supply of food all year long for these pests is why they are going to settle on your home and other structures on your property. It is a comfortable habitat for their breeding and other natural habits. Pigeons lay eggs up to six times per year. This means the pigeons are capable of multiplying rather quickly if left to do so.
Gutters, air conditioning units, loose tiles and external ledges are all spots that the pigeon will gravitate towards. These areas make for a great spot to look down on their food source. Pigeons prefer to land and roost on level surfaces that are high up, and this is why your home is the perfect spot. The most effective way to control where they roost is to modify the structure. This will make it difficult for the pest to roost comfortable on the home structure. Modifying the home does not mean building or destroying the structure. It means to simply install bird control. An ideal bird deterrent for the pigeon is to install pigeon spikes. They are very versatile. They come in stainless steel as well as plastic. They offer a virtually invisible and safe and humane way to keep the pest pigeon off the roof ledges, out of the gutters and off any flat or curved surface. Because of their versatility, the pigeon spikes can be applied to the tops of light poles, garages and patio coverings. The spikes can be applied using adhesives, or they can me nailed or screwed into place. The plastic pigeon spikes come in a variety of colors to match the structure they need to be applied to. The colors include white, tan, brick red, brown, black and gray. There are 3 different width sizes, from 3” to 7.” The 3” to 7” strips of pigeon spikes act as a spiky barrier to exclude birds from the surface without doing any harm to the bird or the person installing them. The spikes are a definitive bird deterrent to be used for pigeons.
It is best to install pigeon spikes before their droppings are allowed to accumulate. If they droppings pile up it can be quite costly to clean up and repair what the caustic droppings have damaged. The feces deteriorate buildings. They damage paint, cement, wood and even metals.
Also, piles of the feces yield an unpleasant odor. It is particularly important, also, for health purposes, to not allow the pigeon feces to accumulate. Pigeons and other pest birds carry and spread diseases to humans as well as livestock through their droppings. They can transmit pigeon ornithosis, cryptococcosis, encephalitis, salmonella food poisoning, and several other diseases. Also, under the right conditions, pigeon feces can harbor air-borne spores of Histoplasmosis, a systemic fungus disease that can infect humans. This type of disease is spread when the droppings are disturbed and a person breathes in the dust like debris. This disease can be especially serious and more easily obtained by those with compromised immune systems, and the young and the elderly.
Pigeon spikes are easy to install. The average homeowner should not have any trouble installing them over the weekend. The spikes have a blunt end; this is why they do not harm the installer or the birds if they should attempt to land on them. There are professional installers that can help guide you on how best to install them, or they can install the pigeon spikes for you.