Pest pigeons are the number one pest bird in our cities across the nation. They cause building owners thousands of dollars each year in cleanup and damage costs. How to get rid of pigeons from your building will involve some sort of pigeon control system.
The Feral Pigeon
Pigeons are generally gray with slightly iridescent feathers on the neck that shine pink and green in the sunlight. Pigeon’s average life span is 3-5 years in the wild. Pigeons are descended from the rock dove, which nested, on cliffs; domesticated birds founded feral populations across the globe. Because of their ancestry the pigeons found in our cities find our buildings ideal sites to land, roost and nest. Our city buildings provide the birds with shelter, protection from predators and a food source (often handed to them by those who love to feed the birds).
Why Pigeon Control?
Pigeons can cause a great deal of damage to a building or structure as well as carry any of 60-transmittable diseases. When the birds decide to take residence on your building or structure, they leave behind their feces, which is very acidic and will quickly erode building materials. There have been several cases where structures have collapsed due to the build-up of pigeon droppings, making it a dangerous situation for those nearby. When pigeon droppings are left to dry near building A.C. units and vents, the dry particles may be pulled into building ventilation and inhaled by those working in the building; this can lead to serious illness.
There are many humane options for deterring pigeons from landing or nesting. It is important to do a good cleanup of any bird droppings or nesting materials before any product is installed.
1. Install pigeon control products such as pigeon spikes or bird netting to block pigeons form getting back to the area they have chosen to roost, perch or nest. If you make affected areas inaccessible, the pigeons will be forced to move on to a new location.
2. Physical pigeon control products like pigoen spikes are effective on ledges, beams, signs, windowsills, rooflines and other areas pigeons have decided to land.
3. Electric track systems like Bird Jolt Flat Track are ideal for treating ledges and rooflines or anywhere aesthetics are a concern.
Pigeons have a heightened sense of their environment. If you appeal to their senses such as sight and sound, you can effectively scare pigeons away form your property using products like the Solar Bird Chase Sonic or Reflective Bird Diverters.
If you do not have the time, resources or expertise to solve your pigeon problem, there are wildlife and pest control companies that offer pigeon control as a service. These professionals can install pigeon control products and offer other services such as cleanup and humane trapping and removal.