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Feral pigeons are the number one pest bird in urban areas. Descendants of European homing pigeons, feral pigeons are not afraid of people and will live in close proximity.
Pigeons can be a real nuisance to businesses. The pest birds are attracted to food sources, including garbage, which is why they are often found near bars and restaurants and landfill sites.
Pigeons like to shelter in seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings. They will make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, guttering and loft spaces in particular, as they are capable of lifting damaged or loose roof coverings to force entry.
Your property could be providing an ideal habitat for pigeons. If they are already nesting on your building, there is a risk they will attract other pigeons too, turning a small problem into a much larger one.
Pigeons, seagulls, geese, grackles, and sparrows are some of the most common culprits. Bird removal is made more difficult by a number of factors:
Many bird species are protected by federal law, and therefore, control and deterrent measures need to be carefully considered and implemented. Unlike other pests, birds are often seen as a friendly by the public at large. That means that any efforts to control or deter birds may need to be conducted under increased scrutiny – and therefore, discretion and proper measures are of the utmost importance.
Pigeons' natural food is grain and seeds but they adapt to urban areas by scavenging processed food, such as discarded takeaways and food waste from trash bins.
If they can find enough food, pigeons breed the whole year round, with a peak between March and July.
Look for common signs of an infestation, if you are worried about birds in your attic or are noticing more and more bird nests around your property.
Bird control specialists at Rentokil provide expert pigeon control solutions to protect your business and customers from these pest birds.
Although a pigeon's natural food source is grain and seeds, they survive in towns and cities by scavenging processed food matter, such as the remains of takeaways and food waste from trash cans.
Look out for the following pigeon infestation signs on your property, which may indicate a problem that requires professional help.
The presence of feral pigeons and their feces (or guano) represents a potential health hazard to people.
Serious diseases - pigeons are carriers of diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis (commonly known as pigeon fancier's lung)
Pigeon droppings - droppings provide the ideal environment for organisms causing diseases such as listeriosis, cryptococcis and aspergillosis to thrive.
Other pests - pigeons are also hosts to fleas and other parasites such as ticks and bird mites. These pests can be spread to other hosts including people.
Pigeon droppings and pigeon debris not only look unpleasant but they can directly damage the structure of a building, due to the concentration of uric acid found in droppings.
Pigeon droppings can:
Health & safety hazard - droppings can sometimes make sidewalks very slippery
Loss of customers - large quantities of droppings and presence of pigeons on your property could put customers off from entering your store
Loss of productivity - the diseases pigeons are known to carry could impact on your co-workers leading to illness and time off work
Drainage problems - nest debris and feathers can also block gutters and rainwater drainage systems, potentially leading to damage to your business from water penetration.
The best way to keep birds away for good is to remove their food sources, however in busy urban areas this is not always a practical solution.
If birds are causing a nuisance at your business premises there are a number of tactics that you can try:
One of the most successful long term measures for pigeon control is their food source removal, however in busy urban areas this is not always practical.
There is a range of pigeon deterrent solutions available for commercial properties, which could help to prevent pigeons from roosting and nesting on your property, including:
Call us at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online for further advice on pigeon control and to arrange for a FREE inspection of your property.