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Pigeon control

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. They are attracted to food sources, including garbage, which is why they are often found near bars and restaurants and landfill sites. Pigeons also like to shelter in seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings. They will make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, gutters and loft spaces, 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.

 

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Signs of a pigeon infestation

Although a pigeon's natural food source is grain and seeds, they survive in towns and cities by scavenging processed food matter, such as 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.

  • Flocks of pigeons – increased pigeon populations
  • Nesting materials – twigs, grass and sticks strewn about your property
  • Pigeon droppings – concentrated in locations where birds roost

Risks to your business posed by pigeons

The presence of feral pigeons and their droppings present many risks and dangers.

  • Health hazard - pigeons are carriers of diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis. They are also hosts to fleas and other parasites such as ticks and bird mites. 
  • Safety hazard - droppings can make sidewalks very slippery and can also erode metal, stain wood, discolor paint, and damage stone and brickwork.
  • Loss of customers - large quantities of droppings and presence of pigeons on your property could deter people from visiting.
  • Loss of productivity - the diseases pigeons are known to carry could lead to employee 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.

How to keep pigeons away

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 pigeons are causing a nuisance on your property there are a number of tactics that you can try to  prevent them from roosting and nesting on your property:

  • Incorporate bird-scaring decoys - be sure to regularly change the decoy’s position to outsmart the birds. 
  • Put up signage - strongly discourage feeding pigeons. 
  • Remove food sources - secure garbage bin lids and don’t leave trash bags in the open, as pigeons can use their beaks to break through trash bags. 
  • Secure plastic curtains to openings at loading docks - this will keep pigeons from flying or walking in. 
  • Install bird netting, spikes, and overhead grid systems – these will keep pigeons away from designated areas such as exposed ledges, ponds, pools, rooftops and courtyards.

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.


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