The Pigeon - Problems & How To Get Rid Of Them

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Pigeons hold the dubious title of the number one pest bird the country. Domesticated over two thousand years ago, pigeons are unafraid of people and readily adapt to an urban environment. Because their droppings contain an acidic component that is highly corrosive, pigeons can cause a great deal of damage to your property in a short amount of time.

Getting rid of pigeons on your own isn't easy. The birds have an inbred homing instinct that causes them to feel attached to a particular site. Mating pairs can hatch as many as four broods a year, quickly turning a small pigeon problem into a major disaster. Because pigeons will resort to laying eggs on bare surfaces if need be, getting rid of pigeons isn't as simple as removing their nests. Fortunately, Bird Barrier offers a number of bird control products that can effectively resolve any pigeon problem.

Bird Barrier's Bird-Coil is an easy-to-install bird control product that provides an effective deterrent against pigeons roosting on ledges, window sills, eaves and signs. Consisting of loops of coiled stainless steel, Bird-Coil makes is a humane barrier that makes it difficult for pigeons to land. BirdSlide is a bird control barrier that creates 45-degree on eaves and ledges, visually and physically deterring pigeons.

From our Screech Owl plastic product that rotates and transmits noises that sound like the screech of a hawk to the Bird-Shock Flex-Track product that deters birds by giving them an electric shock when they land, Bird Barrier has the right solution for every application. Our expert field representatives are happy to work with you to help you find the answer to your pigeon problem and to provide you with any technical support that you may need to get the job done.

Identification

The feral Pigeon is the number one urban pest bird. Large numbers exist in every city across the country. Not a native bird, feral Pigeons are descendants of domestic homing pigeons brought over from Europe and released here in the 1600s. They were domesticated from the wild rock doves from the sea cliffs of Europe by the Romans over two thousand years ago. Several traits have allowed them to dominate the urban landscape. Because of their history, Pigeons are not afraid of people; they roost and nest readily in man made structures and they have a diverse diet. The standard Pigeon has a short neck with a small head. Their short legs with the level front and hind toes allow them to perch on branches as well as walk on flat surfaces.

The feral Pigeon is generally blue-gray with a white rump; has iridescent feathers on head and neck; two broad black bars across each wing and a broad dark band across the end of the tail. They also can display white, brown or gray plumage.

Damage

Feral Pigeons are responsible for untold millions of dollars of damage each year in urban areas. The uric acid in their feces is highly corrosive. Also, debris from roosting flocks can build up, backing up gutters and drains thus causing damage to roofs and other structures. Extensive damage to air conditioning units and other roof top machinery is commonplace. There are also other economic costs that can be associated from Pigeons taking up residence such as slip and fall liability and projection of an unclean, dirty company image. Besides physical damage, the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in Pigeon droppings sometimes represent a health risk.

Control

There are a wide variety of solutions available for handling a Pigeon infestation. The best solution for pigeon problems, is complete exclusion with a 2" mesh StealthNet. Many ledge problems can be solved by using products such as BirdCoil, Birdwire, Bird-Flite Bird Spikes, as well as Bird-Shock Flex-Track electrical track. When bird pressure is heavy in an area, exclusion work must be accompanied by flock dispersal methods like trapping or use of moving predator effigies like the Rotating Screech Owl. Flock dispersal alone is not a long term solution especially in medium-heavy pressure situations like when there are food/water/shelter sources at the site.

Nesting

Nest building is very simple and often consists of a few stiff twigs. The male will pick the site. They prefer small flat areas away from the ground. Look for nests along building ledges, bridge supports, air conditioning units, window sills and the like. In crowded flocks, Pigeons will even forgo nest building and lay eggs directly on a protected ledge.

Breeding

Pigeon are monogamous and a mating pair will typically have three or four broods a year. The female will usually lay two or sometimes three eggs at a time. The eggs are a solid bright white color. The eggs take roughly 18 days to hatch and 35 more days before the fledglings leave the nest.

Cycles

Pigeons are not migratory. Their natural instinct is to stay near their birth site. This trait gives the pigeon a very determined personality when it comes to roosting at a particular site, much to the dismay of the inexperienced pest control technician. The daily cycle of a Pigeon is to roost at night, feed in the morning and loaf in the afternoon. The seasonal cycle is as follows; courtship in the early winter, nest building in late winter and breeding in the spring. However, in warm climates, breeding will occur year round. Pigeons molt once a year in late summer.

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