Pest Bird Species
Pigeon - Problems & Control Products

Pigeon Problems & Identification
Feral pigeons are the number one urban pest bird, creating a mess and causing damage where they roost, creating a need for pigeon control. Pigeons are descendants of domesticated European homing pigeons, so they have a varied diet and feel at ease making their homes in man-made structures. Generally blue-grey in color, with irridescent feathers on the head and neck, problem pigeons often have markings in black, white or brown on the wings and neck. A short neck and small head characterize the standard pigeon; their short legs, hind toes and level front allow for both easy perching on pipes and ledges or walking on flat surfaces. Pigeons generally nest in small, flat areas away from the ground such as building ledges, air conditioning units or window sills. Occasionally pigeons may even lay eggs directly on a protected ledge.

Damage Caused by Pigeon Problems
Pigeon control is important due to the damage and disease problems these problem birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage. Nesting materials and other debris has caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. Other frequent pigeon problems include slip and fall liability from feces or debris, plus an unclean, dirty company image. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more. Many companies also retain significant clean up costs due to the pigeon problems they don't resolve.

Pigeon Control Products
The best pigeon control product is 3/4” StealthNet bird netting. Bird net is extremely durable and creates a true bird barrier against problem pigeons "homing" to their natural instinct to stay near their birth site. Pigeon netting completely controls pigeon problems, forcing the problem pigeons to look elsewhere for a nesting site.

In addition to bird net, other effective pigeon control products are electrical wire/track and bird spike ledge products. These pigeon control products work best where pigeons are nesting or roosting and the pigeons are "homing" (committed to remaining at the site). For pigeon problem areas where the birds are not nesting or feeding, ledge pigeon control products such as low-profile birdwire and pigeon traps can be effective pigeon control methods. However, trapping or other kinds of flock dispersal will not work in situations where these pest pigeons are nesting or when there are food or water sources present as these birds will be especially determined to remain.

Bird scare products are generally ineffective as pigeon control products unless applied at the very beginning of the pigeon problem. The only bird scare products that may work to get rid of pigeons are the screech owl decoy (a moving, screeching predator effigy) and the birdblaster, a bird control product that combines both audio and visual stimulae to convince problem pigeons that a serious predator is in the vicinity.


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