Pigeons
Pigeons in the attic or on the roof? Those pesky rock doves leaving droppings all over are common pigeons. Pigeons are notorious for causing significant damage to buildings, vehicles, property and machinery with their excessive droppings. Not only do pigeon droppings cause odor and aesthetic problems in public places, droppings can also increase the rate of building destruction.

Description

Pigeons have been around for centuries. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics even showcase these birds from over 5,000 years ago! The famous scientist Charles Darwin used pigeons to help him create parts of his Theory of Evolution, and in today's world, people raise pigeons for food, racing, and even to deliver messages. Pigeons have been utilized for many human needs, but despite all these altruistic ways, pigeons are still considered the most common avian pest.

Appearance

Pigeons showcase these specific features:

  • Bodies are usually gray with a white rump, but some pigeons may also appear in shades of white, tan, or black
  • Double black stripes are usually found on their wing feathers
  • Show a single black band over their tail feathers
  • Vibrant red feet
  • The average pigeon weighs 13 ounces and measures about 11 inches in length

Habitat

Pigeons originated in Europe, North Africa and India. They were introduced to the United States as a domestic bird species. Pigeons now hold a widespread distribution throughout North America. They can be found in 49 States, Southern Canada, and Mexico. Pigeons are dependent on human activity for living, and because of this, they are cosmopolitan in distribution and build complex nests of sticks, twigs, and grasses in lofts, steeples, attics, caves, parks, warehouses, bridges, and anywhere architectural features are suitable for roosting.

Problems

Entry

Are pigeons known to enter homes?
Dependent as pigeons are on humans, the birds orient themselves near areas of constant activity, this is why they are so popular in big cities. They commonly nest in ornamental lawn trees, barns, attics, and on roofs of residential homes. Since their preferred food includes grains, seeds, garbage,  livestock manure, insects, and almost anything people will feed them, pigeons are commonly found on farms, in places of business, and storage facilities like feed mills and grain elevators.

Damage

Do pigeons harm people or property?
Pigeons are quite filthy animals. Their droppings are abundant wherever they reside and can stain buildings, park benches, statues, and cars! In addition to being aesthetically displeasing and smelly, pigeon droppings accelerate deterioration of building materials. Furthermore, their excrement contains pathogens of numerous diseases, including ornithosis, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, and food poisoning. Pigeons can also harbor fleas, lice, mites, and ticks in their feathers and consume and contaminate stores of food meant for human and livestock consumption.

Control

Control and Safety

Eliminating food is the first step to getting rid of pigeons, since that is what they are most attracted to! To keep pigeons out of parks, feeding should be strictly regulated. To keep these birds out of residential yards, property owners should completely seal trash bins, remove collections of debris, and trim trees and shrubs. Adding to that, a number of products exist to keep pigeons from nesting on structures. Mesh netting and bird spikes, for example, can both be utilized successfully to stop the birds from nesting on roofs, in barns, steeples, and on building ledges.

Trapping and Removal

As pigeons spread a number of diseases, individuals are safer not approaching them. In areas where pigeon infestations threaten the general public's health and well-being, pest control professionals should be called in to handle the problem. The trained technicians at Critter Control of Central Missouri have the tools and knowledge of pigeon behavior to effectively and safely remove the birds!

We can help you get rid of pigeon problems!  Call our local Central Missouri office today: 573.560.3028.

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