Pigeons are the most common pest bird in urban environments. For the most part, pigeons are characterized by their short necks and proportionately small heads. They are usually gray or blue in color with various color markings. They are likely most known for their feasting habits—pigeons will happily eat just about anything they can find, from seeds and grains to garbage. In addition to being a nuisance, pigeon droppings can transmit a number of diseases and pigeons themselves can carry parasites, fleas, ticks, and more.
Pigeons are often found in cities because they are drawn to the availability of food provided by people and garbage alike. Although they prefer to nest away from people, they will inhabit roofs, attics, ledges, drain spouts, and more. They are also often found nesting, roosting, and feeding in parks, where they are often fed by people. When nesting, pigeons use sticks, leaves, and even garbage to build their nests.
The Dangers of Pigeons
In addition to being simply annoying, pigeons can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Their nests and droppings can be destructive and unsightly. They’re perhaps most infamous for being filthy creatures that are capable of spreading diseases. Some of the threats of their droppings include:
- Listeriosis, histoplasmosis, and cryptococcosis
- Diseases from parasites, ticks, and fleas
Bird Control Measures & Prevention
Controlling, excluding, and preventing birds requires professional help. While one or two birds near your home is no cause for concern, nesting birds on your roof can become dangerous and cause structural damage. Bird droppings aren’t only unsightly, they carry a number of diseases as well. A professional pest control expert can work to exclude birds from deeming your home a suitable place to nest by applying deterrents or installing netting.
Bird prevention and removal is no job for amateurs. If birds on or near your property are causing damage or getting out of hand, it’s time to call in a professional.