Peacock Control

Peacock Control, Trapping & Removal Services

We can rid you of Peacock problems safely and efficiently

While they’re not native to the United States, peacock populations sometimes develop in the wild when exotic pets escape or are purposely released. These birds are considered a beautiful local attraction in some areas and are excellent at keeping insect infestations under control. However, for many homeowners, peacocks’ constant noise, messy droppings, damage to gardens and cars, and aggressive behavior makes them more of a nuisance than an asset.

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APPEARANCE

Peacocks are best known for their vivid plumage. Male peacocks have bright blue heads and necks, as well as tails of long, iridescent green, blue, and gold feathers with distinctive, eye-shaped tips. These feathers can either lay flat across their backs or be raised in a fan for courtship rituals. On the other hand, the much smaller females, or peahens, need to hide from predators rather than attract mates, so their plumage is a dull, mottled brown. Peacocks have strong, long legs with sharp spurs that allow them to run quickly and defend themselves.

DIET

Although termites are their prey of choice, peacocks are omnivores that eat a variety of plants and animals. It’s not without reason that their name in Sanskrit means killer of snakes. In addition, the birds may also eat insects, worms, lizards, and frogs, along with grass, flowers, sprouts, buds, and grains. On occasion, peacocks may also swallow small pebbles, which remain in their intestines and help grind up grain.

HABITAT

Originally native to Sri Lanka and India, peacocks are often prized as pets and have been imported to nearly every country in captivity. Since the birds do not migrate or travel long distances, isolated populations may grow in specific cities or areas to the point of becoming backyard pests. Habitats suitable for a peacock must include access to water, trees for roosting, and plenty of insects to eat. While they don’t do well in areas that are both damp and cold, the pests can survive moderate winters as long as they have adequate shelter.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

While they may look heavy and unwieldy with their long tails, peacocks are actually one of the largest species of flying birds. Unfortunately, this means that they can easily enter yards over tall fences and barriers. Outdoor animal food, birdseed, compost piles, and backyard gardens may all attract them.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Peacocks usually travel in groups of one male and several females. This means that any problems one may pose to homeowners will be multiplied. These messy birds often dig in flowerbeds, leave behind feces on porches, and harm roofs and skylights when they land. Cars are also targets for peacocks, as the pests mistake their reflections in shiny paint, windows, or mirrors for rival birds and attack them. In addition to property damage, the birds often make loud, high-pitched calls around dawn and late evening. These are especially common during mating season from early spring to autumn, when the pests are also at their most territorial and aggressive.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

To keep peacocks away from yards, homeowners can use several tactics. One would be to remove possible food sources. Fence off young plants with wire mesh on all four sides and above to keep them safe until they are larger and less attractive to the pests. Residents can also add several species of plants to gardens that repel peacocks like azaleas, cacti, lavender, iris, chrysanthemum, poinsettias, and roses. If the pests decide to make an appearance anyways, use sprinklers or hoses to harmlessly scare them away.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Trapping a peacock can be a difficult task for those without the proper training. Not only are the pests often too large for conventional traps, but they will fight back with their sharp beaks and spiked feet by pecking, scratching, and biting anyone that gets too close. To safely remove peacocks from properties, rely on the wildlife professionals at Trutech.