Pigeon Control

Pigeon Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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Although they are part of the same family as doves, pigeons tend to have a less favorable reputation. In the early 1600s, pilgrims brought domesticated European rock doves to America to keep as pets and use for food. Eventually, some escaped into the wild and became the feral pigeons that are common in urban areas today. These pests are abundant across the United States and are among the most plentiful birds in the world.

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The appearance of pigeons varies a great deal. Seed-eating species tend to have neutral-colored beaks, gray feathers, white backsides, and black stripes on their wings and tails. On the other hand, primarily fruit-eating varieties often display bright-colored feathers and orange beaks. On average, pigeons are about a foot long and weigh around 13 ounces.

DIET

Pigeons pluck seeds from the ground and eat fruit straight from trees. In fact, large flocks often work together to pick an area clean. Big, easy-to-reach fruit is left for larger pigeons, while the smaller birds stick to tiny, hard-to-reach items. During times when food is scarce, the pests also feed on flowers, as well as snails, lizards, and insects.

HABITAT

Pigeons can be found in deserts, forests, and urban habitats alike. The only places they’re not seen are those that experience extreme, arctic cold. These highly adaptable birds are known for scavenging scraps from the ground or garbage cans in big cities, where their populations can grow quite large. However, they’re also a major nuisance for farmers in rural areas, causing inventory loss and contamination issues when they gather around grain elevators and mills.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Backyards are common pigeon hangouts, as they provide abundant meals. Lawns with bird feeders, sunflowers, or seed-bearing plants are especially attractive. Apple trees, commonly found in orchards and around homes nationwide, are some of their favorite food sources. Roof ledges, eaves, and attics also provide places for pigeons to roost and escape from predators or harsh weather.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

While roosting on or in homes, pigeons cause commotion and litter the ground with foul-smelling droppings. This waste not only kills vegetation and corrodes buildings, but also spreads histoplasmosis, a potentially deadly fungal disease that affects the respiratory system. Other illnesses transmitted through contact with these birds or their droppings include ornithosis, encephalitis, and salmonella. Additionally, as pigeons are vectors for fleas, ticks, and mites, their presence may spread the parasites.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Blocking access to roosting areas will force pigeons to find other areas to gather. Use wood, metal, or wire mesh to block access to eaves, vents, and lofts. If possible, altering the slope of problem roosting areas can drive pigeons away, as the pests dislike ledges at angles of 45 degrees or greater. If all else fails, installing porcupine wire or bird spikes on ledges is an unsightly yet effective way to deter them. However, some savvy birds may manage to maneuver around these spikes and continue to roost.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Once pigeons have infested an area, it can be difficult to force them to leave. Homeowners often start with inexpensive methods such as setting up sprinklers or playing loud music and high-frequency sounds. However, unless these techniques are used often and at varied times of the day, pigeons will begin to ignore them. Bob-type traps are expensive and bulky, but can be an option if the problem is severe. For unmatched, expert guidance in the humane removal of pigeons, contact the wildlife removal experts at Trutech.