aviaway bird control services.jpg
Pigeons (AKA Rock Dove) and the Potential Trouble They Can Cause

Pigeons represent a large family of birds that are found all around the world. These creatures have been around for thousands of years and have earned respect for their assistance in delivering military messages in times of war and their contribution to special ceremonies. Unfortunately, pigeons also have a reputation for causing a lot of problems and issues for people in their everyday lives. Today, feral pigeons find the ledges of tall buildings just as good as the cliffs that they used to inhabit. They have become adapted to urban areas, and a very large number of them can be found in towns and cities throughout the world. 

Sometimes these birds can cause a minor annoyance and just leave you with a little extra cleaning to do. There are other times when pigeons cause so many problems that you need extra help to deal with them and that’s where we come in.

Feral pigeons breed very quickly, which helps explain the large numbers of them that can be easily found. By seven months old, female feral pigeons are sexually mature, and are ready to mate.

Females lay eggs in groups of between one and three (typically two) and after only 18 days the eggs are ready to hatch. It usually takes about a month for the chicks to be able to leave the nest (a bit longer – 45 days - in the winter). Usually there are more eggs that are laid before the first clutch of chicks even leaves the nest. While there is no specific breeding season, the breeding peeks during the spring and fall, before the winter. While in captivity a feral pigeon can live for up to 15 years, most urban feral pigeons live for only three or four. This is due to increased competition for food and water and natural predator, such as hawks, foxes, and even household cats.

Feral pigeons nest anywhere that they can find, with abandoned buildings being a favorite of theirs. Feral pigeons stay together in flocks, and they will usually roost together on and in abandoned properties. On any undamaged property, they will roost in gutters, air conditioners, chimney pots and just about any ledge that they can find.  

The nests that pigeons create can lead to major issues for you and your property. They may be built in a location that disrupts your roof drainage and they can lead to costly damages. Their nests may also block the ventilation system of your building and negatively affect the air going in and out. Since these nests can catch fire, they pose an extra threat if any flames touch the building.

Feral pigeons eat mostly fruits and seeds which are in some cases found in yards and gardens. While looking for food, household plants might be damaged by the birds pecking and defecating on the plants. Feral pigeons will also pick at scraps of food left in trash bins, dumpster, on the ground – all of which is plentiful in urban and city environments. Restaurants that that throw away stale bread or other spoiled food also provide a large and readily available source of food for the birds.

Bird Damage 

Because of their large numbers, there are many concerns about the impact that feral pigeons can have on everyday life. In many cases, large numbers of pigeons can cause damage to property as well as pose a threat to human safety. For example, a single pigeon can produce 25 pounds of droppings in a year. Having a home, a building, a car, or a park bench covered in pigeon manure is an eye-sore. Large amounts of pigeon manure not only looks terrible, but can cause a very noticeable odor. Pigeon droppings can also speed up the deterioration of a building, and the constant need to clean, repaint, and repair a property that has been covered in bird poop can be inconvenient and costly. Large amounts of feral pigeon fecal matter has also been known to damage vegetation – along with the birds constantly picking at gardens for food. There is also a risk of contamination that comes with large amounts of pigeon manure. Under proper conditions, pigeon manure can contain the spores of infectious fungus that can infect humans, along with other illnesses. Feral pigeons have been known to eat and contaminate food that was meant for human or livestock when they flock around grain-handling facilities. Finally, feral pigeons (and other birds, though the pigeons are most common) are a threat in airports because of potential aircraft and bird collisions.

Health Hazards

Pigeon droppings are a major concern and health hazard when these birds are around and they can be very dangerous. The obvious downside to pigeon dropping is the mess they cause and the eyesore that they are. No one wants a bunch of nasty dropping on their property and just inhaling near them can make you sick.  The droppings that pigeons leave on your roof are powerful enough to start eating away at your roof and some people have had their roofs collapse due to pigeons. They tend to group up and can use your home or business as their own little hang-out spot and do a lot of damage at the same time. The noise and mess that a big group of pigeons can make is very significant and you can soon find them to be a large problem that you need help with.

There are dozens of different diseases that birds carry and can pass on to humans in a few different ways. E. Coli is often associated with meat that is uncooked but it can also be spread through pigeons. Their dropping can contain the E. Coli germ and can get passed on to a human who comes into contact with it and they can spread it around to others as well. Histoplasmosis is another infection that can be found in pigeon droppings and can be passed to humans from breathing. This condition can cause a lot of aches and pains and can get serious among people with weaker immune systems. Salmonella poisoning is not just something you can be given from eating the wrong food, it can also come about from pigeon dropping and inhaling them. While this type of poisoning will typically go away after a few days and not lead to serious long-term health issues, it can lead to several days of feeling ill and the effects can last for months.  St. Louis encephalitis is a condition that can be passed on from pigeons that inflames the nervous system and can be potentially fatal for those affected by it. The virus that causes St. Louis encephalitis is carried by pigeons and other birds and you should be careful when you are around these birds.

Pigeon Control Services

You do not want to deal with a serious pigeon crisis on your own and hiring a professional bird control company can help and be your best bet to get the whole thing resolved as quickly as possible. These birds are very intelligent and are not as easy to fool or get rid of as some other bird species might be.  The damage caused by birds runs into the tens of millions of dollars each year and it can cost individuals more than they can afford. This is one reason why we focus on every aspect of bird control and can help you save a lot of money in the long run.

​Professional bird control is what you need when your pigeon problem gets serious and we have the experience to help you out. Between pigeon droppings and the health risks that the birds pose, there is plenty of reasons to stop the problem before it gets any worse than it is and you may be saving thousands of dollars.  The longer pigeons are in a location, they more they feel at home and they will not always leave willingly. It is easier to get rid of them as soon as you see them starting to make your home or business their spot. We can get to the birds in the hard to reach spots they like to inhabit and follow local rules to get the job done properly.

It takes time and the proper methods to get rid of pigeons and keep them from coming right back. We know how to perform bird control techniques and can save you a lot of time and effort. Since it can be harmful to try to deal with pigeons and their droppings on your own, you should hire professional help to get things handled in a timely and safe fashion.  We can discuss our process with you and answer your questions and concerns. A pigeon problem should not be taken lightly or left to take care of itself. The potential damage and health risks are too great to let pigeons run wild on your home and we can help stop the problem before it gets any bigger.

Control Options Strategies

There are several bird control options for pigeon control, pigeon deterrent and pigeon exclusion pest bird problems.  ​

  • Bird exclusion netting that is 3/4" - 2" mesh space size.

  • Bird spikes on ledges and related surfaces to deter the pigeons from landing on surface areas.

  • Tension wire on ledges to deter landing.

  • Targeting/aggressive harvesting program. 

  • Spider/wire deterrent legs/whips. 

  • Sounds Units (various options).

  • Visual Scare Devices (various options).

  • Food and water source reduction at the target site.

  • Thermal Fogging of landscaping and areas adjacent to potential entry points.

  • Hardware cloth screening to exclude the pigeons access from screened areas.

  • Electrified shock track on facade signs and related ledges to deter the pigeons from landing on treated areas.

  • Trapping and relocation to remove pigeons from area.

  • Live capture programs and relocation.

  • Structural modification of the structure to exclude and/or deter landing areas.

When determining a pigeon control plan, it is important to take several factors into consideration prior to implementation: 

  • How long has the pigeon problem been going on for?

  • Is anyone feeding the pigeons directly?

  • Are there any mechanical problems or structural building problems that is creating a food or water source to develop?

  • Are the pigeons nesting, loafing or roosting?

  • If heavy nesting, are there any fire hazards?

  • Are any of the surrounding buildings having a bird problem?

  • Are there bird droppings along walkways or parking areas?

  • How many pigeons and how big is the problem area?

  • What is the bird pressure?  

  • Are there food or water sources available to the pigeons?

  • Either at the target site or in adjacent areas?

  • Are there any liability issues due to the pigeon infestation?