Whenever you hear anything along the lines of bird nuisances, more often than not, the first thought that comes to mind is that of pigeons. The array of problems and damages caused by pigeons has rightfully earned them the titles of 'gutter birds' and 'rats with wings,' among other deserving labels.
The threat of pigeons goes beyond nuisances. They spread diseases and parasitic infestations as they carry parasites on their bodies, and their droppings are a buffet for several different bacteria. With such an atrocious track record, it's in your best interest to be on your toes if a flock of pigeons gets too comfortable around your neighborhood or office building.
Birds of a Feather Poop Together
The potential infrastructural and health damages caused by birds, in general, are multiplied as their numbers increase, at which point they become a serious threat that needs to be contained. Pigeons, as a rule of thumb, fly and live in large hordes, have a high reproductive capacity, and don't have many natural enemies.
Pigeons lay 24 eggs a year, which take 14 to 18 days to hatch and four weeks to grow to adulthood and then repeat the process. So, in one year, a single pair of pigeons can potentially grow into a flock of up to 100 pigeons.
Welcome to Disease Town; Population: Pigeons
Due to the high concentration of pigeons present within metropolitan areas, they become active carriers of various kinds of bacteria. These bacteria cause diseases which result in flu-like symptoms and attack the respiratory and nervous systems.
Since they are present in most outdoor spaces, they are an active health hazard and may pass on diseases to multiple individuals. Due to a high spread rate, their threat is detrimental on a large scale. They also carry multiple parasites, which can potentially pass on through physical contact and cause serious health concerns.
Property Damage is Their Middle Name
Pigeon droppings also possess corrosive properties. They are mostly composed of salts and ammonia, which upon coming into contact with water through rain, spillage, or water leaks, become acidic. As a result, they can cause severe structural damage.
As such, it's imperative to clean all droppings periodically so that they don't come into contact with water, or else you run the risk of hidden damage through acidic corrosion. In either case, you would require a lot of time and capital. However, not cleaning up means that you'd have to pay to fix the structural damages caused, considering you can locate them before an accident occurs.
To protect yourself and the people around you against the dangers of pigeons, it's not enough to only deal with the damage caused by them. You must set up measures to prevent them from nesting and roaming in your area. AviAway professionally installs bird control solutions for all bird species. We have 30+ years of experience in bird control and have performed work for companies like Amazon, Rite Aid, and the U.S. Postal Service. Click here or call 844-247-3373 to request a free bird control quote.
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