How To Manage A Pigeon Infestation
As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. And pigeons very much so flock together. These pesky winged pests, if left unchecked, can create a host of problems, from health issues in people to the degradation of buildings. Feral pigeons cost home and business owners millions of dollars in damage and expensive cleanups each year. You can take plenty of actions to help control these pests and ensure they don’t become a major problem again. The Kness Pest Defense team will walk you through the problems an infestation causes, signs of a pigeon infestation, and what you can do to tackle pigeon issues.
Problems Caused By Pigeons
Pigeons are the most common pest bird in the United States. Their ability to adapt to their surroundings, eating almost anything and nesting in buildings, has allowed them to become a widespread bird species. Worldwide there are an estimated 400 million feral pigeons.
Some of the most common problems caused by pigeons includes:
- Debris from pigeons can plug up gutters and drains, leading to potential water drainage issues
- For businesses, pigeon roosts can damage rooftop infrastructure and machinery such as HVAC systems
- Their droppings contain uric acid, which is highly corrosive and can eat away at paint, metal, and even concrete
- Pigeon droppings can also be unsightly and affect the image of your home or business
- Dried up pigeon droppings can become aerosolized and lead to breathing problems, such as asthma
- Pigeons are a carrier for more than 50 diseases, bacteria, fungus, and ectoparasites, presenting a health risk to humans
Signs Of A Pigeon Infestation
A pigeon problem might not be apparent at first, but if you begin seeing the following signs, you might have pigeon troubles:
- A noticeable increase in the number of bird noises and calls
- Pigeons droppings are numerous and becoming an eyesore
- Visible damage to structures either from birds making nests or bird droppings
- A considerable amount of stray material and feathers are a common sign that nesting areas are nearby
How to Manage An Infestation of Pigeons
Getting rid of a pigeon infestation takes time and various approaches to make it all work successfully. One of the most effective ways of controlling pigeon encroachment is by making it difficult for them to create nests (roosting sites), congregate (loafing sites), and scrounge for food (feeding sites).
To take care of roosting and loafing sites, inspect your property and identify any empty spaces on buildings such as roof overhangs and rafters. While doing an inspection, remove any nesting material and eggs that you might come across. You can add bird netting to seal off access to these areas by birds. Spikes can be added to places with flat, open surfaces such as ledges, signs, and roof ridges. To eliminate feeding sites, be sure to place any garbage in proper receptacles and remove any areas of standing water if possible.
Other management tools include bird deterrents and live bird traps. Kness Pest Defense has two products that can be utilized for managing bird problems, such as pigeons. The Kness Avian Away™ and Kage-All® Bird Trap are the perfect tools for the job.
Kness Avian Away
The Kness Avian Away is a specialized bird deterrent that has a unique multi-angled spinning reflector design that utilizes the power of the wind and sunlight to ward off birds. This device also has solar-powered LED lights so that the device continues to deter winged pests throughout the night. Avian Away can be easily mounted on different surfaces from building rooftops and parking garages to a fence line and out in the yard.
Kness Kage-All Bird Traps
As a safe and humane way to capture and hold pest birds, Kness Kage-All Bird Traps are a simple and effective way to remove birds such as pigeons from your property. Kage-All is made so you can easily set the trap, add bait food, and release any captured birds. Made with heavy-gauge material and painted with a low-profile color, this trap can stand up to the elements and blend into the environment.
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