Too many pigeons perching on your business sign? Or perhaps they like to gather above the doorway to your store and leave their droppings on your clients? Pigeons are one of the worst of urban pests. In fact, they are comparable to rats. They exist in large numbers in urban environments, can cause extensive structural damage and offer serious health risks unless dealt with effectively.
What to look for
Feral pigeons are responsible for untold millions of dollars of damage each year in urban areas. The uric acid in their feces is highly corrosive. Debris from roosting flocks can build up, backing up gutters and drains causing damage to roofs and other structures. Extensive damage to air conditioning units and other roof top machinery is common place. There are also other economic costs that can be associated from pigeon’s taking up residence; such as slip and falls, liability issues, projection of an unclean premise dirty company image. In addition physical damage the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings sometimes represent a health risk.
When deciding on how to solve a pigeon issue two areas are looked at, perching issues and harbourage areas. Perching points tend to be gutters and roof top peaks. Harbourage areas are usually tight corners on roof tops where upper and lower roof lines meet and in gaps or holes in the roof line. As a general rule it is best to focus on removing the harbourage areas. Once the harbourage areas are removed the pigeons typically move on within a few weeks. When clients decide to solve perching issues it is usually when pigeons are perching above a doorway to a store or on top of a sign for a business.
How to identify a pigeon
The rock dove or rock pigeon is a member of the bird family Columbidae. This bird is often simply referred to as the “pigeon”. The species includes the domestic pigeon and escaped domestic pigeons have given rise to feral populations around the world.
Wild rock doves are pale grey with two black bars on each wing, while domestic and feral pigeons are very variable in colour and pattern. There are few visible differences between males and females. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents care for the young for a time.
Several traits have allowed them to dominate the urban landscape. Because of their history, pigeons are not afraid of people; they roost and nest readily in man-made structures and they have a diverse diet. The average life span is three (3) to four (4) years in the wild.
What we can do to help
If you feel there are too many pigeons in and around your property Peregrine experts can help you to get to grips with the problem. We usually start by concentrating on eliminating perching and harbourage areas – usually those tight corners on roof tops where upper and lower roof lines meet, as well as gaps or holes in the roof line. Once the harbourage and perching areas are removed the pigeons typically move on within a few weeks.
Overall, it is fair to say that effective pigeon control is a complex process and is probably best handled by experienced professionals such as the technicians we employ at Peregrine.