Why the Fuss?
Feral pigeons are common in the urban environment and although they are generally considered to be no more than a nuisance, they can potentially pose a risk to human health. Pigeons and their droppings can also cause damage to the buildings they reside, perch / nest, in / on. Avian feces and debris may cause possible health concerns; avian dung dust contains over 200 pathogens harmful to the Human Respiratory System. Potential health risks and examples of damage include:
* Transmission of diseases such as; Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcus, and Psittacosis (Ornithosis)
* Attraction of ticks, mites, cockroaches and rats.
* Unpleasant odor and noise issues.
* Damage to buildings and monuments due to the highly corrosive nature of pigeon droppings.
* Extensive damage to air-conditioning units and other roof top machinery.
Feral pigeons are descendants of domestic homing pigeons, were introduced to Australia from Europe. Increased urban development has resulted in an increase in the number of feral pigeons due to the large number of accessible nesting spaces and readily available supply of food and water. Pigeons are capable of breeding throughout the year and do not migrate far from their birthplace; this can make it difficult to remove them from their location.
Identifying Feral Pigeons
Feral pigeons can be grey, brown, or white, but are usually grey in color with two black bars across each wing and iridescent feathers around the neck. There are no visible differences between males and females. Domestic pigeons, such as those kept as pets or for racing, are essentially the same birds as feral pigeons; however, domestic pigeons can be identified by the presence of a tag around one of their legs.
If you have a pigeon concern, there are many techniques can be used to reduce or remove the population. Implementing non-lethal control techniques will provide the most effective long-term results. The best way to minimize or prevent the nuisance caused by feral pigeons is to control where they roost, nest and feed. Contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination. Phoenix, Arizona * 602-263-7837
Removing Food Sources
The most effective way of discouraging feral pigeons from infesting houses and public areas is to not feed them and remove any potential food source (e.g. pet food). The number of pigeons in an area is determined by the availability of a sustainable food supply. A plentiful food supply encourages year round breeding; therefore, the removal of the food source will result in less breeding and will encourage the pigeons to move to another location.
Residential / Commercial Sealing
Pigeon sealing your home or building will prevent pigeons from gaining access to potential nesting or roosting sites. This includes sealing any gaps into buildings and under eaves with wire- mesh, or with more extensive cleaning, sanitizing of the area. Pigeons commonly perch on sites such as eaves, roofs and window ledges. Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination can install products such as wires, spikes and gel in these locations to prevent pigeons from resting and gathering. Please call Budget Brothers to schedule your FREE Feral Pigeon Inspection,
Regular removal of nests will, in the long term, help to discourage persistent pigeons from nesting in a particular area.
Scare devices such as audio or visual deterrents can discourage pigeons from roosting or nesting. It is important that other members of the community also adopt pigeon control
techniques, otherwise the pigeons may simply relocate to a neighboring property and the flock size will not be reduced.
Lethal Control Techniques
Lethal control techniques can be used to reduce pigeon numbers; however, this is usually only a short-term solution as juvenile birds quickly replace removed pigeons and the flock can become larger than the initial size. With any lethal control method, animal welfare issues need to be considered and addressed; for example, removing adult pigeons can leave juvenile flightless birds in nests to die of starvation.
New populations can replace pigeons caught and killed by trapping rapidly. As with any control technique, the source of food must be removed otherwise trapping may have minimal
effect in reducing pigeon numbers.
This process can be carried out by calling Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination * 602-263-7837. A painless narcotic may be added to the food source and, once consumed, causes the birds to overdose and go to sleep. The birds should, in theory, consume the narcotic and wait to be picked up; however, some birds may feed and fly off, and as a result can die an inhumane death. The poison is not specific to pigeons and consequently other non-target birds may be affected. Using cages as a control harborage device is definitely recommended.
When dealing with pigeons and/or pigeon droppings it is important to ensure that you
are properly protected. The following personal protective equipment should be worn:
* Protective clothing- Long sleeved shirt, full length slacks
* Face mask/respirator
For the control of feral pigeons you may contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination 602-263-7837, to schedule your FREE Feral Pigeon Inspection