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Why is pigeon control necessary?
Pigeons cause a wide array of difficulties for homeowners. They also commonly consume and contaminate grain bins in agricultural settings. Pigeons tend to feed, nest, and roost on, in, or around buildings, making the area unsanitary. They usually build nests with flammable materials that can be fire hazards.
Further, pigeons can roost in massive flocks that lead to unsightly amounts of droppings, which, in addition to the health risks, can corrode buildings, sidewalks, and automobiles. Soiled areas provide an incubation area for a host of diseases that include but are not limited to histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and common ectoparasites associated with them, such as fleas, mites, and lice.
Pigeon removal solutions can be simple small jobs that involve installing just a few screens to large jobs that require thousands of feet of bird netting.
Typical products used when remediating pigeon problems include Shock-Track® Flex-Track®, Bird Wire®, BirdSlide®, BirdSpikes, and ¼-inch StealthNet® bird netting. Although ¾-inch netting can be used, we prefer to do all netting jobs with ¼-inch netting to prevent all species of birds from entering. All of these products are typically used in situations with high roost potential, in which a larger area of control needs to be applied.
Depending on the scenario, Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC also may choose to deploy varying degrees of visual deterrents for pigeon removal, such as “The Eagle Eye” by Bird Barrier, Inc.
These products are specialized, though many of our jobs require far less sophisticated approaches that may only involve sealing off a few access points.
Trapping is also an important tool at our disposal for pigeon removal. In many cases, pigeons are not necessarily a recurring issue, and a homeowner may only have a nesting pair or two, or possibly a winter flock. If the permanent solution is not budget-friendly in these cases, we offer our customers trapping solutions based on their needs. This could include a weekly rate, a monthly rate, or a bi-monthly rate.
Reformed to nesting around people since the initial stages of human development, the Rock Pigeon originally made its way across Europe, Asia, and northern Africa following the construction of the Roman Empire. Roughly a millennia later, it moved over the Atlantic with the colonization of America and then followed settlers westward to become a worldwide species.
If a bird were to ever be considered “commensal” such as rodents, this would be the bird. In urban/suburban areas, the pigeon diet consist of whatever is readily available via human interaction. Seeds, corn, bread, trash, etc. They are opportunistic and will feed on most available items.
Pigeons prefer to build their nests on flat structures protected from the elements. These sites include recessed window ledges, soffit returns on homes, I-beams in warehouses, flat roofs with HVAC units, and column tops, just to name a few. Pigeons will seek out these areas and create a cluttered pile of plant material and twigs to lay their eggs.
Rock pigeons can move in pairs or flocks, usually based on the opportunities provided by the habitat at their disposal. Typically, the more habit and longer runs they have that suit their needs, the more birds you will have and the larger the flock.
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