Common in both cities and suburban communities, pigeons roost on window ledges, rooftops, and bridges, which are perfect substitutes for the natural cliff ledges the birds typically use as nesting sites and shelter. Pigeons are indiscriminate feeders and eat any available food source, from grains and seeds to human waste and handouts. Feeding the pests actually raises pigeon populations to larger than sustainable numbers.
Certain methods, such as scare tactics, are usually ineffective at removing pigeons as the birds are accustomed to human interaction. As feral birds, pigeons are not protected by any federal or state laws, though local ordinances may exist; it is still best to call Critter Control to deal with the wild animals. Our wildlife specialists know how to perform humane pigeon removal that keeps populations at normal levels.
Control and Safety
Exclusion methods and the elimination of food sources are the best ways to abolish large populations of pigeons. Blocking and sealing openings to roosting sites, fixing broken screens, and using mechanical repellents, such as spikes and porcupine wire, may discourage pigeons from landing on buildings. Refraining from feeding the birds and removing access to other food sources, such as garbage cans, also helps keep pigeon numbers down.
Are pigeons known to enter homes or yards?
Opportunistic feeders, pigeons often target human habitations and other manmade structures to roost, nest, and look for easy access to food sources. Farms with grain silos, homes with open garbage containers, and large parks all attract the birds with the promise of an easy meal. Neighborhoods and communities must often work together to deal with infestations of pigeons, as large flocks tend to settle an area all at once.
Do pigeons harm people or property?
Pigeon droppings can cause a variety of issues for buildings and people. In addition to being unsightly, the excrement corrodes buildings and kills vegetation when it accumulates in high enough volumes.
Additionally, accumulated droppings can contribute to the spread of histoplasmosis, which is extremely dangerous to the human respiratory tract. Pigeons also carry various parasites including mites, fleas, and ticks. Stored grains may become contaminated from the presence of pigeons. Large flocks sometimes cause collisions with aircraft, as well.