The pigeon is found in countries all over the world in several varieties. They mate all year-round, with increased rates in spring and fall. Wild pigeons can live up to 15 years, but last only about 3 to 4 in urban environments. These birds mostly eat seeds and grains, however they will also eat garbage, insects, and bread fed to them by people. You’ll find these birds cooing and in environments that people frequent like parks or around buildings, as well as near bridges, grain elevators, and farm yards. They can also potentially transmit diseases like histoplasmosis, food poisoning, and other harmful viruses.
Problem If you have a pigeon nesting problem you’ll notice the bird itself just hanging around and looking for a meal. They make a distinct cooing noise and make a ruckus when they take flight. Droppings may begin to accumulate near their nesting sites.
Droppings from these birds are not only unpleasant to look at, but they may also deteriorate the outsides of buildings, and even kill some plants. If they’re found where grain is stored, they’re probably feasting on it, and potentially contaminating it. When their droppings accumulate, a fungus develops that causes histoplasmosis, a disease that affects the lungs. It may also lead to other diseases like cryptococcosis that affect the brain. Diseases can be spread not only to humans, but livestock as well. Like other birds, it is also possible for pigeons to cause plane crashes, as they may get sucked into engines, disabling the plane.
Types of Pigeons
Despite different species of pigeon, most average around 11 inches. They have blue- grey bodies with small beaks. You will most likely find them dwelling in cities and will nest on buildings, window ledges and under bridges or cliffs.
Pigeons On The Roof & In The Chimney
These flying foragers love to nest on building ledges, in steeples, attics, lofts, bridges, or anywhere they can set up a crude nest. You’ll notice a shoddy-looking pile of sticks, twigs, and grass if you’ve got pigeons around.
If you’ve got a friend who loves to feed the pigeons, you might want to ask them to stop. Pigeons aren’t very picky, so if you’re throwing bread around everyday, they’re probably expecting a free meal. If there are any spilled seeds or grains around bird feeders, make sure to clean them up so these scavengers don’t come poking around. Also try to get rid of any standing water they might want to take a bath in.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I remove pigeon nests?
Since some species of bird are protected, it’s always smart to consult a professional before moving or removing any nests on your property. States have different laws on it, but for the most part, pigeons aren’t a protected species, so nests can be removed willingly. If there are eggs or young in the nest, it’s best to contact a professional to handle removing the nest properly to protect the bird and you, the homeowner.
Benefits of Professional Pigeon Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a pigeon problem. Finding and treating the pigeons can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the pigeon infestation.