Birds are often classified as a pest species when they roost on buildings or in public locations. The most common complaints include the following: Pigeons roosting in construction. Pigeons leaving droppings everywhere. Canada Goose droppings everywhere. Woodpeckers destroying wood house. Chimney Swifts dwelling in chimney. For these reasons, lots of folks desire to have bird exclusion barriers installed or perhaps have the birds eliminated.
A number of diverse birds may pose a nuisance for a number of different reasons. Woodpeckers can be an issue when they decide to drum and peck holes in a wooden house. Chimney Swifts can live down a chimney, and their young make a heck of a racket. Canada Geese can form huge flocks, and leave behind a slew of droppings on a property. Any sort of bird might get stuck in a building and occasionally birds decide to reside in the attic . However, I will discuss the most frequent pest bird we deal with in the pest control business: the pigeon.
PIGEON BIOLOGY: The most common pigeon, also referred to as the feral pigeon, (Columba livia), is approximately 12 inches in length and weighs about a pound. Although pigeons can exhibit an assortment of colors, most are of the blue-gray selection. Pairs mate for life, and share in the nest construction and parenting duties. They may lay a clutch of eggs at any time of the year. The young hatch 19 days later, and are cared for until they could make it by themselves.
PIGEON NUISANCE CONCERNS: Pigeons may be delightful, if it wasn’t for the mess they create. When they roost in a place, they leave behind feathers and nesting material, fleas and mites, and needless to say, first and foremost, they leave a whole lot of droppings. They defecate a whole lot, and can cover an area with piles of droppings. These droppings aren't only unsightly, they are caustic and can wear down metal or stone, and they are also unsanitary.
People are able to inhale the fungal spores and develop the lung disease histoplasmosis. Because of this, it isn't a great idea to allow pigeon droppings to accumulate. When pigeons reside in attics or ductwork, they create a real challenge for homeowners.
WOODPECKER PROBLEMS: the principal problem with woodpeckers is they peck holes. Not a huge deal if it is a tree (unless you're attempting to protect that tree), but a very big deal if they're pecking on your timber house or the wood trim on your dwelling. They do this both in search of food and to mark out territory.
CANADA GOOSE PROBLEMS: Canada Geese frequently form large flocks, and they frequently do this in parks, businesses, golf courses, manicured lawns, etc.. They're a problem because they often destroy turf, and they also leave behind a great deal of big droppings!
MUSCOVY DUCKS: They leave up to 1/3 pound of waste per day, and foul up water . They also often destroy shore habitat, not to mention drive out indigenous birds and ducks. They're sometimes a health hazard.
It is not really feasible to live trap and relocate pigeons. They've an exceptional homing instinct, and will go back to their original nesting area, even if relocated 20,000 miles off. Furthermore, lethal control procedures, though a possible temporary fix, won't necessarily look after the problem permanently, as long as there is good habitat, creatures will make the most of it. But if the pigeons are getting into a building, then it is a matter of eliminating them and sealing off all entry points to the building, to prevent entry. But if they are simply roosting out on ledges and beams, then the only way to look after the issue is to render that roosting habitat unsuitable. This normally means urban bird management approaches: the installation of bird obstacles, like pigeons spikes, netting, shock trail, etc. The point is to stop the birds from landing and roosting in a certain location. If you cover that area with sharp spikes or an electrically charged track, then the birds will not be able to or wish to roost there. Thus, pigeon control is possible, it is just often labor and material intensive. However, if it is a matter of aesthetics, security of property, and public security, then it's well worth it.
Imagine if a stray bird had accidentally flown into your home (or shop, warehouse, etc.) and you want to get it out safely (or however). There's a good deal of bogus pigeon repellents on the market. Most are in the kind of scare devices. I have seen it all - colorful pinwheels, streamers, imitation plastic snakes, not to mention the very popular, imitation plastic owls. Lots of members of the pest control sector actively search for plastic owls on buildings, since they understand that the construction has a pigeon problem, and that the owl is not doing crap to help resolve it! Pigeons won't be discouraged by a fake plastic owl any more that you would be discouraged by a fake plastic lion on your premises. Pigeons will also roost right next to the imitation plastic owl. Other gimmicks, such as high frequency audio devices or records of hawk cries do not work either. If it were that simple, everyone would fix their pigeon problem in a heartbeat for $29.95 + shipping and handling.
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