Feral pigeons are a serious environmental health issue. They can present a risk to human health directly, are unsightly, and can attract other pests too.
This environmental health guide will help you to understand how best to deal with feral pigeons.
Pigeons are everywhere. We are so used to them now that we tend to simply ignore their presence, but if pigeons are allowed to take up residence in our homes they can start to present a serious health risk.
Feral pigeons have the potential to be carriers for a number of diseases, including:
In addition, they can attract ticks, mites, and rats, which themselves can present a public health risk.
Pigeons can also cause damage to the buildings that they nest in. Their droppings are corrosive, which means that they may eat away at certain older building materials.
Droppings, feathers and nesting materials can build up in HVAC vents and ducts and cause damage to the systems.
Each of these issues, taken individually, is serious. Combined they make a clear case for why it is vital to control pigeon populations.
Feral pigeons are actually descended from the homing pigeons that were introduced to Australia by European travellers. The population of pigeons was, until relatively recent history, fairly well controlled by nature.
However, as population densities have increased this has meant that there is now more widely available comfortable nesting spaces for pigeons in urban spaces.
Given the right conditions – good nesting spots and an abundance of food, pigeon populations can grow quite rapidly. Unlike many animals, pigeons can breed at any time of the year.
In addition, the young tend not to move far from the original nest, so once pigeons are nesting somewhere it can be difficult to get rid of them.
Even if you get rid of the pigeons in your property, if your neighbours do not take care of any issues they are having in their property, the overall flock size might not shrink, since the pigeons that you banish will simply “move next door”.
Getting rid of pigeons requires a multi-pronged approach. Non-lethal control techniques tend to work best, since not only will you get the current flock of pigeons to move out, you will also make the property less appealing to future flocks.
Start by removing all food sources from around the property. Seal your bins, do not leave food out in the open. Discourage passers-by from feeding birds. Make sure that pet foods are kept in sealed containers.
Next, make sure that your property is not an attractive place to nest. Use appropriately sized bird netting to stop birds from landing on ledges.
Seal any gaps that might allow pigeons to enter the property, and take steps to clear any existing nests.
Some people use scare devices, however, the effectiveness of these can vary massively. Seek advice from the professionals before spending money on something that is unproven.
In extreme cases, lethal control techniques may be required to reduce the size of a flock. However, if these are being employed they should be used in conjunction with non-lethal measures to prevent the flock from breeding again.
Otherwise, the population of pigeons will grow again as the remaining birds will breed quite quickly. If you have a pigeon issue in your property, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We have many years of experience in providing humane and effective pigeon control measures that will eliminate the pigeon population and discourage them from returning.
At Feral Bird Management, we offer a full bird management service including the supply and installation of tough, UV-stabilized, low maintenance bird netting. We help you to create a bird-proof enclosure for your property.
We have clients who use anti-bird nets to keep pigeons out of offices, sports facilities, plants, and warehouses. We also have other, more sophisticated solutions for airports and other larger facilities.
You can stop birds from nesting around your home using the 7 simple methods discussed here. If you are having issues with feral birds and need some help, then look no further than Feral Bird Management.
We have developed modern, sophisticated methods and approaches to eradicating most feral bird problems.