Bird Control

Pigeons

Pigeon Control

Our bird control service offers expert solutions for pigeon control from experienced and knowledgeable bird specialists. Call us on 0800 552 004 for advice on how to control pigeons on your premises and to arrange a free business survey from a Rentokil specialist.

Problems with Pigeons
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Feral pigeons are descended from wild rock doves that have interbred with different strains of escaped ornamental, domestic and racing pigeons over the centuries. They thrive in our towns and cities by adapting to the urban environment, making use of seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings that provide the smallest amount of shelter (similar to the cliffs used by their ancestors). Pigeons will also make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, guttering and loft spaces in particular, as they are capable of lifting damaged or loose roof coverings to force entry.

A pigeon's natural food source is grain and seeds but they survive in towns and cities by scavenging processed food matter, such as the remains of takeaways and food waste from dustbins. Given an adequate food supply pigeons can breed throughout the year, although the peak breeding season is between March and July.

Pigeon Droppings

Pigeon droppings (or pigeon poop) and pigeon debris are not only an aesthetic issue but can directly damage the structure of a building. The acidity of the pigeon fouling can eat away at stone and brickwork. Tar based roofing materials are particularly vulnerable to this type of erosion. Nest debris and feathers can also block gutters and rainwater drainage systems, potentially leading to damage to premises from water penetration. Effective pigeon control is therefore very important in protecting buildings.

The presence of feral pigeons and their faeces (or guano) represents a potential health hazard to people. Pigeons are carriers of a number of serious diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis (commonly known as pigeon fancier's lung). Their droppings provide the ideal environment for organisms causing diseases such as listeriosis, cryptococcis and aspergillosis to thrive. Pigeons are also hosts to fleas and other parasites such as pigeon ticks and bird mites. These pests can be spread to other hosts including people.

Pigeon Deterrent
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One of the most successful long term measures for controlling pigeons is to remove their food sources, however in busy urban areas this is not always practical. Bird proofing solutions such as bird netting and wire deterrent systems offer a more viable option to deter pigeons from roosting and nesting on buildings. Other methods of pigeon control include using egg, nest & bird removal to reduce the pigeons flock size.

Call us on 0800 552 004 for further advice on pigeons and to arrange for a free business survey of your premises.

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