Pigeons Are Considered Nuisance Pests and Require Pest control mMasures and Deterrent Procedures
When you think of traditional pests that require professional intervention, pigeons are probably the last thing on your mind. But they are actually considered nuisance pests and frequently require specific pest control measures and deterrent procedures because of the risk they pose for disease and property damage.
There are many practical traps and repellents that can be used, such as spikes, parallel wires, bird netting, gels, and decoys. Here are some tips on pigeon behavior as well as how you can keep these birds off your home or place of business. Ask our pigeon control experts at Frontinopest control company in Phoenix Arizona for more treatment suggestions.
Feral pigeons are a cause for concern for home and business owners alike. They engage in a group behavior called roosting, which is what you see on rooftops and the eaves of buildings. Even if you’re careful not to allow anyone to feed the pigeons, they will get fed anyway by errant crumbs and dropped foods outside trash cans.
Pigeons rely on grains for survival, which is why you will see them gather at farms, feed processing plants, parks, large recreation areas, and restaurants. They leave their waste on sidewalks and buildings, which looks unsightly but also damages structures over time. They also carry a variety of diseases.
It’s best to remove pigeons humanely without harming them. Here are some options:
- Anti-Bird Spikes: These are attachable spikes that you can fasten to your home or building to prevent the birds from perching or nesting there. They won’t really harm the birds, but they will deter them from setting up shop.
- Parallel Wires: You can string these across a structure to prevent pigeons from landing and nesting.
- Bird Netting: While unsightly, netting is an effective way to keep pigeons out because it acts as a barrier.
- Bird Gels: These sticky bird repellents will cause their feet to get stuck to a surface, leading to a struggle to get free. This acts as a future deterrent.
- Decoy Kites: Kite-shaped decoy birds will sway in the wind to deter other pigeons from landing in a particular area.
In general, pigeons do not like the presence of other domineering birds, particularly birds of prey. This is why sometimes falconry is used to intimidate pigeons into leaving. Pigeons also hate strong smells, such as that of cinnamon or hot pepper spray. If you can safely reach the pigeon colony, you can try spraying or applying these substances to make them move on. However, you would have to continually spray these substances for it to be effective, and most people simply don’t have the time or resources to do this. You’re better off hiring a pro.
Pigeon Control in Phoenix, AZ
Our Phoenix pest control techs are well-versed in pigeon control. If these nuisance birds are plaguing your home or business, contact us at 602-338-9223 for a free quote and inspection.