Common Misconceptions When it Comes to Pigeons
FICTION: There is no harm in feeding pigeons. It doesn’t hurt anybody.
FACT: Regardless of whether or not feeding is intentional, it is the root of many pigeon control problems! The birds recognize a food source as reliable and, quickly, their numbers multiply. Unintentional food supply, like litter and garbage, MUST be eliminated in order to be protected against the many problems pigeons cause. Aside from structural damage caused to buildings or homes, other pests may live on these birds, including mites, fleas or ticks, which could further pest problems at the infested property. Pigeons are dependent on humans in almost every aspect- relying on us for food and nesting sites. Knowing this, we can better prepare ourselves for use of effective pigeon control methods.
FICTION: Bird Spikes are vicious.
FACT: Advanced IPM professionals are skilled in using spikes effectively for bird control – preventing birds from landing or roosting on buildings or homes. Spike styles with blunted ends are used often, and the installation of such spikes is precise. For that reason, these spikes do not pose a threat and will not endanger the birds.
FICTION: The only way to control pigeons is to wipe all of them out.
FACT: Destroying the pigeon population in large quantities only creates pressure for the birds to reproduce rapidly. The most effective way to manage pigeon infestations is by making roosting and nesting areas inhospitable. Methods of doing so include, but are not limited to, exclusion, filling access voids, and sloping resting areas.
If you need more information on effective methods for bird control, or would like to have a representative visit your property to provide an estimate, please contact our office at 1-800-655-3993.