Pigeons originally came to the U.S. as domesticated birds. Before very long, however, enough of them escaped to create feral populations that have since spread across the country. Even here in the PDS area, where the climate is dry, hot and sunny throughout the year, these pests are seemingly everywhere–and they commonly infest local homes and businesses. If you are dealing with an infestation of pigeons, you know how disrupting and aggravating it can be. Unfortunately, do-it-yourself methods do little or nothing to help. For long-term control of these pests, professional intervention is required–and PDS is the company to trust.
Pigeons: The Basics
People often think of pigeons as quirky, social birds that tend to congregate in big cities or wherever there are lots of people. However, this characteristic is directly related to the fact that they are scavengers, which means that they survive by scavenging food from a variety of sources. Pigeons are easy enough to identify; contrary to popular belief, however, they aren’t always gray but can also be anything from white to tan to black in color. These birds typically have broad black bands on their tails, double bars on their secondary wings and white rumps.
The Importance of Pigeon Control
Until you’ve dealt with an infestation of pigeons, it’s easy to underestimate just how damaging and problematic that they can be. Just a few examples of the issues that they cause include the following:
- Property Damage – When they accumulate over time, pigeon droppings can cause buildings and other structures to deteriorate more rapidly. Their manure also kills vegetation, so it can wreak havoc on landscaping.
- Contamination – Because they are scavengers, pigeons are famous for getting into food sources, where their contamination can cause health issues for pets and humans.
- Disease – Pigeon manure often harbors a fungal disease called histoplasmosis that can cause respiratory problems in humans.
- Parasites – A number of parasites coexist with pigeons, including mites, fleas and ticks. When large pigeon populations are around, these parasites typically soar in number too.
Pigeon Control Services
While there are many ways to control bird infestations, many of them are ineffective against pigeons. For example, things like colored flags, ultrasonic noises and other noise-making devices don’t phase these pests. For best results, then, other methods must be used–and a multi-pronged approach is a must.
PDS Pest employs integrated pest management, or IPM, for the long-term eradication and prevention of pigeons. Some of the techniques that our technicians may use to control pigeons in local homes and businesses include the following: blocking access to roosting sites; cleaning up or restricting access to nearby food sources; reproduction control; trapping and toxic baiting.