Pigeon Identification & Prevention

The Problem With Pigeons

Pigeons might look and sound nice, and they might be a staple feature of most cities, but that doesn't mean they should be a staple feature of your Henderson, NV property. Pigeons also might not seem all that dangerous, and indeed they're not in the sense of being able to hurt you on purpose. They can't sting, they can't bite, and they don't have claws to speak of. However, the danger lies not in the pigeon itself but in its droppings, and that's why you can't just stand by and let these pest birds take over your home or business.

What are pigeons?

Pigeons are some of the most common birds found in urban areas. They're in the same family as doves and share many of the same characteristics, although pigeons are typically larger and stouter than doves. Pigeons also have different color patterns than doves. They are gray with iridescent green and purple patches in their feathers. Many pigeons also have black stripes or dark mottling on their wings.

Are pigeons dangerous?

Pigeons are dangerous because their droppings contain dangerous diseases. The main concern with pigeon droppings is histoplasmosis. This is a serious illness caused by fungal spores found inside pigeon waste. The droppings release these spores as they dry, potentially exposing anyone in physical proximity. Pigeon droppings also are highly acidic, which means they can do serious property damage as well as threaten your health. This is why controlling pigeons is so vital.

Why do I have a pigeon problem?

Pigeon control might be vital, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Most people develop a pigeon problem because they have something on their property that is attracting these birds while they are none the wiser. Commercial properties, for example, often attract pigeons because they have food in abundance. A good example of a highly pigeon-prone business would be a restaurant with a patio outside. Your home may also prove attractive to pigeons if it has a good nesting site, such as a flat roof or large awnings where pigeons can roost.

Where will I find pigeons?

One of the reasons it's so difficult to control pigeons on your property is the fact that you will almost always find them outside – and they can fly to boot. This means excluding them is much more difficult than excluding other pests that cannot fly or prefer to come indoors. You will likely find pigeons roosting on flat roofs, under large overhangs, and anywhere else that provides a flat, sheltered surface. You will also find them anywhere there is food, such as on your patio or in uncovered outdoor garbage.

How do I get rid of pigeons?

Unfortunately, most of the pigeon control products on the current open market are of inferior quality to those on the professional market. That means they will be less effective at keeping these birds off your property than professional pigeon control services.

Pigeons are flock animals, and when one decides your property is a good place to set up shop, more and more will follow. That's why we recommend calling in the experts if you already have an established pigeon infestation. Here at Anver Pest Control, we have the tools and, more importantly, the training to deal with pigeon infestations. We can help you make your property a hostile and unwelcoming place for these birds. So don't wait until pigeons do serious damage or make someone sick. Give us a call or visit our contact page today.

How can I prevent pigeons in the future?

The best thing you can do on your own for both commercial and residential pigeon control is to take prevention measures. These include:

  • Keep all outdoor trash cans tightly covered.
  • Store any outdoor foodstuffs in airtight containers. 
  • Set up scarecrows like fake hawks or fake owls. 
  • Avoid bird feeders on your residential property. 
  • Make policies that prohibit employees and customers from feeding birds. 

Keeping food away from pigeons can go a long way to encouraging these birds to move on, but if you need a little more help in the nuisance pigeon control department, don't hesitate to contact us here at Anver Pest Control.

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