Pigeons
Pigeons in the attic or on the roof? Those pesky rock doves leaving droppings all over are common pigeons. Pigeons are notorious for causing significant damage to buildings, vehicles, property and machinery with their excessive droppings. Not only do pigeon droppings cause odor and aesthetic problems in public places, droppings can also increase the rate of building destruction.

Description

Pigeons have grown to be amongst the most common species of birds throughout the United States since their introduction. They are known to be rather intelligent birds, perhaps being most famous for their message and mail delivery days. They have been studied on multiple levels and we know a lot about these birds as a society. Despite all the ways pigeons can be utilized for human needs, the birds are considered the most common winged pest.

Appearance

Pigeons are very common throughout the Denver area and are easily identified. Pigeons typically: 

  • Are gray in color, with a whitish rump
  • Also appear in shades of white, tan, and black 
  • Have characteristic double black stripes on their wing feathers
  • Have a single black band on their tail feathers 
  • Have bright red feet
  • Weighs 13 ounces
  • Measures 11 inches in length

Habitat

Pigeons were introduced to the United States as a domestic species of bird and now hold widespread distribution throughout the North American continent. They are found in 49 of the 50 States, with a large population in Denver, and its surrounding areas. Dependent on human activity for sustenance and resources, pigeons are cosmopolitan in distribution and build nests of sticks, twigs, and grasses in lofts, steeples, attics, caves, parks, warehouses, on bridges, and anywhere else that allows them the amenities needed for roosting.

Problems

Entry

Dependent as they are on humans, pigeons tend to position themselves near areas of consistent activity. They nest in various trees, barns, attics, windowsills, and on roofs of residential homes, as well as other urban and suburban properties. Since their food sources mainly consist of grains and seeds, garbage, the manure of livestock, insects, and nearly anything people will feed them, pigeons are commonly found on farms, in cities, places of business, homes,  storage facilities, and anywhere else that may provide adequate shelter and food resources.

Damage

Pigeons are often seen in flocks of up to 30 birds, and numbers means larger scale problems. First and foremost, pigeons are quite filthy animals. Their droppings are abundant, and damage, stain building facades, park benches, statues, and cars. Their droppings also cause serious structural damages and accelerate deterioration of building materials. Their excrement contains pathogens of numerous diseases, including ornithosis, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, and food poisoning. Pigeons also harbor fleas, lice, mites, and ticks in their feathers and consume and contaminate food meant for human and livestock consumption.

Control

Control and Safety

Since they are drawn to nesting sites where food is abundant, pigeon control must center on the elimination of food sources. To keep pigeons out of parks, feeding should be strictly regulated. To keep the pests out of residential yards, property owners should seal trash bins, remove collections of debris, and trim trees and shrubs. Additionally, a number of products exist to keep pigeons from nesting on structures. Mesh netting and bird spikes, for example, can both be utilized successfully to stop the birds from nesting on roofs, in barns, steeples, and on building ledges.

Trapping and Removal

As pigeons spread a number of diseases, individuals are safer not approaching them. If you are experiencing an infestation or are in an area where pigeons are threatening the well-being of yourself and others, the pest control professionals at Critter Control of Denver should be called in to handle the problem. Out team of trained technicians have the tools and knowledge of pigeon behavior to effectively and safely remove the birds.

We can help you get rid of pigeon problems.  Call the Critter Control of Denver office today! 303.536.7762

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