|Color||Characterized by its dark-gray head with an iridescent sheen, light-gray back, and wings with two dark bands.|
|Size||12 1/2″ long and weigh 9-13 oz.|
|Appearance||Larger and plumper than a mourning dove, pigeons are tubby birds with small heads and short legs. Their wings are broad but pointed and the tail is wide and rounded.|
Although a pigeon’s natural food source is grain and seeds, they survive in towns and cities by scavenging processed food matter, especially food from trash cans.
Habitat & Nesting
Pigeons like to shelter in seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings. They will make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, guttering and loft spaces in particular, as they are capable of lifting damaged or loose roof coverings to force entry. The nest is a flimsy, saucer-like in shape and made of stems, and leaves.
Mating & Life Cycle
Pigeons have two to three broods per year, with two eggs in each. There is a 17-19 day incubation period and then the young spend 35-37 days in the nest. Pigeons live 4-12 years.
Infestation & Damage
If you regularly notice flocks of pigeons, nesting materials, or droppings around your property, you may have an infestation problem. The presence of pigeons and their feces represents a potential health hazard to people.
Pigeons are carriers of diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis (commonly known as pigeon fancier’s lung).
Droppings provide the ideal environment for organisms causing diseases to thrive. Pigeon droppings and pigeon debris not only look unpleasant, but they can directly damage the structure of a building due to the concentration of uric acid found in droppings. Pigeon droppings can erode metal, stain wood, discolor paint, and damage stone and brickwork (tar based roofing materials are particularly vulnerable to this type of erosion).
Large quantities of droppings and the presence of pigeons on properties could cause customers to turn away from businesses.
Nest debris and feathers can also block gutters and rainwater drainage systems, potentially leading to damage to your business from water penetration.
Prevention & Control
One of the most successful long term measures for pigeon control is removal of their food source, however in busy urban areas this is not always practical. There is a range of pigeon deterrent solutions available for commercial properties, which could help to prevent pigeons from roosting and nesting on your property, including netting, spikes or electrical deterrents.
Bird Control Services provide customized solutions to address bird concerns through removal, exclusion and deterrence. Factors which determine the best method of control include: area of application, bird species, location, access. Spikes, netting and electrical deterrents are the most commonly used solutions.
Bird services are limited to commercial clients.