Are you experiencing problems with feral pigeons? Envirosafe can assist you with deterring birds from nesting in your property. We can clean areas that invite birds, provide nets and spikes to keep birds out. Often known as ‘flying rats’, the control of feral pigeons is a highly controversial subject. Some people see them as a natural part of the local wildlife while others see them as a nuisance bird.
Pigeon Deterrent and Solutions for Pigeons
An area needs to be cleaned, existing pigeons removed and the area completely disinfected. Effective proofing, control, fouling removal and insecticidal treatment can save money and reduce the risk of disease. The various control methods include:
Bird and pigeon netting
Ideal for excluding birds from certain areas. Can be used to cover light-wells, roof-plant machinery and balconies, etc.
Comprises stainless steel metal posts with sprung wires attached that can be fixed to most surfaces.
Usually necessary for removing individual birds from private homes, warehouses or in isolated places where another proofing is not available.
Anti-pigeon spike systems
A plastic base with stainless steel spikes, very popular and widely used, can be applied to almost any surface.
Perfect for excluding pigeons and gulls from fire escapes, walkways, girders and plant machinery. Often the best method for proofing small access holes around soffit boards on domestic premises.
Ideal for the control of resident populations of pigeons in large areas such as shopping centres, blocks of flats, etc.
Fouling removal and cleaning
We will remove bird fouling, nesting material and other contaminated waste using a specialist disinfectant followed by an insecticidal treatment to kill all the insect pests associated with the birds.
Risks from Pigeons
Humans are at risk from feral pigeons. Pigeons can carry some potentially infectious diseases including salmonella, tuberculosis and ornithosis. They are also a source of allergens which can cause respiratory ailments such as pigeon fancier’s lung and allergic skin reaction. There is potential for these illnesses to be spread to people through contact with pigeon droppings. They carry insect pests such as fleas, mites. Pigeon nests are the ideal environments that can be home to many types of insects that can be hazardous to your health.
Beware of pigeon droppings. Wet pigeon droppings can make a surface very slippery. Pigeon faeces are very acidic and will corrode the fabric of your building, including UPVC, brickwork, guttering and metal leading, leading to costly repairs and increased maintenance.
Pigeons can breed at the age of six months. They normally lay two eggs in a flimsy nest constructed in a sheltered site and incubate them for 16-18 days. The young feed for several weeks on pigeon ‘milk’ from their parents. They leave the nest after five weeks but still rely on parental feeding for a further week or two before becoming independent. By this time, the parents can commence the breeding cycle again. This ability to breed up to six times per year allows the pigeon population to expand rapidly.