Pigeons are a major problem in many towns and cities. They can breed all year round. This leads to large flocks of birds which can quickly become well-established, especially if there is plenty of food. Pigeons will mainly eat corn based products but, as with most urban pests, they will eat most waste left behind by humans.
PIGEONS AND DISEASE
Removal of pigeons and their droppings must be carried out with great care.
Pigeons are often infested with blood feeding parasites such as biting bugs, mites, fleas, ticks and lice – all of which can bite humans. Their droppings make a mess on, and sometimes inside, buildings. These droppings can also be slippery and can carry diseases such as Ornithosis, Salmonella and E-Coli. These diseases can be passed to humans. The organism which causes Ornithosis, for example, is found on the feathers, in droppings and on nesting materials.
There are other insects which are associated with bird nests but can migrate in to the home or office. These include carpet beetles, spider beetles, book lice and clothes moths.
OTHER BIRD PESTS
Other birds that infest buildings include Starlings, House Sparrows and Herring Gulls.
The birds may gain access to loft areas for nesting, or external roosting sites. As with pigeons, there is a risk that diseases can spread. There is also a risk of goods or food becoming contaminated or damaged by birds or their droppings. Nesting materials can block chimneys and guttering resulting in issues with carbon monoxide and damage to buildings.
BIRD CONTROL OPTIONS
There are a variety of control methods. The right one will depend on the bird, the location and the extent of the infestation.
If you have any questions or require assistance with any pest control. Please get in touch, we’d be more than happy to help where we can. We also offer 24 hour call outs for emergencies.