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.


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 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.


There are a variety of control methods. The right one will depend on the bird, the location and the extent of the infestation.


Preventing birds from getting onto or into the property is usually the most effective method of control. It is usually possible to complete this without harming the birds. Pigeon proofing is a specialist skills which requires specialist equipment. Edwards Bird Control have a large selection of materials which are designed to keep birds off and out of buildings and loft spaces. We supply and fit carefully chosen anti-pigeon nets, anti-roosting wires and bird spikes.


This can be an effective form of control where proofing cannot be carried out successfully. Finding a suitable site for trapping is essential. Pest controllers are aware that the general public may find the sight of trapping birds distressing. The cage trap is usually baited with pigeon corn for around 7 days. The birds are free to enter the trap, feed and then leave for the purpose of making the birds feel safe so that after 7 days when the trap is set the maximum number of birds are able to be caught.


This is a method of lethal control. It is used almost exclusively for killing birds that feed on crops in the agricultural sector. It can also be used to control pigeons and small birds in the urban setting. This method is rarely used to kill larger birds due to the usual air weapons not being powerful enough to kill. A rifle must be used for this which requires permission from the police to use.


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.

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