Birds are important predators, keeping insect, worm and rodent population under control, but there are species of birds that can cause significant damage and carry disease. Imagine a little old lady sitting on a park bench feeding a group of pigeons. Now think about the same park bench covered in pigeon droppings. It’s not pretty. These birds move in and take over all sorts of property and are considered the number one pest in urban and rural areas. A-Tex Pest Management outline the dangers of pigeons below.
Why are Pigeons Attracted to My House?
Pigeons are sometimes known as “flying rats” that can be up to 11 inches in length and weigh around 13 ounces. Most are gray in color, with darker black bars on the wings, with feet that are reddish in color. The reason pigeons like to live around humans is we have food for them to eat. While they may do a good job at cleaning up after us, you don’t want them to stick around. If they do, you have a problem that you will need to take care of. Another reason they like to live around humans is because our homes and businesses provide safe places for them to nest and allows their flock to expand. This becomes a problem when their feathers, droppings and dead are too close to us.
Pigeons are Dirty Birds
Other than becoming a nuisance, pigeons are dirty birds. They will leave droppings all over the place. Pigeon droppings are known for triggering human slips and falls because they are very slippery. Their droppings also age structures and deface buildings, sidewalks, steps, cars, etc. more quickly as they are corrosive. Their droppings can contaminate food and water and release airborne spores. Pigeons can carry more than 60 diseases including salmonella, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis and more that can have a direct effect on the health of the brain, lungs, skin and digestive tract. They are also known to carry fleas, ticks and mites that can bite humans and their pets. When they die, other animals and pests will make the problem worse. Pigeon droppings also attract other bugs that can come into your home, creating an infestation that will require professional pest control.
How Do You Keep Pigeons Away?
Pigeons can reproduce multiple times a year. if you see a few, there are sure to be many more. You need to take steps to keep them away. Keep pigeons away from your home by keeping outside areas free of food and garbage. Do not feed any birds in your yard as it will only encourage them to keep coming back. Use screens to properly cover vents and openings that they might use to roost.
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Pigeons have no natural enemies, except for aggravated humans, and are prolific breeders. Pigeons can be a real nuisance, there’s no doubt and trying to keep them away can be difficult. Having effective bird management is imperative in maintaining a healthy environment at home and at work. Contact the experts at A-Tex Pest Management to help keep the bird population where it belongs.