Pigeon Problems & Solutions in Birmingham, West Midlands
As everyone in the UK is aware, pigeons can become a real nuisance. Not only do they dominate urban areas but they can wreak havoc on buildings and our possessions.
Fortunately, our dedicated team here at DSI Pest Control are trained to swiftly and effectively deal with pigeons and the problems that come with them. Whether they have nested somewhere inappropriate, fouling on your property or causing general disruption, we’re here to help.
About the pigeon
Pigeons are direct descendants of the domesticated European homing pigeons. They
don’t really have a diet, as they’ll eat almost anything and they do not fear the presence of man, so they’re happy to make their nests in man-made structures. They are generally grey-blue in colour and are characterised by their bobbing heads and pink-red feet.
Why are pigeons a problem?
Pigeon control is becoming one of the most popular forms of pest control here at DSI. Pigeons are not only an inconvenience to property owners and the general public but they are also carriers of disease. The uric acid in pigeon excrement is highly corrosive and causes irreparable damage to certain materials such as metals and some brick work. Debris from multiple pigeons can also block drains and cause damage to pipelines, roofs and other areas of your property.
Damage Caused by Pigeon Problems
Pigeon control is important due to the damage and disease problems these problem birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage.
Their nesting materials have been known to halt the work of machinery – falling pieces of wood, chippings and other miscellaneous parts that they use to make their nest. They have also been known to perch atop roofs and even air condition units (usually due to the warmth). Pigeons are not aggressive creatures, however they are known to promote an ‘unhealthy’ image, especially for companies and businesses in general.
Additionally, the bacteria, fungal agents and etcoparasites found within pigeon excrement is responsible for many diseases. The list includes:
You would be wise to call a pest control company if you’ve recently noticed pigeons flocking and nesting within your property. The longer you allow pigeons to roost and nest in your property, the more expensive the clean-up cost will be! Contact us today if you feel as if your pigeon problems have just begun!
The best way to get rid of pigeons
There are many weird and wonderful ways to get rid of pigeons, including high frequency sound devices and statues of owls! However, the main thing to remember when trying to get rid of pigeons is that exclusion is the best solution.
What we mean by that is that if you were to kill a pigeon – which we do not recommend – this will not solve your problems. Why? Because there are literally millions of pigeons and more will always return unless there is a reason for them not to.
The most popular pigeon deterrent currently on the market are bird spikes. These are simple but extremely effective solutions to stop pigeons from roosting on your ledges and rooftops. They can be applied almost anywhere on your property where pigeons are likely to roost.
Other popular solutions include:
- Bird netting
- Birdshock systems (humane)
- Bird Coil
- Predator Statues
Many people usually opt for pigeon traps, however, despite these being effective at trapping pigeons, you could drive 50 miles away and the pigeon would find its way back to its nest (if it has nested in your property). So, this is not recommended.
One of the newer and slightly more technological solutions are screech owl decoys. They essentially mimic the presence of an owl, one of the pigeon’s main predators.
Specialist Cleaning Service
Here at DSI Pest Control, we are highly trained in the skill of pigeon clearance and cleaning. We are able to carry out effective, specialist pressure jetting and chemical cleaning procedures in order to eradicate the excrement left behind by pigeons.
So, if you’re looking for effective pigeon cleaning solutions, why don’t you get in touch with one of our friendly team members via our contact form? We are able to handle any pigeon problem, no matter how big or small!