Pigeons (Columba livia)
The pigeon is the top bird pest in urban centres; large numbers can be observed in every city across Canada, including Toronto. By now, pigeons have adapted fabulously to city life, have lost all fear of humans and happily nest and/or roost on all types of buildings and structures. They are found in groups of 50 to 500 and can lay eggs up to six times each year, depending on climate. Their success is largely due to their diverse diet which includes; grass seed, berries, scavenged human food, insects, caterpillars, spiders, as well as bird seed and bread fed by well meaning people.
Pigeon Control and Removal Solutions
There are a number of products and techniques that can help control and resolve pigeon infestations. However, a multiple method approach is your best bet for a long term solution. The key to controlling and removing pigeons is to make the area unappealing to them. The most effective ways to do this is with the use of falconry and/or trapping. This combined with other methods such as shooting, and removing sources of food and physical changes to their roosting and nesting areas are effective long term solutions. Coil, spring wire, spikes, bird points and netting are all additional solutions for pigeon control, but it takes an expert to know when, where and how to use them. Your location and the type of bird pressure will dictate the most appropriate control solutions.
We determine bird pressure to be light, medium, or heavy, dependent on whether the birds are nesting, just perching on the ledges of a building, or both. For each type of pressure there are different solutions that are most effective. Light pressure is when there is no nesting but birds are landing on signs, ledges, etc. Heavy pressure is when there is nesting and shelter from rain and wind in a specific area providing ultimate nesting conditions. Medium pressure usually does not consist of nesting, but describes an area that offers a food source, or a site that is more frequently visited and shows signs of droppings and moderate activity.
Falconry for Pigeon Control
Falconry to control and remove pigeons is effective and appropriate outdoors as well as in enclosed spaces, such as hangars, large warehouses, industrial facilities, etc. Outdoors, a combination of other methods and falconry may be advantageous. A VERY skilled falconer is needed here, who can determine the strongest bird in the flock and send his bird of prey after that bird. The goal is to break the homing habit of the flock. At Hawkeye, we will help you with the removal and determine the best schedule for falconry, trapping, shooting, or prevention installation.
Trapping for Pigeon Control
Hawkeye uses proprietary pigeon traps - our own design and our own blend of pheromones, based on decades of experience. Trapping has to be started early in the year - timing is critical.
We are equipped to provide solutions for any type of bird pressure. Hawkeye is the #1 Pigeon Control & Removal Specialist in the Toronto and Greater Toronto/Golden Horseshoe areas.
What Health hazards are associated with Pigeons?
Pigeons pose a health hazard to people as they carry Salmonella and Chlamydophila psittaci, a bacteria that causes psittacosis, a serious, although rarely fatal disease for humans.
The general public's affection toward birds translates into a serious underestimation of the health risks associated with pest birds...
Do Pigeons cause Physical damage?
Pigeons cause millions of dollars of damage in urban areas every year. Their feces contains uric acid which is extremely corrosive. Pigeon flocks nesting or roosting on a roof will seriously corrode the roofing materials, cutting its life in half. They cause extensive damage to rooftop machinery like air conditioning units. Other economic costs include slip and fall liability, product contamination and risk to company/building reputation as buildings are seen as unclean or unsanitary.
What is the life cycle of a Pigeon?
Pigeons do not migrate and they stay close to where they were born, making them determined to roost there. This tendency can cause a lot of grief for the inexperienced pest control company. Each day, pigeons spend the night roosting, feed in the morning and spend the afternoon loafing about, often excreting the digested food eaten that morning
When and how do Pigeons nest?
Pigeons build simple nests made up of a few twigs linked together. When part of a large flock, they may lay eggs directly on a protected surface. They will build nests on almost any raised, flat surface including; building ledges, bridges, air conditioner units and window sills. The female will lay several eggs at a time which take approximately eighteen days to hatch. Fledglings (baby birds) take just over a month to leave the nest.
Summary: Remove and deter pigeons through the use of trapping, falconry (birds of prey), netting, and ledge protection systems. Guaranteed Results!