Pigeon Pest Control & Pest Removal Solutions
The most effective solution for pigeon control is the use of falconry. This has to be started early in the year, and timing is critical.
The use of falconry to control and remove pigeons will require a permit, and at Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control, we get these permits for you. Falconry can be effectively combined with other physical barriers for pigeon control, but only an expert can help you with the solutions that are most effective. At Hawkeye, we will help you with the necessary permits for pigeon control and removal and determine the best schedule for falconry
Pigeon control and removal solutions
There are numerous products and techniques that can help control pigeon problems, 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 way to do this is with the use of falconry. Predator birds are very effective at scaring the pigeons away from an area. This combined with other methods such as 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 to have them work. Hawkeye is the top pigeon control specialist in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area/Golden Horseshoe areas.
Pigeons (Columba livia)
The pigeon is the top bird pest in urban areas, found huge flocks in every city across Canada, including Toronto. Pigeons adapt very well to city life, losing their fear of humans and easily nesting and roosting on all types of building structures. They can be found in groups of 50 to 500 and can lay eggs up to six times each year in warmer climates. Their success is also based on their diverse diet which includes; grass seed, berries, scavenged human food, insects, caterpillars, spiders as well as bird seed and bread fed by city dwellers.
Health hazards 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...
Physical damage caused by Pigeons
Pigeons cause millions of dollars of damage in urban areas every year. Their feces have 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 and dirty.
- Pest birds cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to buildings, machinery, automobiles, roofs, ventilation systems and more...
- One of the most publicized examples of pigeon damage was the collapse of the 35W Bride in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the summer of 2007.
Pigeon life cycles
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.
Pigeons build simple nests made up of a few twigs linked together. When with large numbers of pigeons, they will 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.