Pigeon Control | Pigeon Removal | Eradicate Pigeons | Pigeon Proofing – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions
Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a full range of pest control services to domestic and commercial clients in Suffolk and Essex. If you have a problem with pigeons our fully qualified, CRB checked pest operatives can assist you with a range of solutions for effective pigeon removal and control.
Our specialist service will help to eradicate pigeons or other birds by using a suitable proofing system. The first consideration would usually be a bird-wire or bird spikes system. Our service is always discreet and if required we can turn up in unmarked vehicles.
Emergency same day appointments are available on request.
Feral Pigeons (Columba livia) also known as city doves, city pigeons or street pigeons, originally hail from the domestic pigeon, which itself was derived from the coastal rock dove. The rock dove, as its name suggests, made its home in the cliffs on our coastlines and this is why, when given the choice of tree or building, the feral pigeon will choose a building.
Feral pigeons gather in large numbers or “flocks”, particularly when on the hunt or scavenging for food. That is why you will often see them en-masse in town centres or in parks. They have little or no regard for other birdlife, often chasing other species away or simply out-numbering them and forcing the others out of the way.
Feral pigeons will eat a wide range of foodstuffs. Their primary diet is one of grass seed and berries but they are equally partial to insects and spiders and really enjoy the remains of a discarded fast food meal. This variety in their eating preferences will find them just as at home on a rubbish tip as it will do in your garden and it is this that has earned them the reputation as the rats of the sky.
The life cycle of pigeons
The eating habits of the feral pigeon are inextricably linked to its breeding habits, in that feral pigeons will breed, whenever and wherever food is in ample supply. Our towns and cities therefore represent the perfect environment for them, since there is always a plentiful supply of food available. If conditions are right, as they so often are, the feral pigeon will breed up to six or more times in a single year, although about 4 is more common.
Usually two off-white eggs will be laid on consecutive days. These are incubated continuously for around 18-19 days with the female looking after them at night and the male taking over in the morning. Both male and female pigeons produce a protein-rich ‘pigeon milk’, a cheesy curd-like substance that meets the hatchling’s initial dietary requirements perfectly. Later as the hatchling matures, the adults regurgitate food they have gathered and stored and the young are fed twice a day.
The treatment of pigeons
Feral pigeons spread diseases which can be dangerous to humans. Examples of these are Psittacosis (Ornithosis) and Bird Lung (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis).
Their nests and droppings, or “guano”, also attract biting insects. These biting insects can then go on to infest our homes and offices.
A site survey will be required to establish the extent of any damage to buildings and the size of the colony. First of all nests and droppings must be removed professionally as they can cause a major health hazard.
After cleaning and treatment to eradicate bacteria, we recommend the building be made bird proof if possible, usually through the use of bird wire or spikes.If proofing is not possible, then a series of humane culls can be considered. This would be undertaken by a trained marksman.
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We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.