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6 Surprising Facts About Pigeons

pigeon control colchesterLike many other towns, Colchester in Essex has numbers of feral pigeons and gulls, which can cause a problem. The large number of birds flocking in commercial and industrial areas across the town can be a nuisance for local businesses and pose a health hazard for people visiting the area. If your business is currently being affected by the issue, it is advisable to seek help from a pest control specialist such as Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions.

Pigeon Control

When lots of birds flock together, problems can start to develop quickly. Not only do their droppings look unsightly, they can also spread various diseases like Histoplasmosis and Psittacosis. These can be dangerous to humans, putting visitors to your premises at risk. What’s more, a build-up of droppings can block gutters, cover windows and cause other parts of your building to degrade.

Luckily, if you’re looking for fast and effective pest control in Colchester, Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions can help. Based in the local area, and boasting expertise built up through years of experience, we know how to handle the problem quickly, effectively and humanely.

Using bird wire and bird spikes, we’ll pigeon-proof your building, making it as unwelcoming as possible for the birds and encouraging them to find somewhere else to roost. This should prevent pigeons from gathering around your premises and help to keep your office or retail space clean and clear.

Six Surprising Pigeon Facts

  1. It’s often claimed that pigeon chicks or “squabs” are never seen. The reason for this is that pigeons stay in the nest until they are almost fully-grown. When they do appear on the street they don’t have the “fluffy” appearance of other chicks.
  1. While feral pigeons are no more numerous in Colchester than they are anywhere else, the town is a centre for racing pigeons and the home of Racing Pigeon Magazine. Across Europe there are estimated to be between 17 million and 28 million racing pigeons, with many of them owned by the 60,000 pigeon fanciers in the UK.
  1. The feral pigeons that we see in towns and cities across the UK are descended from wild rock doves. Over the years, these wild birds have interbred with escaped domestic pigeons and errant racing pigeons to create the pests we see today.
  1. As the name suggests, wild rock doves were at home on cliffs and other rocky places. Their feral descendants still prefer to roost on ledges, under bridges and on buildings and are generally found wherever they can find a bit of shelter.
  1. If they have an adequate food supply, feral pigeons can breed all year round. This can lead to as many as 12 chicks or ‘squabs’ a year, something that can dramatically increase the pigeon population.
  1. Feral pigeons’ preferred food is grain and seed. However, they’re scavengers and will eat pretty much anything they can find if their favourite food is unavailable.

Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions

If your business is currently suffering from an infestation of feral pigeons, we can help. As we’re based in the local area, we’ll be able to give you quick and helpful advice, providing you with an effective, long-term bird control solution that will keep your premises pigeon free. We have many satisfied customers across Essex and Suffolk, so you can be confident that your pigeon control problem will be solved efficiently.

To find out more, or to get a quote, contact Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions.