Pigeon Pest Control & pigeon nest removal
The large number of birds flocking in commercial and industrial areas across towns 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 a pigeon pest problem, it is advisable to seek help from a pigeon pest control specialist such as Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions.
When lots of birds flock together, bird pest problems can start to develop quickly. Not only do their droppings look unsightly, but 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 bird pest control in Essex and Suffolk, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can help. Based in the local area, and boasting pest control expertise built up through years of experience, we know how to handle the problem quickly, effectively and humanely.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a full range of pigeon pest control services to domestic and commercial clients in Suffolk and Essex. If you have a pest problem with pigeons our fully qualified, CRB checked pest control operatives can assist you with a range of solutions for effective pigeon removal and pigeon pest control.
Our specialist pigeon pest control service will help to eradicate pigeons or other birds by using a suitable pigeon proofing system. The first consideration would usually be a bird-wire or bird spikes system. Our service is always discreet we arrive in unmarked vehicles.
Emergency same-day pigeon pest control appointments are available on request.
Facts About Pigeons
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
Our pigeon pest control services
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 from pigeons 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. 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.
Our friendly, experienced pest control technicians all hold BPCA RSPH Level 2 (Pest Management) qualifications. Our family-run local pest control company use discreet, unmarked vans for maximum discretion, and can work around the clock. This saves you time and money and helps protect your businesses reputation. If your business is currently suffering from a pest 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 pigeon pest control 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 pest control problem will be solved efficiently. Contact us now for friendly and effective assistance or for more information about our pigeon nest removal and pigeon pest control services.
Frequently asked questions
about Pigeon pest control
How do pest control get rid of pigeons?
Initially, your pest control expert will determine the exact number of pigeons on your property, as well as finding the source and general location of the infestation. After this, your pest control expert will be able to create a plan to remove the current infestation and deter pigeons from nesting on your property in the future. This may involve removing present nests, constructing nets, spreading bird repelling substances, and placing bird spikes around the source of the infestation. While your pest control specialist is with you, it would be beneficial to ask them for advice on how you can continue to prevent pigeons from returning to your property.
Can nesting pigeons be removed?
Besides in some exceptional circumstances, it is illegal in the UK to remove or cause damage to a nest when it is in use. Birds are at their most vulnerable when they are nesting, and so disturbing their nest can have detrimental effects on both the pigeons and their eggs.
This being said, it is legal to move nests when they are not being used. Peak breeding season for pigeons is between the months of March - July, but pigeons may nest at any time of year. So, you should plan around peak nesting months if you need pigeon nests removed from your property. If you are unsure, or need extra guidance on how to remove pigeons from your property, contact a local pest control company.
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