How to identify them
- Feral pigeons are originally descended from the wild Rock Dove, a cliff-face dweller; these birds find the next best thing is a block of flats.
- Pigeons carry a variety of diseases such as Ornithosis, Listeria and E-coli that can be transmitted to man not only from the droppings but also the birds themselves.
- When dry, pigeon droppings can become airborne in small particles, which can lead to respiratory complaints such as psittacosis.
- Pigeons also carry parasites such as mites, ticks, fleas and beetles.
- If you have a current or past problem with birds and have done nothing, you may find you'll suffer from a parasite infestation too.
How they're treated
We don't treat residential infestations, however there are steps that can be taken to prevent pigeons accumulating in and around your home.
- The most important thing is don't feed them - Feeding them only a couple of times can cause them to repeatedly return and in greater numbers as they become dependent on the food source.
- Some hardware stores stock pigeon spikes and similar style deterrents, although these are not always effective and on tall buildings would need to be installed by a professional.
Contact the Pest Control team for advice about commercial infestations.