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 are they 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, 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.