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Common Pigeon Problems
• Bird fouling – deposits on buildings, cars, stock or materials
• Aggressive behaviour – during the nesting season (Mar – Sept)
• Nesting in or on buildings – clogging drains, flues encouraging insect infestation
• Spreading disease – bird guano carries fungal and bacterial disease
• Creating noise –calling of breeding gulls or the cooing pigeons
• Ground Nesting – development delays on greenfield or brownfield sites
Other problem bird species that affect businesses and organizations are Canada Geese, Starlings and Corvids (Crows, Rooks, Ravens, Jackdaws) which create health and safety issues, depositing bird mess and creating destruction wherever they go.
If you have a bird control problem the first step to is to talk to one of our bird control experts. Our bird removal experts have forefront experience of pigeon removal and control. Our technicians have experience of every type of bird control problem at industrial sites, listed buildings, office blocks, shopping centers, etc. The bird scaring measures we employ include:
- The most essential step is an Eco friendly sanitation with a spray of nesting area to eliminate bird mites and remove harmful bacteria
- Mesh off area and spray foam if necessary.
- Then pigeon removal or bird control can be done using traditional proofing techniques such as netting, shock track, bird spiking or trapping.
- Bird Spikes
Bird spikes are installed upon flat services where the birds nest, example ledges and signs. Spikes are the most common tactic used for bird removal as they are durable and effective. The spikes don’t hurt the bird but make it impossible for them to land. Even though they may be an eye sore they are better than unsightly and unsanitary bird feces. Bird spikes are attached using a very strong adhesive so they are durable. Each spike strip can range from 3 inches to 7 inches depending on the area to be covered.
- Bird Netting
Bird netting is used to exclude birds from much larger areas such as balconies or parking garages. Bird netting is extremely durable and can be expected to last many years. A stainless steel cable is attached around the perimeter of the area to be excluded and the net is attached using small steel rings. It is a permanent solution providing excellent control.
- Shock track
Shock track is a discreet bird deterrent system that has the advantage of deterring all species of birds. It employees an intermittent electric pulse which while unpleasant, does not injure birds in any way. The track is less than 1inch in height so it is excellent in areas where aesthetics are important.
There is an option to trap the animal and release them elsewhere, however birds are great navigators and will can return. Using the one way door is our standard preferred method as trapping and removing is not a permanent solution. Trapping is used usually on larger buildings where it is not monetary feasible to wildlife proof the building. One way doors are our preferred method rather than trapping and relocating. One way doors are specially designed doors which allow the animal to exit the property and not reenter.
To bird proof you home the bird(s) are removed, the area is cleaned to remove all feces and either the spikes, shock tracks or netting are attached.
Birds are a creature of habit, often returning to the same area again and again, not only do you remove the birds you need to wildlife proof these areas too.
The best solution for your bird problem is a humane, cost effective permanent pest management strategy like any or the above. If you are unsure of the species you have you can call us and we can help you identify the bird. Birds are a nuisance to both businesses and home owners because of their tendency to roost and nest inside buildings. Birds nesting in a stove vent or attic is a significant nuisance and their ability to carry and spread disease is easily equal to that of rats. If you have Starlings, Pigeons or sparrows you can call us!
Pigeons, also known as city doves or street pigeons, thrive in our towns and cities. Toronto is extremely overpopulated with pigeons, resulting in them seeking shelter in homes and becoming a nuisance. They make use of seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings and houses with the smallest amount of shelter. A lot of homes and condos require pigeon removal and bird proofing due to the nuisance wildlife. Pigeons are gregarious creatures preferring to live in flocks of anywhere between 50 and 500. With such a big flock it is no wonder Pigeon Removal services are highly requested in the GTA. They eat seeds, green feed, domestic scraps in and around cities, near roosting sites. Given an adequate food supply pigeons can breed throughout the year, although the peak-breeding season is usually between March and July. Pigeons brood 2-3 per year. They have a 17 – 19 day incubation period and the young birds spend 35 – 37 days in the nest. Therefore, if a pigeon has nested at a house it will stay there for about 3 months before fledging. Baby pigeons, also called squabs, are kept in the nests for up to 2 months, which is longer than any other species of bird. You can differentiate an adult pigeons from a juvenile pigeon by their eye colour.
Interesting fact: Adult pigeon eye colour is orangey, whereas juveniles have browner duller eyes.
When pigeons are harbouring in your home they are also carrying Bird Mites. Bird mites are blood-sucking parasites that will infest your home that are too small to be easily seen without magnification. Once they reach the surface of your body and skin they will start biting, which often results in intense itching with or without lesions, crawling sensation anywhere on the body; with increased activity at night and small-reddened bumps. Pigeons usually prefer to nest in secluded areas of an apartment building or house due to their inclusive nature.
What Not To Do
Under no circumstance should you feed the pigeons. The primary reason of pigeons gathering and nesting in an environment is the presence of food. This will result in an overpopulation and infestation that is both bad for your health and your home. For example in downtown Toronto it has become part of the culture to feed the birds especially pigeons that walk on the sidewalks or gather around at Dundas Square. The pigeon population has increased by a significant amount since the 80’s. For this reason, you’ll find pigeons closer to urban areas where there is plenty of people who feed them. Furthermore, you should not take matters into your own hand by deciding to move their nest or touching the baby pigeons. By touching their nest or the pigeons the hundreds of Bird Mites will be stuck to your hands and will cause sever itching, rashes, and etc.