Feral Pigeon – columba livia var.


Pigeons

Adult size (approx.): 33cm 350g

Habitat

The Feral Pigeon or Town Pigeon is a common sight in urban areas.  They can be found in rural locations, normally around farm buildings where there are sources of food.  The Feral Pigeon has a plumage of blue-grey, double black wing bars and a white rump but can be found in reds and blacks.  Nests can be found in hedges or hollows, in and around buildings constructed of grass, twigs, feathers or any scraps such as plastic and wire.

Control

After a full survey is undertaken, our technicians will advise you on the type of pigeon proofing required.  Whether it be the use of Pigeon Anti Perch Spikes, Pigeon Spring Wire, Pigeon Netting or Pigeon Wire Mesh, we are fully qualified to install and maintain if required.  We can undertake full cleaning of Pigeon Guano material and  pigeon nesting with the use of specialised chemicals to remove all bacteria and germs.  We do not advise that you undertake cleaning of Pigeon mess/faeces due to the many diseases that can be found including: Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, Psittacosis to name but a few.

There are however some other ways in which we can control pigeons, manage and prevent pigeon infestations.  Trapping pigeons can be undertaken quite simply here with a multi catch trap.  Water and bait are placed in the cage, encouraging the pigeon to enter, unable to escape.  Shooting pigeons can take place but has to be before 8am due to public interference or reaction.  Click here to view some recent work.

Biology

The Feral Pigeon is capable of breeding throughout the year, peak time normally occurring between March and July.  Usually 2 white eggs are laid on consecutive days.  Incubation lasts approx 18 days with fledging taking place 4.5 weeks later.  A new clutch can be laid when the first young are 20 days old.  Up to 9 broods can be produced a year.

Importance

The damage caused by Feral Pigeons arises from their infestation of an area.  Food stored can be eaten out of warehouses and processing plants may be eaten and fouled on.  Fouling of buildings and monuments frequently occurs where the Birds rest or roost.  Not only is this unsightly, but also can damage as the acidic droppings can erode the surface or stonework.  Gutters and drains can be blocked, leading to flooding etc.  Paving, ladders and fire escapes can become unsafe, as the surface can potentially be slippery.  The Pigeon is also a known disease carrier or Ornothosis and Salmonellisis.  Although the incidence is low, the public health hazard cannot be ignored, particularly when dealing with food premises.

Areas Covered for Pigeon Control

 

Pigeon Control, Netting, Spiking, Removal, Eradication & Cleaning in Essex, London & Kent


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