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Do Pigeon Problems Oust Local Bird Species?

The UK has some serious pigeon problems. This is especially evident in large urban areas like London. There tend to be flocks of pigeon pests right across London as a whole. These birds are commonly known as “flying rats”.

The most odious thing about these birds is that they are known to push out other species from the local area.

Due to their large numbers, pigeons are able to take over areas completely. They have the ability to outcompete other species for nesting space and food, and will gradually push them out of the area. Due to this, you won’t see many other birds in places where there are large amounts of pigeons.

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Another advantage they have is being very comfortable around humans. This is because pigeons have been domesticated for thousands of years. In the past they had many uses, and were most famously used to carry messages. Pigeon problems mostly effect urban areas like London. This means they can cause a lot of problems for home and business owners alike.

You need to do something quickly

These pests cause a wide variety of issues, including spreading diseases and being a nuisance in general. They can completely overwhelm an area, and cause a great deal of irritation to anyone who is there, especially since they are extremely noisy. These birds also carry pests such as mites, lice, ticks and fleas.

One of the biggest pigeon problems are their faeces. As well as being known for stealing food, pigeons are known for defecating everywhere. Their faeces can be a huge hassle to clean up. Especially when they do it over the sides of buildings. As a result, cleaning caked up pigeon faeces can cost you hundred or even thousands of pounds.

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Their faeces are also known to be acidic and can eat through building materials. What’s more, pigeon faeces is slippery before it dries and this can pose a falling hazard.

Pigeon problems are easy to take care of

There are many solutions that an experienced pest control company can implement.

Bird spikes – This is the simplest method for deterring pigeons. Simply place these anywhere that the birds can roost or build their nests.

Bird nets – These are also a simple method to stop pigeons roosting on buildings.

Electronic control – There are various sonic and ultrasonic devices that can be used to scare birds away and repel them.

Bird gel – A sticky gloop can be applied to surfaces to deter pigeons. They find the smell repugnant. It also sticks to their feet and is very off-putting to them.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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