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Key facts about pigeons

The feral pigeon is found throughout Britain and also in most regions of the world. Many people associate this bird with urban environments like London. As such are sometimes called the ‘town pigeon’. However it is often found in rural situations such as on farms in the Home Counties.

Historically, these birds are descended from rock doves which explain why they often nest on buildings and other structures, usually on ledges, under eaves or on girders.

Nests are constructed of grass and twigs but can also contain rubbish which has pieces of plastic. The brood usually of two off-white eggs laid on consecutive days. Incubation lasts for about 18 days and the hatched chicks are fledged after about 30 days. Surprisingly, another clutch can be laid when the young are only 20 days old. This means that up to nine broods can be produced per pair per year.

Where will you find them?

Feral pigeons tend to scavenge food, often at food premises, docks and mills and flocks of several hundred birds can be common where spillage is abundant.They also dominate residential gardens, where they can oust local bird species. They prefer to roost in areas like chimney stacks, balconies, ledges, eaves, and guttering.

The feral breeding population is boosted by racing pigeons or escaped birds from domestic lofts. The peak breeding season is between March and July but feral pigeons are capable of breeding all year sales. In urban areas like London, they are encouraged by members of the public feeding them birdseed, bread etc.

How do you know if you have pigeons?

These birds are a pain when they start roosting and nesting in your home. They cause a lot of problems for homeowners and businesses  alike. The following are some of the signs of these birds infesting your property.

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  • Pigeons can cause a mess around your home with their droppings. These will be particularly noticeable wherever they roost. Their faeces make the ground slippery and stain the roof and walls of your building. Pigeon dropping pose a health and safety risk in a variety of ways.
  • A crowd of birds on a tree in your garden, or on the roof or ground, shows that these birds have invaded your property.
  • It’s enjoyable to listen to gentle bird song in the morning. However, a flock of pigeons can make a lot of noise in the morning and throughout the day. Their incessant cooing is a sure sign you have a pigeon problem. The noise is even worse when they nest in your attic.
  • Pigeons need to make nests where they lay eggs and raise their young. When they infest your property, they can make holes in the roof and eaves as well as widen cracks to create space for their nests. Look out for these holes and for for missing roof tiles. Pigeons can even shift damaged or loose titles to create access to the roof.
  • Another sign to look out for is overflowing and blocked drainage systems and guttering when it rains. This may be as a result of bird nests, along with debris such as feathers.
  • If you own a business, you may notice damaged stock due to pecking, especially when they do it in large numbers.

Diamond pigeon control in London

How do we control pigeons?

Various methods of control for this species are allowed by law, these include all humane methods such as netting and anti perch spikes. There are also many good options for pigeon deterrent devices and procedures.

We offer various types of pigeon control including;

  • Netting – A physical barrier to prevent birds entering an area.
  • Hawking – Bird dispersal – Using hawks is a good way of achieving site control and can be the only way to stop some protected species roosting on a building.
  • Pigeon control – Bird culling and trapping to reduce numbers of pigeons.
  • Spiking and pin wire – To prevent birds perching on an area.
  • Avishock – Edge protection to prevent birds perching on an area.
  • Solar panel proofing – To prevent pigeons and other birds nesting under solar panels.

Our follow up service

Nesting pigeons can cause a build-up of fouling, which in turn can cause a health and safety issue for London residents and business customers.

Guano decontamination and removal is used to remove all pigeon fouling and nesting debris and then spray the area with a biocide to eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungus associated with pigeon fouling.

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