Characteristics of Pigeons
Scientists estimate 350 pigeon species exist, with more than 400 million pigeons currently living worldwide. They vary in color, but most pigeons are blue-tinted gray with dual black bands of feathers on their wings. In cities, pigeons tend to roost and nest along rooftops, bridges, and window ledges. They can often be found where food is easily accessible, often in the form of leftovers and dropped food in parks or city streets or birdseed in residential areas.
Pigeons reproduce year-round, and a small pigeon problem can spiral out of control thanks to how quickly the birds breed and incubate their eggs (which ranges between 14 to 19 days). If you’re worried about the number of pigeons who’ve chosen your home to roost and nest, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Pigeons in Arizona and Nevada
Pigeons as Pests
While pigeons traditionally were used to carry messages, they now tend to present large pest problem for residents in Arizona and Nevada, carrying diseases instead of messages. The majority of these diseases, including histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and E.coli., are spread through consistent exposure to pigeon droppings. Pigeons can also carry other pests, such as ticks, fleas, and mites.
Not only are these birds noisy and messy, but pigeons can also pose a threat to building integrity. Their droppings can erode structures, and if one of their nests clogs your gutters, your business or home’s roof might pay the price of this infestation. When a pigeon is born on a structure, it forms a behavior attachment to that physical area, causing an uncontrollable urge to return to it (which is why we have homing pigeons). Therefore, trapping and removal is paramount to solving a pigeon problem.
Pigeon Pest Removal
Some cities are creating ordinances against feeding pigeons, including Phoenix, which will fine violators up to $2,500. While cities’ efforts to discourage pigeon populations are a good start, professional pigeon pest removal is the best way to keep these nuisance birds away. With Burns Pest Elimination’s bird and pigeon control, we use humane and long-lasting techniques and products to deter pigeons from making your home or business their home.
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Leave it to the professionals to protect you, your family, and your customers from the dangerous, unsanitary conditions that pigeons can cause. If pigeons are becoming a problem pest around your home or business, contact Burns Pest Elimination today for your free quote.