General Pigeon Facts
Pigeons, also known as rock doves, are very common birds found all over the world. Pigeon feathers are typically gray, but can range anywhere from white to tan to black. Pigeon feet are often red and their rumps white. When they lift their 13 ounces off the ground to fly, a clicking sound can be heard, which is the touching of their wing tips. Pigeon wings can beat about 10 times per second. Pigeons were originally domesticated birds, but have since become feral, and are now the most common bird pest known to humans.
A pigeon’s home range is normally within one square mile but they will travel distances of 10 miles or more in search for food.
Frequently Asked Pigeon Questions
Q-1. Where do pigeons live?
Q-2. When are pigeons most active?
Q-3. What foods do pigeons eat?
Q-4. Why should I remove pigeons?
Q-5. Do pigeons carry diseases?
Q-6. Why shouldn't I learn how to trap the pigeons my self?
Q-7. How can United Wildlife's Pigeon removal help me solve my pigeon problem?
Q-8. What are United Wildlife's payment options for getting rid of pigeons?
Q-9. What should I do after United Wildlife pigeon trappers remove the pigeons?
Q-1. WHERE DO PIGEONS LIVE?
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A. Pigeons (Columbia livia) are most densely populated in the urban areas of the U.S., Mexico and southern Canada. Pigeons flock to cities because they have become highly dependent on humans for their feeding and roosting survival. Most have no fear of humans whatsoever. Parks, buildings, bridges and other structures provide a perfect habitat for pigeons.
A pigeon nest found in a loft, steeple or attic will probably be made of twigs, grass and sticks. Any place that provides food and shelter for a pigeon may become its new home. The problem is that many of our homes and offices offer both needs for the pigeons. United Wildlife knows how to effectively remove the pigeons and to employ prevention techniques as well.
Pigeons are drawn to landfills and restaurants where there is garbage to eat. They like heights, so buildings and high wires work well as pigeon roosts. From up high they can see predators below, but they also want to be protected from above. So, ledges, attics, soffit areas, I-beams, and any other high nook or cranny serves a pigeon well. If pigeons are roosting on your home or business, they will draw other pigeons by decoy. Pigeons are drawn to other pigeons.
Q-2. WHEN ARE PIGEONS MOST ACTIVE?
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A. Between one and two weeks after mating, a female pigeon will lay one or two eggs. Over two weeks later, the pigeon eggs will hatch and the mother pigeon will stay nearby to guard the nest. The male pigeon will gather nesting material during this time. After a month or more, the pigeon babies will leave the nest and the cycle will begin again.
Pigeons are monogamous, which means they have one mate at a time. Spring and fall are the seasons of highest productivity, but pigeons may reproduce at any time of the year.
A pigeon’s life-span in an urban area will only be about three to four years long. The pigeons can stay busy for 16 hours at a time without rest. This means that the noisy pigeons can take off and land on your roof at any time of the day. They normally fly between 15 and 35 miles per hour.
Pigeons are mostly active during the day when feeding. Pigeons may come and go depending on food supply and based on what their buddies are doing. Pigeons fly in huge flocks for safety reasons. In a way, pigeons are very social birds.
Q-3. WHAT FOODS DO PIGEONS EAT?
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A. Though primarily grain and seed eaters, pigeons will eat much of what they can get their hands, or beaks, on. This may include garbage, manure, insects and any food product humans unwittingly feed them or leave for their access. To some, feeding pigeons has become a form of recreation, a pastime which increases their dependence on humans for survival. Pigeons drink water, as well, and will sometimes obtain their hydration from snow.
Pigeons are garbage eaters, and they love to dine scavenger-style. If you or your neighbor feeds pigeons, more pigeons will come. They roost nearby, or on the same property on which they’re getting food. It’s fun to feed the animals at the zoo, but what if the zoo followed you home?
Q-4. WHY SHOULD I REMOVE PIGEONS?
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A. Pigeons can be seen as beautiful flying, singing beings outside your window. But when pigeons use your home or office as a place to roost, camp out and have babies, you may feel otherwise. Pigeon droppings not only look horrible on benches, buildings and cars, but they also speed deterioration. Some kinds of metal actually erode when in contact with the stuff. Pigeon dung can burn your lawn. Sometimes, pigeon droppings can make a surface slick and dangerous to walk on. A large amount of pigeon fecal matter may produce a nasty smell and damage plants and crops.
Two pigeons can quickly become six; United Wildlife’s pigeon experts have sometimes seen thousands of pigeons on one structure.
Well, the pigeons are just on my roof, you say. What harm is there? A flock of pigeons landing and taking off can create a lot of noise on your roof, especially at night when you are trying to sleep. Even when pigeons are outside of your home or business, droppings, nest paraphernalia and feathers can get sucked into vents and drain pipes and create a fire hazard, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs. Gutters can also be blocked, causing water to seep indoors and cause flooding. A blocked chimney can lead to a fire hazard and high levels of carbon monoxide can be forced back into the home or business if a vent is blocked with pigeon nesting material.
When vents become toilets and garbage cans for pigeons, any disease, bug or odor that comes along with pigeons can contaminate the air that you breathe and any foods meant for human consumption. Mechanical units found on the roof can get damaged if feathers and nesting get caught in the fans.
Simply due to the natural circle of life, pigeons die. The smell and diseases of the dead birds are left behind to affect you, your family and employees.
Q-5. DO PIGEONS CARRY DISEASES?
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A. Pigeons do carry diseases, which is probably why they have been referred to as flying rats. Ornithosis, encephalitis, Newcastle disease, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis and salmonella are just a few of the illnesses spread by contact with pigeon poop and dead pigeons.
Cryptococcosis, one of the commonly carried pigeon diseases, infects the lungs of humans. It is transmitted by inhaling the yeast-like cells of the organism. Cryptococcosis can also cause acne-like ulcers on the skin.
Histoplasmosis is a fungal disease contracted through airborne spores in pigeon droppings. If pigeons have been on your roof for a while, these spores can even infect the soil in your garden down below. Its symptoms may be anything from a mild influenza to blood abnormalities and fever, or even death. An eye condition has been linked to the bird disease histoplasmosis and can lead to blindness in those who contract it.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection that invades human tissue and can severely damage the central nervous system, especially in babies. Pregnant women are in extreme danger if infected with toxoplasmosis.
Ornithosis causes fever, chills, fatigue, rash and lung problems such as shortness of breath and a cough. It can also lead to rales, which are small clicking, bubbling or rattling sounds coming from a portion of the lung.
Little critters can also get a ride on a pigeon’s back and the closer you are to the birds, the more chance you have of coming into contact with mites, ticks, fleas, lice and other nibbling insects.
Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.
Ticks are very mobile and have been known to crawl down into buildings that pigeons are roosting on, and travel great distances to attach themselves to people.
If a pigeon brings fleas into your home, most likely the biting bug will hop onto your house pet’s back. Once inside, large flea populations can build up quickly. Fleas live on the outside of their hosts’ bodies and need to feed on blood in order to produce eggs.
Pigeon lice are not capable of living off a human host, but they do bite humans on occasion.
A pigeon bug living in a nest can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the pigeon’s nest and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the pigeon abandons its nest for any reason, the whole caboodle of bird bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our pigeon control experts remove bird nests and other garbage after all the pigeons have been trapped.
Pigeons are a liability for businesses and restaurants. Pigeon diseases or pigeon bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sues the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by pigeons, you may see a drop in productivity due to illness.
Q-6. WHY SHOULDN’T I JUST LEARN HOW TO TRAP THE PIGEONS MYSELF?
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A. Anything that involves climbing up and down roofs may put an amateur in physical harm. Simply killing the pigeons yourself doesn’t do any good, as more will come back later. Pigeon prevention measures have to be taken to make sure they don’t roost there again. The pigeon waste needs to be cleaned up, too. This task requires proper clothing and respiratory gear so that you don’t expose yourself, your family or co-workers to bugs and disease-ridden droppings.
Pigeon-trapping is not for the amateur. Pigeons are very sensitive to deal with. If you change something in their environment, it affects them. United Wildlife’s pigeon control must remove the pigeon population before there can be a lot of success with pigeons. Two pigeons are too many to have on one building.
Homeowners may try to take matters into their own hands by shooting and poisoning pigeons. First of all, proper licensing has to be obtained to use poisons. Illegal use of poisoning can affect pets and people. Shooting causes even more pigeon problems, besides the fact that it’s illegal to shoot pigeons within city limits. Once pigeons become trap-shy, they are skittish and afraid of humans, who may be trying to trap them. Pigeon trapping is negatively affected if shooting is tried first.
There are no successful scare tactics for pigeons. Owl decoys have been proven not to work.
Q-7. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE’S PIGEON REMOVAL HELP ME SOLVE MY PIGEON PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the removal of pigeons from roofs, gables, steeples and other hard-to-reach locations through special trapping techniques. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the pigeons will either be relocated or euthanized once they are taken away. Either way, the pigeons will be treated in a humane manner.
United Wildlife’s pigeon trappers use a variety of pigeon live traps, kill traps, body-gripping traps and snaring, depending on the kind of pigeon infestation and federal, county and state laws.
If pigeons have already died in your air vents or anywhere else on your living or working space, we offer dead animal removal services and can also help clear odors caused by decomposing birds.
We’re experienced trappers who will travel to any location to solve your pigeon problem. We can also do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas, but who want to perform pest control for pigeons by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. We can also ship traps and equipment to help you trap pigeons yourself the right way. Either way, we will work with you to solve your pigeon infestation. There is not a pigeon problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s knowledgeable assistance. We’ll do it safely, humanely and right. Call 1-888-488-1415.
Q-8. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE CONTROL’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR GETTING RID OF PIGEONS?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s pigeon trapping specialists at 1-888-488-1415 and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per pigeon, number of service calls and time spent on project. Prices will vary depending on the severity of the pigeon problem. Depending on the amount of pigeons and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the pigeon problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of pigeon control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of pigeons.
United Wildlife Pigeon Experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.
Q-9. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE PIGEON TRAPPERS REMOVE THE PIGEONS?
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A. After removal is complete by trapping existing populations of pigeons, our pigeon prevention professionals can set up spikes, netting or electrical repellent systems (bird shock systems) so the pigeons have a hard time getting cozy on your property again. Spikes are strips covered with long needles placed on the surface to keep the pigeons from landing there. Elaborate netting systems can be put into place so that pigeons can’t land on the roof. Electrically charged volts can be used which zap pigeons if they land on them. United Wildlife pigeon removal can help stop the pigeons from roosting on your home or business. Our pigeon control experts can install such deterrents safely and correctly.
United Wildlife’s pigeon trappers can also take care of the pigeon clean-up needs you may run into. Pigeon waste removal is crucial, even if we have successfully removed the live birds from your building. Pigeon fecal matter, even when dry and old, still carries disease. In fact, dry pigeon poop can be most dangerous because it easily flakes off into the air, releasing any airborne infections.
Pigeon nesting material and feathers will also need to be disposed of to prevent insect infestations inside your home or business.
Do remember that pigeons are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the pigeon removal field, a particular pigeon situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent pigeons on your home or business in the future.
Our mission at United Wildlife Control is to help identify your pigeon pest damage. We will remove the existing pigeon pests and develop a custom wildlife solution to stop or control the pigeon problem from occurring again.
In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.