Feral Pigeons

(Columba livia domestica )

Feral pigeons are found in towns and cities all over the world. They can also be found in rural areas, such as farms. Due to their dependance on humans for food they have become a serious pest.

Characteristics

Length 31-34 cm. Weight 230-560g. Plumage can vary consierdably, from pure white, through to various colour combinations including resemblance to that of the original rock dove.

Biology

The feral pigeon is descended from domesticated strains of the rock dove. They have adapted extremely well to life in an urban environment.

They build their nests in sheltered, protected sites on and even in buildings and other structures. Their nests can often be found in eves of buildings as well as under bridges. Other common breeding sites, include lofts of houses and commercial premises. Both sexes take part in nest building. Nests are usually constructed from a wide variety of materials, including twigs, grass, feathers, plastic items and wires. When used for successive broods, the nests ma become well-defined structures often with a considerable thickness of droppings.

In favourable conditions these birds will breed throughout the years.They can have up to seven broods, although their main breeding season will be March to July. Two white eggs are normally laid per brood.

Eggs normally hatch after 17-19 days from which the young birds will be independant at 30-37 days. Their natural instict will be to stay close to their birth site. Young birds can start to breed at six months and will live up to four years in the wild.

Pigeons feed in flocks with a distinct territory. Within a flock there is a distinct social order; the dominant birds feed first and get the best breeding sites.

Microbee solutions offered:

Exclusion netting

Proofing is always the most effective and long term solution to any bird problem. Exclusion netting can offer protection to a larger area then any of the other solutions.

Spiking

This is mainly for ledge and edge protection. These do not harm the bird but simply make the surface uncomfortable for birds to roost on.

Anti-perching wire

These work the same as spiking but are more used in low pressure infestation levels.

Mesh installation

This system is similar to netting. It is used to proof smaller areas where netting is impractical.


Electric ledge deterrent

Another edge and ledge protection system. This system is designed for areas where the client does not want anything visible installed although this is a costly system.

Agrilaser

A new system that is environmentally friendly and harmess to birds. Works by emitting a green laser beam seen to the birds as an object approaching them. The system is programmed to be constantly moving so that birds cannot habituate themselves to it.


Other options available but not recommended include:

  • Scaring: Wide variety on the market including visual and audio scarring. Limited effects and only recommended as a temporary solution due to the birds being able to habituate themselves to these systems.
  • Bird Gel: This system has not been found to be effective and has to be refreshed every two years. Product is not being produced and stock is limited to what suppliers still have available.
  • Control: Culling and trapping will only be considered once non-lethal methods are likely to fail or are impracticable or to comply with the Animal Welfare Act 2006, such as a bird being caught in netting.
  • Cleaning and serilising services

    We can offer cleaning of bulk pigeon fouling and nests as well as sterilisation of the areas. Please note that due to the corrosive nature of pigeon fouling there may be residual stains that we would not be able to remove without damaging the surface.

    Further information

    If you would like a free quote or have any questions then please get in touch.

    You can download our client information sheet for pigeon and other pest control services here

    We use a range of products, including disinfectants and adhesives, for pigeon control. If you are concerned about any of them, please click the relevant link below to download the relevant safety data sheet

  • PX Ornikill
  • Soudal - Fix All
  • Soudal - Silirub N
  • Soudal Surface Activator
  • Other birds

    Getting attacked by gulls?

    Roof workers and maintenance staff being attacked by gulls? Ensure proofing is done before their nesting season as they will return annually to the same site.

    Nuisance crows

    Crows can be a real nuisance. Recently there has been an increase in these birds throwing stones off the roof of buildings, which is not unusual behaviour to this family of birds.

    Sparrows

    Sparrows are mainly an issue within the food industry. Their small size means they can fly into the smallest of gaps. If you are having an issue with these small birds in your food premises, why not get in touch and see what we can do for you.

    Unsure what it is?

    We can help with a wide variety of birds. We offer free of charge surveys within the M25 area. Why not drop us an email with a description of your enquiry and relevant photos or simply fill out a contact form