Birds of Prey - Pest Control to Control Pigeons

Did you know that rat control treatment and mouse removal specialists like us here in
Oxford can do much more than remediate small rodent infestations? Taking our services to
the sky, we also are experts at ridding homes of pigeons as well. Though these birds might
seem harmless on the surface, they can post a substantial threat in not only inducing
damages to your property, but also your overall health as well. Because of this reality, if you
have found that your home is now a home base for pigeons, it is time to act to keep your
home and family as safe as possible.


What Property Damages Can Pigeons Do?
Between droppings making a home or business look undesirable and can post a slip
hazard, the damages pigeons can do are quite profound. For instance, their nests and the
debris used to create it can clog up gutters and drainage systems, potentially causing water
issues down the road. In severe cases, this can lead to a collapsed roof if left untreated for
an extended period of time. Furthermore, those same nests and dropping are also things
that can attract other things, like beetles, flies, and moths, which can pose a whole new
infestation problem.


Now, if you have a chimney or birds building nests near your ventilation system, that can
block the airflow into your home. This can cause those disease-carrying pigeon feathers to
spread around the inside of your home and harm your health. That blockage can also
interrupt the exhaust system, which can put you and your family at risk for carbon monoxide
poisoning. On top of this, those bird nests are also highly flammable; so if you have a
number of them on your house, you are increasing your chances of fire damage.
And you cannot forget about the constant bird noises. Hearing this 24/7 in large flocks can
be quite burdensome and reduce the quality of living.


Diseases Spread by Pigeons
Medically speaking, pigeons are a significant concern because they have over 50 different
diseases and ectoparasites associated with them. This is the main reason why they have
fostered the nickname “flying rodents.” Some of the most common health side effects that
can stem from a pigeon infestation include:


 Salmonella: Salmonella is not an uncommon term when it comes to food regulation
and safety. Though this is common in food poisoning, pigeon drops can easily
contaminate your food if you are not careful, especially if you are grilling outside. If
you are not paying attention, you could easily ingest some droppings and get sick.
 Asthma: Those who suffer from asthma will have a hard time and may experience
more asthma attacks, as bird droppings can dry up and become dust. That dust then
gets inhales and can trigger asthma side effects.

 Cryptococcosis, Listeriosis, and Histoplasmosis: These are all fungal diseases
that can grow from pigeon droppings. If you find yourself having frequent spouts of
fevers, coughing, chills, body aches, chest pains, and chronic fatigue since the
pigeons arrived, this could be the reason why you are experiencing that.
 Parasites: As noted above, pigeons tend to be carriers of various parasites, and can
lead to issues like Lyme disease. Some of the most widely common ones are red
blood mites, also known as Dermanyssus gallinae, and the pigeon tick named Argas
reflexus. Both of these can migrate into your home.


Signs You Have A Pigeon Problem
Birds might look magnetic from afar, but they clearly do not provide much benefit when
close up and living in the same space as you. They are everywhere, and in the grand
scheme of things, you are bound to see some flying or walking in your yard from time to
time. Now, even if you have seen some birds around your home, what makes it considered
a problem? To give you some more insight, here are some clear signs that you do, in fact,
have a severe pigeon issue, and it could be causing problems.
 A large Number of Birds: Is the bird count around your home higher than usual?
Take a look and count them if you can, both on the ground and in the air. In addition,
if you are having a hard time walking around because of the number of birds, that is
a clear sign you have a problem.


 Nesting Signs: Take a walk around your property and look for signs of nesting
occurring. Look for twigs, branches, and even garbage nests. If you end up seeing
any, this means those pigeons are nesting and have gotten too comfortable around
your home.
 Droppings: Where there are pigeons, there are droppings. When you walk outside,
if you notice more droppings on and around your home, making it hard to walk, you
need to think about the next steps to intervene.


Keeping Pigeons Away
If you have come to the determination that you, without a doubt, have a pigeon problem,
then there are some things you can do on your own to try and get them to go away for
good. One of the best ways to deter them is through structural modifications. For instance,
make sure there is no place on your property that a pigeon can access standing water or
food. Also, birds in general love to land on flat surfaces. If your roof is flat, think about
preventing them from finding your home attractive by outing sheet metals, wood, stone,
styrofoam blocks, or other materials that can give it an angle to make it less appealing for
them. If you do not want to do that, gels, paste, and metal or plastic spikes also work well
when placed on your home's ledges and beams. Some other DIY techniques you can try
out include:


 Bird Netting: Bird netting is one of the best long-term pigeon control methods you
can do to keep them out of your structure. There are several different types of bird

netting that you can do. In a warehouse/commercial build setting (where pigeons
tend to be a major concern), bird nets can prevent them from getting inside any
overhead pipes or any roof air conditioning units. Simply netting these areas off can
work wonders.
 Using Pigeon Repellent: Another easy and typically powerful route you can take is
investing in pigeon repellent. Again, there are many different brands and
formulations that you can choose from, such as gels, pastes, and liquids. Each are
very different when it comes to cost, so it is up to you on which method to choose
based on your budget and effectiveness. In summary, these repellents are designed
to be non-toxic to humans, but their features can make it hard for birds to
make a home on your property, ultimately driving them to seek somewhere else to
go.


Conclusion - Seek a Professional Pest Control Services
Always remember, rat and mouse removal might be something you are more hyper aware
of, but never neglect the impact that pigeons can have as well. If you have tried the DIY
methods above and are still having a problem with pigeons on your property, then contact a
respected pest control in Oxford service like us immediately before more damage is done.
We professionalize in matters such as this and are fully equipped to handle both small and
large cases. So, give us a call today, and be confident that your pigeon problem will soon
be eliminated, allowing you to get back to a more peaceful, bird-free life.