Problem Pest Birds: Pigeons
The pigeon is the number one urban bird pest. They exist in large numbers in every city across the country. Pigeons are not afraid of people; they roost and nest readily in man made structures and they have a diverse diet. The standard pigeon has a short neck with a small head. Their short legs with the level front and hind toes allow them to perch on branches as well as walk on flat surfaces.

Health Hazards associated with Pigeons (Details) »
The general public's affection toward birds translates into a serious underestimation of the health risks associated with pest birds...

Physical damage caused by Pigeon Droppings and Nesting Materials (Details) »
Pest birds cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to buildings, machinery, automobiles, roofs, ventilation systems and more...

One of the most publicized examples of pigeon damage was the collapse of the 35W Bride in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the summer of 2007 (Details) »

Pigeon Damage
Pigeons are responsible for untold millions of dollars of damage each year in urban areas. The uric acid in their feces is highly corrosive. Roosting flocks can cut a roof life in half. Extensive damage to air conditioning units and other roof top machinery is commonplace. There are also other economic costs associated with pigeon infestations such as slip and fall liability and projection of unclean, dirty company image. Besides physical damage, the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings represent a serious health risk.

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Pigeons are not migratory. The natural instinct is to stay near their birth site. This trait gives the pigeon a very determined personality when it comes to roosting at a particular site, much to the display of the inexperienced pest control technician. The daily cycle of a pigeon is to roost at night, feed in the morning and loaf in the afternoon. The seasonal cycle is as follows; courtship in the early winter, nest building in late winter and breeding in t he spring. However, In warm climates, breeding will occur year round. Pigeons molt once a year in late summer.

Nest building is very simple and often consists of a few stiff twigs. The male will pick the site. They prefer small flat areas away from the ground. Look for nests along building ledges, bridge supports, air conditioning units, window sills and the like. In crowded flocks, pigeons will even forgo nest building and lay eggs directly on a protected ledge. Breeding - Mating pairs will typically have three or four broods a year. The female will usually lay several eggs at a time. The eggs are a solid bright white color. The eggs take roughly eighteen days to hatch and thirty-five more days before the fledglings leave the nest.


Pigeon Control and Removal (Detailed Control Solutions) »
There are numerous products and techniques available to combat feral pigeon problems. The truly effective method is to remove and relocate using a live trap. Falconry can be used as an added control method. Food and attractive shelter should be eliminated from your site. Coil, spring wire or bird point all have distinct merits for ledge applications. For exclusion, two inch netting is sufficient, be sure to use only woven and knotted netting.

See an example of soffet, down spout, and eaves exclusion »

Bird Facts
Height/Weight - 10oz-16oz Lifespan - 3-4 years in the wild and up to 16 years in captivity Flight Speed - 28 to 82 mph Range - North America in urban and suburban areas Food - Widely varied, grains, seeds, corn, and human food scraps Habitat - on protected ledges and roof tops.

Physical Description - The Rock Dove is generally blue-gray with a white rump; has iridescent feathers on head and neck; two broad black bars across each wing and a broad dark band across the end of the tail. They also can display white, brown or gray plumage.
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