Pigeons are a problem when create a nuisance or present a public safety issue.
Uncontrolled pigeon populations present a host of problems for anyone who comes into contact with the birds, their droppings or their feathers.
Common pigeon problems include:
- disease proliferation
- spread of insects pests and parasites
- food production contamination
- clogged drains and vents full of feathers
- unsightly piles of droppings
- Staining on roofs, driveways, sidewalks, statues, ledges, etc.
- Slip and fall liability
The worst pigeon problems stem from dead pigeons and from pigeon droppings. These contain a host of diseases, many of which are transferrable to humans. Histoplasmosis is the most notorious, but there are many others. Several of these illnesses are spread when the feces are disturbed (as during cleanup) and spores and fungi are sent into the air. The particles are then inhaled by people and respiratory illness begins.
Pigeons like to be on rooftops, up high where they can see any predators approaching. Unfortunately, rooftops are the also the typical location for air handlers and air exchange units. These ventilation devices circulate air throughout the building, but when bird crap is all over the rooftop, they also circulate the contaminants through the air. This is particularly dangerous if the building is a location for people who are susceptible to illnesses, such as a hospital or retirement home. However, even healthy people can fall victim to Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, Psittacosis, and pseudo-tuberculosis.
Pigeon droppings are not only unsightly, they are also dangerous.
Another pigeon problem is that their droppings are large, smelly, and slippery and are capable of staining many kinds of surfaces. If they are in walkways, they present a slip and fall hazard.
The food production and supply chain also deals regularly with pigeon problems. Bird droppings can contaminate food in the production chain and spread disease, pests and parasites.
If you are still unconvinced that these are dirty birds, consider that these birds will collect their own droppings to make nests for their young. This nesting material camouflages the chicks, but it is quite disgusting by any measure.
If you have nuisance birds affecting your life or livelihood, we can help. We can trap and remove pest birds, clean up the mess, sanitize, deodorize, and solve the entire pigeon problem.
Pigeons use their own feces as nesting material for their young.