The sight of a pigeon is common—you see them almost everyday, at your town’s common plaza, your neighborhood, even sometimes in your own dwelling. These birds are closely related to doves, differing only in color and size. You can easily spot a pigeon through its plump body with short necks, and short slender bills. Humans might be the biggest species in terms of population size in the world but pigeons would likely come in second with their massive numbers—it is said the pigeons and doves are likely to be the most common bird in the world.
Pigeons are known to build shoddy nests made up of sticks and other debris. During nesting season, a female pigeon may lay one or two eggs at a time. Both parents normally rear their chicks up to a month, and both produce “crop milk” to feed their hatchlings. You may expect to find pigeons all over the world. According to ornithologists, pigeons and doves are distributed and found everywhere except for places with extreme climates such as that in the Sahara Desert, and Antarctica. Not satisfied with being the prevailing breed of birds on land, these creatures also nestle and occupy most of the world’s oceanic islands. The diet of these birds include seeds, fruits, and other plant material.
While generally harmless, the massive population of these non-migratory birds pose a problem to most homeowners. The peak mating season for pigeons occur during spring and fall, and given their flexibility, these creatures are able to readily nest in cracks or shallow overhangs in buildings. People who innocently commit the mistake of allowing a pair of pigeon to nest on the property often end up being overwhelmed by several other pigeons who view their home as being safe. Left unattended, nesting pigeons may grow in number and thus become a pest problem.
Pigeons as pests are filthy and unruly birds. They often cause damage and can spread the disease to anyone who comes in contact with them or their droppings. Since they have learned to become reliant on human feeding, (be it accidental, incidental, or intentional), once a food source dries up, pigeons can start rummaging through trash bins or other materials in search of sustenance.
Aside from the unattractive sight of pigeon droppings on buildings and statues, this bird’s droppings are known carriers of diseases such as Cryptococcus, toxoplasmosis, or salmonella. Their droppings may also contain a fungus, which when accidentally ingested by humans may cause histoplasmosis, a potentially deadly desease. Its scavenging habits has also made the birds the perfect transmitters of fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and other pests to your pets and your home.
In order to get rid of these birds, people should make their nesting places inhospitable. It is imperative to fill up any void, or empty space to disallow the further mating of these birds. Hiring professional help will also help you get all of those pigeons out (humanely), in no time. For more assistance, Contact Us.