Pigeons … Pigeons Everywhere!

Nov 28, 2014 | Uncategorized

Doesn’t it seem like every neighborhood has a “Pigeon Lady” that feeds them like in Mary Poppins? Maybe or maybe not, but once pigeons have found an easy food source they are home! Most do not realize that pigeons are dependent on man to provide them with food, and are commonly found around warehouses, grain elevators and feed mills as well as our city parks, buildings and bridges. Any place that pigeons can find a shelter and food they will call home. Many of our homes have ledges or air-conditioning units that offer these birds a great place to shelter and breed! There are actually restaurants that will toss open food items into an open dumpster that is heaven for pigeons! It is easy to tell the areas that are infested with these birds, besides the obvious birds themselves, but the damage they leave behind; poop and old clumps of poop build up that is tossed out of the nest when mom pigeon does house cleaning! Pigeons will mate year round, but peak in spring and fall.

 

So what is the big deal about pigeon poop? Besides being disgusting there are real health hazards that are connected to these birds and their droppings.  The droppings can harbor the growth of fungus that causes diseases such as histoplasmosis. They also are carriers of diseases like cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and food poisoning. Fleas, lice, mites, ticks and other pests may also live on these birds! With large flocks of pigeons and their baggage comes accelerated aging of the buildings and structures that they inhabit.

 

Number 1 rule – Do NOT feed the pigeons! Helping to keep our communities from being over-run with pigeons is an effort best done by all.  Educating our neighbors and friends about the dangers that come with pigeons will help. If you are having a problem with these pests and feel you are doing your part to no avail, call Bio-Tech for an inspection and assistance with encouraging them to leave. It is NEVER a good idea to feed wild animals and bird as they will become a member of your family whether you want them to or not!

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