We’ve written about San Diego bird control in the recent past. Mostly, we’ve dealt with swallows, since they have been returning to roost in the area over the past month or so. We’ve discussed swallow control and exclusion as it relates to how residents and animal control specialists can legally exclude and control these birds since there are protective ordinances and laws that need to be followed. For general information related to pigeon control and Southern California bird control in general, check out our resource dedicated to local bird control.
For the purposes of this post, however, we’d like to confine our discussion to pigeon control in San Diego. If you are interested in learning more about biological facts, damage, and what you need to know about pigeons and the problems they can cause, read on!
Basic Biology Of Pigeons
You can find pigeons pretty much anywhere in North America. Wherever humans can be found, you’ll probably find pigeons. They are very adaptable with regards to habitat, being found in cities, on farms, under bridges, and pretty much any place where they can roost, nest, and find sanctuary from potential predators.
You probably knew most of that. But did you know that pigeons were originally brought to the U.S. as domesticated animals? Clearly, that domestication has failed to remain categorical over the years.
Feral populations of pigeons are known to be pests, infesting areas like caves, steeples, lofts, attics, and other cavernous architectural features.
Pigeon droppings aren’t just nasty, they cause the material on which they land to deteriorate more rapidly than usual. What’s more, droppings might kill vegetation and can even contaminate vast quantities of food if they are found hanging around grain-handling facilities.
Pigeons spread disease to animals and humans, primarily through their droppings. City birds can transmit encephalitis, Newcastle disease, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, ornithosis, cryptococcosis, and other unpleasant diseases. On top of that, ectoparasites of pigeons include biting insects, mites, ticks, lice, fleas, and other biting pests.
As if the case against pigeons weren’t strong enough, keep in mind that their acidic fecal matter can cause significant structural damage beyond simply causing roofing or siding to accelerate their natural deterioration. It can actually cost thousands of dollars in repair work if the problem remains unchecked. Pigeon dung (not an official term) can make sidewalks slippery at that.
Pigeon Removal Services
You might require Wildlife Removal Services to pay you a visit to provide you with professional bird control services. But there are still some measures you can employ on your own to help safeguard your location. These simple measures include cleaning up grain around elevators, feed mills, dissuading folks from feeding pigeons in public areas, and doing away with standing water, of which pigeons need to have access to. Additionally, you can perform your own exclusion measures by modifying the building in question to make them a less desirable place to set up camp.
Our damage prevention and control measures include bird spikes (mechanical repellents), wire and cable systems (to stop pigeons from roosting), electrical shock track systems, and frightening systems which have a very temporary effect on roosting pigeons.
Call in the San Diego County bird control experts here at Wildlife Removal Service if you are in need of affordable and reliable service. We’ll work with you to make sure you are involved with the plan before we quickly execute it. Call us today!