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PIGEONS (Columba livia)

The rock dove is more commonly called a pigeon. This common bird is about 13 inches high, of stocky build, with short legs and a small head and varies in color from white to black. Most pigeons are characterized by a dark gray head with an iridescent sheen, a light gray back and wings with two dark bands. They are often seen in large flocks, on the ground or on buildings ledges.

Pigeons in the wild occur naturally on steep cliffs. They are common throughout the US and they have adapted to a variety of habitats in the cities and urban areas, including tall buildings. Pestgon, Inc. has observed pigeons nesting in any number of protected locations, such as building ledges, rafters, garages and neon signs. They have become the most serious bird pest affecting commercial properties. They produce two to five broods a year or as many as ten young per year. In southern California, pigeons breed and nest during all seasons. Food court areas attract large flocks of nuisance pigeons. They also feed on handouts and garbage dumpsters and leave large amounts of unsightly dropping everywhere. Left unchecked, pigeon issues can become a serious public relations problem.

Economic Impact:
In Pestgon's experience, pigeon droppings are more than just a nuisance and unsightly on commercial properties. The acid content of the droppings is very destructive to paint, concrete, plaster, marble, limestone, wood, metal and roofing. Nests often become solid with accumulated droppings. The economic impact to building owners runs in the billions of dollars annually.

Another serious liability to owners and property mangers is disease. Pigeon droppings are a contamination hazard that, transmit a variety of diseases. Pigeons are carriers of bacteria, fungi and nematodes and serve as reservoirs for numerous viral encephalitic diseases. Many of the parasitic mites associated with pigeons also bite humans. So pigeons are not just an economic concern, because they cause staggering damage to buildings, but they are a serious health risk and liability to commercial property owners. Pestgon, Inc., strongly encourage property managers and owners to address any pigeon issues before they become established on your commercial project.

Management Methods:
After a complete survey and assessment of food sources, water, nesting and roosting sites, Pestgon, Inc. employs a number of effective techniques to humanely manage and eliminate pigeons. Good sanitation practice is an essential primary factor in the control of pigeons. Exclusion barriers can be effective as are legally registered repellency baits. Only a licensed pest management technician can apply bird repellent baits. Properly resolving pigeons problems requires the expertise and experience of Perstgon's technicians.