There are approximately 11 species of pigeons in North America. This bird is approximately 13 inches long, with color varying from white to black with an iridescent sheen. This bird has a stocky body with short legs and neck and a small head.
In urban and suburban environments, pigeons can also be the source of costly and substantial property damage due to their nesting materials and droppings. And, despite the beauty of a bird in flight, they are also carriers of viruses, parasites, and bacteria. As such, they can be the source of:
- Respiratory infections
- Viral illnesses
- Food poisoning
- Foul odors about a property
- … and more
Columba livia Gmelin
The white eggs are laid one-to-two at a time and require approximately 18 days to incubate. The eggs are incubated by both parents and approximately two to five broods are produced per year or up to 10 young per year. The young are born featherless and are totally dependent on the parent birds for the first month for warmth and food. The young leave the nest approximately one month after they hatch. Pigeons live from 4 to 12 years.
Pigeons have become the most serious bird pest associated with buildings. They can nest in a variety of protected locations, such as building ledges, signs, air conditioners, etc. Pigeons nest during all seasons when conditions permit. Pigeons feed on a variety of items such as garbage, vegetable matter, insects and handouts. The pigeons very acidic droppings can cause significant damage to equipment, painted surfaces, marble, limestone, etc. Droppings also can contain a variety of disease-causing bacteria, fungi, etc. Many of the parasitic mites associated with pigeons also bite humans.
Control & Prevention
Nikol Pest Control has certified technicians who have been trained in the safe, humane, and effective removal of birds and other wildlife from your home or business. We can remove birds and nests without causing injury or undue stress to the birds.
The most important step in bird control work is to have the area inspected to determine the species, population size, location of problem, equipment required, etc. by a professional pest control company. Since there are a variety of methods that can be used to eliminate these birds, such as trapping, netting, spike systems, etc. it is important to have contact a pest control company to determine the right treatment for your location.
Need help with pigeon prevention?
Call Nikol Pest Control at 604-364-3201 for a free estimate.