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Pigeon Control

Our bird control service offers expert solutions for pigeon control from experienced and knowledgeable bird experts.

Call us on +256 777 090 356 / +256 751 493 293 or email us for advice on how to control pigeons on your premises and to arrange a FREE business survey from a Rentokil pigeon control specialist.

Problems with Pigeons

Feral pigeons are descended from wild rock doves which have interbred with different strains of escaped ornamental, domestic and racing pigeons over the centuries. They thrive in our towns and cities by adapting to the urban environment, making use of seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings that provide the smallest amount of shelter (similar to the cliffs used by their ancestors).

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Pigeons will also make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, guttering and loft spaces in particular, as they are capable of lifting damaged or loose roof coverings to force entry. 

A pigeon's natural food source is grain and seeds but they have adapted to survive in towns and cities by scavenging on processed food matter, such as the remains of takeaways and waste from dustbins. Given an adequate food supply, pigeons can breed throughout the year.

Pigeon Droppings: How they can damage buildings

Pigeon droppings and pigeon debris are not only an aesthetic issue, but can directly damage the structure of a building. How pigeon droppings can be harmful to your building:

  • Cause damage to stone and brickwork: The acidity of the pigeon faeces can eat away at concrete and brickwork. Tar based roofing materials are particularly vulnerable to this type of erosion.
  • Blocking gutters and drainage systems: Nesting material and feathers can also block gutters and rainwater drainage systems, potentially leading to damage to premises from water penetration. Effective pigeon control is therefore very important in protecting buildings from damp.
  • Pose health hazards: The presence of feral pigeons and their droppings represents a potential health hazard to people. Pigeons are carriers of a number of serious diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis (commonly known as pigeon fancier's lung). Their droppings provide the ideal environment for organisms causing diseases such as listeriosis, cryptococcis and aspergillosis to thrive. Pigeons are also hosts to fleas and other parasites such as pigeon ticks and bird mites. These pests can be spread to other hosts including people.

Pigeon Deterrents

One of the most successful long term measures for pigeon control is to remove their food sources, however in busy urban areas this is not always practical.

Bird proofing solutions such as bird netting, bird spikes or bird deterrents such electrical bird deterrent systems offer a viable option to deter pigeons from roosting and nesting on buildings. Other methods of pigeon control include egg, nest and bird removal to reduce the pigeons flock size. 

Want to know more about bird deterrent methods? Learn how to get rid of pigeons.

Contact us on +256 777 090 356 / +256 751 493 293 for advice on effective pigeon control solutions.

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