Pigeon Removal Problems Solved with Falconry Methods
Pigeon droppings deface many roofs, monuments, and public spaces. The uric acid (white material) in their droppings is not just unsightly; it can damage the finish on buildings, automobiles, etc. Droppings also contain dangerous fungi and bacteria that are potentially harmful to humans. Some of these include Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, Psittacosis, and St. Louis Encephalitis.
When birds occupy warehouses and defecate on stored goods, this creates an expensive problem for the warehouse management when their customers (retailers) refuse to accept contaminated goods. Pigeons are not protected by federal law; however, you should check your state’s guidelines concerning their protection status and which methods of bird control are allowed before taking action against them. This article provides different methods for you to consider using, depending on your particular context.
When faced with a pigeon control problem the first response is usually to investigate the pest control marketplace for an appropriate pigeon deterrent device or pigeon exclusion product only to find that there is a huge volume of commercially available pigeon deterrents available and confusion inevitably sets in. With the advent of the Internet and home shopping this plethora of products is available to us all at the click of a button and yet how do we identify the product that will resolve the pigeon control problem that we are experiencing? Is it possible to install a DIY pigeon deterrent system? There appears to be little or no truly independent and impartial advice available and every manufacturer seems to be making conflicting claims about the effectiveness of their particular pigeon control product. Many of the commercially available pigeon deterrents and services appear to be expensive and there are a considerable number of grey areas, certainly where pigeon control services are concerned.
So where do you start? Do you just take a chance and order a commercial pigeon deterrent over the Internet without really understanding how or why the product is effective? Do you contact a pest control company and ask for advice or a service? Do you ignore the problem and hope it goes away?
The purpose of this page, therefore, is to de-mystify the whole process of dealing with a pigeon-related problem without the need to call in a specialist contractor or, indeed, buy any conventional pest control products. There are methods of deterring pigeons from a property or a site without the need to spend huge sums of money and these controls can be just as effective and aesthetically pleasing as their commercially available counterparts.
So how do you go about understanding which of these pigeon-related problems it is that you are experiencing? Over the period of a few days watch the movements of the pigeons and observe if they are active on the property throughout the day or whether they are only there first thing in the morning and then again an hour or two before dusk. If most of the activity is seen during the daytime, particularly on the upper reaches of the building (i.e. roof areas or top-storey windowsills and guttering), and there is no obvious sign of the birds on the property after dusk or during darkness, then it is likely that you are experiencing a daytime perching problem where the birds are using your property as a vantage point to exploit a food source. If, however, there is increased pigeon activity in the late afternoon or early evening and then again at dawn, with only limited pigeon activity during daylight hours, then it is likely that the birds are roosting overnight and/or possibly breeding on your property.
So now you will hopefully have a better idea of why the pigeons are on your property and therefore be in a much better position to choose the correct pigeon deterrent, assuming that it is pigeon deterrents that you need. It is not always the case that deterrents alone will resolve a pigeon-related problem, particularly where overnight roosting and breeding-related issues are concerned or where pigeons are being deliberately fed within sight of a building that is experiencing problems.
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