Hazards from feral pigeons

People often refer to feral pigeons as flying rats and just like rats, they certainly area a major pest in urban environments, no matter whether you live in a large town or a city, you'll have a flock of feral pigeons living nearby and this is where the problem starts with these birds.

A Rising Population

Feral pigeon numbers are so high that they are under extreme pressure for breeding sites and pigeons will quickly move in and take advantage of any potential site that is available. Once that flock moves in they can be difficult to dislodge and because the feral pigeon is able to breed all year long the population is gradually rising higher and higher.

This rising population creates more competition for space, and suddenly previously untouched buildings will suddenly develop a pigeon problem literally overnight. These birds carry all manner of diseases and in a workplace health and safety regulations will be quickly breached whilst in a domestic setting, a roosting flock of birds is an extreme hazard for the human occupants.

Effective pigeon control from a local company

The use of the correct bird deterrent will remove the birds away from your premises and this is important as pigeons both carry harmful organisms and deposit large amounts of guano that are a rich breeding ground for some nasty strains of bacteria, harmful viruses, and toxic fungus.

Pigeons are a major health problem when living in close proximity to us for a number of reasons and there is a definitive list of the aliments and hazards associated with them, we however are jus concentrating on a few of them.

Pigeons give off numerous small particles in the form of dust; dried faeces, broken down feathers and any dust or pollution that has settled in their plumage and all this is easily airborne especially in a situation where we are working in it and so this material can be breathed in giving rise to an allergic reaction called pigeon fanciers lung or PFL. A dry cough, tightness in the chest and a general sense of fatigue are all symptoms of PFL although the condition does take some months to fully develop.

The most serious health risks come from harmful organisms that live and grow in the nutrient rich mass of droppings that the birds leave behind, added to this material will be dead chicks and dead adult carcases. As a pigeon produces around a kilogram of droppings every month this material quickly builds up and forms a dense mat of toxic matter.

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Hazards from pigeon droppings

As these bacteria and fungal spores all have the ability to become airborne there is a risk in commercial buildings that the high volume air conditioning plant (HVAC) can spread this throughout the interior when pigeons are roosting and nesting in and around the plant machinery. This is a very common occurrence as this plant offers protection from the elements and being installed out of sight the problem is usually undiscovered.

Pigeon control from a professional company

As you can see pigeons carry and cause problems across both the residential and commercial sector, we have years of experience of dealing with pigeon infestations and we are able to offer a service tailored to your needs and budget. Getting control of pigeons need not be as expensive as you think, these birds do not belong in close proximity to us and their residence is too big a risk to ignore. If you have a pigeon problem then give us a call and we can carryout a free survey, run through the different options and costs and get you pest free.