PIGEONS

pigeonAPPEARANCE:

Pigeons come in various colours, however, they will usually have red feet and a gray chest. Adults are roughly 13.5 inches in length and 12 oz in weight.

HABITS:

Pigeons are highly dependent on humans to provide them with food and sites for roosting, loafing, and nesting. The pigeon is now the most common bird pest associated with people. Breeding may occur at all seasons, but peak reproduction occurs in the Spring and Fall, and they mate for life.

Droppings create slick surfaces hazardous to walk or climb on; droppings deface and accelerate deterioration of buildings. Droppings may carry and spread diseases to people and livestock. They are known to carry or transmit pigeon ornithosis, encephalitis, Newcastle disease, cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella food poisoning. . Hematophagous (bloodsucking insects) fleas, ticks and mites, fabric pests and pantry pests inhabit nests.

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PEST:

Pigeon droppings create slick surfaces hazardous to walk or climb on. They deface and accelerate deterioration of buildings and carry and spread diseases to people and livestock. They are high in nitrogen, and can grow fungus. People can inhale the fungal spores and contract the lung disease histoplasmosis. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to let pigeon droppings accumulate. Other diseases they are known to carry or transmit are ornithosis, encephalitis, Newcastle disease, cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella food poisoning. . Hematophagous (bloodsucking insects) fleas, ticks and mites, fabric pests and pantry pests inhabit nests.

DIET:

Feeds on grains, seeds and garbage

LIFE CYCLE:

Pigeons pair for life. The male builds the nest, where eggs hatch about 18 days after being laid. At 4 to 6 weeks the young are ready to leave the nest. Breeding will occur throughout the year and large populations can develop in a short period of time. Peak pigeon reproduction occurs in the spring and fall. Pigeons are capable of living up to 15 years, however, they usually only live 4 to 5 years.

PREVENTION TIPS:

Birds are attracted to a site for food, water, shelter and nesting. Limiting availability of these attractants will help prevent bird activity. Exclusion is practical and affordable method of control, and it is highly effective if done properly. The quicker you act, the less likely the birds are going to fight to stay in that spot.

Adam’s Pest Control can help you get rid of birds using the latest methods, we offer 24-hour emergency service. Having problems with birds? Contact our Halifax Pest Control Team Today.

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