Michigan Pigeon Control & Damage Control of Pigeons
General Biology of Pigeons
Pigeons are not a native species to America, and are found in large numbers across the county. They live for 3-4 years in the wild and can breed year round. Pigeons are monogamous but both sexes may occasionally mate with other pigeons. A nesting pair will typically have 3-4 broods a year. Most of their nests contain 1-2 eggs, and they take approximately 18 days to hatch. The young leave the nest around 10 days after hatching.
Pigeons are not migratory, and prefer to live and breed near their birth site. The daily routine of a pigeon is to feed during the morning, rest during the afternoon, and roost at night. In colder climates, like we have here in Northern Michigan, the pigeons typically begin building nests in late winter, and breeds in the spring. Both sexes feed the young, but the male does all the guarding of the nest and young.
Pigeon Damage and Damage Identification
Pigeons can be found in large flocks around sizable buildings, farms, cliffs and bridges. Pigeons are very easily identifiable birds due to their messy habits. They leave their droppings everywhere they go, particularly, their roost sites. Pigeon droppings contain uric acid that makes them extremely corrosive. The droppings are the direct cause of millions of dollars worth of damage to buildings and other property; those particularly vulnerable are painted surfaces, canvas awnings, signs and other similar surfaces. A tragic example of the corrosive nature of pigeon droppings is the 2007 Minnesota bridge accident, which was found to be a direct result of droppings eating away at the metal supports until they were weakened.
Health Hazards with Pigeons
There are many health risks associated with pigeons and their droppings. You don’t want to turn a blind eye towards pigeons, underestimating the risks associated with these birds. The bacteria, fungi, and ectoparasites that they and their droppings harbor are numerous. Some of the diseases associated with pigeons are:
- Newcastle disease
Pigeons also carry many ectoparasites such as ticks and mites that can infect their human hosts with such wonderful diseases as:
- Avian pox
WMNR can provide you with a safe and effective abatement of disease carrying contaminants. Bird droppings, nests, and carcasses can be safety removed and the site disinfected to reduce the health risks to you and others that may come in contact with the contaminants
Pigeon Damage Control Methods
Once a building becomes home to pigeons, they are there for life. Trapping and Relocation may seem like a good idea, but once you travel out in the country somewhere to let them go, they will fly right back. Being a direct descendant of the homing pigeon they have an excellent sense of direction and can find their way home from many, many miles away.
Keeping pigeons off buildings often depends on choosing the correct product for the situation. The success of a pigeon control program depends on how determined the birds are to occupy the former territory. Ledges and parapets can be protected by installing products such as shock tracks, bird spikes, or wire coil products. If the flock is large and/or very determined, exclusion using woven polyethylene net may be necessary.