Pigeons are adorable. Their cooing is attractive and peaceful.
Until they invade your life with their poop and overwhelming numbers.
Unfortunately, they tend to over-populate in urban environments and roost in troublesome places. They also congregate in great numbers, creating a filthy, unhealthy environment for humans.
Generally, pigeons are classified as a pest species. They live in gutters and crevices, blocking ventilation and water run-off and causing thousands of dollars of property damage for the home or business owner.
The poop indiscriminately, coating your cars, sidewalks, driveways, and customers in their excretement.
As the Pigeon removal experts in Charlotte, NC we constantly receive calls for all of the following problems (as well as unique variations).
- Pigeons roosting on a building
- Pigeons building nests inside of a building
- Pigeon crap on car or sidewalk
- Pigeons congregating in large numbers
We receive calls from concerned residents and business owners to have us trap or remove these nuisance birds. Additionally, we help with exclusion techniques to ensure that they don’t come back.
Pigeon removal information – Pigeons are resilient in that they establish a certain territory as “home”. This means that they will return to a location over and over, no matter how far you move them. This ability to find “home” meant that pigeons used to be used to carry messages from hundreds of miles away.
This means that aggressive exclusion tactics must be used to keep the birds away as well as humane euthanization (in compliance with local laws).
We find Pigeons on every continent except Antartica. In the modern environment, they congregate near homes and parks where they can eat bird seed, grass seed or find humans who enjoy “feeding the birds.”
Because pigeons associate humans with food, they are attracted to areas where humans frequent. Furthermore, they find the gutters and crevices of our homes to be ideal for their roosting. It is common to need to remove pigeons from an attic or eaves.
The droppings from a pigeon contain both poop and their version of “urine.”
This means that their droppings are high in nitrogen and extremely acidic. The uric acid found in their droppings will remove paint and destroy metal, causing building damage.
Not to mention, the smell of their droppings is less than pleasant.
Diseases From Pigeon Poop
Here is a partial list of the most common disease you can get from a pigeon.
Histoplasmosis is an illness caused by a prevalent fungus. It is not uncommon to be occasionally exposed to the fungus, however, breathing a large quantity of the fungus can lead to infection.
The symptoms exhibit as general malaise. These include fatigue, chest pains, and fever. Thankfully, there is a low risk of contracting this infection. However, people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.
Cryptococcosis is another fungal disease. As with Histoplasmosis, this one is only a risk for those who have a weak immune function or extremely high amounts fo contact.
Psittacosis a bacterial infection. This disease is rare, and most often affects parrots and parakeets, but can be carried by pigeons. If the birds’ droppings are dried out by the sun and become crumbled, this disease can be carried with the wind until it finds an ideal host. As with histoplasmosis, this disease causes a fever, and chill, headache, and fatigue it can also cause a rash.
However, this disease must be treated with an antibiotic.
Bird owners contract many of the reported cases of these bird diseases. However, extreme infestations are not to be taken lightly, as it can create a similar situation as to owning a bird.