So what is pigeon control? Why is there still a need to control pigeons in our towns and cities when we have been researching different methods of pigeon control for decades? Surely by now we have the technology and the means available to us to deal with the problem in a humane, effective and cost-effective manner? Even in light of the multi-million dollar industry surrounding the issue of pigeon control, and the vast number of pest control companies offering their services worldwide, pigeons still cause massive problems for property owners.
Typically, it is the feral pigeon seen in town and city centers that causes the greatest problems for property owners. Although, their rural cousins can also cause extreme problems for farmers and those involved in agriculture. The most common problem associated with pigeons is the soiling of buildings. However, when property owners try to find out the best way to deal with the problem, they are confronted with highly conflicting advice as to what product or service should be employed to resolve the problem.
Pigeon control services available within the pest control marketplace include:
- Using artificial breeding facilities
Culling is completely ineffective as it actually acts to increase flock size, and flying a hawk does little in the way of pigeon control. The installation of deterrents is always the most effective means of controlling pigeons on any building or site.
The range of deterrents available can be quite daunting to the layman and choosing the correct pigeon control deterrent to suit your individual problem is challenging. Many deterrents, such as nylon netting are extremely expensive to have installed and in some cases will degrade quickly requiring the product to be constantly maintained and replaced at regular intervals. The same applies to products such as post and wire systems (spring wire systems) which often degrade rapidly following installation and require regular maintenance. The greatest cost involved with the installation of any pigeon control product, such as nylon netting, is the cost of access, instead of the actual cost of the product itself. Accessing areas at height to install pigeon control products like nylon netting can be fraught with logistical problems to say nothing of the considerable cost of hiring a ‘cherry picker’ or similar access device.
The only pigeon control product recommended by independent and expert bodies such as the Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS International) and the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is the anti-roosting spike, like those available from Deter-A-Pigeon. This product is 100% effective as a pigeon control deterrent, when installed according to manufacturers recommendations. Another benefit of this method is that it can be easily installed by the property owner rather than requiring the services of a contractor. The product is also humane and relatively inexpensive compared to a majority of standard pigeon control deterrents.
Reducing Pigeon Populations
Of course pigeon control deterrents are only designed to protect individual buildings, so you may be interested in knowing what can be done to control and reduce the size of pigeon populations in town and city center environments. Generally, town and city-wide pigeon control systems will have to be provided by a Council or a similar body that has responsibility for an area rather than a specific site or building. These area-wide pigeon control systems will not only need to deal with the protection of properties and the removal of large-scale pigeon roosts in derelict buildings, but also deal with the source of the problem. In a vast majority of cases the source of the problem will be deliberate and persistent feeding of pigeons by the general public. If the source of the problem is not dealt with, the problem will continue unabated. The inability to stop the problem at the source is one of the main reasons why pigeon populations worldwide have continued to grow unchecked.
Another method of reducing pigeon flock size while reducing problems for property owners is to provide one or more designated pigeon feeding areas in an area such as a public park, where those that wish to feed pigeons can do so legitimately. The available food provided in the designated feeding area will draw pigeons away from their existing feeding and perching sites, thereby dramatically reducing problems for property owners. If an artificial breeding facility where pigeons are encouraged to roost and breed is provided adjacent to the designated feeding area, this will further reduce pigeon-related problems for property owners. Further, if eggs are then removed, as laid, and replaced with dummy eggs, the flock will be reduced while at the same time concentrating the problem in an area where the birds can be accommodated without any of the usual problems associated with pigeons.
Regardless if an area-wide pigeon control system is provided, pigeon control deterrents still need to be provided on buildings to force pigeons away from their existing roosting and breeding sites. Pigeons will always adopt specific buildings as a vantage point to exploit a food source in the same way that they will adopt a derelict building as an overnight roosting and breeding facility. If these types of problems are not addressed, any attempt at providing an effective area-wide pigeon control system will fail.
So, how do you go about assessing and dealing with a pigeon control problem on your property? Here are some tips:
- Always seek independent advice wherever possible from an organization like PiCAS International.
- Do not simply contact a commercial contractor before you fully understand the extent of your problem and the various ways that the problem can be dealt with. A vast majority of pigeon control problems can be resolved by the property owner without the need for a specialist contractor.
- Always be aware that if you have pigeons perching on one area of your property, and you protect that area with anti-roosting spikes, the birds may move to another area of the same building.
- Identify all areas where pigeons may potentially relocate and install anti-roosting spikes for protection.
Anti-roosting spikes, available from Deter-A-Pigeon are the most cost-effective deterrent on the market Install anti-roosting spikes in all possible roosting areas and you will have effectively regained pigeon control!