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Feral pigeons (Columbia livia) are about 33cm in length and weigh up to 560g with an average of about 350g. Their plumage can vary considerably, through blue-grey, various 'blues' and 'reds' to chequered types and almost pure black. Most types have double black wing bars.
Feral pigeons are found worldwide and throughout Britain, mainly in urban environments, where they depend largely on man for their food supply.
Where and how do pigeons live?
Pigeons living habits often bring the pigeon into conflict with man. Pigeons can nest and roost on the smallest of ledges and horizontal surfaces. The Pigeons tend to create mounds of droppings in these sites. This not only mars the appearance of the buildings but also has an acidic damaging effect on the structure.
The same fouling regularly occurs on footpaths creating a slipping hazard. A nesting site can contain extreme depths of pigeon fouling that has crusted solid over the years, with many dead and rotting carcasses amongst it. This in turn, could cause secondary problems from insects and mites entering an attached property.
Why are Pigeons a problem?
Feral pigeons build their nests in or on buildings and other structures like bridges. Fouling of these structures is inevitable. This is not only unsightly but may also have a destructive effect as the acidic droppings can erode the surface of stonework. Gutters and drainpipes may become blocked, leading to flooding and associated problems. Millions of pounds worth of damage is caused each year to civic and other buildings from feral pigeon droppings. There is also the risk that pigeons could carry diseases that are harmful to man.
How do Pigeons breed?
Feral pigeons are capable of breeding throughout the year, with the peak occurring between March and July. Nests are built in or on buildings and other structures, normally on ledges or in hollows or under eaves or on girders. Young Pigeons become independent after 30-37 days and between 4-9 broods (average 2 birds per brood) may be reared during a year.
What can I do to prevent pigeons nesting on or around my home?
Pigeons have proved very successful at adapting their roosting sites to our buildings and due to mans love of feeding birds and careless disposal of food wastes, the birds' can breed profusely in the knowledge that food is bountiful. Unfortunately the nature of birds in large numbers creates noise, dangerous waste and sometimes damage.
It can be detrimental for the birds, due to a regular conflict with man, the diet of rotten waste they are exposed to and infectious breeding sites for feral pigeons. These feeding sites also encourage them away from their natural environments and sources of food. So, the most important things to remember are:
* Please do not feed pigeons.
* Do not put your refuse out earlier than the night before collections.
* Take care when disposing of unwanted fast food and snacks.
How can I get rid of pigeons?
number 1 pest control can put up pigeon spikes and netting to pervent pigeons nestting.
In some cases shooting them will sort the problem depending where you live.
The removing or limiting of food sources will not, as may be thought, cause birds to starve but will greatly reduce breeding and may cause birds to move back towards natural environments and food sources. This and prevention of roosting sites is by far the best and most humane method of preventing birds achieving a pest or nuisance status. There are a number of devices, which can be fitted to ledges and windowsills to keep birds off.
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