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Are Pigeons Attracted to Your Property?

Pigeons, often dubbed the “rats of the sky,” can be more than just a minor inconvenience. Their presence can lead to various issues for property owners, from aesthetic damage to health risks. This blog aims to delve into why pigeons may be attracted to your property and provide insights into effectively managing their presence.

Why Pigeons Are Attracted to Buildings

Several factors can make a building or property particularly appealing to pigeons:

  1. Food Sources: Pigeons are drawn to easily accessible food. Leftover food, accessible trash bins, and even pet food can attract them.
  2. Roosting and Nesting Sites: Pigeons look for safe places to roost and nest, often finding solace in building ledges, roof spaces, and other sheltered areas.
  3. Water Sources: Any reliable water source, such as rooftop air conditioning units, leaking pipes, or even decorative fountains, can attract pigeons.
  4. Safety from Predators: Urban environments provide pigeons with a haven from natural predators, making buildings in these areas ideal spots for them to settle.

The Impact of Pigeons on Properties

The presence of pigeons can lead to several concerns for property owners:

  • Structural Damage: Pigeon droppings are acidic and can cause damage to metal, paintwork, and stonework.
  • Health Risks: Pigeons carry diseases such as psittacosis, which can be transmitted to humans through droppings or nesting materials.
  • Blocked Gutters and Drains: Nesting materials can block gutters and drains, leading to water damage.
  • Noise and Aesthetic Damage: The constant cooing and the unsightly appearance of droppings can be a nuisance.

Managing Pigeon Presence

Effectively managing pigeons requires a combination of deterrents, habitat modification, and sometimes population control:

  1. Bird Proofing/ Bird Netting: Installing physical barriers, such as spikes, nets, or wire systems, can prevent pigeons from landing or nesting on your property.
  2. Food and Water Source Management: Removing access to food and water sources is crucial. This includes securing trash bins and repairing leaks.
  3. Habitat Modification: Altering areas where pigeons roost and nest, such as by using sloped surfaces on ledges or sealing off entry points, can make your property less attractive.
  4. Professional Assistance: For severe infestations, consulting with wildlife control professionals can provide targeted solutions, including the safe and humane removal of pigeons.

Understanding the factors that attract pigeons to your property is the first step in effectively managing their presence. By implementing a combination of deterrents and modifications, it’s possible to mitigate the issues associated with pigeons and maintain the integrity and appearance of your property. If pigeon presence is a persistent issue, seeking professional advice can provide customised solutions tailored to your specific situation. Remember, the goal is to create an environment that is less appealing to pigeons, thereby encouraging them to find alternative locations.

 

 

Lee Clark

Lee founded CCWC Services back in 1988 with the focus on being a great company to work for and providing a great cleaning service in South Wales, over the years his expertise has been called on all over England

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