Almost universally disliked and sometimes described as 'rats with wings', feral pigeons can become a pest problem when they nest and/or roost on your property.
They are not nasty or aggressive birds like gulls - the main problem they pose is their droppings. This attracts insect pests and has the potential to spread nasty infections. Wet droppings on slippery surfaces can also be extremely dangerous, not to mention unsightly.
Pigeons also carry mites and fleas. As well as ‘proofing’ your premises to stop birds entering, our work includes the removal and proper disposal of all fouling, which can be several feet deep in premises that have been left unchecked. Our aim is to leave your property clean and tidy, and protected against further pigeon problems.
How to get rid of a Pigeon problem
The solution is usually straightforward – prevent the pigeons from roosting on your home or office.
In the fight against roosting pigeons, our bird team has a variety of effective deterrents at their disposal. What will work for you depends on the scale of the problem and the way the problem is manifesting itself.
Our aim is to deter roosting pigeons, rather than physically capturing them. Cleankill's pigeon control services' methods include: hanging netting over sections of the building to prevent the birds reaching their perch; or, achieve the same result by using spikes and sprung wires; or, if you wish to minimise the visual effect of the bird protection, we may be able to use Bird Free gel, which reflects ultraviolet light and appears as flames to a pigeon but is invisible to our eyes.
All these methods will help to keep your home or business pigeon-free. What is right for you depends upon the circumstances, and so the first action is a free survey to ascertain what is right for your property.
Once we have agreed a plan, Cleankill will install the preventative measures while safely removing and disposing of any avian detritus. This leaves your building clean, safe and protected.
From a single home to a large business facility, our bird control services can help with any size of problem and we offer a guarantee on all our materials and workmanship.
Fun facts about pigeons
- Picasso loved pigeons so much, he named his daughter Paloma, which is Spanish for pigeon.
- There are 318 species of Pigeon worldwide, and the vast majority are not pests. The most attractive pigeon species is widely regarded as being The Western Crowned Pigeon from Western New Guinea, although there are many other contenders.
- American & Allied armed forces released pigeons with cameras strapped to their bodies to take aerial photography during the First World War.
- One of the world’s most famous news agencies, Reuters, started its European business in 1850 by using trained homing pigeons.
- Pigeons can fly up to 40 or 50 miles per hour and may fly as far as 600 miles a day.
- Racing Homing Pigeons have been clocked flying 92.5 mph average speed on a 400 mile race.
- Many World War pilots owe their lives to pigeons that they carried and released for help when they had to ditch their planes.
- Pigeons are still used today by the French, Swiss, Israeli, Iraqi and Chinese Armies.
- Pigeons proved valuable in the Gulf War, as their messaging was not affected by the electronic jamming.
- Scientist believe pigeons may hear wind blowing over mountains from hundreds of miles away
- The most heroic recorded pigeon flight was of one released in Africa – it took 55 days and traveled over 7,000 miles to get to England
- In the Seventeenth century Pigeon manure was used in making gunpowder
- Unlike most birds, pigeons do not have to lift their head to swallow water.
- The ability to hear sounds 11 octaves below middle C allow the pigeons to detect earthquakes and electrical storms.
- The USA completely wiped out the Passenger pigeon as a species - the last one died in 1914: In 1866 a flock of Passenger pigeons in southern Ontario was described as being 1 miles (1.5 km) wide and 300 miles (500 km) long, it took 14 hours to pass, and held in excess of 3.5 billion birds. They are now extinct.