As pest controllers, contrary to popular belief, we see the pigeon as a potential threat to human health and the safety of buildings and facilities.
Appearance and characteristics of pigeons
Pigeons can transmit a variety of diseases including salmonella, psittacosis and histoplasmosis. In addition, pigeons can also carry parasites such as mites and ticks, which pose other health risks.
Another problem is that pigeons often seek nesting sites near buildings or facilities, which can lead to a build-up of droppings and feathers. Pigeons droppings contain high levels of ammonia and other harmful chemicals that can affect air quality and cause structural damage to buildings and facilities. When pigeons settle in air conditioning or other ventilation systems, they can also affect the air supply and interfere with the operation of the equipment.
As a pest controller, it is important to identify pigeon problems early and take effective control measures. These include techniques such as pigeon deterrent systems, netting, electric barriers and other deterrent methods. Also, removing nest sites and cleaning up faeces and feather buildup are important steps in keeping pigeon populations under control and minimizing potential health and safety risks.
Danger from pigeons
Pigeons are medium-sized birds that come in a variety of colors and shapes. They have a round, stocky body, short legs, and a small head with a rounded beak. Their wings are long and narrow, giving them high maneuverability in the air. Pigeons are also known for their soft and soothing calls, often referred to as "coos".
The colors of pigeons can vary from white to gray to black. Some species also have striking color patterns, such as the colored pigeon, which has green-purple feathers. Pigeons typically have plumage that is dense and soft to keep them warm.
Pigeons are very social animals and often form large flocks, especially in urban areas. They also have good orientation skills and can find their way over long distances. They usually breed in colonies, laying two eggs per brood. The incubation period is about 14 days and the young are fed and cared for by the parents for about 30 days.
However, in some cultures and religions, doves are revered as sacred animals and have a deeper symbolic meaning. It is also worth noting that doves are considered a symbol of peace and love in many cultures. In fact, they have long been domesticated animals and have been used as food and carrier pigeons.
Overall, pigeons are adaptable birds that can live in a variety of environments. Regardless of how pigeons are perceived, it is important to understand their lifestyle and behaviors in order to develop effective strategies for controlling and managing pigeon populations.