How To Keep Pigeons Away From Your Streator Property

Pigeon walking on a ledge.

Pigeons are one of those pests that tend to fade into the background across the United States. They are so common that people often don’t even notice they're around until problems arise. Unfortunately, once pigeons set up shop on your Streator property, you won’t be able to ignore them for long.

Top Three Reasons Pigeons Have No Business On Your Property

While many people enjoy bird watching, and some even go to the extent of feeding pigeons and other local birds, there are good reasons to discourage them from making themselves at home on your property.

Some important factors to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to discourage pigeons on your property include:

  1. Disease: Pigeons carry diseases such as cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and more. Their droppings can harbor the growth of the fungus that causes histoplasmosis.
  2. Parasites: They also carry other pests with them. A population of pigeons on your property is likely to bring with it a host of other pests including fleas, lice, ticks, and others.
  3. Property damage: Beyond harboring disease-causing fungus, pigeon droppings are known for triggering slips and falls as well as accelerating the wear and tear on buildings and roofs.

At a distance, and in small numbers, pigeons can be a pleasant sight, but you don’t want them encroaching on your property and certainly not in large numbers.

Ways To Discourage Pigeons And Other Pest Birds

Pigeons are like bad roommates — it’s better to never have them move in than to try to get them to move out after the fact. When it comes to pigeons and other pest birds, it is important to make sure your property is not inadvertently putting out the welcome mat for these unwelcome visitors.

Consider the following factors:

  • Nesting sites: To lessen the chances of pigeons moving onto your property, it is important to think about making possible roosting and nesting sites inhospitable. You can do this by filling in voids, reducing access to sloped resting areas, and using bird spikes or other deterrents.
  • Scare tactics: Another way to encourage pigeons to keep moving past your property is to use scare techniques like bird decoys, rubber snakes, or fake owls. Unfortunately, this method seldom works for any length of time.
  • Food and water: As with any pest, reducing available food and water sources is a good way to discourage pigeons from settling in on your Streator property.

All of these methods help increase your odds of keeping pigeons off of your property, but increased odds are no guarantee, and what’s helpful as a deterrent has no real chance as a means of eliminating a population that has already become established.

The Best Approach To Pigeon Control

To tackle existing populations, the best approach is to seek professional assistance. The world-class pest control technicians at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators offer fast, effective, and guaranteed pest control services for total elimination both now and in the future. We understand how important dependable service is and have 85 years of experience meeting the needs of our customers. Give us a call today to find out more about our bird control and exclusion services and how we can make sure pigeons are not causing trouble on your Streator property.

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