What Rock Island Property Owners Ought To Know About Pigeons
January 13, 2021
Some pests come to mind easily for Rock Island property owners making it obvious why pest prevention methods are necessary to keep everything running smoothly. However, some pests like the pigeon slip by because they're often thought of as something that's not a pest.
Pigeons are typically gray in color with a whitish rump. Pigeons can be further identified by the two black bars located on their wing feathers and tail. Also, they possess red feet. Fortunately, they only make it to about 11 inches in length and weigh less than a pound. Part of what makes them seem innocent is their preference for grains like seeds. However, they'll also feed on food that's been spilled or left in open trash containers. This secondary habit is part of what makes pigeons a true pain for property owners in Rock Island.
Pigeons Are Dangerous For Good Reason
The good news is that pigeons don't represent a direct threat to people's safety. They're not known to bite or attack humans, so there's that small comfort. However, pigeons are extremely dirty animals, which means they cause disease and damage. Pigeons also have detrimental droppings that are known to cause slips and falls due to their slipperiness. If that wasn't bad enough, their droppings also accelerate the aging of structures and statues, which translates to a decrease in property values. Plus, their droppings may possibly lead to the growth of fungus, which causes its own problems.
However, the real danger lies in the diseases pigeons carry. Some common ones they carry include cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, food poisoning, and a lot more. If it's not an illness directly transmitted by the pigeon, it's one transmitted by fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests that may live on this bird. Ultimately, professional attention is required if you notice pigeons roosting on your property. The sooner you take action, the better off your property and health will remain.
Pigeon Prevention Tips
The key to pigeon prevention is to make roosting or nesting areas inhospitable. This can be done by filling in access to voids and slope any resting areas on your property. It's also a good idea to place approved devices to prevent landing in the first place. Some other helpful tips include:
- Remove Food: This includes any food found in the trash. If there's no food around, they will be less likely to start nesting in the area.
- Remove Standing Water: The same holds true for water. Birds need water and if they can't find any accessible sources on your property, they won't want to stay.
- Don't Feed Them: In commercial settings, it's important you don't feed them grains or anything else since Pigeons are creatures of habit to an extent.
When in doubt, be sure to get in touch with a professional pest control company trained for pest bird removal and control to get the best results.
Pigeon Control From Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators
Pigeons are considered a pest bird and they represent a very real public health problem if left unchecked. That's why our team at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators works with you to minimize the damage, health, and safety hazards caused by this bird to ensure you remain protected day in and day out.
Our team of trained bird abatement technicians will provide bird removal, cleanup, and preventative services for pigeons and other pest birds in the area in full compliance with all state and federal guidelines so you can count on receiving the results you need.
Are you in need of pest bird control services? Then give our experts at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pigeon control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.