Pigeons are beautiful creatures and over the years they have inspired and spurred creativity in many ways. But, not everything is roses with these birds and can cause pigeon problems at home or any property.
They can become a major pest and health hazard if they are not controlled and taken care of in time.
To understand how pigeons or birds for that matter can become a health hazard to humans, we need to understand these two points: Birds can have diseases that they can transmit and they can also host parasites that have the diseases. In either case, it’s really easy to spread the diseases because birds can move around in a wide area during their life.
The most common way of transmitting these diseases is through their feces. Birds can easily contaminate human water or food supply like a food factory by simply defecating in it.
Another way they can transmit these diseases is for example this possibility: when pigeon’s feces contaminate soil that eventually dries, this leads to the microscopic pieces becoming airborne. When people breathe this contaminated air (with the microscopic particles in it) in, they can get an infection. I have seen this happening in a lot of apartment buildings.
Infections can also occur when people (whether in the residential or commercial property) have direct contact with bird droppings on a wound or a cut.
How To Handle Pigeon Problems
Knowing how pigeons transmit diseases is the first step. Now we can work on a few guidelines that can help in case of a pigeon infestation.
Pay attention to droppings and bird nests in closed areas like a garage, industrial areas, or apartment buildings. If you find a high amount of dropping you may have an issue, by the way, pigeons outside in your park don’t mean that you have an issue.
Now, if you own a restaurant and you notice the problem on your rooftop, that’s a real matter for concern.
While working on the issue, whether you have the help of a professional bird removal company or you are handling the problem yourself, it is highly recommended that you use a mask, goggles, and protective clothing. You don’t want to get sick yourself while taking care of the problem.
You need to disinfect the whole affected area. Removing the birds and cleaning it with water is not enough. You need to do a deep cleaning with detergent and antibacterial cleaners.
Other pigeon repellents include anti-roosting spikes and scarecrows. These scarecrows can take the form of owls, snakes, cats, or even people.
To be effective, these scarecrows need to appear alive and move either randomly or responsively.
Stainless steel pigeon spikes, wires, and bird repellent gels can be purchased online, however, it’s a good idea to save time and make sure your tools are installed effectively by enlisting the help of your local pest control experts.