How To Get Rid Of Pigeons
How To Get Rid Of Pigeons: This Video explains why pigeons that roost on ledges and sills of buildings are a health hazard to humans, and describes amateur and professional methods of pigeon control.
Hello, my name is Graham Selleck, I am the proprietor of Sabre Environmental Property Services. We are pest controllers based in Watford, Hertfordshire. We are there for all your pest control needs.
We are all familiar with pigeons, such as in Trafalgar Square. These are feral pigeons Columba livia, many people call the flying rats. Whatever your thoughts about them, there is definitely a need for control for public health reasons.
They are health risks through their droppings; which when dry, turn to a dust and breathing it may cause numerous breathing disorders: New Castle disease, Acute Bronchitis, and could set off allergic reactions for people with Asthma. Pigeons, also carry mites and lice, these will enter buildings. If you have pigeons roosting on the building, these lice will enter and they can feed on humans.
There is a lot of research going on at the moment whether these insects which come off the pigeons are a transmitter of disease to humans and it looks increasingly likely that they are. So we have our property and it's being used as a roost by feral pigeons, what can we do to put it off? There is proofing, consisting of two things, which is netting of a larger area of the building which is the most attractive to the pigeons who are roosting. This is a professional job and not something really to be undertaken by the amateur, because you need specialist tools and specialist equipment; what the amateur can do is to apply a spike system to prevent pigeons from nesting on the window sills.
If you just have one flat in a block and you want to prevent the pigeons coming on to your window sill or your ledge, you can fix these spike no-perch systems to the window sills and ledges. You don't want to leave any gaps because the pigeon will take advantage of any gap and still roost there. If you do need to clean up droppings, again think PPE, Personal Protection Equipment.
It's essential to wear a mask to prevent breathing the dust from the pigeon's droppings and again wear gloves. If one needs to clean the droppings, do it wet, soak them with a soapy water containing bleach, this will emulsify the pigeon droppings making it much less likely that you will inhale. In professional control, we are very often called to remove the pigeon itself from the building.
If the building is too expensive to net it, or to protrude these no-perch systems all over the building, we sometimes have to result to shooting; this is done with a high powered air rifle. We place spotlights, and pigeons are shot off the building at night. It has to be done very carefully.
We have to notify the police and get their authorization number. It's not the job for amateurs. It's not fun but sometimes, it needs to be done to preserve public health.
Very often, the rifle is a good friend to the public. So love them or hate them, pigeons are here to stay in our towns and they do need control.