Pigeons are the number one bird pest in urban areas and live in high numbers in these areas. They are not native to North America, having been introduced in the 1600s. Today, they are the top bird pest problem in the US.
Pigeons are typically about 12-1/2 inches long. They are usually blue-gray in color, however, other colors are common as well.
Pigeons prefer to roost on areas of tall buildings including balconies, ledges, flat roofs, gutters and even signs. These birds are highly dependent on humans to provide them food and spaces to roost and nest. They reuse the same nests and aren’t concerned with nest cleanliness, which means that their nests will eventually become an accumulation of debris, feces, and the remains of unhatched eggs and dead babies.
While pigeons prefer fruits and seeds, they will eat almost anything they find on the ground.
Pigeons have an average lifespan of 3 – 5 years and pair for life. They can (and do) breed at any time of the year, however, peak times are in the spring and fall. The female will lay 1 – 3 eggs each time. These birds do reproduce a lot and travel in large flocks.
Pigeon droppings can damage building surfaces and other surfaces such as metal, due to the corrosive acid in their feces. Because they move in large groups and don’t care where they defecate, pigeon droppings can accumulate quickly on buildings and the ground below, becoming a safety hazard for passersby.
Pigeon droppings can also be the origin of disease in humans. Those diseases include:
- Histoplasmosis, which is a fungal disease and also the most common disease associated with pigeons. Those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.
- Cryptococcosis, which is a fungal disease. While it’s unlikely to be contracted by healthy people, those with compromised immune systems are at risk of infection.
- Meningitis, which is caused by inhaling spores released into the air by pigeon droppings.
Pigeons are host to parasites including fleas, mites, lice and ticks. While most of these parasites die soon after the bird leaves, some may live for several weeks.
Pigeon Control and Removal
- Bird Netting
- Bird Spikes
- Anti-Roosting Shock Track
- Aural Dispersion
- Wire Deterrent Systems
- Perch Blockers
- Foam Blockers
- Bird Slopes
- Bird Spiders
- OvoControl Application
Pigeon infestation an issue? Our experienced technicians are available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist you with pigeon control and removal.
Our service area includes Philadelphia and Greater Metro of Philly, as well as Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County and Northampton County.
This is the resulting waste from a pigeon infestation. The waste includes feathers, droppings, nest debris and dead birds. To view the structure once clean, check out our Cleaning and Sanitation page.