Birds, and pigeons especially, can pose some serious problems when they nest along ledges of homes and apartment buildings. Over several generations, their adaptive nature has made it possible for them to live in urban settings, posing a large risk to public health.
Bird droppings are the biggest problem, and many institutions and businesses have sought deterrents to allow the public to access their building without risk of contact with droppings. Cleaning up the mess can be very costly and time consuming. In order to prevent the problem there are resolutions that will keep birds from nesting along the roof. Netting, pigeon spikes, and even deterrents that are audible will help prevent future nesting.
LIFE CYCLE OF PIGEONS
- Pigeons thrive when nesting in secluded sheltered locations, because of this many will take up residence within lofts of homes, abandoned buildings and church towers.
- Female pigeons become sexually mature within 7 months of birth, within 14 days of mating they will lay between 1-3 eggs.
- Eggs will hatch and hatchlings will stay within the nest surviving on food from their parents.
- They will usually leave the nest after 35 days.
- In some cases more than one group of pigeons will nest in the same environment exacerbating the issues surrounding infestation.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Pigeon infestations can usually be easily spotted, due to them adapting to urban environments many will live and thrive close to humans unfazed.
- Nests – these can be usually found in covered spaces such as underground car parks, commercial premises, ledges and roof hangs.
- Pigeons will be seen entering in and out of nesting areas at any time of the day.
- Clusters of droppings – these are usually white in colour and occur near to perching areas and the entry of nest.
THE QUICKIL PROCEDURE
- Our trained technicians will first carry out a survey of the pigeon infested areas, assessing the level of infestation and the correct prevention procedure.
- Once this information has been obtained, we will decide on the correct preventative methods. Due to the persistence of pigeons, prevention through blocking off the nesting area with netting or spikes will deter pigeons from returning. Rest assured, methods of prevention do not harm the pigeons; they merely move them on.
- Netting is used to block off large areas from pigeon access to stop perching, as well as the use of spike posts and wire.
- In some cases when infestation is extremely high, culling is necessary to reduce the pigeon population via falconry.
- Once all areas have been secured and are pest free, specialised sanitisation and cleaning of the nesting area is required by the QuicKil team. This will completely eradicate the risk of disease associated with pigeons.
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