What do pigeons look like?

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A pigeon's appearance will depend on the specific individual; but, in general, they are gray in color with a lighter color or whitish hind-end.  They have distinctive red colored feet, two parallel black bars on their wings, and a single broad band running across their tail.  Adults grow to be about 11 inches in length and can weigh up to 13 ounces.

Pigeon behaviors

As you probably already can guess pigeons are one of the most common and abundant species of pest birds.  They can be found invading homes and businesses in rural, urban, and suburban settings.  They like to live in close proximity to people in order to have easy access to food, water, and safe shelter sources.  

Pigeons will feed on almost anything that they get their feathers on.  The most common things that they feed on include: seeds, grain, animal feed, and food that they scavenge from trash cans and dumpsters.

Another interesting fact about pigeons is that they are monogamous and will breed year-round, although most of their eggs are laid in the spring and fall months.

Are pigeons dangerous?

Yes, while pigeons do not appear to be ferocious, they are considered to be a dangerous pest mostly because of their droppings.  When pigeons rest and roost on a home or other building, their acidic droppings will cause the structure of the building to deteriorate over time.  They will also contaminate human food and animal feed with their droppings; and a build-up of their droppings can lead to slip and fall injuries.

Pigeons can carry and transmit a large variety of diseases including cryptococcosis, salmonella, and toxoplasmosis; and they have a fungus that grows in their feces that can cause histoplasmosis.  Pigeons can also introduce other pests to your property like lice, fleas, ticks, and mites.

Can Suburban help with a pigeon problem?

Yes, Suburban can help to control pigeons on your property.  We understand just how much of a nuisance pest birds can be and how much damage that they can cause.  Suburban Exterminating will provide you with very humane and effective bird control services.

Our services begin with an inspection to positively identify the pest birds that are causing problems on your property. Next, our technicians will install preventative measures, control your current problem with pigeons through the use of humane traps or other treatments deemed necessary, and provide you with on-going monitoring and maintenance services to help stop future problems.

Contact Suburban Exterminating to schedule a free estimate or to learn more about our professional bird control solutions.

Pigeon prevention tips

Preventing pigeons from choosing your property to live and nest on is a very difficult task, and most often the best way to handle a pigeon problem is with professional control services.  However, there are a few things that you can do to help deter them.  

  • Do not feed pigeons.
  • Remove bird feeders from your property.
  • Add tight-fitting lids to outdoor trash cans.
  • Pick up pet waste (yes, pigeons will eat anything).
  • Eliminate water sources.

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