Pest control

Pigeon Infestation – a number one pest in the UK

pigeon-infestationPigeons are cute and often fun to feed, but these urban birds can become a serious pest if they’re drawn to your home. Pigeons are one of the most common urban pest birds that can try and take over your attic or your flat balcony. They are messy creatures, causing a lot of damage to their roosting areas. They are urban creatures, very much used to making their homes in apartment buildings or Leicester homes.

Pigeons tend to nest in small flat areas that are elevated from the ground making attics, building ledges, window sills, balconies or even air conditioning units their natural habitat. They can hatch up to four broods a year, quickly multiplying in numbers.  In case your home becomes a target of a pigeon infestation, get in touch with pest control services in Leicester for advice.

Rats of the sky   

Pigeons can spread diseases harmful to humans. Pigeon droppings contain potentially harmful fungi and bacteria which are known to cause numerous diseases to humans like Histoplasmosis and Psittacosis.

If a pigeon family chooses your home to build their nest they will accumulate large quantities of droppings which can cause severe fungal diseases. Pigeons are outdoor creatures which often carry a variety of parasites on them which can also pose a health risk to humans. If the pigeon problem gets out of hand, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Leicester exterminator services to get rid of the pest.

These birds feed on a variety of foods they can find in an urban environment. In pursuit for food, pigeons go through garbage, there for getting the nickname rats of the sky. If you consider the fact that a pigeon that has just been spending some time in the local dumpster walking around the balcony on which your children play, you’ll get the picture of the seriousness of the potential hazard these birds can pose. Professional exterminator in Leicester can give you more reliable advice on the behaviour of these birds, and more importantly, how to get rid of them.

Pigeons cause damage           

One of the most visible problems in the case of a pigeon infestation is their droppings. They deface all surfaces underneath them. In case of these birds making their nest in your home, the surface around it will become covered in pigeon faeces.

The problem is much wider than just the odour and the aesthetics. The white material visible in pigeon droppings is uric acid, a very powerful compound which can cause serious damage to the finish of the buildings, cars and any material it falls on.

Pigeon droppings can ruin vegetations as well, while their droppings in combination with feathers and nests have been proved to block vents and downspouts on apartment buildings in Leicester areas. For that reason, more and more calls to pest control companies in Leicester are related to pigeon infestation problems.

How to get rid of pigeons?

pigeoon-controlGetting rid of these birds who have been domesticating to urban areas for over two thousand years is not a walk in the park. Pigeons have developed advanced homing instincts causing them to develop attachments to a particular site.

There are numerous ”do it yourself” methods which you can try to get rid of pigeons like setting up barriers to prevent them from landing or gathering around your home. Barriers can be made out of spike strips or circular wire arrangements. You can also use sticky chemicals that repel the birds or simply try tying a string from one end to the other where pigeons like to roost. Pigeon sound repellers are also a good way to scare them off.

Close all possible entrances to your attic. Eliminate food sources around your home or just try to scare them off every time you spot them. However, if you don’t want to deal with spiky installations around your home, listen to squeaky pigeon repeller sounds or wave your hands and shout at birds that are constantly around, contact your local pest controller in Leicester and get professionals qualified for the job to scare them off once and for all.

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