Pigeons

Identification

Color: Gray with two black bands on wings and one on the tail.
Size: About 12 inches long

Pigeons are also commonly known as Rock Doves. By nature, they are monogamous and lay one or two eggs, which will then proceed on hatching after a period of eighteen days. The young pigeons are fed milk, which is food that comes from both the males and the females. While mating among pigeons can happen throughout the entire year, their peak seasons for mating are spring and fall.

Pigeons are also dependent on humans as their source of food, nesting, and roosting sites. They are usually found in agricultural areas, feed mills, warehouses, as well as grain elevators. Other places where they can be found include buildings, parks, bridges, as well as several other structures.

Identification:

The color of pigeons varies, but they are commonly gray with a white rump, two black bars visibly seen on their wing feathers, as well as a broad black band found on their tail. The feet of pigeons are also red in color. When it comes to shape, they usually reach up to around 11 inches, with weight up to 13 ounces.

Pigeons generally prefer grains as their food. People commonly feed them unintentionally by simply opening their trash containers or spilling their food. These pests roost in areas above the ground, and readily nests in steeples, including voids on areas outside of buildings, even with areas that are protected.

Behaviors:

While they may be appealing to look at, pigeons, in general, are filthy birds. As a result, they cause damage and diseases. In fact, their droppings are also known to trigger falls and slips among passing humans, as well as the acceleration of aging among statues and structures. For these very reasons, it is important to get rid of them right away, especially in areas with high traffic.

Pigeons are also known to carry some diseases, including toxoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, food poisoning, salmonella and many more. Their droppings may also foster of fungus growth, thus resulting to histoplasmosis. At the same time, there are other pests may also live on them, including lice, fleas, ticks, mites, and others.

Control & Prevention:

To prevent the presence of pigeons as pests, or to get rid of them permanently, it is very important to make sure that you make nesting and roosting areas for them as inhospitable. Ultimately, you must go back to the source which makes them thrive and come back every day.

To address proper control of pigeons, you can fill in some access to voids, prevent landing, and slope the resting areas. Some homeowners decide to use plastic birds, scare balloons or plastic snakes, but they rarely work. If they do, they only do so for a really short period of time.

Make sure that you keep all your food, as well as standing water unreachable by them. For commercial settings, avoid feeding them, or else they will always return. You may also contact professionals in pest control to assist you with serious cases.