Sure, we all have a soft spot for pigeons. They are one of the only animals we share our urban spaces within South Bay Area and they can definitely be fun to watch at the park. However, pigeons can wreak havoc on your home. They are no different than any other pest. They can destroy your property, present a variety of health risks, and be a huge nuisance. If you have pigeons roosting on your property, it’s time to consider pigeon control.
How Can I Tell If I Have A Pigeon Infestation?
Many home and business owners see one pigeon roosting on their property and think it’s nothing to worry about. However, pigeons are extremely social birds and when one finds a good roosting spot, others will be sure to follow. They are also prolific breeders and can hatch several clutches a year. It’s not uncommon for a pigeon to lay a new clutch before their last has even hatched. Simply put, one pigeon will soon be too many pigeons.
Property Damage Caused By Pigeons
Pigeons are extremely messy birds. They leave droppings everywhere, especially near their roosts. Beyond being very unpleasant, their droppings contain uric acid. Uric acid is extremely corrosive and can eat through the most common building materials. Pigeon droppings costs South Bay Area millions in property damage every year. Furthermore, pigeons build large nests that can also cause damage to a building. Nests built-in drain pipes can cause clogs that will lead to water damage, flooding, and even mold. While nests built-in ventilation systems can lead to exposure to toxic gases and increase your HVAC bills. Finally, nests built near electrical wiring and fixtures provide a serious fire hazard.
Health Risks Associated With Pigeons
Beyond just destroying your building, there are also a lot of health risks associated with pigeons. Birds pass disease through the inhalation of fecal matter, food, and water contaminated by fecal matter, direct contact, and parasitic transfer. If pigeons are around your home, they can easily spread diseases to you and your family. Some of the most common health risks include:
- Newcastle Disease
Pigeons also have a lot of fleas, ticks, and mites that can spread disease as well. They also attract other pests like rats that love to feast on pigeon eggs and dead pigeons. These health risks are very serious but are especially concerning for children, the elderly, and those will immunocompromising illnesses. Pigeon control can help mitigate these risks.
No matter how charming they are, pigeons cause a lot of problems. If you notice pigeons are roosting or nesting on your South Bay Area property, you need to consider pigeon control before things become serious. The experts at Bay Area Outdoor Cleaning can help. We won’t just get rid of the pest, we’ll clean up after them. We’ll remove all the feces, nests, and any other debris they leave behind. Give us a call to learn more!