Pigeons are a type of bird that lives almost everywhere in the world. They are commonly found in urban areas. There are many people who enjoy their presence and even feed these interesting birds. However, there is another side associated with pigeons that no one likes. Many people use the term “flying rats” because their activity and the problems they cause. In case you are wondering what the 5 most common problems are caused by pigeons we have created a short list.
- Health problems
Pigeons can act as carriers of bacteria and fungi dangerous to humans. These harmful substances can be passed to human in few different ways. For instance, inhalation of faecal dust can lead to certain types of flu and fever. Pigeons can also contaminate water and food. Finally, they spread parasites like fleas, ticks and mites. Cryptococcus, histoplasmosis and salmonella are some of the diseases associated with pigeons.
Although pigeons are relatively peaceful and friendly toward humans, it is not unusual for them to attack people during the breeding period/season. They are very protective and they will attack anyone that they view as a threat for their young.
- Damaged structures
Just like any other type of pest bird, pigeons that are left to live in areas in large numbers will eventually damage the building and the surrounding area. Their faeces and their activity can pollute streets, cars etc.
- Cleaning problems
Pigeons are well known for creating health and safety hazards. They produce faeces all the time and create mess wherever they are nestled. This can make the environment not only unsightly, but create a dangerous slip hazard.
- Threat to air traffic
If they are present close to airports, they can disrupt the proper landing and taking off of aircraft.
If you’re experiencing a pigeon control problem and need advice, please get in touch.