Pigeons are pests to many and it can be difficult to get rid of pigeons, especially as they thrive in urban areas due to readily available food sources and fewer predators.
Pigeons breed rapidly and large numbers are due to several factors including:
- Plentiful buildings, nooks and crannies for roosting
- Discarded food scraps freely available
- Children (and adults) willing to feed the birds
- General warm temperatures and dry, covered areas
- The cooing of other pigeons to attract and bond with each other
- High roosting positions away from predators
British law protects birds and their eggs so it can be difficult to contain pigeon procreation. The responsibility of pigeon control or removal comes solely down to the property or landowners affected.
Humane pigeon control solutions
When the birds become a pest to local residents and the community action against persistent feeding can be taken by applying for a community protection order.
Some local councils find innovative ways to tackle the problem such as fining people who leave food waste in areas that have large pigeon populations. The view taken to the left food, albeit an attempt to feed the pigeons, is one of dropping litter.
Feral pigeons can be quite intimidating, swooping to and from high buildings and surrounding trees. Scavenging for food from an innocent walker is frequent and the high volume of unhygienic poop droppings is unsightly and carries the potential to spread disease.
Humane pigeon deterrent for ‘pigeon proofing’ include bird spikes, scarers and control nets. Our pest control team can conduct a survey of the area to find out the extent of the damage caused and advise you on the options available if you feel you have a problem, let us help get rid of pigeons in your area.
Where you stand with pigeon removal and the law
The regulation of wild birds, which includes pigeons, is governed by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 that provide detailed boundaries.
In short, you cannot kill or remove pigeons without the appropriate reasoning and it’s advised to never take matters into your own hands.
Speak to the experts about pigeon prevention methods
At Total Bird Control, we can help you to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to pigeon control with a range of preventative measures to help control or eradicate the problem such as pigeon spikes and bird spikes, this will help deter pigeons from the area and resolve the pigeon problem once and for all.
Our pest control experts have years of experience dealing with bird control and are regularly called in to deal with pigeon removal. Solutions are cost-effective and tailored to best fit your situation –building damage or noise pollution as examples.
Call us today on 020 8226 4012 or drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.