Why You Don't Want Pigeons Roosting Around Your San Tan Valley Property
How keen are you on watching birds? Is your yard littered with feeders and birdbaths which you watch regularly? Do you have a single hummingbird feeder near one of your windows, and do you enjoy the visitors that flutter by for a sip? Perhaps you hate birds all together, and don’t want them anywhere nearby. Regardless of how you feel, there is one bird here in San Tan Valley that you should never allow on your property: pigeons. To help you better understand these annoying and dangerous pests, here is everything you need to know.
What Are Pigeons?
Pigeons are not ugly birds. In fact, they share many similarities to doves, which people use to celebrate weddings. One thing that makes pigeons unique is the wide range of color their plumage can take on. Most of this coloration is seen around this bird’s neck and head, whereas the rest of its body is a combination of grey, white, and black.
Pigeons are not an animal that watches what they eat. These scavenging birds will feed on anything and everything that even resembles food. They will eat out of trash cans, off of sidewalks, and on some occasions, off plates when people aren’t looking. This is what makes pigeons pests.
Are Pigeons Dangerous?
You have probably already heard this, but bacteria, parasites, and diseases are usually closely connected with filth and trash. There is a good reason food and drinks have expiration dates. The only problem is that pigeons don’t care what they eat. By consuming garbage and spoiled food around properties, pigeons pick up several disease-causing organisms. Pigeons spread these sickness vectors through their fecal matter. In areas where pigeons roost, the chances of people getting sick are much higher. If you own a business that serves food and allows people a place to eat outside, these dangerous birds are even more of a threat.
How To Deter Pigeons From Your Property
Many methods have been developed over the years to deter pigeons for properties. Some work great; others fall short. Here are some of the best, and worst, methods for keeping these flying pests off properties.
Good Option: Eliminate Food Sources
Pigeons are less likely to settle down on your property if no available food sources are nearby. To eliminate food sources, make sure your trash cans are tightly sealed, clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings, and avoid leaving food outside in the open.
Bad Option: A Fake Plastic Owl
Although owls do hunt pigeons, a fake one on your property will only deter these pests for so long. The moment pigeons realize it’s not real, they will ignore it entirely.
Good Option: Cover Outdoor Eating Areas
This option doesn’t just help reduce your chances of having pigeons settle down nearby; it also keeps these pests’ fecal matter from contaminating eating areas.
Bad Option: Sound Machine
There are certain sounds that pigeons hate, but there aren’t any they can’t adapt to tolerate. Just like pigeons adapt to ignore the sounds of busy city streets, they can also learn how to ignore a high pitched or abrasive sound from a noise machine.
Good Option: Limit Nesting Opportunities
The fewer places pigeons have to hide, the better. Fix damage to the exterior of your property that allows these pest birds a place to roost.
Bad Option: Sparkly Shiny Things
This is the silliest exclusion tip we have found. In no way will placing shiny objects around your property deter pigeons. In fact, these birds, like many others, are attracted to pretty sparkly things.
Best Option: Professional Pest Control
There is no better option to deter pigeons from your property than to invest in high-quality pest control services. At Ozone Pest Control, we handle pigeons with a variety of non-invasive and effective exclusion tactics.