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How To Keep Pigeons From Nesting On Your Phoenix Property

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Pigeons are smart birds. Researchers can demonstrate an ability in pigeons to discriminate video images of themselves, even when there is as much as a seven-second delay. Human children cannot display this ability under the age of three with only a two-second delay! That's impressive. In the real-world, business owners have observed pigeons doing some pretty amazing things, such as pressing a button to activate an electric door. If you're looking to prevent pigeons from nesting on your Phoenix property, you need to know what you're up against because pigeons are likely to surprise you. Join us today as we look at common bird pests in Phoenix, the problems birds create when they roost, and how bird netting and other pigeon control methods work to control pigeons. If you want to speak to someone about your pest bird or pigeon problem, contact us. ACTION Termite & Pest Control offers industry-leading pest control in Phoenix. We can guide you toward an effective and sustainable solution for your bird control problem. 

Types Of Pest Birds That Plague Phoenix Properties

The most common bird pests in our area are sparrows, starlings, woodpeckers, and pigeons. Each of these pests is somewhat unique in its own way.

Sparrows: These small birds are around six inches long. They are most often brown with a cream-colored underbelly. You should easily recognize them by their small size. Most of the issues related to these birds center on their ability to damage young seedlings and field crops.

Starlings: These colorful birds are between seven and nine inches in length. They are dark colored birds with light specks on their feathery coats. They look a bit like a starfield. These birds are known for their harmful impact on fruit orchards.  

Woodpeckers: There are many diverse species of woodpeckers. You can identify these birds by their pecking behavior. If you see a bird pecking away at a tree or structural wood timber, it is likely a woodpecker. A woodpecker damages wood with its beak. The reason they do this is often related to food. They go after carpenter ants, carpenter bee larvae, and other pests that are hiding inside wood. They may also create a hole to establish a roost.

Pigeons: These are robust birds that range in color, but they are typically gray-blue with a metallic green and purple neck and breast. Some refer to pigeons as flying rats. They are scavengers that quickly take to dumpster diving. The primary concern with pigeons is their ability to spread diseases.

While pest birds are unique in their own ways, all birds cause issues by leaving their droppings on walkways, ledges, rooflines, and other building materials. 

  • Bird droppings are corrosive. The reason for the corrosiveness is that birds don't urinate. In general, mammals excrete nitrogenous waste as urea, a colorless crystalline compound. Birds excrete uric acid that is expelled with their feces. Uric acid is what turns bird droppings into a white, paste-like substance. When deposited on surfaces, the acid eats away at the surface. Bird droppings are corrosive enough to eat concrete and they can literally deface a statue. 
  • Bird droppings present a slipping hazard as the white paste is water-resistant. You definitely don't want to have a sidewalk or walkway covered with this material. On a rainy day, you may find yourself on a slip-and-slide.
  • Bird droppings have the potential to transmit disease. Always wear protective gear when removing bird droppings from contaminated areas.
  • Bird droppings can land on you. Birds sit on ledges and wires. Your car isn't the only thing that can get splattered.

There are many ways pest birds can cause trouble in Phoenix. Troubles increase when these animals decide to invade man-made structures.

The Many Problems Roosting Birds Can Create On Your Property

A bird roost is a shelter. Some homeowners offer roosting sites, such as bird houses and roosting boxes. The birds come and tuck themselves into safety for the night. Pests birds can take to using Phoenix homes or businesses as roosting sites. They can tuck themselves into a wall void, attic space, soffit, powerbox, or some other structural void. 

  • The act of going in and out of a roosting site can cause damage to building materials. 
  • Once inside a roost, pigeons and other pest birds can contaminate the areas with their droppings.
  • Birds can carry ticks, bat bugs, and other parasites, and may leave these in attics.
  • Tiny birds that roost in powerboxes can cause electrical shorts. They can also establish twig nests that can spark a fire when wires are cut. 
  • Birds may make noises that are annoying. If you have a lot of birds invading your attic, you're likely to notice the sound they make.

It isn't good when any pest bird decides to invade your home, but pigeons are among the worst. They tend to be dirty birds. Their presence can present a concern for histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, psittacosis, toxoplasmosis, and candidiasis. They're also a vector for disease-causing bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli. And it is worth mentioning, pigeons are big birds that can make a lot of noise!  

Using Bird Netting For Pigeon Control

One of the best ways to deal with pigeons is to apply bird netting. There are several reasons why netting is a superior choice.

  • Netting gently lets pigeons (and other birds) know that they are not welcome.
  • Netting creates a physical barrier to prevent pigeons from perching over outdoor recreation areas.
  • Netting can keep pigeons out of potential roost locations, such as your attic.
  • Netting can protect sensitive zones.
  • Netting can guard machinery against accidental contact or keep pest birds out of a power box.
  • Certain netting is almost invisible from a distance.
  • Netting can provide a small solution or an expansive solution.
  • Pigeons can't outsmart netting. Unlike scare tactics, such as installing an owl or snake statue, which pigeons easily learn to recognize as fake, netting doesn't seek to trick them.

Along with netting, a bird control professional may use several other deterrents or apply a bird control solution (such as OvoControl) to control pigeon populations. Here are some common products used on pigeons:

  • Plastic bird spikes to deter perching and roosting. Bird spikes don't harm pigeons. They are somewhat of a scare tactic. Unfortunately, pigeons aren't easily scared. If they are determined enough, they may perch right in the midst of the spikes, but when applied correctly as part of a pigeon pest control plan, they are effective. 
  • Shock tracks have some impact. They provide a gentle shock when pigeons attempt to land. The voltage is low and only works to irritate the birds. The shock tracks don't harm them.
  • Ultrasonic bird repellers are helpful for blocking access to open areas. If pigeons don't find a way around them, they are a usual tool.

Pigeon control is often a mixture of several control methods. In some cases, exclusion work is critical. Entry points to roosting sites must be addressed. In some cases, sanitation is key. When a food source that has attracted pigeons is removed, the birds may go away. Sometimes removing food sources is as simple as posting a sign, "Please don't feed the pigeons." Whatever control methods are used, it is best to have a trained and experienced pest professional handle the application of your control plan for the best pigeon control.       

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Pigeons On Your Property

Are you in need of pigeon control in Phoenix? Consider reaching out to ACTION Termite & Pest Control for assistance with dealing with pest pigeons. These smart birds can drive you crazy, and failed pigeon control can leave you at risk for health problems and property damage. If pigeons have not yet established themselves, we offer a range of pest control solutions to prevent perching, roosting, and nesting. We'll find the right deterrents and control methods for your specific needs and budget. If pigeons are making your Phoenix home their home, we provide options for pigeon removal. Our technicians are experienced trappers. Your technicians will humanely remove birds that have gotten into the structure. Once the birds are evicted, we provide sanitation services to address the mess. Pigeon waste, parasites, and disease concerns are addressed, so you don't have to worry. It all begins with a free inspection. We'll take a look at your pigeon problem, evaluate nesting and roosting sites, and consider potential perching areas and conducive conditions that may have invited pigeons to your property. We'll share our results with you. With your feedback, we'll develop a pigeon control solution that provides your property with protection from future pigeon issues well into the future. These may include exclusion work, installation of deterrents, and application of bird netting. Every pigeon problem is a little different.

Contact us today and tell us a little bit about your problem. Jump to our contact page to share this information and request an inspection. We'll do the rest. You don't have to live with those annoying birds. Help is a few clicks away.