Hawthorn Pest Control

Pest Control for Pigeons

(Columba Livia Var / FERAL PIGEONS)

Feral pigeons can become a nuisance due to the mess they make underneath their nests or where they are scavenging for food. Our pest controller can get rid of pigeons by introducing a programme to manage pigeons which can include an initial removal of pigeons followed by an appropriate pigeon proofing strategy.


Although pigeons are also present in rural locations such as farms, pest control services are often required to manage feral pigeons found in many of our towns and cities too. In addition to traditional pest control methods, we are also able to offer pigeon proofing and scaring as a form of pigeon control, which is often required to protect public buildings, office buildings and commercial and leisure venues. We can help you get rid of, and ultimateky remove pigeons from an environment.

Feral pigeons are commonly found throughout the UK. They can be noticed more in association with human habitation in our towns and cities, although they are also present in rural situations such as farms.

Historically, the pigeon is a descendent of the Rock Dove, which is now only found in remote cliffs, which is explains why pigeons are nest on buildings and other structures, usually on ledges, under eaves or on girders. A typical feral pigeon is blue-grey, red or black in appearance and is approx. 300 – 350mm in size.

Their population has increased significantly over the past few years as a result of interbreeding between the Rock Dove and Racing Pigeons, or other birds, which have escaped and gone feral. This also accounts for the variety of markings commonly found on feral pigeons.

The feral pigeons breeding season is usually between March and July, although they are capable of breeding all year round. Incubation lasts for about 18 days and the hatched fledge after about 30 days. It is possible that another clutch of eggs can be laid when the first young are only 20 days old. This means that up to 9 broods can be produced per pair per year.

They can become a nuisance due to the unsightly and potentially dangerous mess they make, which usually consists of droppings, feathers and egg shells. The droppings are acidic and not only disfigure buildings and vehicles, but can actually attack and damage building materials such as paint, stone and brickwork. In addition, gutters and drain pipes can become blocked, leading to flooding and its associated problems. Pavements, ladders and fire escapes may be made unsafe due to the hazard of slipping on droppings too.

Feral pigeons can also carry ornithosis (a mild form of psittacosis) and some have been shown to carry salmonella. This can be a potential hazard when they gain access to food premises. Properties infested with large numbers of pigeons often also become infested with beetles or bird mites. Bird mites will bite humans as well as birds.

It's not uncommon to find pigeons in large flocks of several hundred where food spillage is abundant, especially in urban environments. They are also found in areas where members of the public are known to feed them.

Hawthorn Pest Control has the ability to work with clients to implement an initial method of feral pigeon control, as well as the ongoing prevention and protection to ensure future problems are kept to a bear minimum.

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